Friday, March 28, 2014

May 1 Book Club Selection

The next book club meeting will be held after school on Thursday, May 1, the week after April vacation. The next book will be The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You can download a copy for free from Project Gutenberg, or stop by the library next week if you'd rather read a paper copy.

From Goodreads: "Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville family's home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted. Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead and the footprints of a giant hound have been found near his body. Will the new heir meet the same fate?"

If Hound isn't your cup of tea, but you're interested in book club, stop by on May 1 anyways. Other books and the movie versions of the Book Club pick are fair game for discussion, too, and suggestions for the next book are always welcome!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Remember this display? Thanks to ThingLink, now you can remember it along with links to more about the movies and books that were featured, because you can share and embed the images you enhance with links. Just hover over the image to see the ThingLink tags.

ThingLink lets you connect an image to a variety of related media - videos, other images, text, links, etc. The site and the app are both free, and are a nice way to make a picture say more than a thousand words.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Last Week of the Winter Reading Challenge

Spring has arrived, which means the Winter Reading Challenge is wrapping up. During this first week of spring, there are two final chances to earn points.

Wrap up the winter by reviewing books you read this winter for the UHSL Student Review Blog. If you're not sure what to write in a review, check out some of the reviews already there or the "How do I write a book review?" tab. While you can submit a review for a point this week, reviews are welcome year round.

The other opportunity to earn a point in the WRC this week is the March Book Club meeting on Thursday. Stop by to talk about The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux or to learn more about the club.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Women's History Month 2014

Check out the library display and corresponding Pinterest board for a few of the UHS Library's nonfiction titles on women's achievements and history and fiction titles featuring realistic women and girls. If you're looking for more, visit these sites.
  • Women's History Month: A collaboration between the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the National Archives that brings together resources and exhibits focused on women's history from all of those institutions. 
  • Smithsonian Education's Women's History Teaching Resources: More resources and collections from the Smithsonian.
  • ALIC Women: More resources and primary sources from the National Archives.
  • National Women's History Museum: An online museum dedicated to women's history, featuring a number of online exhibits.
  • UN Women: A look at what the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women is doing around the world.
  • #SheDocs Online Film Festival: An annual online film festival. Check out 12 documentaries focusing on women and their achievements free online during March.
  • Makers: Following last year's PBS documentary Makers: The Women Who Make America, the project is still going strong with videos in which women from all walks of life share their stories.
  • The Ada Initiative: Named for mathematician and computer programmer Ada Lovelace, whose life story you should absolutely go read right now if her name is unfamiliar, the Ada Initiative works to help women and girls succeed in the technology field and change cultural attitudes about women in technology.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Citation Help

There's a new section in the header to notice: Citation Help. There are already many resources provided on the blog to help you with citations, but now, they're consolidated on one page. Citation Help is broken down into a few sections, so check out that page if you need help working with NoodleTools or need resources to help you format citations and papers in MLA, Chicago, or APA style.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Teen Tech Week: Thursday

"Writing" by Jeffrey James Pacres, CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
Are you looking for places to share your writing with other teen writers? Try some of these sites.
  • Figment: An online community of teen writers; Figment holds frequent writing contests you can use as prompts to help you grow as a writer.
  • Teen Ink: A literary magazine for teen writers and artists. There is an online Teen Ink community, as well as a monthly print magazine.
  • Cicada: Cicada accepts submissions on a theme for each issue, and hosts The Slam, a microwriting forum for writers 14 - 23.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Teen Tech Week: Wednesday

 Google's and Lego's Build with Chrome lets you build with Legos online. Why? I don't know, but you can and it sounds fun. (Be safe and think before you let Google publish your location if you share any of your builds).

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Teen Tech Week: Tuesday

Flappy Bird: So simple, so frustrating.
Since the app was removed from the Apple Store, tutorials abound online for recreating the game and creating new twists on the game. If you're new to coding, check out's drag-and-drop Create Your Own Flappy Game to play with blocks of code - as the introduction notes, as simple as dragging and dropping is, it's where you start learning to code.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Teen Tech Week: Monday

Are you on Twitter? Are you following @uhslibrary?

Today begins Teen Tech Week, so kick it off by connecting with the UHS Library on Twitter. For those of you already on Twitter, it's an easy way to stay in the loop on what's happening both in the library and out there in the books and information world.

Friday, March 7, 2014


The Hemingway App's analysis
of this blog post.
A new web app that debuted last month, Hemingway, is a tool designed to simplify your writing. Created to help business writers keep their writing simple and direct, it highlights aspects of your writing that could be simplified for greater readability.

Is it really in the spirit of Hemingway, as the name implies? The New Yorker ran some passages from Hemingway's novels through the app, and he only rates "O.K." on the readability scale.

For what it's worth, this post rates as readable for a 10th grader ("Good" on the readability scale) - two sentences that are very hard to read, one adverb, one word or phrase that can be simpler, and one instance of the passive voice.

Is simplicity the best way to judge writing? Play around with the app yourself.