Clishmaclaver – Brechin High Library Blog

April 21, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Curating diversity…

Photo credit: Kaya Thomas

A recent School Library Journal article made Clishmaclaver pause for thought. 😉 This inspiring success story – about guiding reading via enabling technologies – really adds something to current diversity dialogues  – College Student Creates App to Lead Young People To Diverse Books

Photo credit: ©Kaya Thomas / 2017 School Library Journal

April 21, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Caption competition!

Hurrah! The Day has brought back its Quiz: a week in 12 questions + Caption Competition! 😀

For frolicking, feisty fun, follow the hyperlink and click on the image of Trump and the Easter Bunny to submit your ideas, or hand them in to the library and I’ll forward them on.

Art credit: Wheelale 

Anne Frank: A History For Today

April 21, 2017 by Miss Stewart | 0 comments

Top: Julia G. delivering her talk to Maisondieu Primary pupils; Bottom: LtoR (Back row): Sadie S; Halle B; Brooke G; Kayley D. (Front row) Dana M; Gwen O.

The culmination of a school collaboration with The Anne Frank Trust UK, sees 3rd year history pupils from Brechin Community Campus curate the trust’s highly acclaimed, “Anne Frank: A History For Today” Exhibition. Pupils have been trained to be Peer Guides – an intensive, day-long workshop presented by Eilidh Lean of The Anne Frank Trust, equipped pupils to present talks on themes such as, Understanding Prejudice; Responsibility and Resistance; The Historical Context of the Holocaust; Human Rights; Identity and Diversity. Pupils will be delivering guided tours of the exhibit throughout its two week long installation on campus; until Friday 28th April.

Today, two classes of youngsters from Maisondieu Primary School came to visit, and the feedback received was excellent! 🙂

The Anne Frank Schools Programme takes the poignant messages of Anne’s life and diary and helps students understand the damage caused by prejudice and hatred. It helps young people:

  • Increase their knowledge of Anne Frank and the Holocaust.
  • Understand the consequences of unchecked prejudice and discrimination.
  • Explore, understand, respect and celebrate cultural diversity.
  • Learn more about themselves and their local community.
  • Increase their confidence, as they develop their literacy and presentation skills.
  • Develop respect for others.

Principle Teacher of Social Subjects, Ralph Coates, said of the Schools Programme, “I’m delighted to have this opportunity for our pupils to promote key societal themes of tolerance and diversity, and share understanding of the dangers of prejudice. The programme is designed to share the messages of Anne’s story within our local community and empower participating pupils, giving them key transferable skills.

@AnneFrankTrust #Education #AnneFrank #knowledge #skills #confidence #discrimination @MaisondieuPS @BrechinHigh1 #BrechinClishmaclaver

April 20, 2017
by Miss Stewart

6 Gateway Comics for Noobies!

Like the idea of trying a comic but don’t know where to start with this vast, sprawling medium; full of story-arcs and mini runs? 😮 This article from Book Riot’s Booknerdlandia opens a window into some top notch, well-written – award winning, in fact! – comics of substance. For the most part the titles rec’d are more graphic novels than comics, I would suggest, and they’re certainly not wall-to-wall with superheroes, but if you fancy a more mature, ahem, quiet read, then do try these ‘gateway‘ recs! 🙂

Gateway? What’s that? Meaning you will be able to pick it up without having read any other comic before, and with no prior knowledge of the characters. This is the golden rule. (A lot of these gateway picks will be first volumes of trades, but not always.) – Macmillan’s Tor Books

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Art credit: © 2017 Macmillan

April 20, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Post-DeeCon PopDundee!

POPDUNDEE exists as a means for Dundee students & young artists to sell & promote their artwork! “We believe presenting these kind of opportunities not only allows the public the chance to purchase local and exclusive artwork, but also gives students and young artists to opportunity to develop their confidence and entrepreneurial skills.”

Clishmaclaver came across PopDundee’s latest update on Facebook and since I know several Brechin High School pupils made it to DeeCon 2017 – although not for Cosplay; shame on you, Cameron B.! 😉 – I thought I’d share details of their latest popup shop here!

PopDundee returns with another arts popup, this time featuring Comic & Anime/Manga-inspired artwork!
You can wear the cosplay you didn’t quite get finished in time for DeeCon, sell more of your work and re-visit your favourite artists from DeeCon’s Artist Alley!!


Entry is FREE!

April 20, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Rictus sardonicus..?

Or, How a 1928 Silent Film Influenced the Creation of the Joker – Jay Serafino (Mental_floss)

Want to dazzle your friends with some DC Comics’ Joker-related trivia? Look no further! This fascinating Facebook article from Mental_floss is a must read for any comic book geek, horror film aficionado, and/or well-read, well-balanced librarian, such as myself! 😉

“The shock of green hair. The sickly pale skin. The frozen, Cheshire grin. Everyone knows the trademarks of Batman’s greatest foe, the Joker. The king of the comic book villain heap may look like a hellish circus attraction, but the origin of the character doesn’t have its roots in some deep-seated fear of clowns shared by creators Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson. No, the story behind that nightmarish crimson rictus actually began with a silent German Expressionist film called The Man Who Laughs.”

Art credit: Aminoapps

April 20, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Crossing the Godzilla Threshold…

Really, this is just an excuse to post a picture of Godzilla – my absolute hero! – toying with Marvel’s Avengers. Because, Hawkeye! 😀 Obsessive fangirl much?  😉

So anyway, yesterday I read a quirky article in The Guardian’s culture & film pages – Apes, vampires or giant crabs: which movie apocalypse would you prefer? – and I just thought I’d share! Apparently, “Whether you’re hiding from Godzilla or fleeing the zombie masses, some films prove you might just be better off flinging yourself into the sea.” The author of this muy serio article goes on to argue that based on a recent list of all the different ways the world might end, in turn based on scenarios from films, ‘people’ have stated how they would respond; “It is stupid, and now I will explain why on a scenario-by-scenario basis.”

Have a read; it’s good fun. And, if I can just interject, now seems like the perfect time to talk about the Godzilla Threshold trope. C’mon! How often do I get to slip a literary reference to that particular rhetorical device into casual conversation..? 😉

…every so often, the time comes when the threat is so great, the situation has gone so horribly wrong, that there is no proportionate response. When circumstances are so dire as to justify the use of any and every thing that might solve it, no matter how reckless, nonsensical, or horrific, regardless of cost. When even the summoning of Godzilla, king of the monsters and patron saint of collateral damage, could not possibly make the crisis any worse. Every so often, the situation crosses the Godzilla Threshold.” – TV Tropes

And there’s just no coming back from that. 😉

Art credit: Comic Vine

April 18, 2017
by Miss Stewart

The long read…

The rise of social reading: Goodbye to Virginia Woolf's solitary, egoless reader

The rise of social reading: Goodbye to Virginia Woolf’s solitary, egoless reader

This thought-provoking article on, ‘the state of reading,’ from Salon [breaking news, politics, entertainment, culture, and technology through investigative reporting, commentary, criticism, and provocative personal essays] is our long read for April. 🙂 “Virginia Woolf’s ideal reader is now under siege by interactive technology, as we pursue a party on the page.”

Art credit: © 2017 Salon Media Group, Inc.

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