Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Need current statistics for your Issues Affecting Teens project?

Finding Good, Current Sources
  • No matter what the copyright date of the website is, check the dates on the references and sources listed for the information. 
    • The website might have been updated recently, but that doesn't mean that the sources are current. 
    • If there are no sources, then not only do you have no idea how old the information is, you also have no idea where it came from.
    • (Current is here defined as <5 years old - information about health topics is dangerous if it's out of date!)
  • Figure out what organizations keep statistics on your topic, and then search their websites. Go straight to the source.
  • Use search operators like or to limit your search on Google.
    • You can get fancy with this - try something like statistics 2011..2015 to search just the Stop Bullying website for articles mentioning statistics and any year between 2011 and 2015.
  • Make sure you're using a reliable source! Use the CRAAP test - ask yourself if the source you want to use is current enough, is relevant to your information needs, is from an authority on the subject, contains accurate information, and has a purpose that suggests that the information on the site is objective.
Citing Your Sources
  • Go to the Citation Help tab above for guides and more resources. The video below is less than 90 seconds and demonstrates how to use those MLA-style templates to create a citation for a website.

Recommended Resources

Friday, December 18, 2015

November/December Newsletter

The November/December newsletter is here - check it out!

Featured this month:
  • MSLA Bookmark Contest
  • Google search tips
  • Book Club's picks for 2016
  • Anime/Manga Club
  • Winter Reading Challenge
  • Teen Advisory Board at the public library 

New: Anime/Manga Club!

Do you like anime, manga, cosplay, and everything Japanese culture? Come to Anime/Manga Club! The first meeting will be today after school in the library. The club will meet twice a month to watch and discuss anime, discuss manga, explore Japanese culture, and write and draw manga!

Friday, December 11, 2015

January 14 Book Club Pick: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

The next Book Club meeting will be held on January 14 to discuss Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett. Speak with Ms. Charpentier if you need a copy.

From Goodreads: "'When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.' These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time. Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own. As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt."

The meetings for the rest of the year are:

Monday, December 7, 2015

Advance Reading Copies

Want to check out what's coming soon from Candlewick Press? We have advance reading copies of 5 titles that will be published next year for you to read and review! More info on each book is linked at the Review Blog.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MSLA 2016 Bookmark Design Contest

This year's Mass School Library Association's Annual Bookmark Contest is taking submissions! The theme this year is "My school library is awesome because ..."

Traditional and digital art entries are both accepted. The 1st place prize winner receives: 50 bookmarks of their design for themselves and 200 for their school, an enlargement of their design, a bookstore gift certificate, a certificate signed by the contest judges, a commendation from a legislator, an invitation to an awards ceremony at the State House, and a State House tour.

You can pick up an entry form with all the rules in the library, and all entries should be submitted to Ms. Charpentier by Wednesday, January 13. As a school, we can only submit three entries, so if we receive more than that, we will vote on three to send in at the Book Club meeting on Thursday, January 14.

Last year, UHS junior Krysten Boyer was the Division IV First Place winner - check out her bookmark design to the right and pick up a bookmark in the library!

Friday, November 13, 2015

December 10 Book Club Pick: Some Assembly Required by Arin Andrews

The next Book Club meeting will be held on Thursday, December 10, to discuss Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews. Copies are available in the library.

From Goodreads: "Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning memoir. Arin details the journey that led him to make the life-transforming decision to undergo gender reassignment as a high school junior. In his captivatingly witty, honest voice, Arin reveals the challenges he faced as a girl, the humiliation and anger he felt after getting kicked out of his private school, and all the changes, both mental and physical, he experienced once his transition began. Arin also writes about the thrill of meeting and dating a young transgender woman named Katie Hill and the heartache that followed after they broke up. Some Assembly Required is a reminder that self-acceptance does not come ready-made with a manual and spare parts. Rather, some assembly is always required."

The next scheduled Book Club meeting is a discussion of Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett on Thursday, January 14. If you want to help choose the books for February - May, come to the December meeting with your suggestions!

And if you enjoyed the last Book Club pick, check out some read-alikes on Pinterest!

Friday, October 30, 2015

September/October Newsletter

The September/October newsletter is here - check it out!

Featured this month:

  • UHSL  and the public library online.
  • Digital Citizenship: Things to think about before you snap a photo with your phone.
  • A featured book from #UHSLBookRecs.
  • Some apps and sites to help keep you organized. 
  • Book Club's first semester picks.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Carve Out Time to Read!

