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Swine Flu Contingency Plans

This summer I have been on a mission to find lesson plans and electronic textbooks, in the event that school closes due to another swine flu outbreak. Not that I am a pessimist, but it’s better to be overly prepared now, than wonder, "what to do?" later. Donald G. McNeil Jr., from the NYT is confirming [...]

Swine Flu And School Contingency Plans

All summer I have been on a mission to track down the electronic versions of our school’s textbooks – in the event that school closes in the fall - due to a swine flu outbreak. I am not being a pessimist. I just feel it’s better to be overly prepared now, than wonder later,"What am I going to do?" Donald [...]

Today is Nelson Mandela Day

I was fortunate enough to meet Nelson Mandela in the early 90s. At the time, I was a budding journalist and was sent to his press conference at the Newark, NJ airport. As I stood, cramped with the hundreds of other journalists awaiting his arrival off the tarmac, it was difficult to see where he [...]

The Harlem Book Fair is Today

If you’re in the NYC area, The Harlem Book Fair is being held today from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on West 135th Street, rain or shine. And there’s plenty of sunshine today, so go on out there and enjoy yourselves! Also, feel free to send me some highlights for an upcoming post. Thanks to my Facebook [...]

Looks-ism Revisited

Please don’t take this the wrong way, but "LOOKS" matter to me.  Ever since the Susan Boyle phenomenon and the untimely death of Michael Jackson, I’ve been looking at the world differently. Oftentimes wondering, have we - as a race of people - erased the idea of looks, mattering?  What would the world be like if we just didn’t care about the [...]

My Life Online…by Royale Watkins (Finds A Library Like No Other?)

Take a look at this video, shot by independent filmmaker, Royale Watkins, and tell me if a library should have a rock band playing in it. I am on  the fence on this one. (comes via Facebook friend, James Wallace) My Life Online… Tried to take my kids to the library in Sherman Oaks and [...]

Looks-ism Revisited

Please don’t take this the wrong way, but "LOOKS" matter to me.  Ever since the Susan Boyle phenomenon and the untimely death of Michael Jackson, I’ve been looking at the world differently. Oftentimes wondering, have we - as a race - erased the idea of looks mattering?  What would the world be like if we just didn’t care about the L-word?  [...]

Meeting U – James Spellos’ Techniques & Way Cool Tools

For those of you techies out there, I HIGHLY recommend you subscribe to Jim Spellos‘ Newsletters jspellos@meeting-u.com. Here is June’s and it’s chock-full of goodies. Tell him Bowllan’s Blog sent you. Free Webinar…Free Webinar – Ok, this is a promotion, but it’s really cool and free. A friend and colleague, Jordan Schwartz of Pathable (www.pathable.com) and I are offering [...]

Bowllan’s Back…Well, Sort Of.

As I wrap-up the final days of my vacation, I did want to share with you some of my highlights. Hopefully, this summer you will put the camera in your kids’ hands, so they too can keep photo journals of their summer days. It’s also a great way to remember the moment and keep it forever.  [...]

Young, Gifted and Doing It by Cassandra Mack

While I continue to upload and crop my vacation photos, I did want to point your attention to Cassandra Mack’s book, “Young Gifted and Doing It: 52 Power Moves for Teens.” And if you’re in the NYC area this week, Cassandra is hosting a workshop, which is an excellent summer, professional development opportunity for teachers and librarians —> it’s also [...]