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Feb. 2012

Volume 12 Issue 2

Books and  book  clubs!

Big, Big Library News! Coming soon, a media production space! A generous  grant  from  an  anonymous  donor   will  allow  us  to  set  up  a  fabulous  multimedia   production  lab  in  the  reference  area  of  our   library.    The  lab  will  feature  new  Mac   desktops,  a  green  screen,  drawing  tablets,   café-­‐style  seating,  and  a  laptop  charging/using   counter,  and  more.    It  will  be  available  for   independent  student  use  as  well  as  class   bookings.    We’ll  be  looking  for  student   volunteers  (with  study  halls)  to  help  staff  the   area. Our  Library  is  an  app.  (well,  actually  a   mobile  site) Our  new  practicum   student,  Kathie   Jackson,  and  I  have   been  working  on   creating  a  library   mobile  app.     Students  should  be   able  to  easily   access  library   resources  easily  on   their  iPads,   iPhones,  and   others  mobile   platforms.    

Coming soon:  a  community-­‐wide  One-­‐ Book-­‐One  SpringQield  (OBOS)   discussion  featuring  author  Len  Miller.     The  discussion  of  Silent  Thunder:   Breaking  Through  Cultural,  Racial,  and   Class  Barriers  in  Motorsports  takes   place  on  Wednesday,  March  14  at  7:00   PM  and  will  be  led  by  Voices  of  Excellence  students. In  collaboration  with  the  Retina,  OBOS  is  planning  a  spring   Family  Film  Night  at  the  Ambler  Theater.     Proceeds  will  beneQit  Retina  and  the  James   Taylor  Scholarship.  The  event  is  scheduled   for  Monday  night,  March  26th.    The  title  of   the  Qilm  will  be  announced  shortly. Andy  Dippell  and  BethAnn  Olesen  have   volunteered  to  lead  the  May  16th  discussion   of  Dave  Eggers  bestseller  Zeitoun: the   true  story  of  one  family,  caught  between   America’s  two  biggest  policy  disasters:  the  war  on  terror  and   the  response  to  Hurricane  Katrina.    Join  us  on  the  evening  of   May  16th  for  this  community-­‐wide  OBOS  discussion. This  year  our  student  Book  Club  has  become  somewhat   virtual.  Yes,  we  continue  to  host  face-­‐to-­‐face  meetings,  but   we  also  connect  with  Qive  other  high  school  book  clubs   around  the  country  via  Skype  and  Google  Hangouts.    Our  last   discussion  was  a  comparison  of  The  Invention  of  Hugo  Cabret   with  the  new  Qilm  Hugo  with  clubs  from  California,   Connecticut  and  Oregon.  Our  next  discussion  is  John  Green’s   new  novel,  The  Fault  in  our  Stars.

We’re still  working  out  a  few  bugs,  but  for   now,  just  visit:  to  

open the  mobile  site. 

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Author James  Kennedy  The  Order  of  the  Odd-­‐Fish,  will  be  visiting  with  our  Book  Club  and  our  Creative  Writing   class  face-­‐to-­‐face  on  April  11th.  (A  big  thanks  to  our  PTA  for  the  mini-­‐grant!)  We  also  look  forward  to  a  virtual   visit  from  really  popular  YA  author  Libba  Bray,  who  has  promised  to  join  us  through  Skype  when  we  discuss   her  latest  book,  Beauty  Queens.

Kindles to go! Thanks to  last  year’s  PTA  Mini-­‐Grant,  we  have  three  Kindles,  packed  with  most  of  the  titles   on  our  reading  and  lit  circle  lists,  as  well  as  lots  of  classics  and  popular  titles.      Your   students  are  welcome  to  borrow  them.    We  also  have  a  little  money  left  on  our  PTA-­‐ funded  Amazon  gift  card  so  we  can  add  titles  you  suggest.    (See  the  current  list  of  titles  on   the  last  page  of  this  report.)

Build your  own  Personal  Learning  Network  (PLN)  and  attend  our  workshop!

Over the  couple  of  years,  I’ve  learned  about  some  great  new  ways  to  learn  and  grow   thanks  largely  to  social  networking.  I  recently  built  a  LibGuide  for  our  District  Professional   Development  Committee.  You  can  Qind  it  easily  as  a  tab  on  our  Guide  for    Teachers.    The   new  PLN  Guide  includes:  lists  of  educational  hashtags  for  quickly  accessing  relevant   Twitter  discussions  and  regularly  scheduled  chats,  a  list  of  online  communities  of  practice   for  educators.     But  if  you  want  a  more  personal  PLN  building  experience  .  .  . Ken  Rodoff  and  I  will  present  an  after-­‐school  workshop  on  PLNs. What:  Building a Professional Learning Network - A how-to hands-on experience When:  Monday, February 27, 3:00PM - 4:00PM Where:  High School Library Details: Build a powerful network of colleagues without leaving your laptop.  Learn how to leverage Twitter (Yes, Twitter!), Skype, curation tools, webinars, & online professional networks to inform and inspire your practice.  Bring your laptop to this heavily hands-on opportunity.

