WARNING! Do NOT try this at home.

Most students in Stage 3 will know that I’m addicted to TED. Last year when we were investigating ways to live more sustainably I shared talks by Ron Finlay who plants food forests in unused lots, medium strips and  footpaths in South Central LA, and by urban designer Mitchell Joachim who showed us how we could potentially grow our own houses using the ancient technique of pleaching or grafting trees together.  My morning routine usually involves a Ted Talk with breakfast.

Last week I watched a fascinating talk by artist Brian Dettmer who digs into a good book (literally, with a knife) to create beautifully intricate forms that reflect how we see old information in a modern world. His sculptures are simply amazing! When discussing the book he commented that… “The book was never the right format for non linear information, which is why we’re seeing reference books becoming the first to be endangered or extinct… People think that now that we have digital technology, the book is going to die, and we are seeing things shifting and things evolving. I think that the book will evolve, and just like people said painting would die when photography and printmaking became everyday material… most of our information, most of our personal and cultural records are in digital form, I think it’s really allowing the book to become something new. ”


Interesting! Personally I couldn’t bear the thought of a world without books. There is something very special about the look, the smell, and the turning of a page that for me can’t be replaced with pixels on a screen.

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What do you think is the future of the book? Can you imagine a time when the book will no longer exist? I’d love to hear what you think.

Welcome back!

It’s great to be back! I’m looking forward to an exciting year of discovery and learning through books and technology in 2015. I hope to feature some examples of student’s quality work on this blog.

I opened a box of new books last week and discovered another treasure from Aaron Blabey titled Thelma the Unicorn. It’s about an ordinary little pony who longs to be a unicorn. She spots a carrot on the ground and comes up with a brilliant plan. Thanks to a skidding truck filled with pink paint and glitter Thelma’s wish comes true but she soon discovers that fame and attention are not what she imagined. It’s bound to be a favourite in our library. I’m reading another of his books, Noah Dreary, to Stage 2 this week. It’s about a little boy who complains so much his head falls off. Aaron Blabey is our featured author at the moment. Come in and check out his great books.

I’d love to hear which one is your favourite?