Harrisburg Library Newsletter


In these monthly newsletters, you'll find news about library lessons, events, and new books at both the HEMS and HHS libraries. You'll also find tips and suggestions for integrating technology with user friendly web 2.0 tools and apps that will increase student engagement, meet 21st century learning goals, and support writing and information literacy goals for our students. We look forward to seeing you in the library and to working with you this month!

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News from the HEMS Library

December will be a fast month in the HEMS library. Here's a glimpse of what we'll be focusing on in the three short weeks of this month!!

The preschool classes will visit during the first week of the month to hear If You Give A Mouse a Cookie in celebration of their theme of smells and cookies. We'll also enjoy some chocolate chip cookies after our story time.

K-3 students have been focused on using their library tools (five finger rule, book blurbs, knowledge of self) to select books that are "just right" for them. We will enjoy several award books this month starting with Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet (the 2013 Sibert Award Winner for Informational Books for Children) which is the story of Tony Sarg who invented the balloons that have become the trademark of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We will follow that with two Missouri Show Me Reader Award Nominees: Some Cat by Mary Casanova and The House on Dirty Third Street by Jo S. Kittinger. Both of these selections focus on the theme of helping others and giving - which seem fitting for this month of celebration.

Grades 4-8 will also focus on Missouri Award books in December. Book talks, digital resources, and guidelines for participation and voting for the 2015 Mark Twain and Truman Award Nominees will be shared.

iPads in the Library!!

K-8 grade students are really excited about the five new iPad Minis that will be part of our library resources. The iPads were purchased for the HEMS library through a PTO grant and will be used for library information literacy lessons, student generated projects, student research, and professional development for teachers. I look forward to sharing the exciting ways students are using the iPads in our library and school.
Check out the new PebbleGo Animals Database

Animal database designed for K-3 grades.

Use the login and password provided to you by email. If you need this information again, please contact Jennie in the library!

News from the HHS Library

In addition to the regular buzz of students looking for a great book, a place to study or create, or a computer, the high school library has also been home to 17 online dual-credit students who are preparing for and taking finals. These students have earned both high school and college credit in Psychology or American History to 1865 this semester. Congratulations to our dual-credit students!!!

Build Your Tech Toolbox

Check out this month's recommended educational web tools. In October, I featured two curation or bookmarking tools...Symbaloo and LiveBinders. I provided a web tools training on Symbaloo for a group of elementary, middle, and high school teachers during our October Professional Development day and am really excited about how teachers are planning to utilize this free tool in their classrooms, on their websites, and with their students. I will present the same session at our December PD day for teachers. This month's featured tools are presentation tools. These tools can be used to create presentations for your students, or better yet, to have students create in demonstration of what they have learned. Please just let me know if you would like more information about either of these tools. Both require an email and password in order to register for the free version.


Use Prezi to create original and unique presentations. The zoom feature of this presentation tool makes it an exciting alternative to Power Point or Google Presentation.

Check out these examples for a taste of how Prezi can bring excitement to any presentation. You can create your own or choose from a variety of public presentations that are searchable by topic.

Keys to the Core: Common Core Presentation created by Jennie Simpson

Research Tips and Tricks by Jennie Simpson


Powtoon brings animation to your presentations. This easy-to-use tool allows for a multitude of creativity and eye-catching motion to spice up any presentation.

Follow the link below to see an examples of a Powtoon presentation.

PBS in the Library

Check out the New Pebble Go Next Database

United States and Native American Database designed for 3-5 grades.