Need help  guiding  your  students  with  a  papers  or  projects?   Remember  that  our  Research  Guide  (  offers  support  for   documentation,  thesis  development,  communication  strategies,  and  much  more.    If  your  students  are  in  a   Google  rut,  please  remind  him  or  her  that  our  subscription  Database  Guide  ( databases)  is  the  online  portal  to  a  rich  collection  of  curricular/academic  resources  and  media.    These   resources  represent  the  type  of  content  students  will  be  expected  to  reference  at  the  university  level.    Also   check  out  our  recently  revised  Current  Events  Guide(  with  its  links   to  major  news  feeds  and  news  sources  from  around  the  world. If  you  need  help  developing  any  instruction  or  supporting  student  inquiry  and  communication,  we  can  plan   together.    I  am  so  happy  to  help  you  develop  lessons  and  to  work  with  you  to  create  new  guides.      Some  guides   of  interest  for  teachers  include:  Rubrics,  Teacher  Tools,  Teaching  Portals,  and  e-­‐Curricula  and  Texts.

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New Titles We just received Gale’s Critical Companion: Feminism in Literature, a six-volume set, exploring the history of women and feminism throughout literature, from classical antiquity to modern times.

Databases update: When  EBSCO  and  Wilson  merged   recently,  we  experienced  a  bit  of   database  shift.    I  am  currently  updating   the  links,  but  here  is  a  list  of  the   current  EBSCO  titles: • EBSCOhost • Business Abstracts with FullText • Education Fulltext

Information Plus!

• General Science Fulltext • GreenFile (Environmental resources) • Humanities Fulltext • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts • OmniFile Fulltext Mega • OmniFile Fulltext Select • Readers' Guide Fulltext Mega • Readers' Guide Fulltext Select • Social Science Fulltext • Teacher Reference Center

Just in are the 2011 volumes of Gale’s Information Plus series, jam-packed with statistics about important social issues, featuring such titles as: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

The American Economy Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Electronic America Energy Gambling Gun Control The Health Care System National Security Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illicit Drugs Animal Rights Crime, Prisons, and Jails Genetics and Genetic Engineering Growing Up Immigration and Illegal Aliens Social Welfare Water

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LIBRARY REPORT! Tech News you May Have Missed Wolfram Alpha ( the computational search tool we already love, recently launched i t s Wo l f r a m E d u c a t i o n Po r t a l ( h t t p : / / with highly interactive texts for the high school classroom. The site now offers algebra and calculus, but there’s more to come. For more e-texts, see our e-Curriculum Pathfinder ( joycevalenza/350887) which includes Wolfram’s multidisciplinary source, CK-12 ( flexbook/).

instaGrok ( still in beta, is a

search tool designed for students. It is a useful place to begin a search and to gather context and new vocabulary. It offers users the following features: retrieves materials in multiple formates filters out non-educational content determines difficulty levels incorporates a rating system identifies important concepts generates interactive visual concepts maps similar to Google’s now defunct WonderWheel • Defines terminology with examples of use in context • • • • • •

Quixey ( is a search tool designed to help people easily find apps simply by function-by describing want they want to do.

APPitic ( is a collection of 1300+ apps for education organized by theme, Bloom’s taxonomy, multiple intelligences and special ed needs and selected by Apple Distinguished Educators.



iWitness Imagine that you could have 1,000 survivors in your classroom . . . The University of Southern California Shoah Foundation recently launched the BETA version of a truly important gift– a searchable, interactive archive of more than 1000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.It is a creatively designed, Common Core standards-aligned portal for instruction. And if they register, students and educators have permission to make derivative works using the editing tools provided on the site. The King Center in Atlanta recently launched the King Center Archive, ( making available thousands of neverbefore-seen documents and images connected to Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. This year, the JFK Presidential Library released a great number of primary source documents including the final White House recordings secretly taped during President Kennedy’s time in office.

This one is not new, but it is cool. Looking for a secure social learning environment for your classes? Give Edmodo ( a try. The tool features: • A safe environment for differentiating instruction with oneto-one or whole group communication. • An anytime, anywhere mobile learning environment with smartphone apps and mobile site. • Easy access to projects, classwork and school events through assignments, quiz builder, calendar and gradebook features.

