Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for June 20, 2017

Will you have time to read this summer? If so, check out the list of summer reading lists below.

If you plan to spend time prepping for fall courses, let me know if I can help you find resources. I'll be adding to my book and video purchasing lists all summer so drop me an email if you need anything.

Also, visit Libguides to see how I can help you curate resource materials for research projects.

When you're planning your research projects this summer for the upcoming school year, let me know if you'd like me to create a Libguide to help curate resources for your students. Libguides are modern versions of pathfinders. Below is a screen shot from a Libguide I created for the Biome research project earlier this year. I can also assign teachers as editors at any time and welcome any and all collaboration.

Summer Reading Lists

Hopefully - you'll all find some time to relax. If you need a book suggestion, maybe you'll find something in one of the following lists from various news outlets and organizations.

Washington Post -37 Books We've Loved so Far in 2017

NYTimes - Books to Breeze Through This Summer

NPR -Beach Reads You Need: Four Sandy Summer Romances

Bill Gates' top 5 Books to Read this Summer

Berkeley's Summer Reading List for New Students - the theme is What Can We Change in a Single Generation. Some interesting titles here!

PBS 19 Summer Books That Will Keep You Up All Night Reading 

Publishers Weekly - Adult list

Book Lists for Teens and Kids

Scholastic Summer Reading Lists - this one is broken down by age groups (0-2; 3-5, 6-7, 8-10, 11-13, and Young Adult)

Young Adult Library Association Nominations for Teen's Top Ten

Publishers Weekly - Children's List (lists for picture books, middle grade, and young adult)

Kwame Alexander's Recommended Reading List for 2017

Have a great summer!!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Penultimate Tidbits!

Staff Summer Reading - Looking for something to read?
Add your reviews, comments and recommendations to the What have you read? What are you reading? What's on your list for the Summer? Google doc.

Makerspace News
3-D printing this week.
We're still printing parts of the robotic hand!

We also printed this box for a student. It has several parts, some of which need to be glued together. We didn't think of what type of glue we would need for our 3D print jobs. A whole new problem to solve!

Cricut Machine 

Students are starting to get the hang of creating their own designs on the Cricut (pronounced "cricket") machine. The material this student is using is vinyl. We currently have red, navy blue and white vinyl for the students to use. The Cricut machine can cut vinyl, paper, cardstock and other materials. Next year we hope to try cutting balsa wood!

Soldering Iron
The soldering iron came in handy when one of our students needed to fix a LED award pin that arrived broken in the mail. Now he can wear it at graduation!

Another student spent his free period using the soldering iron to put together homemade USB battery packs for electronic devices.

We subscribe to a long list of magazines and there are some titles that don't get used much.....if at all. I'd like to cut some titles and add some new ones. See the lists below. If you have strong feelings about any of the cuts, let me know. Also, if you have a recommendation for me, fill out this handy form.

Titles to ContinueTitles to CutTitles to Add
Acoustic GuitarMoneyWatercolor Artist
Alternative PressDown BeatConcrete Wave (skateboarding)
BooklistEntertainment WeeklyMake
Business WeekUtne ReaderReal Simple
Car & DriverVanity FairShameless
Consumer Reports
Game Informer
Mother Earth News
Mother Jones
National Geographic
N.H. Conservation & Wildlife
Outdoor Life
Road & Track
Rolling Stone
Scientific American (gift)
Science News
Sports Illustrated
Teen Vogue

E-Reference Books and Encyclopedias
As I've mentioned in the past, we rarely purchase print reference these days. Instead, we purchase e-reference books which are superior in several ways.
  • The search capabilities make it much easier for students to find information on their topics. For instance  - a simple search for diabetes will lead students to titles on Genetic Disorders, Alternative Medicine, Health and Nutrition, Human Diseases, Race and Racism, and more.
  • Students can login with Google and save their research and notes right to Google Drive.
  • Unlimited access allows any and all students to access the same material simultaneously.
  • No lost books!
This school year there were 1830 full text retrievals from the Gale Virtual E-Reference Library
here are the most popular titles (10 or more retrievals). 

