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.

Mural.ly

Advertised as Google Docs for visual people, Mural.ly 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 kfournier@uxbridge.k12.ma.us or at (508) 278-2101.