Monday, December 16, 2013

December Newsletter

The December newsletter is here - check it out!

January 9 Book Club Selection

Book club's next meeting will be on Thursday, January 9, after school. We will be discussing Susanna Kaysen's memoir Girl, Interrupted.

From Goodreads: "In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele -- Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles -- as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary. Kaysen's memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. It is a brilliant evocation of a "parallel universe" set within the kaleidoscopically shifting landscape of the late sixties. Girl, Interrupted is a clear-sighted, unflinching document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery."

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book Club Readalikes

If you enjoyed the December book club pick, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, try one of the reads now on display in the library. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore has a little bit of everything, so check out this display for mysteries, romances, and most of all, books that examine reading, living, and thinking in the information age.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Winter Reading

Feeling festive and wintry already? Come to the library and grab a cold weather read. If you're already wishing for long days and sunshine, though, help fight the winter with something summery.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Advance Reading Copies Available

Need something brand new to read? How about a book that hasn't even been published yet?

Head over to the Student Review Blog for more about reading and reviewing one of Candlewick's spring titles before it is published. If you already have a reading list a mile long, think about reviewing the books you're already reading for the blog; we'd love to know what you think.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

BPL eCards and JSTOR

To access the Boston Public Library's online resources, including JSTOR, you need a BPL card. You don't have to take a trip to Boston to get one, though - you can register online for an eCard. If you're signing up for the first time, need a new eCard number, or need a refresher on accessing and using JSTOR, check out the BPL eCard and JSTOR Tutorial under Tutorials and Tips in the tabs.

JSTOR is one of many databases you can access with a BPL eCard. Take a look at the full list, or add the BPL as one of your libraries in OverDrive.

Friday, November 22, 2013

November is Native American Heritage Month

 On display now in the library, take a look at some books highlighting Native American history and culture during Native American Heritage Month. Though a few of these books discuss Thanksgiving and the interactions between Native Americans and the Mayflower colonists, others discuss the history of Native American tribes in other parts of the U.S. and Native Americans today.

For more information about Native American heritage, check out the collections online at these sites.
  • Native American Heritage Month 2013: A collaboration between the Library of Congress and several other national organizations, this site brings together online collections of images, documents, and videos that illustrate Native American history and culture.
  • ALIC Indians/Native Americans: Links to National Parks sites, legal and cultural documents, and digital collections related to Native Americans from the National Archives.
  • National Museum of the American Indian: Take a look at some of the exhibits at or coming to this Smithsonian museum, and check out some of the lectures they've posted to their YouTube page.
Or, go offline and check out some local museums.
  • Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center: Exhibits explore the history of the Pequot, other local tribes, and Native Americans across the U.S. The museum's collections include both historical cultural objects and contemporary art.
  • Plimoth Plantation: The Wampanoag Homesite is staffed entirely by Native People from the Wampanoag and other tribes. Though the interpreters in the English Village are role players, the interpreters in the Wampanoag Homesite discuss history from a modern perspective. If you're curious about how the Wampanoags and Pilgrims became associated with Thanksgiving, check out this history of the holiday and read primary sources describing the shared meal.

Friday, November 15, 2013

December 12 Book Club Selection

Book club's next meeting will be on Thursday, December 12 after school to discuss Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

From Goodreads: "Global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, young love, and the secret to eternal life — mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. The Great Recession shuffles Clay Jannon from his web-design drone job to night shift at Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Curiously, few customers come in repeatedly and never buy. Analysis reveals astonishing secrets ..."

All are welcome; hope to see you then!

Borrow library books on your iPad with OverDrive

Your C/W MARS library card from Uxbridge Free Public Library lets you check out more than physical books. You can also borrow and download eBooks and audiobooks online through the C/W MARS library catalog on OverDrive.

On your iPad, the easiest way to access these books is through the OverDrive app. Grab a pamphlet in the library or head over to the eBooks and Audiobooks on OverDrive tab for how to set up the app and borrow books. If you have questions or need help setting up the app, email Ms. Charpentier or come in to talk to her. Bring your iPad and your library card number if you need help!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

What's new in the magazines?

  • 101 objects that shaped America in Smithsonion
  • The 2013 Red Sox in Sports Illustrated
  • Chris Christie and the Republican party in Time
  • Stars of Catching Fire profiled in Seventeen and InStyle
  • The health insurance website's problems in National Review
... and much more.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Book Club Read-Alikes

Book club meets tomorrow after school to discuss the steampunk mystery The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross. If you liked the novel or want to get into steampunk, check out the display of similar books in the library, or visit the UHS Library on Pinterest to find out more about these books.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

In case you missed it ...

