Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Printing in the Library

Please be aware that the library offers three different printers for students and teachers to use.  These printers include two network printers, HHS_MC_CIR and HHS_MC_LAB.  We offer one wireless printer for printing from a tablet, smart phone, or laptop, HHS_LIBRARY_PUBLIC.  We also have one color printer, but you must have permission from your teacher to use this printer and a librarian will print it for you.

Your network login will have one printer set as the default.  Before you print, please double check to make sure that you are printing to the correct printer.  When printing to a network, always use “print preview” and know how many pages you are printing.  Many online articles include pages of comments or ads that are not needed.  Printing all this translates to an enormous amount of wasted paper and toner.  Lastly, if you need multiple copies, please print one copy and then get your teacher to make the copies on a school machine.  It is much more cost effective this way.

Please help us to be good stewards of the environment and our school resources and cut down on waste.  Before you click print, ask yourself the following questions:  Do I really need that print copy, or can I read it online?  How many pages am I printing?  Where am I printing?  And as always, if you have any concerns about what you are printing, ask your teacher or librarian for help.

Here is a link to instructions for installing network printers:

Monday, February 4, 2013

Award-winning Titles Available in the Library!

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, WA.  At this meeting, ALA announces the 2013 youth media awards, including the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults, and the Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.  To see the entire list, please click here.

Here are a few of the winning titles we have available at the HHS library:

In Darkness by Nick Lake (Printz Award Winner)

In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L'Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in 1804.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Printz Honor Book and Pura Belpré Author Award Winner)

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (Alex Award)
*Available through Overdrive

Her world upended by the death of a beloved artist uncle who was the only person who understood her, fourteen-year-old June is mailed a teapot by her uncle's grieving friend, with whom she forges a poignant relationship.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple (Alex Award)

When Bee aces her report card she claims her reward, which is a trip to Antarctica, but her mother, Bernadette, disappears due to her intensifying allergy to Seattle and people in general, which has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.  Bee uses emails, invoices, school memos, private correspondence, and other evidence to try and understand why her mother has left.