Archive for the ‘publishing’ Category
- NEW Shades: on both bedroom windows and screen door.
- PAINT: KITCHEN, BATHROOMS, LIVING ROOM but NOT mine. I love my room. I just want new window shades – oh, and mirrors on the sliding doors in my bedroom.
- PAINT: bathroom cabinets. The counter top is black marble and the cabinets should match a closer shade of grey or even black.
- FYI: We’re working on having a Spider-Man bedroom painted for our little Kindergartner.
- BOOK SHELVES: I’d love to have a floor to ceiling bookshelf in the kitchen along the wall that faces the patio door. There may even be room on the narrow wall to the left of the window in my bedroom. Or this Spine Book Tower would be fun too.
- FLOR Modular Carpet Tiles: I’d love to have a tile floor or wooden hallway but still have carpeting in JUST the bedrooms (not in the vanity in my bedroom, or the “hallway” into the main bathroom.
- SHELVES: The entire cabinet and shelves in that hallway, across from Spider-Man‘s room, need to be replaced. They’re about to fall off and they’re too tall for me to reach. I’d like more shelves.
To further clarify as to why this post-it note was written, it’s because I’m heading to the Stanford Professional Publishing Course in July, which takes place over an 8-day period.
My dad offered to come out with his brother to help fix-up the place and I want to make it a bit more “me.” If anyone thinks that this can all be done in eight days (or would love to provide an estimate on the cost involved), please leave a comment. I’m afraid to find out how much this will set me back, but I know it’ll be worth it.
Just recently, there has been a discussion about banning books (perhaps that’s the wrong term) that were printed in China. Until this became an issue, Kane/Miller was known for the high quality books that we print, with regard to the paper quality and durability of the books that we publish, along with the book’s content.
Parents and educators are in the middle of a frustrating time as toys are being pulled off the shelf and health scares related to these particular toys are presented to us in the media. I feel for the parents of those children who have been effected by the chemicals found in these toys.
What I don’t understand is the idea that removing books printed in China from library shelves would help to keep our children safe (or healthy). What our public and our communities are in need of is education regarding safety issues and learning how to reach those inside the corporations which have allowed such items to be sold in the first place.
As a parent, I realize that my argument is emotionally based, but who wouldn’t want to protect their child? We wouldn’t allow for lead paint to be in our homes or in any products that we bring home for our children and yet, I find it very difficult to believe that books from China could be doing my son any harm.
Kane/Miller is working on providing certifications that show that our books are safe and should hopefully encourage those who might have doubts to continue to purchase books based on the quality of the writing and illustrations, rather than where the product was shipped into the United States from.
Our nation has been purchasing toys “Made in China” for so long now that sadly, we’ve forgotten that there are companies here who have been making educational, high-quality products for our children as well.
I highly encourage everyone reading this to think outside the (toy) box and pick out toys – and other items – that you feel comfortable with, no matter what that criteria might be. Please don’t judge a book by its cover, or the country that produced it.
The media has spoken and while I applaud those who have already been purchasing items for their little ones that don’t have batteries or are not made of plastic, I realize that there are those that simply don’t have the resources to discover what else might be out there.
Earlier this year, my post entitled Batteries Not Included contained a list of companies who do offer these types of toys. I urge you to check them out, set aside some money to purchase items from them for the holidays or birthdays and spread the word to others.
It was a quick two and a half days but I had a wonderful experience and accomplished quite a bit:
- I met a lot of great people and introduced several school librarians to Kane/Miller
- I saw several contacts that I usually don’t see until the annual American Library Association conference in June
- I met quite a few vendors who were so nice and pleasant to be working near
- I was able to sign up for the 2009 conference which is to take place in North Carolina
- I managed to get fresh air (after being locked inside during the recent firestorms in San Diego) and get some exercise walking back and forth from the Atlantis Resort & Spa (located conveniently right across the street from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
- I was able to donate the remaining books to a local school here in Reno
My flight is boarding soon and I still need to eat dinner while cheering for the Rockies. Overall, the last few days have been quite successful and I’m pleased that we attended this bi-annual conference and look forward to meeting again in 2009.