If you missed any of the events during the One Book, One Community series on immigration or want to relive them, you're in luck. Recordings of the performances and lectures that took place and copies of the films that were screened during the series will be available at the Uxbridge Free Public Library.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

One Book, One Community: Ellis Island

The One Book, One Community project that began this past spring will wrap up with several events this fall. For more information on this and other programs in the One Book, One Community series, visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library's website or the One Book, One Community tab on this blog.

On Monday, November 4, at 7:00 pm in the library, there will be a screening of the History Channel documentary Ellis Island, which relates the immigrant experience through interviews and footage featuring people who passed through Ellis Island. This film is 150 minutes long.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

One Book, One Community: The Other Side of Immigration

The One Book, One Community project that began this past spring will wrap up with several events this fall. For more information on this and other programs in the One Book, One Community series, visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library's website or the One Book, One Community tab on this blog.

On Monday, October 28 at 7:00 pm in the library, there will be a screening of the documentary The Other Side of Immigration, which explores life in communities in Mexico from which half of the population has immigrated to the U.S. for work. The award-winning film is 55 minutes long.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

November 14 Book Club Selection

Book club's next meeting will be on Thursday, November 14, after school in the library to discuss The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross.

From Amazon: "When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch. Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets, against the wishes of his band of misfits. And Finley thinks she might finally be a part of something, finally fit in—until a criminal mastermind known as the Machinist threatens to tear the group apart."

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Teen Read Week - Call for Student Reviews

This year's Teen Read Week theme is Seek the Unknown, and while it can be fun to read a book you know nothing about, it's also hard to jump into a totally new genre or pick up a book on a new subject.

So, help your fellow students seek the unknown. If you know a book that you want to recommend to everyone who hasn't met it yet, write a review for the Student Review Blog. There's a link at the top of the page, and once you're at the review blog, you'll see reviews students wrote last year as well as info about writing and submitting your own review.

"June book display at the library" by Klara Kim, CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0
A little mystery can be exciting. So can a little science fiction.
Or maybe a memoir? Try something different!
Not sure what to review or want to read something completely new? The library has a few ARCs - advance reader copies. These are pre-publication versions of books, the same ones that professional reviewers use. The ARCs on the shelf now were sent to the UHSL over the summer and we periodically get new ones, so if you're willing to read and review something completely unknown, come to the library and try these out.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

One Book, One Community: Mary King and Friends

The One Book, One Community project that began this past spring will wrap up with several events this fall. For more information on this and other programs in the One Book, One Community series, visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library's website or the One Book, One Community tab on this blog.
Next Monday, October 21, come to the auditorium at 7:00 for to hear Celtic harpist Mary King, along with Irish musicians Hughie Purcell and Phil Edmonds, tell the history of Irish immigration through story and song. This presentation was made possible by a grant from the Great Worcester Community Foundation.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

One Book, One Community: Reveil: Waking Up French, a Presentation by Dr. Eileen Angelini

The One Book, One Community project that began this past spring will wrap up with several events this fall. For more information on this and other programs in the One Book, One Community series, visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library's website or the One Book, One Community tab on this blog.

Next Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 pm, join us for a discussion of the history of discrimination against Franco-American immigrants in New England with Dr. Angelini. Her presentation will include excerpts from the documentary Reveil: Waking Up French, which explores the survival of French culture in New England in the face of the wider melting pot culture. This presentation was made possible by a grant from the Great Worcester Community Foundation.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Smith College Poetry Contest for High School Girls

Sophomore and junior girls, if you're a poet, check out the Poetry Center at Smith College's annual poetry contest. This year's judge is Alicia Ostriker, and the deadline is December 1. Check out the Poetry Center's website for guidelines and the entry form.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

In case you missed it ...

The library subscribes to many magazines, and we're always getting something new. You can find past issues if you lift up the display shelf, so the next time you're waiting for a ride after school or get to school a little early, check them out. Some highlights from current issues:
  • a profile of Tom Menino in Boston
  • a preview of Catching Fire in Entertainment Weekly (for the ultimate preview, read the book before the movie comes out on November 22)
  • a guide to help you translate the icons you're used to on your Windows computer to the icons used on the Macbooks we use at school in Macworld
  • National Geographic's annual photography issue
For the full list of magazines at the UHS Library, check out this Pinterest board.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Friday is World Smile Day

Pick up a funny or heartwarming book to help bring a smile to your face this week! Browse some the books on display in the library or on Pinterest.

