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Proud to Be Raising Readers

I have only been a parent for a short period of time (just short of six years).  Just like being a husband, being a dad has its good days and bad days, its ups and downs.  Of course I get frustrated when rooms are left a mess, or my little "angels" do not want to eat the dinner I spent forever preparing.  I realize for all the bad moments, there are plenty more positive moments to focus on each day.  That is how I try to look at things daily as a husband and father. One of my proudest accomplishments during my short tenure as a father so far is raising two children that love books and reading.  I am not going to lie, our house if filled with books.  Big surprise, with me being a librarian and all....but not a month goes by without a new book finding its way into our book box downstairs or upstairs onto an overflowing shelf in my son's room.  I do my best to read to both of my children each day.  I love witnessing Chloe and Nate incorporating books into their play.  If m

50th Anniversary of an American Classic

2010 marks the 50th Anniversary of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird .  Events throughout the country started in late May and ran throughout the summer.  Information on the anniversary can be found here!   Mockingbird is one of my favorite novels of all time.  I tend to pick it up every few years and re-read the book.  I only do this with about three to four books ( The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men to name a few).  I seem to find new "bits" that I missed each time I read those books.  Do you have any books that you read and re-read?  I am sure some people think it is weird. Again, happy to report that Monday I am full time back at Oscar A. Carlson High School.  The News Herald wrote a fine story about the district finding money to bring back a number of positions.  This includes the media specialist at Shumate Middle School.  Great news for the students of the Gibraltar School District. You can now follow The Geekly Reader on Twitter

Back to CHS/Gazelle Update/NFL Technology

Greetings, A few topics this fine September evening.  First I would like to thank and commend the Gibraltar School District board of education on their decision to bring back a full time librarian to Shumate Middle School.  This will allow me to return full time to Carlson High School as the librarian.  Great news, my colleague at Shumate does such a wonderful job!.  Glad to hear she will be back where she belongs. Spoke with loyal reader "Daddy O" today, as he took time to "pop in" to my office.  He wanted to let me know that accepted his digital video camera and was sending him a check for the full price promised via his online appraisal.  He told me the check is in the mail and that he looks forward to using the site again when he needs to recycle old electronic products. I want to finish with just a little summary of my Sunday afternoon.  Wow, how watching the National Football League on Sundays has changed over the years.  I remember watchin

The $99 Netbook

I have come to the conclusion that I need to find a second computer for my house.  The main computer I use is my Macbook Pro (going on three years old and running perfectly).  All of my photographs, important documents, and work related items are on this machine.  I use the machine to pay most of my bills, keep track of all of my banking, and file my taxes each year.  It is an extremely valuable machine. At the same time, I realize the importance of my children needing to be exposed to a computer at home.  I just worry about them using my main computer.  So for the past few weeks I have been scanning the advertisements looking for a second computer.  Just a simple machine my kids can use to play web-based games, or the wife can use to shop online (or I can use to set my fantasy football lineup).  I can not believe how far prices have dropped.  I mean, you can even pick up  a $99 netbook at CVS Pharmacy (I do not make any product recommendation, just pointing out how little one can p

September Read of the Month

During a Labor Day Weekend trip to Costco (great not even get me started) I stumbled across the book section and picked up The Lion by Nelson DeMille.  I read the earlier title, The Lion's Game thanks to a recommendation from a reader of The Geekly Reader .  I loved the book so much I had to pick up this new sequel.  It did not take long for the book to have my jaw on the floor.  WOW, what a start.  Very exciting.  I look forward to reading this book for September.  Reader Meg, do not worry I still plan to pick up the title by David Foster Wallace you mentioned in a previous comment.  DeMille's book was just staring me in the face and I had no choice to purchase the book.  I will provide a review (without too many spoilers later in the month). I apologize for the lack of updates, but the Labor Day weekend, combined with the start of the school year has kept me quite busy the past few days.  Now that I am back to work, I hope to be into a better routine.  To all

Jay-Z/Eminem Show

I know I am a little behind selecting my "Read of the Month" for September, mainly due to the busy start of my work year at Carlson High School/Shumate Middle School.  Also, losing power yesterday due to the mini-tornado that hit my area did not help with any writing.  I was lucky enough to leave my house during the power outage and head to Comerica Park for the first of two Jay-Z/Eminem concerts taking place downtown Detroit.  The show was amazing!  It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves in the city.  I love Detroit!  I know it is not the greatest city in the country, but part of my love for the city is the "edge" it has (sorry, I have a hard time describing it, but I am sure many of you know what I mean). Yes, I can connect this concert to my blog.  You see, the technology on display downtown was amazing.  The light show and video display was extraordinary.  The sound needed tweaked a few times, but for the most part all technological aspects wer