Round up #156: Amazon Cash, traveling librarian
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Traveling school librarian
I loved this
about John Schumacher, who is a traveling school librarian.
That’s right…a librarian who goes from school to school.
I love the attitude expressed in the piece! Schumacher advocates for “…letting kids read the books that they want to read”.
Regular readers know that I’m a big advocate of libraries, especially school libraries. A book in a school library made a big difference for me:
I genuinely believe that if the choice was between having to close a school or having to close a library, I would want the library to stay open…with at least one literacy program in it. That doesn’t mean that I don’t value schools, I do. It’s that someone free reading seems to me like the best thing in the world. I don’t have the data to back that up…just intuition. 🙂
Should audiobooks be used in the classroom?
Personally, I don’t like listening to audiobooks unless I’ve sight read the book first (then, I may really, really enjoy them). I just don’t like the narrator (be it actor or author) interpreting the characters for me.
On the other hand, I listen to text-to-speech (software which reads the book out loud to you) a lot…for hours a week during commutes, typically.
Many of my readers like “immersion reading”, which combines an audio version of the book with the sight version…it “reads” along with you.
There are a lot of myths about audiobooks and text-to-speech…some people think it is a “lesser” way to “read” the book…and they put “read” in quotation marks, just like that.
by the ever interesting Ola Kowlczyk features an infographic which examines several challenges to using audiobooks in the classroom…and offers a refutation.
This columnist will help you find a book
I’m a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, so I’m used to people asking me which books they should get.
I always found that a bit of a challenge. Someone would be hard pressed to recommend a book to me based on what I’ve already read. Well, not really…some sorts of books are more obvious than others for me (I like non-fiction that challenges traditionally thinking, for example), but I read a lot of different things.
Someone would say to me, “What do you recommend for an eight-year old girl?” I always wanted to know more…they are quite different from each other. 🙂
I did enjoy this
in the New York Times.
This isn’t Amazon’s
program. 😉 That one lets you buy a Kindle book at a discounted price if you previously bought the paperbook from Amazon…sometimes.
Instead, this is like an advice column. People write in asking for book recommendations, and it’s written like a matchmaker column.
I wonder what it would have been like if Amazon had been around when I was a kid.
My parents would have been fine with me buying books with my money…but how would I have done that?
As a kid, I didn’t have a credit card. People would have given me Amazon gift cards (they still do), but I would have wanted to buy books with my own allowance money and other ways I earned money.
I did do that, actually. I used to buy these very cheap books about keeping exotic pets…each one was well under a dollar, and I still have them. Actually, I think some extra big ones might have been a dollar, but you get the point.
Well, you actually can buy books (and other things) from Amazon with cash…although not directly.
What happens is that you get a code from Amazon, and then you go into a participating store (CVS does it), show them the code, give them the cash, and it acts just like a gift certificate.
What does it cost?
I think this is a cool program…I can see it happening with something like a lemonade stand.
Now, it’s worth pointing out that we already do this without a code, sort of.
My Significant Other and I have a (literal) piggy bank. We put our change into the piggy bank…since we rarely shop with cash normally, we work things on purpose to get cash back. 🙂 We usually round up our purchases to an even amount at, say, the grocery store, and that gives us some coins (“pig money”).
I have to say, they sometimes look at us like we are witches. 😉 So many people can’t imagine doing the math, so if the total is, oh, $32.71, and I ask for $17.29, they think it’s irrational…they have no idea why I picked that number.
Sometimes, they see the total and smile…at other times, I just say, that we like to do the math and round up…and they may still be baffled. 🙂
Then, from time to time, we take in the pig money (and it can be heavy!) and bring it to a Coinstar machine at our local grocery store.
When you do that, you can get an Amazon credit instead of cash for your coins. When you do cash, they take a “counting fee”. With Amazon, they don’t.
We used to do this when we didn’t have much money, and we have a “pig day”, and go to a movie and get lunch.
Now, it’s just fun stuff of one kind or another. This last time, when my Significant Other was visiting our now adult kid in the Boston area, I suggested they use the pig money there. Our kid had a great idea: they took our kid’s friends to a meal. 🙂 Nice!
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by my sibling, Kris Calvin
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