Thursday, October 12, 2017

November 9 Book Club Pick: The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The next Book Club Pick is The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King. All are welcome to join in the discussion after school on Thursday, November 9. If you need a copy of the book, talk to Ms. Charpentier or visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library.

From Goodreads: "Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is King's most visionary feat of storytelling, a magical mix of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that may well be his crowning achievement. In The Gunslinger, King introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting, solitary figure at first, on a mysterious quest through a desolate world that eerily mirrors our own. Pursuing the man in black, an evil being who can bring the dead back to life, Roland is a good man who seems to leave nothing but death in his wake."

The rest of the meetings for first semester are below. Make sure you're at the December meeting to suggest books for second semester!

Monday, October 2, 2017

October Newsletter

The October Newsletter is here, and this month it features:

  • this semester's Book Club picks
  • public library events for teens
  • upcoming Anime/Manga Club dates
  • some recommended new books
  • test prep materials

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

World Religions Project

Books
  • A selection of books with information on world religions is on display in the library.
  • To look for books at the Uxbridge Free Public Library or the C/W MARS library system that can be placed on hold and sent to the Uxbridge library for you, locate your public library card and go to uxbridgelibrary.org. If you do not have a public library card, get an application from Ms. C or at the public library and visit with some form of identification.
Database Resources
Citation Resources
  • Citation Help
  • Database Article Citation: Copy and paste from the bottom of the article or the Citation Tools pop up.
  • Encyclopedia Citation:
    "Title of the Article." Name of the Encyclopedia. Publisher, Date.
  • Book Citation (Has an Author):
    Author Last Name, Author First Name. Title of the Book. Publisher, Date.
  • Book Citation (Has an Editor but No Author)
    Title of the Book, edited by Editor First Name Last Name. Publisher, Date.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Freshmen Orientation

It was nice to meet all of you! Here are some links to everything we talked about.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Book Club Picks for First Semester

The votes are in, and these are the books UHS students chose to read for Book Club discussions this semester! 

Join us on the following days after school in the library for these discussions, and if you need a copy of the next book, they're available at the school library thanks to Deb at the public library!

All are welcome to read and join in on the discussions!

Anime/Manga Club Meetings for September and October

Join Anime/Manga Club in the library from 2:00 - 3:30 on the following days:

  • Friday, September 22
  • Friday, October 13
  • Friday, October 27

Get ready for a whole new school year of anime and manga!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Anime/Manga Club: Friday, September 8

The first Anime/Manga Club meeting of the year will be on Friday, September 8. Join us for anime trivia, ice breaker games, and wasabi seaweed. We'll also start watching trailers for some anime series we might watch this year!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

September Newsletter

The September newsletter is here, and this month it features:
  • Summer Reading info
  • Book Club and Anime/Manga Club kickoff dates
  • General info about the library
  • Events at the Uxbridge Free Public Library

Book Club is back on Thursday, September 7!

Whether you've been in Book Club before or are just joining this year, come to the library after school on Thursday, September 7, to suggest books to discuss!

After the meeting, voting on 4 books to read during first semester will take place through a Google Form sent out on Friday, September 8. If you are not able to make it to the meeting on Thursday, just talk to Ms. C to make sure you get the voting email or to recommend a book!

Monday, June 5, 2017

UHS 2017 Summer Reading FAQ

What do I need to do?
  1. Read a book. Either choose from the  list of recommended books at uhs2017summerreading.blogspot.com or use this Google Form to choose your own book. 
  2. Complete one of the following activities and submit it by Wednesday, September 13, 2017. (More details about what to do and where to submit your work here.)
    • Discuss the book you read in the Summer Reading Google Classroom. 
    • Write a letter to the person who recommended the book. If you selected your own, write a letter explaining why you would or would not recommend it. 
    • Create a movie trailer for your book. 
    • Create a social media feed that represents a character from your book or the themes of the book.
    • Create fanart or fanfiction based on your book.
Where do I submit my activity?
Use this Google Form. There is also a link on the summer reading website.
What is this worth?
Two points added to a quarter 1 grade of your choice.