Thanks to Emily L for setting up this display and carving the book pumpkin!
Looking for something spooky to put you in the Halloween mood? Try some of the creepy books now on display in the library.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

November 12 Book Club Pick: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The next Book Club meeting will be on Thursday, November 12, to discuss Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Copies are available in the library or on Project Gutenberg, and all are welcome to read and join the discussion.

From Goodreads: "When the wealthy and very eligible bachelor Charles Bingley purchases an estate in the Bennets' small town, he and the beautiful Jane immediately fall in love. But Bingley's arrogant friend Darcy just as quickly alienates Lizzy when she overhears him speaking dismissively of her. These first impressions have lasting repercussions for Jane, Elizabeth, and their whole family. Rich in wit and wisdom, humour and humanity, Pride and Prejudice takes a probing, entertaining look at the nature of love, money, and power in Georgian England."

The other picks for first semester are:

Monday, October 5, 2015

Citation Help Videos

In addition to the NoodleTools help videos on the Citation Help page, check out new videos to help you find all the information you need to cite a source and put it all together.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Banned Books Week - Celebrate the Right to Read

Thanks for Emily L for researching and putting together this display of frequently challenged young adult fiction.

Banned Books Week is observed during the last week of September to acknowledge attempts to remove books from classrooms and libraries. The theme this year is young adult fiction, often targeted in the name of protecting children and young adults from offensive language, sexual themes, violence, political viewpoints, and books that are “unsuited to any age group.”

Exploring tough themes in fiction is a safe way for children and teens to learn about the world around them and build empathy for others. For those children and teens who have already been affected by the issues they read about, having access to fiction that reflects the world as they have experienced it can be reassuring and validating.

You don’t have to like every book. You don’t have to agree with every book. But celebrate your right to choose which books you read, and allow others to do the same.

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (F Ale)
  2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (GN F Sat)
  3. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (other books by Toni Morrison at F Mor)
  4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (F Hos)
  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (F Chb)
  6. Drama by Raina Telgemeier (GN F Tel)
  7. Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher (other books by Chris Crutcher at F Cru and PBK C)
  8. The Giver by Lois Lowry (F Low)
  9. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (F Cis)
  10. Looking for Alaska by John Green (F Gre)

For more information, visit: 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

SAT Prep

Are you ready for the SATs next weekend? If you feel like you could use a little practice, stop by the library to borrow an SAT prep book or visit the College and Career Resources tab above for links to more test prep online. 

The test this weekend is not the new SAT test - the new test won't be offered until March 2016. If you're taking the SAT this spring, check out the differences between the current test and the new test.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

If you liked your summer reading book, there's more where that came from.

Right now, collections of books like each of the summer reading options are on display in the library. If you liked the book you read or are looking for something just a little bit different, check out these displays!

Follow UHS Library's board Like your summer reading book? (September 2015) on Pinterest.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

October 15 Book Club Pick: Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher

The first book club meeting of the year will be on Thursday, October 15. The first book is Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher. Copies will be available in the library starting next week, and all are welcome to read and join the discussions.

From Goodreads"Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list."

The other picks for first semester are:

Book Club: First semester voting is today after school!

If you're interested in helping choose the books Book Club will discuss in October, November, December, and January, come to the library after school today with your list of suggestions!

New members are always welcome; talk to Ms. Charpentier if you have any questions.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Summer Reading Is Here!

It's that time of year again! Click on the UHS 2015 SUMMER READING tab above for more about all the summer reading choices and to make your selection. You need to fill out the form by next Friday, June 12 - talk to Ms. C or send her an email if you have any questions!

Follow UHS Library's board UHS 2015 Summer Reading on Pinterest.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June Newsletter

The June Newsletter is here - check it out!

Featured this month:
  • Summer Reading at UHS!
  • Summer Reading at the Uxbridge Free Public Library!
  • Stuff to do this summer!
  • The last Book Club meeting of the year! (With Fun Club!)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wednesday, June 10: Book and Fun Club

Join Book Club and Fun Club as they join forces on Wednesday, June 10 to discuss The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo.

From Goodreads: "This is the story of Desperaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately, into each other's lives."

This will be the last Book Club meeting of the year, and all are welcome!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Need Current Health Statistics?