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Scenes from the library:

Remember, your laptops can travel. I’d love to work more closely with laptop classrooms. We welcome your learners and your laptops into the Library to use our services, our wireless, our books, and our lovely learning spaces!

Hope to see you and your classes soon! joyce

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Complete Works of William Shakespeare: 197 Plays, Poems & Sonnets Shakespeare, William Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Dracula Stoker, Bram Edgar Allan Poe's Complete Poetical Works Poe, Edgar Allan Emma Austen, Jane Essays - First Series Emerson, Ralph Waldo Ethics Aristotle Familiar Quotations Flowers for Algernon Keyes, Daniel Frankenstein Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft FREE Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements (Mendeleev's Table) in the Trial Version FREE Weights and Measures Study Guide: Conversion of over 1,000 units including Length, Area, Volume, Speed, Force, Energy, Electricity, Viscosity, Temperature, & more Great Expectations Dickens, Charles Grimm's Fairy Stories Grimm, Jacob, Grimm, Wilhelm Gulliver's Travels Swift, Jonathan Hamlet (mobi) Shakespeare, William I Am the Messenger Zusak, Markus I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Angelou, Maya Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle) Paolini, Christopher Julius Caesar [with Biographical Introduction] Shakespeare, William King Lear (mobi) Shakespeare, William King Richard III Shakespeare, William Leviathan Hobbes, Thomas

Alcott, Louisa May Golding, William Dickens, Charles Shakespeare, William Austen, Jane Shakespeare, William Austen, Jane Hesse, Hermann Xingjian, Gao MobileReference Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan Sunzi Zusak, Markus

Little Women (Sterling Classics) Lord of the Flies Oliver Twist Othello Pride and Prejudice Romeo and Juliet (mobi) Sense and Sensibility Siddhartha Soul Mountain Sudoku The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes The Art of War The Book Thief The Comedy of Errors The Works of William Shakespeare [Cambridge Edition] The Diary of a Young Girl The Glass Castle The House of the Scorpion The Iliad The Invisible Man The Jungle Book The Kite Runner The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights The Man in the Iron Mask The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood The Odyssey The Orestia The Phantom of the Opera The Plague The Prince The Republic The Sayings Of Confucius The Scarlet Letter The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde The Things They Carried The Time Machine The Ultimate Play Collection (50+ Plays) The War of the Worlds The Winter's Tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Things Fall Apart: A Novel (African Trilogy) Thirteen Reasons Why Thus Spake Zarathustra A book for all and none Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea Uncle Tom's Cabin Uncle Tom's Cabin Walden War and Peace Word Morph Volume 1: transform the starting word one letter at a time until you spell the ending word

Braginsky, Leonid

Wells, H. G. Shakespeare, William Baum, L. Frank Achebe, Chinua Thirteen Reasons Why Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm Verne, Jules Stowe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Beeche Thoreau, Henry David Tolstoy, Leo

Shakespeare, William Frank, Ann Walls, Jeannette Farmer, Nancy Homer Wells, H. G. Kipling, Rudyard Hosseini, Khaled Knowles, Sir James Dumas, Alexandre Pyle, Howard Homer Aeschylus Leroux, Gaston Camus, Albert Machiavelli, Niccolo Plato Confucius Hawthorne, Nathaniel Stevenson, Robert Louis O'Brien, Tim Wells, H. G.



STHS Library: Kindle Book List

title author 25 Language Phrasebook: German, French, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, ... Chinese, Indonesian, Malay, and Thai A Christmas Carol Dickens, Charles A Journey to the Centre of the Earth Verne, Jules A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Beah, Ishmael A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare, William A Thousand Splendid Suns: 1 Hosseini, Khaled Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Carroll, Lewis Anna Karenina Tolstoy, Leo Around the World in 80 Days Verne, Jules As You Like It Shakespeare, William Beauty Queens Bray, Libba Blindness Saramago, Jose Bulfinch's Mythology Bulfinch, Thomas Civil Disobedience Thoreau, Henry David CK-12 Advanced Probability and Statistics CK-12 Foundation CK-12 Biology I - Honors CK-12 Foundation CK-12 Calculus CK-12 Foundation CK-12 Chemistry CK-12 Foundation CK-12 Earth Science Honors For Middle School CK-12 Foundation CK-12 Geometry CK-12 Foundation CK-12 Life Science Honors For Middle School CK-12 Foundation CK-12 People's Physics Book Version 2 CK-12 Foundation CK-12 Trigonometry CK-12 Foundation Common Sense Paine, Thomas

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