One other funny, heartwarming book you might want to try - Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. Book club will be discussing it in 2 weeks on October 17 after school.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Banned Books Week

This week, celebrate your freedom to read. The theme for this year's week raising awareness of censorship is "Discover What You're Missing." Check out this list of the most frequently challenged books of 2012 - many of them are books that discuss upsetting or controversial topics, but think about what it would mean if it really was taboo to write, read, or talk about the tough subjects those books address.

Banning books stops conversation and censors ideas before they reach readers. This week, think about what you'd be missing if the books that have made you think differently about the world were banned.

For more information about banned and challenged books, visit the Banned Books Week website.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

October Book Club: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

The first selection for book club this year is Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. We'll meet to discuss it in the library on Thursday, October 17 at 2:05.

From the back of the book: "One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical."

Come join us; all are welcome!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Book Club Is Back!

Book club will resume this year on Thursday, September 19. We'll have a brief meeting in the library at 2:05 to choose our first book for the October meeting and get started for the year.

If you have any questions, suggestions for this year's reads, or can't make it to the meeting, talk to Ms. Charpentier.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Vote for Teens' Top Ten!

There are 28 nominees for this year's Teens' Top Ten list, and you've probably read a few of them over the past year. If not, voting is open until October 19, so you have time to try a few before voting closes. Click through to vote for your 3 favorites and see last year's Top Ten.

If you're not sure where to start, these are the nominated titles we have here at the UHS library:

Stop by if any of the nominated books pique your interest!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Returning students may notice a big change in the library: a new librarian, so let me quickly introduce myself.

Hi everyone, I'm Ms. Charpentier. I am a graduate of the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, where I focused on technology in the library and services to young adults. I'm very excited to get to know all of you and work with you on using and getting the most out of the library. With that out of the way ...

Welcome back to the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016! While some things around the library will undoubtedly be different this year, the library will still be here for you. And welcome to the class of 2017! The library is open before homeroom from 7:15 - 7:30 and after school from 1:55 - 2:30, so stop by if you need a good book, have a research question, or need somewhere to do a little bit of work.

 Stop by and say hi if you have any questions, or email me at

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

PBS Learning Media

PBS Learning Media is a great resource for both students and teachers.  Thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources are offered including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more.  Resources can easily be searched, saved, and shared with others and everything is free!

PBS Teacher Line also offers tons of great PD courses for teachers.  Browse the catalog here.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Downloading Library Books to Your iPad

With summer almost here, now's the time to take advantage of those public library cards and download some great beach reads to your iPad. Visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library digital catalog to browse some great books and take advantage of this download tutorial to get started!

Monday, May 13, 2013

The UHS Library Poetry Series Continues!

The UHS Library Poetry Series continues this Tuesday 5/14, after school in the library.  This time we will be reading and listening to poetry in the form of riddles. Come read one you've found, or write your own and share it with the group.  All are welcome!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Georgetown Academy Contest

"In a town where one misstep can turn into a national scandal, the students at D.C.'s elite Georgetown Academy know there's only one rule: whatever you do, don't get caught."

In Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz's new series, Georgetown Academy, four sophomores navigate issues of love, friendship, betrayal and scandal, in the hot-bed environment of the nation's capital.

If this sounds intriguing to you, be sure to download the first book in the series for FREE and take a look at the contest details which could give you the chance to get your own story published in Georgetown Academy: Book Four! Read here for contest details and prizes.

Great Books Summer Program

If you are a reader, Great Books Summer Program is offering some AMAZING opportunities for students!

"Now in its tenth season, the Great Books Summer Program gathers every year on two of the most prestigious college campuses, specifically to serve and challenge outstanding middle school and high school students from across the country.  For 2013, we will also be premiering our program on the Oxford University campus in England.  Students will come away from the Great Books Summer Program with a bigger intellectual world, sharper critical thinking skills and a deep connection with other remarkable young people preparing to lead lives of distinction.  This summer we'll continue to take up the Great Conversation of classic literature, with a broad range of texts and and an emphasis on the timeless questions: What is the good life? What do I owe my neighbors? What must I do in the face of injustice? We'll be reading and talking about Homer, Plato, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Dante, and a dozen other giants of the human mind."