Any other questions? Speak to Ms. Charpentier if you think of it before the school year ends, or email her at echarpentier@uxbridge.k12.ma.us.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

June/Summer Library Newsletter

The June library newsletter is here - check it out!
Featured this month:
  • Details about Summer Reading 2017
  • Other books to read this summer!
  • Teen events at the public library in June

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Links for Mrs. Lussier's D Block Forensics Class

Books
  • A selection of books with information on the serial killers Mrs. Lussier has suggested to you are on display in the library. Not every book has information on all the cases and individuals, so be sure to check the index or table of contents.
  • To look for books at the Uxbridge Free Public Library or the C/W MARS library system that can be placed on hold and sent to the Uxbridge library for you, locate your public library card and go to uxbridgelibrary.org. If you do not have a public library card, get an application from Ms. C or at the public library and visit with some form of identification.
Database Resources

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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

Finding Good, Current Sources
    • 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.
Citing Your Sources
  • Citing a website should look like this.
    Author Name. “Name of the Webpage.” Name of the Website, Publication Date. URL.
  • Example:
    CDC/National Center for Health Statistics. “Obesity and Overweight.” FastStats, June 13, 2016. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/obesity-overweight.htm
  • 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. (And find the actual source of images you find using Google!)
Recommended Resources

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Thanks to everyone who decorated the library windows with Book Club!


Book Club is over for the year, but returning UHS students are welcome to join in again next year! Meanwhile, if you like any of the books we read this year, check out some more books you might like! Books like Fallen are on display now, and books like the others we read this year are recommended on Pinterest.

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

Friday, May 12, 2017

May and June Anime Club Meetings

Join Anime Club for the end of the school year on the following dates, after school in the library from 2:00 - 3:30:

Friday, May 12

Friday, May 26

Friday, June 2

Monday, April 24, 2017

Audiobook Sync 2017

Every summer, the Audiobook Sync program gives away 2 audiobook downloads every week throughout the summer. Each week, a pair of titles 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 this Thursday, April 27, with downloads of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, read by Greg Wise and The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, read by Charlotte Parry and Christian Coulson. 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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Links for Mr. MacKenzie's E Block AP English Lang Class

Databases and Online Reference Materials 
The full list of available databases and online reference resources is here. See below for a few databases that might be particularly helpful, depending on your topic.
    Books and Other Print Materials
    Citation Resources

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    April/May Library Newsletter

    The April/May library newsletter is here - check it out!
    Featured this month:

    • National Poetry Month
    • MSLA Bookmark Contest Honorable Mention
    • Events at the Uxbridge Free Public Library
    • Anime Club
    • Book Club
    • Suggest a Book for Summer Reading

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    May 4 Book Club Meeting: Fallen by Lauren Kate

    Book Club's final discussion of the school year will take place on Thursday, May 4; all are welcome to join the discussion of Fallen by Lauren Kate after school in the library. If you need a copy, see Ms. Charpentier or stop by the public library.

    From Goodreads"What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours? Seventeen-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross ... only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good and evil forces plot to keep them apart."

    Stay tuned for information about the traditional June "Draw on the Windows" meeting, and if you enjoyed any recent Book Club picks, don't forget to look for similar books on display at each meeting and archived on Pinterest!

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Prepare for AP Exams


    Test prep books are available in the library for the following AP exams with the College and Career books:

    • Calculus AB
    • Chemistry
    • English Language and Composition
    • English Literature and Composition
    • Statistics
    Additionally, you can use your library card from either the Uxbridge Free Public Library or the Boston Public Library to access the LearningExpress Library. After creating an account using your card number, go to the College Preparation Center, then click on the Prepare for Your AP Exam button to access practice tests for these exams:

    • Calculus AB
    • Chemistry
    • English Language and Composition
    • English Literature and Composition
    • Statistics
    • U.S. Government

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    April Anime/Manga Club Meetings

    Love anime and manga? Join Anime/Manga Club in April, when members will be exploring the action genre and start talking about next year's leadership!

    Friday, April 7
    2:00 - 3:30 in the library
    Working on the club manga!

    Friday, April 28
    2:00 - 3:30 in the library
    Join us for a screening!

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Summer Reading: Now's the Time to Suggest a Book!

