Friday, May 11, 2012

Comic book fans have something to be excited about this month: Marvel’s Avengers movie has finally come out, after teasers that began way back in Iron ManThe Young Adult Library Services Association asked the question: "What would members of this superteam read in their free time?" This is the list they came up with:

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (2009 Best Book for Young Adults)
Nick of Time by Ted Bell
Legend by Marie Lu (2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults)
The Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel (2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults)
Bullet Point by Peter Abrahams
Finnikin of the Rock by Melinda Marchetta (2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults)

Interactive Sites to Learn More about American History

Check out some of these digitally interactive sites to learn more about American history.  What better way to bring history alive when you can't actually visit the museums, monuments, or physical sites of important historical events?

Friday, May 4, 2012

Teens Top Ten

The Teens' Top Ten list of nominated titles is out! 

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online in August and September; the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week.

Which title will you vote for?

Stop by the UHS Library to pick up your reading logs and a list of those nominated titles.

How to Cite a Tweet

With social media becoming more and more integrated into the classroom, research citations have had to adapt.  Thanks to the blog A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet, we no longer have to guess how to cite a tweet.  Twitter provides a wealth of information and networking opportunities, it would be a shame not to utilize it for fear of not knowing how to properly cite a tweet!

The correct way to cite a tweet is as follows:

Huffington Post (real name)  @HuffingtonPost  (user name )
Graphic photo from hospital reveals horrific results of bullying

The first thing you list is the author's real name, followed by the username in parentheses. If there is no real name, just use the username. Next, add the full text of the tweet, (make sure you put quotation marks) followed by the date and time of the tweet. The last thing you add is the word Tweet.

Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) "Graphic photo from hospital reveals horrific results of bullying" 25 April 2012, 2:57 p.m. Tweet.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cassandra Clare's Tumblr

For all of those Cassandra Clare fans out there (and I know there are many), take a look at the new Tumblr she created for her Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series.  And in more exciting news, the fifth book in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Lost Souls, is due out May 8th! 

Can't wait that long?  She's posting brief excerpts from the new book on her Tumblr.  Get a sneak peek!

Still not enough?  Follow the author on Twitter to learn more about the series and upcoming events.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

UHS Book Club

The next meeting of the UHS Book Club will be Wednesday, 5/2 at 2:00pm in the library.  We are reading and discussing The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan.  This is the first book in the Kane Chronicles series. 

New members are always welcome!  Snacks are provided to fuel us for our book talks :)