To learn more about this great opportunity, visit the website!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

1st Annual Poetry Reading a Success!

Thank you to those students who attended the UHS Library's 1st Annual Poetry Reading in celebration of National Poetry Month.  Students shared original work they'd written, as well as favorite poetry they've read on their own.  We enjoyed some snacks and listened to some pretty great stuff - a nice afternoon!

How to use Pocket

Interested in using Pocket to manage all of your favorite content?  Mrs. Fournier has created a brief tutorial to help you do this.  Take a look! Pocket will sync your bookmarks across all devices and once a site is bookmarked, an internet connection is no longer needed to view it later.  Enjoy your favorite content anytime, anywhere!

Monday, April 29, 2013

May 8th is National Library Legislative Day!

May 8th is an advocacy event where hundreds of library supporters, leaders, and patrons meet with their members of Congress to champion national library funding. Want to participate, but can't attend National Library Legislative Day? Consider being a virtual advocate!

UHS Book Club

The UHS Book Club will be holding their next meeting Wednesday, May 1st after school.  We are reading and will be discussing Nina LaCour's The Disenchantments.  New members are always welcome!

Teens' Top Ten Nominees Announced

YALSA announced the nominees for the annual Teens' Top Ten in honor of Celebrate Teen Literature Day.  The list features 28 titles published in 2012 which can be found on the Teens' Top Ten website.  Teens are encouraged to read the books before voting takes place 8/15 - 9/15.

Apps for Saving Your Favorite Content

Pocket is an app that will help you maintain all of your favorite content in one place. Whether it be an interesting article, video, or web page, Pocket will automatically sync your content to your phone, tablet, and computer so you can view it anytime on any device, even without an Internet connection.

Pulse also compiles all of your favorite news source, blog, and social network content into one place.  With your Pulse account, you can also sync your favorite sources across multiple devices.  New publishers are featured each week.

Instapaper saves web pages for later offline reading, optimized for readability on your device.  Adjustable fonts, text sizes, line spacing, and margins are all included. Organize content into folders and share via various social media networks.  Enjoy tilt scrolling, page-flipping, and rotation lock.

Bitly allows you to save, search, view, and share anything from the web.  Save shortened links as easy-to-share bit marks, instantly view saved pages anytime with offline mode, and bundle your bitmarks for sharing.

The Digital Public Library of America

A collaborative effort led by a range of organizations, including the Library of Congress, HathiTrust, and the Internet Archive, have created a repository that provides books, images, historic records, and audiovisual materials to anyone with Internet access.  Although many universities, public libraries, and other organizations have digitized materials, often times these collections are only available to a small subset of people.  The Digital Public Library of America brings together all of these collections into a single platform, providing access for everyone.

Come Meet Author Christopher Castellani!

Join us at UHS on Tuesday 5/21 at 7pm as we welcome award-winning author Christopher Castellani to Uxbridge!  Chris's newest book, All This Talk of Love, was chosen as our One Book, One Community read, with events throughout the fall centered on the immigrant experience in America.  The aim of this community project is to bring generations together to share family histories and experiences.

Thanks to the support and generosity of the Uxbridge Free Public Library Board of Trustees, the first fifty participants to sign up will receive a free copy of this book. Other events throughout the year include a panel discussion on the immigrant experience on July 17th featuring notable authors and speakers, as well as a film/performance series in the fall.  The One Book, One Community Project is a collaborative effort between UHS, the Uxbridge Free Public Library, the Council on Aging, and Uxbridge Community Television. 

To learn more about Christopher, visit his website here.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Language-Related iPad Apps

Learn Spanish is a mobile phrasebook recorded using a native speaker with authentic pronunciation.  Other features include the option to play speech back at a slower speed, the ability to search by keywords, and the ability to store frequently used words as favorites.

Babbel apps exist for multiple languages and apps contain 2,000 - 3,000 vocab words per language, accompanied by images and pronounced for you by native speakers.  Other features include organization of lessons by theme, speech recognition, and review tools.

Google Translate allows you to translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages.  Listen to your translations spoken aloud, display translations in full screen mode, and star your favorite translations for quick access even when you are offline.

Spanish! is a learning tool that remembers which Spanish words you have trouble with, and which you have learned well.  Features include native audio, progress tracking, and word set customization.