    We always want the summer reading list to include books recommended by current UHS students - you know best what you want to read! If you have a book to recommend, please fill out this form online or a recommendation card in the library. Thanks!


    Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    Resources for Mrs. Bouchard's A & D Block Classes

    Creating a Video
    • PowToon (cannot create videos on the iPad)
      • Create a video using images, music, text, and animated characters and images.
      • Example:

    Creating a Webpage
    • Adobe Spark Page (iPad app available)
      • Create a page using images, text, links, and videos. There is a lot of flexibility in the available layouts, and the results look very professional.
      • Example
    • Google Sites
      • A versatile canvas for building a website or wiki. You can use the older version on the iPad, but the new version of Google Sites, which can only be used on a computer, is much easier to use.
      • Example
    Citation Resources

    Monday, March 13, 2017

    Links for Mr. MacKenzie's B & G Block World Lit Classes

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

    Citation Resources
    Databases and Online Reference Materials
    (full list of available databases is here)
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
      Try these eBooks:
      • Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World
      • Encyclopedia of Religion
      • Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
      • Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America
      • World Religions Reference Library
    • JSTOR
      You need a free BPL eCard to access JSTOR; sign up here.
    • Global Issues in Context
      Try these pages under Browse Issues:
      • 9/11: Tenth Anniversary
      • Afghan War
      • Afghanistan
      • Al-Qaeda
      • Islam: Sunni and Shiite Disputes
      • Islamophobia
      • Pakistan-Afghanistan Conflict Over Border Region
      • Taliban Resurgence in Afghanistan and Pakistan
    • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
      Try these pages under Browse Issues:
      • 9/11 Attacks
      • Afghan War
      • Islamophobia
      • Taliban
      • Terrorism
    • U.S. History in Context
      Try this page under Browse Topics:
      • 9/11 and Its Aftermath
    • World History in Context
      Try these pages under Browse Topics:
      • Afghanistan
      • Islam
    Books
    Open Web

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    Links for Mr. MacKenzie's F Block Class's To Kill a Mockingbird Paper and Project

    Databases and Online Reference
      Books
      Citation Resources

      Friday, March 3, 2017

      April 6 Book Club Meeting: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

      Book Club's next pick is Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, April 6. If you need a copy, see Ms. Charpentier or stop by the public library.

      From Goodreads"Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men. Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered. With World War I brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way… taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever."

      Join us to discuss Leviathan, or come to the last Book Club discussion of the school year on Thursday, May 4, to talk about Fallen by Lauren Kate.

      If you enjoyed any recent Book Club picks, don't forget to look for similar books on display at each meeting and archived on Pinterest!

      Thursday, March 2, 2017

      Links for Mr. Bennett's C Block Public Speaking Class

      Books
      Databases and Online Reference Materials 
      The full list of available databases and online reference resources is here. See below for a few databases that might be particularly helpful, depending on your topic.
      Open Web
      • Always use the CRAAP test to decide if an online source is worth using!
      Citation Resources

      Wednesday, March 1, 2017

      March Library Newsletter

      The March library newsletter is here - check it out!


      Featured this month:

      • A snapshot of semester 1 in the library
      • Spotlight on the Youth Media Awards
      • Update on events at the public library
      • Anime and Book Club dates for the spring

      Tuesday, February 28, 2017

      March Anime/Manga Club Meetings

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

      Friday, March 3
      2:00 - 3:30 in the library
      Working on the club manga!

      Friday, March 17
      2:00 - 3:30 in the library
      Join us for a screening!

      Monday, February 27, 2017

      Citation Worksheet for Mrs. L's E Block Class

      Don't forget - you need to cite sources you use when you do research! You can find information about books on the title page and the back of that page, and information about a webpage is usually found either at the top or the bottom of the page.


      March 2 Book Club Meeting: The Green Mile by Stephen King

      Book Club's next pick is The Green Mile by Stephen King; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, March 2.

      From Goodreads"At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers are depraved as the psychopathic 'Billy the Kid; Wharton and the possessed Eduard Delacroix await death strapped in 'Old Sparky.' Here guards as decent as Paul Edgecombe and as sadistic as Percy Wetmore watch over them. But good or evil, innocent or guilty, none have ever seen the brutal likes of the new prisoner, John Coffey, sentenced to death for raping and murdering two young girls. Is Coffey a devil in human form? Or is he a far, far different kind of being?"

