So last week, I was amazingly fortunate to be named a White House Champion of Change and Innovation, and was able to travel to Washington, D.C. for the ceremony. And as it turns out, someone else came to the ceremony–the President!
It was a really awesome day to get to both talk about techie libraries and to get to meet the President and to represent the Chaps community! We got to share the iPad project and about what it means to be a connected, Tweeting, and iPad friendly librarian! We also got a chance to tour the White House (and see the “First Dogs”).
It made me feel very grateful to be here and work with so many wonderful and creative students and staff! So thank you for all you do! Now let’s go change education for the better!
Never fear–if you need help with your bibliography, the library is here to help! Mouse over the image, click on the icons and let the friendly kitten guide you to some help!
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It’s been a busy Fall! It was great to have author Gene Yang (@geneluanyang) here to share his graphic novel goodness a few weeks ago.
It was cool hearing how he persevered with his comic novel career even in uncertain times. (And if you were there, you found out, he did “win the girl” after all!)
Also, if you haven’t checked out his AWESOME website, take a look!
Thank you for sharing your favorite books with us during Teen Read Week–it looks like Percy Jackson, Divergent, and Fault in Our Stars are big favs! If you didn’t get a chance to try your hand at our character trivia contest, stop by. You could win a free book!
Also, thanks this week for signing the Declaration of the Right to Libraries for ALL students. If you didn’t get a chance to sign it, you can sign online here!
Libraries CAN change lives! (or at least make them better!)
Check out your teacher’s classroom door to see their favorite books too, and have a happy Homecoming Weekend!
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Wow, summer is over and September is already here! Join us in the library this month for some cool stuff!
Last week, it was our celebration of Star Trek’s first tv episode! Congrats to winners of our trivia contest and the two winners of Spock Ears!
In two weeks, our next celebration is Stephen King’s birthday! You know–the guy who wrote Pet Sematary, Cujo, and Under the Dome? Come by on September 20 to check out our Stephen King display and have a bite of a Stephen King birthday cake!
And best of all, don’t forget to check out the Austin Teen Book Festival, right here at the Austin Convention Center, on September 28th. You won’t believe all the awesome authors coming–everyone from Maggie Stiefvater to Sarah Dessen to S.A. Bodeen and Brian Yansky! And the author of brand new title, Solstice, that I can’t wait to read because it is set in Austin, Texas! The festival is free, open all day, and you can meet and greet your favorite authors. Hope we see you there!
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Summertime is almost here!
The “required” summer reading lists for AP are ready to go, but first, don’t you want to do some leisure reading too?
Check out the library staff’s recommendations of what’s hot and popular on our Summer 2013 reading list! Download as a PDF for handy reference(we’ve marked titles available as ebooks, too). summer reading 2013 bookmark new pdf.
And if you need tips with checking out our e-books, this handy flyer should help. Download this Ebook instructions Summer reading PDF for how to use Follett Shelf, Mackin Via, and Overdrive e-books. (Or email us if you get stuck!)
If you really like it, send us a “selfie” of you reading a book from our list this summer! Happy reading!
photo credit: Flickr: opensourceway
One way to get ready for your college life is to figure out how the university library works. Browse their website–figure out how to get around so when you need it, you’ll be ready.
College libraries also have subject area specialists–try to find the specialist for your subject! It’s like having your own personal librarian.
Also check out the subject guides available–the librarians create pathfinders for every major showing what databases and websites are preferred for you to use. That’s an easy way to get started and use the sites your professors expect.
The library can be your studying home-away-from-home. There are study rooms you can reserve, many of them have equipment you can check out, coffee areas, etc. It’s a good respite from the dorm and a place where you can meet others too.
Check out a few of these library websites for examples!
University of Texas
Texas A & M
Austin Community College
University of Colorado Boulder
University of North Carolina
Baylor University Library
Mary Hardin Baylor
We have NEW e-books available on both Overdrive and Follett Shelf! Use your student ID to login (and the password read if it needs one).
New titles include the new time-twisting trilogy Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman to the clever Maddie on Things–the journey of a man and his dog who is photographed “on things”! (The book premiered at #SXSW). Or check out Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick (an innocent exchange student who turns out to be a spy) and The Infects, a zombie survival novel.
For more info on the apps you need for using Overdrive and Follett, check out our e-books tab on the toolbar or ask the library staff for help!
If you are working on a research project, don’t forget to use our DATABASES page to find all the research sites we subscribe to. If you need password info, drop the library an email, come by the library for a brochure, or check in the student shared folder online. We have just added a new Global Social Issues database that covers all sorts of issues from….well, you got it, from around the world Seriously, the database covers anything that could be a social issue — from diseases, to ethical science issues, to education. Check it out!
If you are working on the Vietnam research project right now, check the TEACHER Project pages for a link to the LIB Guide full of links, tips, and help.
Drop us an email if you have a question or tweet us at @whslibraryrocks!
Sooo excited that Cory Doctorow will be joining us to talk about his new book, Homeland, this Friday! (Read more about it here!)
Pick up your copy in the library for autographing or fill out our order form! (see next post!)
We are so excited to share that the author of Little Brother, Cory Doctorow, is coming to visit Westlake February 22nd during 2nd period! Doctorow is well known for his novels, like Little Brother and For the Win, as well as his work on the blog he co-edits, Boing Boing.
Doctorow is wired into digital media and how it may impact the future–YOUR future. He also writes for magazines such as Wired and Make magazine and is just generally cool as you can see from the photo
Doctorow will be appearing in the WHS Research Center on the 22nd, but you can pre-order copies of his books now, for autographing! An order form is attached here, or you may come by either library to pre-order a book. There will be a few copies of Little Brother and the sequel, Homeland, available the day of his talk, as well.
Check for more information in either library!
Order form CORY DOCTOROW @ WESTLAKE(1)(1)
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