Monday, May 11, 2009

Libraries this week in Second Life

The Second Week in May is BUZZING for AVL!

In celebration of AVL's third anniversary we have THREE Library Buzz Sessions scheduled for next week! These Library Buzz Sessions will take place on Info Island.

May 12th - at 3 PM SLT - Kitty Pope with Alliance Library Systems will lead a session about her series of newsletters, "On a + Note" that goes out to Alliance Library Systems and the libraries it supports. These relevant publications cover positive leadership, crisis management, managing change, and overcoming inaction. Kitty has been given wide acclaim for this series and is presenting soon at a SirsiDynix Institute and at the British Columbia Library Association.

May 13th - at 6 PM SLT - "Thriving in Tough Times" Members of the State Library of Kansas will tell how they put together an interactive wiki to help Kansans through difficult economic times. The creation, promotion and cooperative development of a social service wiki with libraries taking a leadership role will be discussed. The website, "Thriving in Tough Times," was set up in April offering resources in the general areas of Employment & Training, Finances, Housing, Health and Families. State Library staff maintains the site with resources added at national, state and local levels by other librarians, Kansas government agencies and interested individuals. You can view "Thriving in Tough Times" at:

May 14th - at 6 PM SLT - Achieving Buy-in From Administrators Panel DiscussionDue to the great response in the email discussion of this topic we've set up a buzz session and invited John2 Kepler, Puglet Dancer, Sonja Morgwain, Leorie Alter, and BlueWings Hayek to lead the discussion on how to approach administrators about having a library or educational presence in Second Life. Please join us for these exciting topics!

Alexandrian Free Library: Caledon, Winterfell, Steelhead, New Toulouse, New Babbage, Amatsu Shima, West of Ireland, Steeltopia, Deadwood, Al Andalus and Constantinople Library Events for May 13 - 19, 2009 Continuing Exhibits:
19th Century Literary Influences on Steampunk, an exhibit at the Steelhead Public LibraryMarch 15 - June 13, 2009Steelhead Public Library
Caledon Library 19th Century Spiritualism Exhibit, curated by Mica BraunMay 1st to July 17th, 2009The Jack and Elaine Whitehorn Memorial Library, Caledon Victoria City

Events of the week:

WOI – Lilia Quinnell with Song of the Pearl Wednesday, 13 May, 2009
5:30pm - 6:30pm SLTWest of Ireland Library & Cultural Center, West of Ireland Join Lilia for part 3 of this time travel/fantasy story.
Song of the Pearl by Ruth Nichols: Margaret Redmond, who dies at seventeen, finds that to gain understanding of self and to overcome a deep hatred that has marred her last years she must relive parts of her earlier lives on earth.

Stories will be done in voice.
WOI - Letters thru Time with Gracee Andel
Wednesday, 13 May, 2009
7pm - 8pm West of Ireland Library & Cultural Center, West of Ireland

Gracee will share the letters of 10-year-old Lura Harding as she travels the Oregon Trail in 1850 (conclusion).
----------------------------------------WOI - Shandon Loring - Exploring Realms...
Thursday, 14 May, 2009
7pm - 8pm West of Ireland Library & Cultural Center, West of Ireland

Join Shandon for such tales as: “The Celtic Twilight (by Yeats)”, “Little People”, “The People of the Sea - Journey in search of the Seal Legend”, “Wonder Tales from Scottish Myth and Legend”, “Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland”, “The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies”, etc.

Stories presented in voice.
WOI Storytellers in NantucketSaturday, 16 May, 2009
3:30pm - 4:30pm Where: Nantucket

WOI – WOI Storytellers at Nantucket with Mermaid Stories Saturday, May16, 3:30pm SLT
Nantucket Theatre, SL New England
Join Storytellers Shandon Loring and Derry McMahon for mermaid tales at the lovely Nantucket sim.

Stories will be done in voice.
-----------------------------------------Engines! Aether SalonSunday, 17 May, 2009
2pm - 3:30pm Babbage Palisade, New Babbage

Spinning cogs and grinding gearspistons loud assault the ears, asIndustry growsand cities riseon the powerour enginessynthesize.