      The meetings for the rest of the year are:

      If you enjoyed any recent Book Club picks, don't forget to look for similar books on display at each meeting and archived on Pinterest!

      Wednesday, February 8, 2017

      Links for Mrs. Guilmette's C & G Block World Lit Classes

      Below are some recommended resources for your World Lit 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
      Books
      Citation Resources

      Links for Mr. Bennett's C Block Public Speaking Class

      Books
      Databases and Online Reference Materials 
      The full list of available databases and online reference resources is here. See below for a few databases that might be particularly helpful, depending on your topic.
      Open Web
      • Always use the CRAAP test to decide if an online source is worth using!
      Citation Resources

      Wednesday, February 1, 2017

      Vote in the MSLA Bookmark Contest!

      Want to see great bookmarks created by students across the state, including UHS senior Krysten Boyer? Vote for your favorites in each age bracket by following this link.

      For more details, watch this video created by students at Sharon High School!


      Wednesday, January 25, 2017

      January/February Library Newsletter

      The January/February UHS Library Newsletter is here - check it out!


      Featured this month:

      • Research tips
      • Upcoming events at the public library
      • Upcoming Anime Club and Book Club dates

      Monday, January 9, 2017

      MSLA Bookmark Contest - Entries Due to Ms. C by January 12!

      Short notice, but for any student interested in entering this year's MSLA Bookmark Contest, entries are due to Ms. C by this Thursday, January 12.

      This year's theme is "Beyond the Binding," and the entry form and more information can be found online or in the library.

      Past winning designs from UHS student Krysten Boyer.

      Thursday, January 5, 2017

      February 2 Book Club Meeting: Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

      Book Club's next pick is Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, February 2. If you need a copy, speak with Ms. Charpentier or visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library.

      From Goodreads: "Fifteen-year-old Jeff wakes up on New Year's Day to find himself in the hospital. Make that the psychiatric ward. With the nutjobs. Clearly, this is all a huge mistake. Forget about the bandages on his wrists and the notes on his chart. Forget about his problems with his best friend, Allie, and her boyfriend, Burke. Jeff's perfectly fine, perfectly normal, not like the other kids in the hospital with him. Now they've got problems. But a funny thing happens as his forty-five-day sentence drags on: the crazies start to seem less crazy. Compelling, witty, and refreshingly real, Suicide Notes is a darkly humorous novel from award-winning author Michael Thomas Ford that examines that fuzzy line between 'normal' and the rest of us."

      The meetings for the rest of the year are:

      If you enjoyed any recent Book Club picks, don't forget to look for similar books on display at each meeting and archived on Pinterest!

      Links for Mrs. Lussier's C Block Forensics Class

      Books
      • A selection of books with information on the serial killers Mrs. Lussier has suggested to you are on display in the library. Not every book has information on all the cases and individuals, so be sure to check the index or table of contents.
      • To look for books at the Uxbridge Free Public Library or the C/W MARS library system that can be placed on hold and sent to the Uxbridge library for you, locate your public library card and go to uxbridgelibrary.org. If you do not have a public library card, get an application from Ms. C or at the public library and visit with some form of identification.
      Database Resources

      Wednesday, January 4, 2017

      January/February Anime/Manga Club Meetings

      Love anime and manga? Join Anime/Manga Club in January, when members will be welcoming the new year and exploring the genres of drama and tragedies!

      Friday, January 6
      2:00 - 3:30 in the library
      In Japan, New Year's is the big winter holiday, so we'll celebrate with some traditional activities and foods. Additionally, we'll have a holiday yankee swap - if you'd like to participate, bring a small gift (under $10) to the meeting.

      Friday, January 27
      2:00 - 3:30 in the library
      Join Anime/Manga Club for a screening!

      Friday, February 3
      2:00 - 3:30 in the library
      Cosplay and Yearbook Photos!

      Friday, February 17
      2:00 - 3:30 in the library
      Join Anime/Manga Club for a screening!