EBook TitleRetrievals
Short Stories for Students, vol. 2566
American Eras: Primary Sources: vol. 6: The Revolutionary Era, 1754–178365
Infectious Diseases: In Context, vol. 151
Witchcraft in America 200150
Short Stories for Students, vol. 2136
Global Events: Milestone Events Throughout History, vol. 6: North America35
American Eras: Primary Sources: vol. 7: The Colonial Era, 1600–175432
Short Stories for Students, vol. 425
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, 2nd ed., vol. 224
The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders, 3rd ed., vol. 121
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, vol. 320
The Brain, the Nervous System, and Their Diseases, vol. 119
Arts and Humanities Through the Eras, vol. 4: Renaissance Europe 1300-160018
Chemistry: Foundations and Applications, vol. 118
Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, vol. 218
Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource, 2nd ed.,vol. 118
Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, 2nd ed., vol. 117
Short Stories for Students, vol. 2616
UXL Encyclopedia of U.S. History, vol. 516
American Eras: Primary Sources v2 201315
Major 21st-Century Writers, vol. 215
Chemical Compounds, vol. 214
Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2nd ed., vol. 514
Literary Themes for Students: The American Dream, vol. 114
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, 2nd ed., vol. 114
Chemistry: Foundations and Applications, vol. 313
Novels for Students, vol. 112
Science and Its Times, vol. 6: 1900-194912
Scientific Thought: In Context, vol. 112
Novels for Students, vol. 211
Novels for Students, vol. 2011
The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets, 2nd ed., vol. 211
American Eras: Primary Sources: vol. 8: Early American Civilizations andExploration to 160010
Short Stories for Students, vol. 610
Social Issues in America: An Encyclopedia10
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, vol. 210
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, vol. 410
The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained, vol. 210
UXL Encyclopedia of U.S. History, vol. 710

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for June 6, 2017

New Books!
The final installment of the new books for this school year has been added to our collection.
Don't forget to send me your suggestions for next school year! Email me or fill out this handy form!

We have a good mix of genres in this last batch. Click here to view more details.

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
When You Never Said Good-Bye: An Adoptee's Search for Her Birth Mother: a Novel in Poems and Journal Entries by Meg Kearney

The Golden Shovel Anthology : New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks 

Short Stories
What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Arimah

Inferior : How Science Got Women Wrong by Angela Saini
Secret Societies : the Complete Guide to Histories, Rites, and Rituals by Nicholas Redfern

Theft by Finding : Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris
The Best We Could Do : An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

Makerspace News

A $35.00 Computer!?!

Yup - this is a Raspberry Pi
It's a teeny tiny computer that students can program themselves.
After a bit of trial and error, Kim was successful in installing an operating system! Yay!

Here is the set up
What does a Raspberry Pi do? What will kids do with it?

School projects.
As it turns out we had a student who created a video game as part of his senior project on a Raspberry Pi, but we didn't have any way to project it. 

One of the students who has been helping out with the Makerspace is going to program a couple of the Raspberry Pi's to make a webcam so that we can do a live feed to the Makerspace when kids are in there working!

What else can you do with a Raspberry Pi? Click here to take a look at the Libguide that Kim made for more information.  

What's going on with the 3D printer?
We are still printing parts to the robotic hand. Hopefully, when the project is done that student will share photos and videos of the results. 

We've also printed a couple of instrument mouthpieces, a couple of fidget spinners, and the pendant below. The special education student who found this pendant design and tweaked it was beaming with pride when he told me that his object was going to be the next thing printed. Needless to say, he was excited to receive the finished product!

Would you (or one of your students) like to have something printed on the 3d printer?
Just follow these steps:

1. Design an object that you would like to print. How? Go to Tinkercad.com (or similar web application) sign in, and create a design. You can also search the site for designs.

2. Go to the EHS Makerspace Libguide page on 3d Printers and follow the How to Print instructions. 

Kim or I would be happy to help you or any student who would like to print an object.

