Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Thanks for the Donation!

Today one of our very generous 8th graders donated the first 24 (yes 24!) volumes of the graphic novel series Rurouni Kenshin to the library.  On behalf of all the manga lovers at the school, THANK YOU!  Do you have lots of manga clogging your shelves?  If they're in good condition and middle school appropriate, considering donating them to our library.  Your classmates will thank you, and you'll get a very cool bookplate with your name on it on the inside cover of the books!

April 5th Update: We also just got a donation of Full Metal Alchemist volumes 3-22!  So now there is another series to read if you've already worked your way through all the rest of our manga!

Monday, March 28, 2011

What's Happening to the Stools?

Why are all the stools lined up by the door?  Why have the stools at the tall computers shrunk?  For a clue, go check out Mr. Nelson's class this week, or Ms. Brady's class next week!

Leave your guesses in the comment section below!

Friday, March 18, 2011

It's Research Season!

It's fourth quarter and that means research projects for 8th graders, and limited access to the library during lunch for 7th graders. L Many of the 8th graders are doing  debate research.  To make it easier to find resources, links to our best debate resources have been placed at the top of the column to the left.  Below are some of the great resources you should use (or you can get a brochure on how to use the databases here):

Search the PAC: search the catalog right from this webpage to find a great book!

Opposing Viewpoints: This is the best database out there for debates!  Search the database right from this page, then click Viewpoints on the left hand side of the results page to get all the great materials for debates.

Issues and Controversies: Click on the link, then enter your username and password.  Get the password off your database bookmark, or come ask for it in the library!

Student Research Center: Search this very comprehensive database right here from the library website.  Don't forget to narrow your results by subject, and try clicking on the magazine box to only view those results.

IDEA: Click on this icon to access the International Database Education Association, the organization that publishes the Debatabase books.  All their topics are arranged alphabetically on the website.  Just scroll through until you find your topic!

Don't forget to keep track of your sources!  Try an online citation generator, like Easy Bib, which is also in the left hand column of our website.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Brandon Mull!

Two weeks ago I went to the Alaska Library Conference in Juneau and got to meet Brandon Mull.  He was a very interesting speaker, and told us all about the next book series he has coming out: The Beyonders.  Book one is called A World Without Heroes and it comes out March 15th.  It looks awesome!  See the trailer here:   If you're a big Fablehaven fan, you'll want to read this!

Mr. Mull stopped and talked to us at the Juneau airport while we were all waiting to board our planes home.