  • No matter what the copyright date of the website is, check the references and sources listed for the information. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Teens' Top Ten Nominees Announced

Nominated by teens, voted on by teens - check out the 24 nominees for the Teens' Top Ten 2015 book list. Start reading now - voting for the Top Ten starts on August 15! If you like to tweet, tumbl, or Instagram as you read, use #ttt15 to connect with everyone else who's reading and talking about these books!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Audiobook Sync: Free Audiobooks All Summer

Every summer, the Audiobook Sync program gives away 2 audiobook downloads every week throughout the summer. Each week, a young adult and classic title with similar themes are offered as free downloads. As long as you download those titles during the week they're offered, they're yours to keep. Audiobooks can be downloaded directly to your smartphone or iPad using the OverDrive app.

Sync kicks off for the year on Thursday, May 7, with downloads of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. See the Sync website for the benefits of listening to audiobooks and a full list of the books that will be given away this summer.

If you try audiobooks through Sync, like them, and want more, never fear. Through OverDrive, you can borrow audiobooks and eBooks directly to your devices using your C/W MARS library card from the Uxbridge Free Public Library or your BPL eCard. Talk to Ms. C or visit these tutorials for help setting up OverDrive or a BPL eCard.

Monday, April 13, 2015

April Newsletter

The April Newsletter is here - check it out!

Featured this month:
  • Contest winners!
  • A mysterious display.
  • An awesome way to transform books from Art I. 
  • Annual poetry events.
  • The next Book Club pick.
  • A quick preview of summer reading.

What's on display? It's a mystery!

What’s on display this month? It’s a mystery! Check out a book from this display, and not only will you be wondering whodunnit, you’ll also be wondering whowroteit and whatit’scalled. Are the illustrations clues or red herrings? Who knows! You’ll have to read to find out. 

Have an idea for a book display? Let’s hear it!

Thanks to Taylor M for this great display idea and Zoe K for creating the display.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Book Sculptures

Stop in the library and check out the book sculptures Ms. McNeill's Art I class made. They look awesome!

Left: Do you recognize the character in Callie S's sculpture?
Right: Check out Kaity K's sculpture!

May 14 Book Club Pick: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Book Club is reading the first book in the classic sci-fi comedy series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for the next meeting; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, May 14.

From Goodreads: Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, an alien researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend whom Arthur tried to pick up at a party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot.

If you need a copy of the book, talk to Ms. C in the library. See you on May 14!

More like Lovecraft

If you enjoyed reading Lovecraft for yesterday's Book Club meeting or just like horror in general, try some of these books.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MSLA Bookmark Contest Winner: Krysten!

Congratulations to Krysten Boyer, who won Division IV in the Massachusetts School Library Association’s annual bookmark contest!

In addition to a gift certificate to a bookstore, Krysten attended an awards ceremony at the State House on April 1 and got a tour of the State House building. Also, we’ll be getting printed copies of Krysten’s bookmark here at UHS!

There were a lot of great designs from all over the state! Check out the other winners and honorable mentions this year at the MSLA website.

Winter Reading Challenge Winner: Matt!

Thanks to everyone who submitted a bingo square for the Winter Reading Challenge! The winner of the $25 Barnes and Noble giftcard drawing was Matt Kelly!

Friday, March 13, 2015

April 9 Book Club Pick: H. P. Lovecraft

Book Club is reading stories by H. P. Lovecraft for the next meeting; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, April 9.

From Goodreads: "Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Philips Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre in the 1920s, discarding ghosts and witches and instead envisioning mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe." Read any stories that interest you (Matt K. recommends At the Mountains of Madness) - we'll talk about all of them!

The May meeting has been set as well, so join us to discuss The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams on May 14.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Citing Images

When you use an image a paper or project, how do you go about citing it?

"getting ready for the science fair" by woodleywonderworks, CC-BY 2.0

If it's from a database, you can use the databases's citation tools to generate one, but what if you found it on Flickr? What if you found it searching Google?

Well, it depends on where it came from. Has the picture always lived online? Is the original copy of the image on display in a museum or in an archive? Is it a reproduction of an image from another work? These are the deep questions we must ask ourselves. For some common examples and how to cite them in MLA style, check out the Cite It, MLA Style: Images Edition handout.

