Banned Books from ALA

9/27/2011  We will be celebrating our 'Freedom to Read' with our annual Banned Books Contest.  The contest will feature books written in the 60s to go along with our 50th anniversary.  Some of these books are controversial even today.  Each day we will post clues about a title. The first person to correctly identify the title and author will win a prize. A grand prize will be awarded to the student or staff member that gets the most titles correct all week.  Make sure to visit the web site next Monday for the first clue of the contest.


9/19/2011  Our ABC-CLIO subscription comes up for renewal in November. We are trying to decide which databases to subscribe to.  If there are any you particularly like, use, think a great resource, let us know by taking the poll.

ABC-CLIO Database Renewal Poll

Poll results will be posted in Oct.

9/2/2011  Ever had trouble figuring out what to read next?
What author writes like Nicholas Sparks? 
What book is the next in the Bloody Jack series? 
Looking for historical fiction for Mr.McKee's class?
Try Novelist Plus, the new EBSCO database. 
The username and password are on the back of your ID card.


Welcome back Titans!

This year the library will transfer over to a new web site. 
We are looking for your ideas and comments. We will be
testing out many new formats and technologies and hope you
will join us in embracing the changes. 

We are glad to be back and look forward to the exploration
and change the upcoming year will bring.





Web Worthy

"TED is a remarkable Website sharing ideas from the world's most innovative thinkers and experts related to technology, entertainment, design, business, science, and global issues. Watch, listen to, learn, discuss and spread TED" (ALA Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, 2010).
Do you think schools kill
creativity?  Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson does.  Listen to his ideas on TED.



If you're frustrated with the lack of a digital dropbox on LearningPoint?
There are several good cloud storage sites available.  My favorite, Dropbox, was reviewed previously but may not be accessible to all students as it requires you download free software onto your home computer (this allows for the sync function across your devices to work). 

Two other free choices you might try:


They require an email address to setup an account.
They are accessible anyplace you can access the internet.  Both allow sharing uploaded files.
Box.net has mobile apps and 5 GB of free storage.
aDrive has 50 GB of free.
 


Summer's almost over but take time to enjoy a picnik
 
"web-based image editor makes it a snap to tweak photos—as well as create collages and share pictures" (reviewed by Jeffrey Wilson, PC Magazine 10/2010).


You can (per picnik):
  • "Fix your photos in just one click
  • Use advanced controls to fine-tune your results
  • Crop, resize, and rotate in real-time
  • Tons of special effects, from artsy to fun
  • Awesome fonts and top-quality type tool"
Try picnik when you create your next powerpoint and awe your friends and teachers.


Web Worthy will feature free technology tools and research sites. It will be updated regularly. Please feel free to suggest a tool or site. Click on Web Worthy Archives to view past recommendations.

New Additions

To reserve your copy of any of our new materials visit the library catalog and place a hold.