Please gear up to learn about the workhorse of industry, the engine, the inventors who made them faster and better, and their secret inner workings. Should you desire, there will also be tea. Join your fellow gearheads on May 17 at 2pm slt at Aether Salon.
WOI -Simeon Beresford and Puck of Pook's Hill
Sunday, 17 May, 2009
2pm - 3pm West of Ireland Library & Cultural Center, West of Ireland

Today Simeon concludes this lovely story by Rudyard Kipling.
He will be reading in voice.
Puck of Pook's Hill is a children's book by Rudyard Kipling, published in 1906, containing a series of short stories set in different periods of history. The stories are all told to two children living near Pevensey by people magically plucked out of history by Puck.
-----------------------------------------WOI -The Tale of Despereaux with Caledonia SkytowerMonday, 18 May, 2009
7pm - 8pm West of Ireland Library & Cultural Center, West of Ireland

THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX by Kate DiCamillo (2004 Newberry Medal Winner) In “Book the First: A Mouse is Born” we meet young Despereaux who doesn’t seem to conform to the accepted standards of “mouse-ness”. He loves music, sees colors and words... And he falls in love with a princess. All of which get him banned from his home and family, and his Princess!

Caledonia will be sharing this story in voice.
----------------------------------------By Whitman, Biweekly!Tuesday, 19 May, 2009
4pm - 5pm Caledon Library, on the Hub in Victoria City

A Discussion led by Dame Kghia Gheardi of the works of Walt Whitman.

Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass is one of the works at the foundations of American poetry. Its expansive attempt to capture the spirit and landscape of the 19th century United States has influenced an entire culture's self-concept, and its rich language continues to inspire readers today as it has for the century and a half of its existence.

"By Whitman, Biweekly" will provide an opportunity to look closely at this beloved work. Each time we'll spend an hour discussing its context and examining the poetry of the 1855 first edition.

The series will also give those who love Leaves of Grass, and those who would like to learn more, an opportunity to explore Whitman's vigorous and heartfelt poetry together.

This week, we will continue our discussion of "Song of Myself," the first poem to Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass." We'll begin with the stanza

"The smoke of my own breath,Echoes, ripples, and buzzed whispers . . . . loveroot, silkthread, crotch and vine,My respiration and inspiration . . . . the beating of my heart . . . . the passing of blood and air through my lungs,The sniff of green leaves and dry leaves, and of the shore and darkcolored sea- rocks, and of hay in the barn,The sound of the belched words of my voice . . . . words loosed to the eddies of the wind,A few light kisses . . . . a few embraces . . . . a reaching around of arms,The play of shine and shade on the trees as the supple boughs wag,The delight alone or in the rush of the streets, or along the fields and hillsides,The feeling of health . . . . the full-noon trill . . . . the song of me rising from bed and meeting the sun. "
----------------------------------------- Literary SalonTuesday, 19 May, 2009
5pm - 6pm Ormsby Hall, Caledon Murdann

Otenth Paderborn will be at home at Ormsby Hall for a literary salon the third Tuesday of each month, 5-6 PM SLT. The subject for February is selections from the writings of William Morris "Hopes and Fears for Art"
----------------------------------------- WOI Gyro Muggins with Flowers for AlgernonTuesday, 19 May, 2009
5.30pm - 6:30pmWest of Ireland Library & Cultural Center, West of Ireland

Charlie Gordan, with an IQ of 80, wants more than anything "to be smart." An experimental brain operation gives him that chance. As his awareness of the world around him increases, Charlie deals with his own awakening emotions and the knowledge that the wondrous beings around him are merely human. Story presented in voice.
WOI Aoife Lorefield with more Traveler’s Tales of IrelandTuesday, 19 May, 2009
7:00pm - 8:00pm sltWest of Ireland Library & Cultural Center, West of Ireland

Tuesdays in May we'll be visiting Ireland as Aoife Lorefield reads from the collection, Travelers' Tales Ireland. If you're familiar with the Travelers' Tales series, you'll know how wonderful these true life essays are: well written, sharply drawn, and evocative. On each of May's four Tuesdays, Aoife will read several tales, choosing from among writers like Frank McCourt, Thomas Cahill, Nuala O'Faolain, and Maeve Binchy. So whether you're longing to get back or have yet to go, join her as she travels through Ireland, reading in voice, with chat in voice or text. All are welcome!

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