Monday, December 19, 2016

Links and Information for Mrs. Ahern's D and G Block Health Classes

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    • (Current is here defined as dating to 2012 or later - information about health topics is dangerous if it's out of date!)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 site:.gov or site:.org to limit your search on Google.
    • You can get fancy with this - try something like site:stopbullying.gov statistics 2012..2016 to search just the Stop Bullying website for articles mentioning statistics and any year between 2012 and 2016.
  • 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. Remember, you need to cite everything you use - pictures are information, too, since they help to communicate with your audience.
  • Google isn't a source - it's how you find sources. When you find an image on through a Google images source, click on it, then click on "Visit page" to see where Google found it. That's the page you cite.
  • Social bookmarking sites like Pinterest aren't sources either - click through on the images to find their sources.
Recommended Resources

Friday, December 9, 2016

January 5 Book Club Meeting: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Book Club is reading I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson for the next discussion; all are welcome to join the conversation after school in the library on Thursday, January 5. If you need a copy, speak with Ms. Charpentier or visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library.

From Goodreads: "Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways ... until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world."


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Links for Mr. MacKenzie's C Block Class

Below are some recommended resources for your War of the Worlds research paper. Feel free to use other resources, but especially if you're searching on Google, keep the CRAAP test in mind!

Databases and Online Reference Materials 
(full list of available databases is here)
Open Web
  • Always use the CRAAP test to decide if an online source is worth using!
  • British Library
    • Overview of War of the Worlds
    • New Woman in literature
    • Wells's politics
    • Victorian novels and invasion
Books
Citation Resources

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Links for Mr. Bennett's B, D, and F Block Classes

Below are some recommended resources for your To Kill a Mockingbird research project. Feel free to look at other databases and books, too!

Databases and Online Reference Materials 
(full list of available databases is here)
Books
Citation Resources

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

December Anime/Manga Club Meetings

Love anime and manga? Join Anime/Manga Club in December, when members will be exploring the fantasy genre!

Friday, December 2
2:00 - 3:30 in the library
Work on creating and drawing the club manga!
Cancelled - Sorry!

Friday, December 16
2:00 - 3:30 in the library
Screening a few episodes of a fantasy anime!

Saturday, December 17
2:00 - 4:00 in the library
Join Anime/Manga Club for a movie!
Postponed due to weather - we will reschedule after break!

Friday, November 18, 2016

December 8 Book Club Meeting: Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel

Book Club is reading Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel for the third discussion this year; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, December 8. If you need a copy, speak with Ms. Charpentier or visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library.

From Goodreads: "In Paris, family and friends gather to mourn the tragic passing of Charlie Price—young, handsome, charming, a world-traveler—who is presumed dead after an explosion. At the funeral, two teens who are perfect strangers, Lena Whitney and Aubrey Boroughs, make another shocking discovery: they have both been dating Charlie and there is a lot they didn’t know about their boyfriend. Over the next week, a mind-bending trip unfolds: first in London—then in Mumbai, Kerala, and Bangkok, the girls go in search of Charlie. Is he still alive? What did their love for him even mean? The truth is out there, but soon it becomes clear that the girls are harboring secrets of their own. No one knows whom to trust in this thrilling tale of suspense and deception."

The last meeting of first semester is on January 5 when Book Club will discuss  I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. To help choose books for second semester, attend the December 8 meeting!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November/December Library Newsletter

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


Featured this month:

  • tips for making the most of the tools in the databases
  • some new tech tools to try
  • upcoming public library programs
  • upcoming meetings of library clubs

Monday, October 31, 2016

Anime/Manga Club: November 4 & 18

Anime/Manga Club will meet twice in November. Join in at these meetings:

  • Friday, November 4, 2:00 - 3:30
    Working on the club manga, drawing, and games!

  • Friday, November 18, 2:00 - 3:30
    Screening of a historical anime

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Next Book Club Meeting Rescheduled for Thursday, November 17!

Change of plans: The next Book Club meeting, to discuss Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan, is moving from November 10 to a week later, on November 17.

Friday, October 14, 2016

November 17 Book Club Pick: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Book Club is reading Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan for the second discussion this year; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, November 17. If you need a copy, speak with Ms. Charpentier or visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library.

From Goodreads: "This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance. When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right."

The meetings for the rest of first semester are:


If you liked the October Book Club pick, A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin, check out some recommended similar books on display in the library and on Pinterest.

Anime/Manga Club: October 14, 21, and 29

Anime/Manga Club will meet three times during October. Join in on the fun at these meetings:

  • Friday, October 14, 2:00 - 3:30
    Working on the club manga, drawing, and games!
  • Friday, October 21, 2:00 - 3:30
    Screening of a horror anime 
  • Saturday, October 29, 3:00 - 5:30
    Screening of a spooky anime film for Halloween!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September/October Newsletter

The September/October newsletter is here! Check it out!