NOTE: 3d printer objects can take a long time to print  - anywhere from 1-2 hours to more than 12 hours. At this point we are limiting print jobs to 6 hours because we don't want the printer to be running when we're not here. 

New Titles from Classroom Video on Demand

19 New titles were added to classroom video on demand (CVOD) this month. A couple of the highlights are below. Click here to view the list.

(Don't forget that you'll need to login - either with Google or with the username and password bluehawks)

Give Trump a Chance: A Debate
Since Donald Trump became president in January 2017, opponents have criticized him as unpredictable, offensive, and autocratic, a threat to both democratic ideals at home and stability abroad. But supporters have praised him as refreshing, bold, and unafraid to make waves or upset the status quo. Some Americans urge resistance to working with Trump to avoid "normalizing" his presidency, but others warn that this will only deepen political divisions in the United States and hurt the country. Should Americans—even those who strongly oppose him—give President Trump a chance. (1hr. 31 mins with 27 segments)

Reading and Understanding the New Food Label

This program highlights changes in the new food label, which will be required in 2018. Viewers learn how it has been simplified for the consumer and modernized based on current nutrition science. (29 mins with 8 segments)

Becoming Warren Buffett
Becoming Warren Buffett chronicles the evolution of an ambitious, numbers-obsessed boy from Nebraska into one of the richest, most respected men in the world, and the heroes who helped guide him along the way. (1 hr 28 mins -with 29 segments)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for May 30, 2017

EHS Summer Reading Recommendations

Each year, the English Department puts together a list of recommended books for summer reading. This year's list includes the titles listed below. 
The Future of Us by Jay Asher
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson
The Fallout by S.A. Bodeen
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
UnSouled by Neal Shusterman
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Everyday by David Levithan
Finders Keepers by Stephen King
Divergent (Trilogy) by Veronica Roth
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Paper Towns by John Greene
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Click here to view the titles in the Library Catalog. By the way - if you click on the link to the title of a book and then click on the "Titlepeek" link under the image of the book you will be able to see a summary and book reviews.

EHS Inkwell

Have you visited the Inkwell website lately? The Inkwell is an online literary journal of the arts created by students and faculty at Exeter High School which serves as an outlet for students and teachers who wish to express themselves creatively. Visit the Inkwell's new website at https://inkwellehs.wordpress.com to see a variety of submissions including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, book reviews, artwork, cartoons, and more.  There are also links to the winning submissions of Merrill Writing Contest, the English department writing contest which recognizes the talents of EHS students.

Suggestions for Purchases for the Library?

Many of our purchases for books, magazine subscriptions, and videos come from students and staff members. Do you have a recommendation for a purchase? Maybe you have heard of a book title that would be great for kids to read. Or maybe you're teaching a new course and have some recommendations for resources to be added to our collection. If you have requests or recommendations, please let me know. You can stop by and chat, send me an email, or fill out the Material Request Form online.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for May 22, 2017

Disney Summer of Service Grant

Do you know students who want are civically minded and want to make a difference in their communities? Disney Summer of Service grants of $500 each are awarded to hundreds of kids ages 5-18 for projects that will positively impact their communities. Select grantees will have a chance to be recognized by Disney|ABC Television Group or their local ABC affiliate. Application period will open on June 1, 2017. Go to http://ysa.org/grants/youth-grants/disney/

Soldering Workshop in the Library
We had several students take part in the soldering workshop on May 16th. As I mentioned previously, the workshop was lead by Alex Nunn, one of the owners of the Port City Maker Space and an alumni of Exeter High School. 

If you know students who would like to use the soldering iron, they are more than welcome to do so. However, inexperienced users will have to take a quick lesson on the use and safety of the soldering iron.

3D Printer News
The 3D printer turned out some interesting projects lately.

Trumpet Mouthpiece
Tim Miles sent this print request!

