Saturday, September 5, 2015

Celebrate This Week!

                             Join us each weekend for Celebrate This Week with Ruth Ayres.  
 When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build.
  A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember!

1.  Always something new to learn!
I had two opportunities to learn more about the maker scene.
I received an email from my daughter asking me to share this link.  
Click on the video to hear the authentic voices of two girls who are makers.
I'm excited about this initiative that focuses on girls' abilities to create.
I met Andrew Coy (my daughter's brother-in-law), a former teacher,
and director of Digital Harbor Foundation last year.   
Here's Andrew's explanation of the #girlswhomake initiative:
"The driving motivation behind this is to explore various ways to build community and support for young ladies in the broader tech community and within our programs as well. As part of this initiative we want to continually find ways to elevate and highlight strong authentic voices of the girls in our programs. I would love to see this video, and the other media to follow, shared out as wide and far as possible all semester long. I fully believe that we can provide inspiration and motivation to not only the amazing group of girls we will be working with directly at DHF this fall but all across the country through the spreading of their voices."
I opened an email from SLJ (School Library Journal) this week  and discovered 
The Maker Issue.  It's a great resource to learn more about the maker trend, 
described by SLJ as "...wide-ranging, somewhat chaotic, and totally inspiring."

2.  Shameless promotion of  Books, Brownies, and Beyond! 
I popped by the "new family" meeting on Friday to promote our after school book club.  I brought a bin of books, a plate of cookie bars, and an invitation
to new students to join the best club on campus!

3.  Finished Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead!
I think it's my favorite of her books, and I've read all of them.  
It's definitely on my Newbery possibilities list, along with Circus Mirandus, Lost in the Sun, and The War that Saved My Life.  I'll be writing the grant for our Mock Newbery book sets soon.  Let me know what you think belongs on our list.  

4.  Loving the nip in the air and glimpses of fall color!
Have a wonderful three day weekend, and be sure to
pencil in some pleasure on your "to do" list! 


  1. Thanks for sharing Andrew's link! His work at DHF is amazing & I know your teacher community are the perfect people to get the word out.

  2. What an interesting and much needed initiative. thanks for sharing the information.

  3. Love the 'maker' video. You know that all this about 'making' & facing/solving problems is what my school does, so wonderful to hear all this latest excitement about it in and out of schools. Love hearing about your book club starting again, & I loved Goodbye Stranger, too. Stead creates good stories! Happy Weekend!

  4. My favorite reads this summer were Handful of Stars and Wish Girl. I need to learn more about a Mock Newbery club. I keep thinking I should start one.

  5. What a wonderful initiative. Thank you for letting us know. I'll pass it on!

  6. I'm excited for anything mock. I would agree with your list. I'm not familiar at all with Maker Spaces. I mean I've heard of them but I'm not quite sure what they do there.

  7. Your photos and text always do such a wonderful job of giving a true glimpse into your life. I love sharing in your celebrations!

  8. Ramona, the maker space for girls video was engaging and why not capitalize on girl voices? The STEAM initiative should be going strong this year. Your photo is ripe for my new fall gallery if you are interested.

  9. I'm intrigued by the Maker Space movement. I'll be checking out the video.

  10. I'm intrigued by the Maker Space movement. I'll be checking out the video.