Featured in this newsletter:

  • An overview of the 2015-2016 school year in the library
  • Where to find the library online
  • Upcoming events at the Uxbridge Free Public Library
  • Information about after school library clubs

Friday, September 9, 2016

October 13 Book Club Pick: A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

Book Club is reading A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin for the first discussion this year; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, October 13. If you need a copy, speak with Ms. Charpentier or visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library.

From Goodreads: "When Justin's dad walked in on him in a very compromising position, his summer took a quick turn for the worse. His parents' divorce put Justin on rocky mental ground, and after he lands in the hospital, he has hit rock bottom. Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China. Her parents and sister look like they came out of a catalog--and Emmy doesn't. After a photo leads to rumors at school, she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook. Justin and Emmy arrive at a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. But along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. In the end, they might even call each other friends."

The meetings for the rest of first semester are:

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Book Club: Thursday, September 8


Book Club will be choosing books for first semester after school in the library on Thursday, September 8. All interested students are welcome to come, suggest books, and vote on the Book Club picks for October through January. Interested students can email Ms. Charpentier with any questions.

Anime/Manga Club: September 9, 16, and 30

Are you a fan of anime, manga, or the Japanese culture? If you are, come to this year's first Anime/Manga Club on Friday, September 9, after school in the library! The club focuses on reading and discussing manga, watching and discussing anime, manga-style art, cosplay, and learning about Japanese culture (including, but not limited to, the eating of Japanese candy). 


Interested students can talk to Ms. Charpentier or email club president Krysten Boyer with any questions.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Choose your summer reading book ASAP!

Click on the UHS 2016 SUMMER READING tab above for more about all the summer reading choices, read the instructions, and to make your selection. You need to fill out the form ASAP, so talk to Ms. C or send her an email if you have any questions!


Friday, June 10, 2016

June is Pride Month!

Check out some books for Pride Month on display now!

If you don't think you can finish the book before all library books are due back on Wednesday, June 15, this list will stay on Pinterest and this blog, so look for these books at the public library over the summer or when we come back next fall!



Also, check out a few more LGBT books being offered for free from Audiobook SYNC this summer!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summer Reading Is Here!

It's that time of year again! Click on the UHS 2016 SUMMER READING tab above for more about all the summer reading choices, read the instructions, and to make your selection. You need to fill out the form by next Tuesday, June 14 - talk to Ms. C or send her an email if you have any questions!


Thursday, June 2, 2016

June 9 Book Club Meeting

It's almost time for a beloved Book Club tradition - the last meeting of the school year! Join us on Thursday, June 9, when we'll write our favorite book quotes all over the library windows, share book recs for the summer, and take a look at any advance copies we have of books being published next fall!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June Anime/Manga Club Meetings

Anime/Manga Club will meet on Friday, June 3, and Friday, June 10. The June 10 meeting will feature a screening of Origin: Spirits of the Past. Check out the trailer below, and join us in the library after school for the last two meetings of Anime/Manga Club's first year!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May Anime/Manga Club Meetings

If you like anime, manga, and Japanese candy, join Anime/Manga Club! The club meets two Fridays a month from 2:00 to 3:30, and focuses on reading and discussing manga, watching and discussing anime, manga-style art, cosplay, and learning about Japanese culture (including, but not limited to, the eating of Japanese candy).

This club met earlier this month on Friday, May 13, and the screening on Friday, May 27, will be Golden Time - the genre of the month is slice-of-life!



Thursday, April 28, 2016

May 26 Book Club Pick: Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

Book Club is reading Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going for the next meeting; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, May 26. If you need a copy, speak with Ms. Charpentier or visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library.

From Goodreads: "Troy Billings is seventeen, 296 pounds, friendless, utterly miserable, and about to step off a New York subway platform in front of an oncoming train. Until he meets Curt MacCrae, an emaciated, semi-homeless, high school dropout guitar genius, the stuff of which Lower East Side punk rock legends are made. Never mind that Troy's dad thinks Curt's a drug addict and Troy's brother thinks Troy's the biggest (literally) loser in Manhattan. Soon, Curt has recruited Troy as his new drummer, even though Troy can't play the drums. Together, Curt and Troy will change the world of punk, and Troy's own life, forever."

If you liked the April Book Club pick, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, check out some recommended similar books on display in the library and on Pinterest.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Audiobook SYNC 2016

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 next week on Thursday, May 5, with downloads of Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle and The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial by Peter Goodchild. See the Sync website for 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, March 28, 2016

April Anime/Manga Club Meetings

If you like anime, manga, and Japanese candy, join Anime/Manga Club! The club meets two Fridays a month from 2:00 to 3:30, and focuses on reading and discussing manga, watching and discussing anime, manga-style art, cosplay, and learning about Japanese culture (including, but not limited to, the eating of Japanese candy).

If you're interested in joining Anime/Manga Club, come to the library on Friday, April 1, and Friday, April 15. The genre of the month is science fiction, and the screening on Friday, April 15, will be Log Horizon.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

April 28 Book Club Pick: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Book Club is reading The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka for the next meeting; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, April 28. If you need a copy, speak with Ms. Charpentier, visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library, or download an eBook from Project Gutenberg or audiobook from LibriVox.