As usual, the Purdue OWL has advice on the topic for MLA, APA, and Chicago citation formats, or if you're using NoodleTools and MLA, try this flowchart to help you determine how you'll cite the image.

Friday, February 13, 2015

February Newsletter

The February newsletter is here - check it out!

Featured this month:
  • How to get a chance to win a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card in the Winter Reading Challenge.
  • Krysten B.'s design for the 2015 MSLA Bookmark Contest. Good luck, Krysten!
  • The 2015 Youth Media Awards - the best books published last year.
  • Apps and sites for organizing your bookmarks and online reading.
  • Book Club is reading Battle Royale for March; read it and join us if you thought maybe The Hunger Games could have been a little more intense.
  • The new knitters at the workshop in January wanted to keep knitting, so we'll keep the fun going after school - all are welcome.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Library Map with ThingLink

Have you seen the map for library orientations that Taylor P. made last semester, with help from Mike L., Pierce W., and Alysia L.? They used ThingLink to create the hover-over images.

Winter Reading Challenge is Still Going!

If you haven't started the Winter Reading Challenge yet, there's still time!

No matter what you like to read, it’s possible to complete this challenge. Cross of squares by filling in what you read during the winter that satisfies that bingo square. In spring, everyone who completed the challenge will be entered in a drawing for the challenge prize, a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble!

Bingo cards are available in the library, or choose one from this download.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Youth Media Awards

Want to read the best of what's been published for young adults over the past year? Luckily for you, the winners of this year's Youth Media Awards were announced last week!

The Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature went to Jandy Nelson's I'll Give You the Sun (which Mrs. Penza recommends!). Runners up this year were And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard, The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley, Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (which I recommend!), and This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki.

Looking for more great reads? How about the Best Fiction for Young Adults list? Or the YALSA Nonfiction Award? Or the Alex Award if you're not so into young adult literature?

For a full list of this year's award winners, visit this link. Need help reserving any of these books through the public library or finding them online through OverDrive? Talk to Ms. C or check this tutorial (make sure you have your library card!).

March 12 Book Club Pick

Book Club's next pick is Battle Royale by Koushun Takami; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, March 12.

From Goodreads: "A class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing. Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world. "   

This book is long, so give yourself time to finish it! Check with me about getting a copy in the library; I should have more copies after break.  

The books and meetings for the rest of the year have been set, so join us on the following days if you're interested in any of the books we'll be reading later this year.

If you liked Tiger's Curse ...

... try some of these other books we have in the UHS Library! Even if you didn't like/read Tiger's Curse, these books on display are a great selection of paranormal romance and supernatural adventures.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January Newsletter

The January Newsletter is here - check it out!

Featured this month:
  • The 2015 Winter Reading Challenge.
  • The MSLA bookmark design contest.
  • Stress-free afternoons after exam days.
  • A few podcasts to try. 
  • A quick introduction to copyright.
  • Book Club's February pick.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Calling All Artists: MSLA Bookmark Contest!

This year's Mass School Library Association's Annual Bookmark Contest is taking submissions! The theme this year is "Look what I discovered at my school library!"

Traditional and digital art entries are both accepted. The 1st place prize winner receives: 50 bookmarks of their design for themselves and 200 for their school, an enlargement of their design, a bookstore gift certificate, a certificate signed by the contest judges, a commendation from a legislator, an invitation to an awards ceremony at the State House, and a State House tour.

All entries should be submitted to Ms. Charpentier by Wednesday, January 28. As a school, we can only submit one for the contest, so if we receive multiple entries, we will hold an extra Book Club meeting to select a UHS entry on Thursday, January 29.

Need a copy of the entry form? Stop in the library or visit the link in the beginning of this post.

February 5 Book Club Pick

Book Club's next pick is Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, February 5. 

From Goodreads: "Would you risk it all to change your destiny? The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse with a mysterious white tiger named Ren, halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever."  

Stop in the library to grab a copy of Tiger's Curse. There are also copies available on OverDrive through CW/MARS and BPL. 

The books and meetings for the rest of the year have been set, so join us on the following days if you're interested in any of the books we'll be reading later this year.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

More like Book Club

If you liked The Fellowship of the Ring or The Looking Glass Wars or are always on the lookout for great fantasy, more like these recent Book Club picks are on display in the library and on Pinterest.

Follow UHS Library's board If you enjoyed book club, try ... on Pinterest.