Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Here are some pictures from our book club party! We exchanged books, ate and talked about the best books of the year. Thanks to all of you who came out this year! We will be posting second semester meeting dates soon, so check back on our blog for more information! Have a great break and keep reading!
Monday, December 5, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
by Libba Bray
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.
The Last Thing I Remember
by Andrew Clavan
High school student Charlie West awakens injured in a concrete bunker, discovers that he has lost a year of his life and has no memory of escaping from prison after being convicted of murdering his former best friend, and learns that he is being pursued by both the law and a group of terrorists trying to destroy the U.S. government.
by Cory Doctorow
Interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus is released into what is now a police state, and decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Last week we hosted Mrs. Morris and her classes in the library to begin research on their Junior Research Paper. Students were researching social issues that have impacted the United States. Students used the Alabama Virtual Library's Opposing Viewpoints in Context to get a wide range of opinions and credible sources. They also learned how to evaluate websites for content, reliability, and relevance to their topic.
To organize all of the information needed for the project, we used LibGuides, a new subscription service purchased by the PTO that will create unit specific webpages to guide students through research projects. From the LibGuides site: "With LibGuides you introduce students to the research tools they will likely use in college (LibGuides is the most popular research guides platform at college and universities). You also teach them information literacy skills they will need as they continue their education. LibGuides is a media-rich and easy to navigate platform that really 'speaks' to and empowers Digital Natives."
LibGuides will also be used for tutorials on library resources and Web 2.0 tools that can be used for research and presentation. Here is a link to the Morris Research Guide:
If you would like to collaborate with us on a research guide for your next project, please email the library and we will be happy to assist you. We will do all the work to set up the guide, you will just need to let us know what you want and share with us any handouts and information you would like to post.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Also, our facebook page is coming soon! Here are some pics from our last meeting!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
We also have a book of lesson plans to accompany the artwork Please contact us if you are interested in using these in your classroom!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
And, believe it or not, students learned that there are other search engines besides Google and Bing! We used Metacrawler, a search engine that searches Google, Bing, and Yahoo at the same time, to analyze their search results and SweetSearch, a search engine that only searches sites verified by research experts. We also compared information found on the Internet with the information found in the Alabama Virtual Library. Students were able to then find a website on their own and evaluate it to see if it would work for their research assignment about The Great Depression.
When you assign a research assignment, you should give students some guidance on what sites to use and how to evaluate the sites they find. If you would like some assistance in this process please let us know! By teaching students how to search efficiently, we can ensure that they are ready for the 21st century!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
At the library, we will be displaying and featuring banned and censored books throughout the week. A few of the classics that Homewood students read are a part of the list, including Brave New World, Of Mice and Men, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Some popular titles in our library that are in the list of frequently challenged books include The Absolutely True Diary of a Parttime Indian by Sheman Alexie, Speak by Laurie Halse Andersen, and Betrayed by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast.
Be subversive! Stop by the library and check out a banned book today!
The fabulous photo on our blog's home page was created by our very own Katie Dixon. THANKS, KATIE!