Monday, April 30, 2012

On a beautiful Saturday, downtown Ocala, You can see plants and flowers.
You can see husband coming away with a bag full of delicious fruit and vegetables. Sometimes we get a bunch of shrimp. The best shrimp I have ever tasted is cooked by my husband.

I love to watch people barter and sell and see what is for sale. I've found homemade soap, and goats milk soap, molded in pretty shapes. There is a baker I visit too much. I get chocolate chip cookies, brownies and coconut cake. Yum! Yum!

See you next Saturday at the Farmers Market on the square.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Learning lessons from ICL

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? I've always struggled with how to determine the target age of a book. Not any more. You can find a code in the front or back of a book that looks like 008-012 for ages 8 to 12 or 07-011 for ages 7-11. Also if you are reading a book and thinking, "I wonder how many words this book has?" You can divide the number of pages by 4. So for exmaple I am reading HOOT,by Carl Hiaasen and it has 292 pages. Divide that by 4 and you get 73 add 3 zero's. (1000 words per 4 pages.)

So if you are researching to see how long your book should be to reach a ceratin target age, go to the library or bookstore and start multiplying and dividing and see if you can find the code for the target age.