My Reaction to White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

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White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo My rating: 5 of 5 stars I knew soon after starting White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo that I wanted to write some kind of reaction post to it. And that is what this is, a reaction post. It is not a book review as I didn’t read it closely enough for that purpose and I’m not an expert in this field. Yet, there were … Read More

Bookbinding Class Final Project: A Field Guide to the Rare and Mythical Creatures of Illinois

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During my master’s degree, I decided to take one elective outside of my focus on bookbinding and had a very enjoyable summer stitching together books and listening to world history on book craftsmanship. For our final project, we had to create content for the book in addition to the structure. I had just finished a year as a school librarian in Shelbyville, IL and was inspired by my fifth grade classes. During my lesson on evaluating information sources, I showed … Read More

2018 Reading Year in Review

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2018 brought many changes into my life, but my reading habits remained intact. I reread many of my favorites including most of Robin Hobb’s fantasy works and some of Elizabeth Peter’s Peabody Mysteries. I also participated in Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge again. My choices for the challenges are listed below. I saved the best for last and read The Velveteen Rabbit to my daughter. I anticipate enjoying more books together and more trips to the library with her next … Read More

Book Review: Algorithms of Oppression

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Big data algorithms can do some amazing things for society. They help us find information online, display advertisements for merchandise we might buy, recommend news articles we would be interested in, and provide new insights for research and development. They act as a mirror to reflect not only what we want but what we need. Unfortunately, this mirror also displays, even amplifies, our ugliest aspects. Author Safiya Umoja Noble focuses in on this problem with Google and its effects on … Read More

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