Robotic Hand?
One of our students asked us to print pieces for a robotic hand. Take a look at the student's reasons for this request:

"This robotic hand will allow me to further my knowledge in the electrical and robotic engineering field and I would like to learn on my own out of school. I plan to assemble the hand and code it with an Arduino to allow a leap motion sensor scan my hand movements and make the robotic hand copy mine. This is a project I am really excited about because I have all the resources needed to make this a reality except a 3D printer, which is why I would like to print it at the school."

Although this is a bigger job than we typically print, we did agree to print the pieces of the hand to see how this whole project works out.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for May 15, 2017

New Books

We've just added 30 new books to our collection. Non-fiction titles include books on women in society and sports. We also have a wide range of fictions titles - some by well known authors such as Barry Lyga, Rick Riordan, Emma Donahue (author of "Room"), Marcus Sedgwick and Kwame Alexander. Click here to see the whole list and to get more information.

3-D Art Work from Jen Vigneau's Classes

While we've been using the 3D printer in the library, Jen Vigneau's art classes have been creating wonderful 3D sculptures from foam core. Take a look at some of the beautiful work.

DoSomething.org is one of the largest global organizations for young people and social change. They have over 5.5 million members tackling social change campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment. Basically any cause, anytime, anywhere.

Young people can search the site to look for something to do that matches their cause interests, how much time they have, and what kind of action they want to take (volunteer, make something, donate something, etc).

There are so many campaigns - here are just a handful of examples:

Collect cereal for your local food bank.

Go caroling for older adults experiencing isolation during the holiday season.

Make a sign sharing a soldier's experience in the service.

Thank your old school counselor by making a selfie collage.

Post new restroom signs to demand inclusive options for trans people.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for May 9th, 2017

You Are Not Going to Believe What I'm About to Tell You

The backfire effect is a name for the finding that, given evidence against their beliefs, people can reject the evidence and believe even more strongly. The phrase was first coined by Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler, in their paper "When Corrections Fail: The persistence of political misperceptions."

If you haven't seen it yet, take a look at this wonderful comic strip by artist and author Matthew Inman, in which he gives a effective lesson on how most of us react to new information- You Are Not Going to Believe What I'm About to Tell You. I've given you the link to the classroom version, but the adult version is a little spicier if you prefer.

The Flume  - New Hampshire Teen Reader's Choice Award 

What is it?

The Flume Award was created in 2005 in response to a New Hampshire teen’s request to have a book award geared towards high school students. This award is a state-wide venture led by a collaborative effort from school and public librarians. Each year teens nominate titles, published within the last three years, they think deserve to be recognized. Librarians narrow the group of titles to a shorter list. Teens then vote for the winning title from that list.

What Are The Nomination Criteria?

Titles must be nominated by teens in grades 9-12, can be fiction or nonfiction books, with appeal to this age group. They must have a publication date within the last three years. If the book is part of a series, it must be able to stand alone, meaning a reader doesn’t have to read the other books in the series to understand what’s going on. 

Here is a list of this year's nominations. The voting for the winner will take place next spring so students have plenty of time to read them all before they cast a vote for the winner. If you'd like to read the summaries of these books click here to link to the brochure.

  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kelly
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth (we don't have this but it's on order)
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (we don't have this but it's on order)
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

3D Printing Projects
Our 3D printer has been working steadily since we "opened for business" before vacation. As I type this, one of our students is printing a model of an inner ear.  So far we have printed a student's face in relief, a fidget spinner, an extra large, multi-piece Lego figure, a fishing lure, and a ring. It took three tries for the student who printed the ring. He started with a design that he liked, but it was too small, so he changed the design, and that didn't work because the design wasn't clear. He finally came up with a design that looked good and it fit! 

At this point, we're asking students to create original designs. If they use designs that have been created by someone else they must alter or transform those designs in some way. If the item is for personal use they need to tell us if it's for a hobby, an invention, a prototype, etc. and if it's for a school project we ask that they tell us more about the assignment. We're learning as we go, so we may tweak the requirements/procedures next year.