From Goodreads: "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first opening, Kafka begins his masterpiece. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing -- though absurdly comic -- meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction."

Join Book Club again next month on Thursday, May 26, to discuss Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going.

If you liked the March Book Club pick, Halo by Alexandra Adornetto, check out some recommended similar books on display in the library and on Pinterest.

Friday, March 18, 2016

MSLA Bookmark Contest Honorable Mention for Krysten!

Congratulations to Krysten Boyer, who received an honorable mention in the 2016 MSLA Bookmark Contest

This year, we had two students enter designs in the annual contest hosted by the Massachusetts School Library Association, Matthew Colella and Krysten Boyer. Krysten's design was selected as an honorable mention in the Division IV contest.


You can check out all the winning designs from across the state, including Krysten's, online. Krysten’s winning bookmark design from last year’s contest is currently available in the library, as well as her new design for this year's contest!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

March/April Newsletter

The March/April Newsletter is here - check it out!


Featured this month:
  • Congratulations to Krysten on her honorable mention in the MSLA Bookmark Contest!
  • The Youth Media Award winners of 2016
  • Magazines available at the library
  • Anime/Manga Club
  • Book Club's picks for second semester
  • Free stuff from the public library


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Upcoming Events at the Uxbridge Free Public Library

Thursday, March 3, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Pied Potter Hamelin and his Magical Potter's Wheel, sponsored by the Uxbridge Cultural Council
Monday, March 7, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Irish Music and Stories Night with Mary King, Phil Edmonds, and Kevin Fallon, presented by the Uxbridge Free Public Library Trustees
Thursday, March 10, 6:00 - 7:30
Teen Advisory Board
 Thursday, April 14, 6:00 - 7:30
Teen Advisory Board

For more information, visit http://www.uxbridgelibrary.org/.

Friday, February 26, 2016

March Anime/Manga Club Meetings

If you like anime, manga, and Japanese candy, join Anime/Manga Club! The club meets two Fridays a month from 2:00 to 3:30, and focuses on reading and discussing manga, watching and discussing anime, manga-style art, cosplay, and learning about Japanese culture (including, but not limited to, the eating of Japanese candy).

If you're interested in joining Anime/Manga Club, come to the library on Friday, March 4 and Friday, March 18. The genre of the month is comedy, and the screening on Friday, March 18, will be The Devil Is a Part-Timer!.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

March 24 Book Club Meeting: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Book Club is reading Halo by Alexandra Adornetto for the next meeting; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, March 24. If you need a copy, speak with Ms. Charpentier or visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library.

From Goodreads: "Three angels – Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human – are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments. Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong. The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?"

The meetings for the rest of the year are:


If you liked the February Book Club pick, short stories by Ray Bradbury, check out some recommended similar books on display in the library and on Pinterest.

Monday, February 8, 2016

February Anime/Manga Club Meetings

If you like anime, manga, and Japanese candy, join Anime/Manga Club! The club meets two Fridays a month from 2:00 to 3:30, and focuses on reading and discussing manga, watching and discussing anime, manga-style art, cosplay, and learning about Japanese culture (including, but not limited to, the eating of Japanese candy).

If you're interested in joining Anime/Manga Club, come to the library on Friday, February 12 and Friday, February 26. The genre of the month is shoujo, and the screening on Friday, February 26, will be Your Lie in April.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

January/February Newsletter

The January/February newsletter is here - check it out!


Featured this month:
  • New this year: Anime/Manga Club
  • Cite your sources
  • Semester 2 Book Club picks
  • Now on display

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

February 25 Book Club Pick: Short Stories by Ray Bradbury

Book Club is reading stories by Ray Bradbury for the next meeting; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, February 25. 


Read any short stories by Ray Bradbury you like - we'll talk about all of them! Copies of his story collections The Martian Chronicles, The October Country, and I Sing the Body Electric! will be available in the library. The Martian Chronicles is a series of stories about an attempt to colonize Mars, while the stories in The October Country and I Sing the Body Electric! span the genres of science fiction, horror, and fantasy, with a heavy dose of nostalgia. 

The meetings for the rest of the year are:

If you liked the January Book Club pick, Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett, check out some recommended similar books on display in the library and on Pinterest.

Thinking Politically

For this year's seniors and the juniors turning 18 before November, this year will be your first time voting in a presidential election. With that in mind ...

Three Websites for Political Fact Checking
  1. FactCheck from the Annenberg Public Policy Center
  2. PolitiFact from the Tampa Bay Times
  3. Fact Checker from the Washington Post
Three Websites for Finding Out What the Candidates Think
  1. What the Candidates Believe from PBS Newshour
  2. 2016 Election from ProCon.org
  3. On the Issues
Two Websites About Polling
  1. Election 2016 Presidential Polls from Real Clear Politics
  2. FiveThirtyEight Politics
One Website Just for Fun