Monday, November 22, 2010

Sign up for a Boston Public Library eCard

As a Massachusetts resident, you are eligible to obtain a Boston Public Library eCard.  This eCard is a virtual library card that will give you access to all of Boston Public Library's remotely-accessible electronic resources, including magazine databases, downloadable audio, video, e-books, and music.

Traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday?  Think about downloading an audiobook for that long car ride.  Got a research paper due?  Check out the list of online research databases an eCard will give you access to. 

Take the time to apply for an eCard today - you will be glad you did! 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Not sure what to read next?

If you're looking for your next read, check out Reading Rants, a young adult literature book review blog written and maintained by teen services librarian Jennifer Hubert.  Hubert's got some great suggestions - take a look at some of her more recent reviews.  I guarantee you'll find something that intrigues you!  I've already added a few titles to my to-be-read list :)

Some of the titles I found interesting are American Vampire, Forge, The Carrie Diaries, and The Replacement.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

An author interview

For those of you who are fans of the Lauren Kate series "Fallen" check out a recent interview with the author.  Learn more about the fictional "Swords and Cross" world and why Kate sets her story at a reform school in Savannah, Georgia.  We have a copy of the first book in the series at the UHS Library and will be getting the second installment, "Torment" in the near future.  A great series!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Don't let this be you!

According to the latest Project Literacy Information Progress Report, the average college student lacks basic research skills.  An online survey polling 8,353 students from 25 college campuses discovered that 84 percent of students found that when it came to course-based research, getting started was their biggest challenge.  The three sources cited most often by students were course readings, search engines like Google, and scholarly research databases.  Only 30 percent asked a librarian for research help.  Read more about the study here.

Don't let this be you!  As you advance through high school and begin preparing for college you want to be polishing your research skills.  Take the time now to become comfortable with all of the resources the UHS library has to offer you.  You will be that much better prepared when you enter college.

Feel free to stop by the library anytime to schedule a library/research tutorial with Mrs. Fournier.  The time you take to become a savvy researcher now will save you loads of time, effort, and confusion in the future!

50 Books About Books

Are you someone who loves books?  Fine Books and Collections Magazine just published its Reading Guide for Bibliophiles - a list of 50 nonfiction books about books from the past year.  From memoirs and essays about how particular books influenced the personal lives of many, to photographs of books, libraries, archives, etc., there are some great holiday gift ideas on this list for the readers in your life. 

Library Journal announces its Inaugural Top Ten

Library Journal announced it's first Top Ten list of both fiction and nonfiction books that stood out as the best of 2010.  The list was compiled by librarians and book reviewers and are titles appropriate for a broad reading audience.  We have a couple of these titles in the UHS library and a few more on the way.  Stop by and see for yourself - these books are just waiting to be checked out by you :)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is one I find intriguing...Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her knowledge and used for medical research.  In fact, sixty years after her death, Henrietta's cells are still alive today as they were the first "immoratal" human cells grown in culture.  Her cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine, cancer and virus research, and led to important advances in cloning, in virtro fertilization, and gene mapping - all unbeknownst to Henrietta's family, which violates all sorts of ethical and informed consent practices.  

Definitely one on Mrs. Fournier's to-be-read list!

Love libraries? You will when you see these

A recent article posted a list of some of the "Most Beautiful College Libraries" in the U.S. complete with photos of each.  The first library on the list is practically in our backyard - Boston College's Bapst Library.  For all of you college-bound seniors, take a look at some of the types of libraries you could be studying in next fall...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pulse It

Are you a person that likes to always be reading the "latest and greatest" in teen fiction?  If so, become a member of Pulse It, a teen community created by Simon and Schuster where you can have your voice heard as a reviewer, trend-setter, and all-around expert.  Being a member of this community will provide you with early access to some great books before they appear on bookstore shelves.  Take a look and see for yourself...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Need some reading suggestions?  Visit for some fantastic book lists.  Each month, IndieBound publishes their Indie Next List which is a list of "Inspired Recommendations from Indie Booksellers."  There is also an Indie Next List for Poetry, an Indie Next List for Reading Groups, and a Kids' Indie Next List which reviews some great young adult titles.  A great resource for avid readers!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Another student review has been posted!

See what your books your peers are talking about by checking out their reviews here.  After reading what your classmates have written, you'll find yourself wanting to stop by the UHS library to check these books out for yourself.  Some great reading for this snowy day!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Amazon Kindles are HERE!

Thanks to a grant from the Edward C. Thayer Trust Fund, the UHS library now has four Amazon Kindles! Not only do the Kindles offer e-reading capabilities, but they also offer an audio component. If you are a person that prefers to listen to their books rather than read them, you will love this feature. Stop by and see for yourself!