E-Book and Audio Book Offerings

We now have a limited number of eBooks and audiobooks available for download to your iPad.  Check out the UHSL eBooks and Audiobooks tab at the top of this page to see and hear more!

April is School Library Month!

With April also being School Library Month, celebrate your school library by stopping in to check out the materials available to you, using the library as a study space, or collaborating with classmates and colleagues.  

April is National Poetry Month

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the UHS Library will be holding its first annual poetry reading on Monday, April 29th after school!  Bring one of your original works to read, or select a poem that is meaningful to you and read it out loud to share with others.  Light refreshments will be served and everyone that wants to will have a chance to read.  All are welcome!

Learn more about National Poetry Month here.

Advertised as Google Docs for visual people, is a creative tool for collecting images, websites, and other visual resources in a mural format.  Sticky notes and text features allow users to comment on their murals and then share those murals with others.  This would be a great tool for poster/collage projects!

Check out the one recently created for the UHS Library.

Uxbridge One Book, One Community Program!

FREE Books!  
Uxbridge One Book, One Community Program Kickoff!

Please join us on Tuesday, May 21st at 7:00pm at Uxbridge High School as we welcome award-winning author Christopher Castellani to Uxbridge!  Chris's newest book, All This Talk of Love, was chosen as our One Book, One Community read, with events scheduled throughout the spring, summer, and fall centered on the immigrant experience in America.  The aim of this community project is to bring generations together to share family histories and experiences.  Thanks to the support and generosity of the Uxbridge Free Public Library Board of Trustees, the first 50 participants to sign up will receive a free copy of this book.  Please stop by the Uxbridge High School Library or Uxbridge Free Public Library to pick up your free copy!  Chris will be autographing books at our program on Tuesday, May 21st!

All Uxbridge community members are invited to attend!  Students, staff, parents, family members, etc.!

For more details, please see the attached flyer or contact Kirsten Fournier at or at (508) 278-2101.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

YouTube Channels Worth Subscribing To

The most recent issue of Library Media Connection compiled a list of YouTube channels you might want to consider subscribing to...

American Library Association: For all things libraries, this channel is a wealth of information.

The American Poet Academy: Features videos of poets and poetry for those that have an appreciation of contemporary poetry.

BookTV: Find out about the latest in nonfiction books - history, biography, politics, current events, the media, and more.  Author interviews, readings, parties, panels, and book festivals from across the country are included.

Discovery Network: Learn more about the world of science, natural history, anthropology, survival, geography, and engineering.

The FDR Library and Museum: Features a vast collection of historical videos, many featuring Franklin D. Roosevelt himself.

HarperTeen: Book trailers and author interviews of popular teen authors and books.  Authors include Melissa Marr, Michael Grant, Veronica Roth, Lauren Oliver, and more.

The Library of Congress: Pretty much all you can imagine, divided into categories such as Music and Concerts, Journeys and Crossings, America at Work, America at Leisure, National Book Festival Highlights, and more.

Nurdrage's: Over 100 videos of science experiments with a description of scientific processes and safety hazards in each experiment.

Penguin Young Readers Books: Features book trailers and author interviews from many of the books published by Penguin including Incarceron, Sky is Everywhere, Ranger's Apprentice, Sarah Dessen, John Green, If I Stay, Alex Rider, Thirteen Reasons Why, Hold Still, Wintergirls, and more.

Poetry Out Loud: Features Poetry Out Loud information and excerpts from winners.

School Library Journal: Everything school library related!

Simon & Schuster: Book trailers and author interviews of Simon & Schuster's top authors including Stephen King, Jennifer Weiner, Paula Deen, Jodi Picoult, and more.

Smithsonian Libraries: Educational content produced by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Art-Related Apps

With the official Musee du Louvre app, discover the incredible Paris museum and its most beautiful artworks yourself.  Browse over 500 images and works of art including Greek sculpture and paintings by Bosch, Titian, Raphael, Holbein, and Granach.  Zoom in for further detail.

The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh app offers dramatic readings of his personal letters, a closer look at his early sketches and the evolvement of his work as a young painter to the powerful brushstrokes that became his trademark.  Also tour the Van Gogh Museum Collection.

Bamboo Paper is a notebook app which lets you write, sketch, add handwriting to your photos, and create a library of notebooks.  All you need is a stylus and some creativity!  Organize your notes and sketches by subject and date and then share.

