The will of God will never take us where the Grace of God cannot sustain us

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
Matthew 14:19-20

It’s happened before, and it’ll happen again. Many times.

A last-minute donation from an anonymous source keeps a ministry running. An unexpected gift from a friend saves the family budget. Just when we’d lost all hope, someone comes through with just what we need.

God has a way of saving the day even when things look bleak.

Don’t quit praying. Even if you’re feeling a little low on resources today, remember that for every great need, there is a great God.

Click here for some encouragement to keep praying.

And pass this word of encouragement along to someone who also could use a little inspiration today.

We can be certain that God will give us the strength and resources we need to live through any situation in life that he ordains. The will of God will never take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.
Billy Graham

Thought for Thursday – ideas

“There is only one thing more powerful than all the armies of the world, that is an idea whose time has come.”

— Victor Hugo

From the kids blog – Inkys, Where the Wild Things are, Text to voice

The Inkys are Australia’s only teenage choice book award

See the 2010 shortlist and longlist, where to vote, and a display competition for schools and libraries
http://bit.ly/ci8gZd

Maurice Sendak reads his book “Where the wild things are” and so does Barak Obama – videos => http://bit.ly/dzuIYH

Free Software that converts text to voice – reads text directly from other applications, without copying or pasting Free downloads available => http://bit.ly/9j4njR

The Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year

The Australian School Library Association Inc. (ASLA) and Pledger Consulting Pty Ltd (LinksPlus/Weblinks) have pleasure in announcing the winner of the 2010 Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year Award – Janice Wilson from Lake Tuggeranong College, Greenway, Australian Capital Territory. => http://bit.ly/aRyFhE

The International Association of School Librarianship is pleased to announce the recipient of the IASL School Librarianship Award.

Dr Mihaela Banek Zorica from Croatia has been awarded the IASL School Librarianship Award for her promotion of school librarianship in Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Romania. This award also recognises her active involvement in the training of school librarians and her advisory work for those already employed in the field of school librarianship.

In announcing the award, IASL President Diljit Singh noted that Mihaela is a young professional who demonstrates innovative ideas and practices through her classes, presentations and written work. Her efforts on behalf of school libraries in Croatia and surrounding countries is outstanding.

See http://www.iasl-online.org/events/islm/award2010.htm for the full citation.

For more information about this award see http://www.iasl-online.org/awards/school-librarianship.htm

How to Create an Extraordinarily Effective Speech-Marketing Tool

… Your Own Self-Selling Book or Booklet
with Gordon Burgett

To regularly earn many thousands of dollars from speeches or seminars, invest a few hundred dollars now — once — and create a surefire selling tool that you can send to every booker in your universe. Build a book or booklet from something you uniquely know — solve a gnarly problem, retool a case study, explain a process that works — so the booker sees your brilliance, wit, and special insight and can hire you for a related presentation you want to give!
Best yet, you needn’t pay a penny to publish your gem in either bound or digital format, and it can be yours in minutes or days. It can also be an income source forever!
Gordon will explain the step-by-step process in this teleseminar and accompanying workbook. He will also include two digital examples (of a dozen such tools he has successfully used in the past 25 years) that you can download to get started.
You will learn:
• how to strategize your speech-marketing campaign, and what singular tool will distinguish you from others seeking that booking
• the contact letter, flyer, and “kit” components you will have digitally accessible to accompany your new speech-marketing book or booklet
• what the new tool must do to positively persuade the programmer that you are the person to pick, and to whom it should be sent for maximum effectiveness
• where you can send the tool to get it published free and fast, looking the way you want, both bound and digitally downloadable!
• how you can later (or simultaneously) re-publish that core book or booklet in-house as often as you wish without rights problems or ISBN issues

=> http://bit.ly/cvgqwx

World of Warcraft Seminar 4 November Justin Hoenke teen librarian on games and libraries

If you haven’t yet participated in one of the online World of Warcraft seminars about gaming in libraries you have another chance next week!

Thursday 4 November 9.30am (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) Justin Hoenke, a teen librarian in Maine, who blogs at 8bitlibrary http://blog.8bitlibrary.com/, will talk about his ideas for games and libraries. You can follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/justinlibrarian

The talks will be held in the Ironforge http://www.wowwiki.com/Ironforge Library, Saurfang realm of World of Warcraft. The talks will last for about 30 minutes, with time for questions and discussion at the end.

About the talks
The talks take place using guild chat.
1. You need an Alliance toon
2. You need to join the guild “Where is the library” , just prior to the talk. Whisper Franticread for an invite – this toon will be online an hour before the seminar. For further information about this please contact ellenforsyth@gmail.com

Transcripts of previous talks are online at:
http://gamesandlibraries.wetpaint.com/page/Edited+transcripts+of+talks

Where can I use World of Warcraft?
If you don’t want to install World of Warcraft on your own computer at home (it is a very big file) the easiest option may be to visit your local internet cafe where you are likely to find they already have World of Warcraft downloaded and ready to play.

Dude, Where’s My Culture?

Project Outcomes and Conclusions – Culture, museums, libraries and young people

This project in the North West of England aimed to give young people a voice on what culture means to them, and what Museums and Libraries should provide for young people. The project used youth work and youth participation techniques. The centre piece of the project was an event attended by 43 young people from a variety of areas across the North West and a small number of key adult decision makers. This event was entirely designed, planned and implemented by a Steering Group of young people working in partnership with youth workers.

=> http://bit.ly/bhlQH6

The inimitable Fry on language

Organise your desk – get motivated

Your desk means a lot to you. It may be the place of your greatest creativity, or your most decisive business decisions. It may be the place that is the hub of your home management systems. It may be a sanctuary, an engine room or a creativity generator.

But if it is covered in piles of paper and other bits and pieces; if it is overflowing and ugly, then all of that creativity, efficiency and productivity is jeopardised, stifled and just plain difficult.

You know that, I know that, and we also know that the solution is to tidy it so that we can find things; make it attractive so that we are motivated; and to implement systems so that it stays that way. But somehow action to create this solution is a bit slow in coming. We are so busy doing the things we do at the desk to find the time to tidy it and set those systems in place.

The answer lies in one simple motivation – focus on the advantages. Visualise the desk as it could be, should be. Focus on how smoothly you will complete your tasks there and what a pleasant experience it will be.