Create your own masterpieces using Draw Free's intuitive and simple interface which includes pencil, brush, crayon, and eraser tools.  Then print or share your creations with others via Twitter or other social media.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

March is Women's History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month during the month of March! The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum are all paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.

Visit the website to see more on 2013 events and celebrations.

Teens in the Times

The Learning Network of The New York Times has a new feature called "Teens in the Times." Each month, the NYT rounds up all the latest articles and multimedia published on about young people, so that teachers and students can find a unique collection of youth-related information all in one place.

Take a look here.

Smithsonian's History Explorer

Smithsonian's History Explorer was developed by the National Museum of American History and the Verizon Foundation to offer hundreds of free online K-12 resources for teaching and learning American History.  Lesson plans and activities can be sorted by title, grade level, date, duration and standards.  Video, audio, and image files are also included in the wealth of resources available.

Free SAT Prep

CK-12 is an educational nonprofit with a mission of reducing the cost of high quality educational materials.  INeedAPencil is a CK-12 resource offering free SAT prep and online textbooks.  Choose from 800+ challenging practice exams that simulate the SAT and provide full explanations.  And with a built in score projector, predict how you might score on the real SAT!

Google Art Project

Google Art Project is a unique online art experience in which users can explore a wide range of artwork at brushstroke level detail, take a virtual tour of a museum, or build their own online "collection" to share.  Currently, 151 museums are now partners in Google Art Project, providing over 30,000 artworks from 40 different countries.

Art forms included in the project are paintings, drawings, sculptures, historic and religious artifacts, photographs, manuscripts, and more.  Expertly narrated videos, audio guides, viewing notes, detailed information, and maps are also provided to enhance the range of content for visitors to enjoy.

Google has now also expanded the project to include Art Talks on Google+. The talks will be held as Google+ Hangouts On Air.  The first talk to be held is with the Museum of Modern Art and the topic is teaching art online.  Check it out!

Friday, March 1, 2013

2013 Google Science Fair Now Accepting Submissions!

The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to students ages 13 - 18 from around the globe.  The Grand Prize includes a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions and $50,000 in scholarship funding! Check out the GSF website for more details on how to enter. 

Helpful Math Apps

With Algebra Touch, students can drag and drop objects, tap to simplify, and draw lines to eliminate identical terms.  Students can also create their own set of problems to work through in the equation editor and have them appear on all of their devices with iCloud.

iFormula provides students the opportunity to effortlessly look up mathematical formulas.  Categories of  forumlas include Algebra, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry, Electrical, Trigonometry, and Physics.  There are hundreds of formulas to choose from which can also be bookmarked.

Quick Graph is a powerful graphic calculator with an intuitive interface that makes it easy to enter or edit equations and visualize them in mathematical notation.  Graphing results can also be copied, emailed, or saved to that photo library.

The Wolfram Algebra Course Assistant can help students evaluate expressions, simplify fractions and square roots, plot graphs, expand polynomials, factor numeric expressions and more!

Friday, February 1, 2013

2013 MSLA Bookmark Contest

The Massachusetts School Library Association's annual Bookmark Contest is underway.  The 2013 theme is "School Libraries: Books & Beyond!"  If you are a student who likes to draw, this would be a great opportunity to showcase your artistic talents!  Winners in each age division will be recognized in an awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House.  

Pick up an entry form in the UHS library or print one off here.  Entries must be postmarked by February 10th.  Good Luck!

Monday, January 28, 2013

U.S. History Resources

Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology For Teachers, recently posted links to several U.S. History Resources. 

Teaching The Civil War With Technology is a comprehensive website that provides teachers with lesson plans, tools, tips, and strategies for teaching the American Civil War.  A podcast is also offered and would be a great resource for students as well.

The HipHughes History YouTube Channel is another great resource for both teachers and students.  Keith Hughes is a U.S. History and AP Government teacher who covers important historical events by breaking them down into short, educational, and entertaining YouTube videos.

History Tech is a blog written and maintained by curriculum specialist Glenn Wiebe. Glenn covers tech, history, and current events in his posts and also offers lesson plans as well as an interesting podcast series covering U.S. History topics.

The National Archives offers an entire website of U.S. History resources with links to already prepared lesson plans and documents.  Through DocsTeach, the National Archives also offers customizable, interactive activities built around primary sources.

The Library of Congress offers a "Today in History" feature on their website. Every day a different historical event is posted about in this feed along with artifacts or images associated with that event.

Each of these sites has some great stuff!