Library Media Matters

February 2019 | Volume 1 | Issue 1

"The central purpose of libraries is to provide a service: access to information."

--Michael K. Buckland


Welcome to the Library Media Matters Newsletter!

  • This newsletter will publish occasionally throughout the year to keep you up-to-date with what's happening at the library. The purpose is to increase awareness and communication throughout our community. Each newsletter will highlight news, resources, and books.

New Arrivals

  • We added new arrivals in December! Come in and browse hundreds of exciting new fiction and nonfiction titles in our New Arrivals section located immediately to your left upon entering the library.

Take a Book, Leave a Book Shelf

  • Located outside the library entrance, BHS has a new feature that encourages literacy and community. It's the Take a Book, Leave a Book Shelf! Modeled after the popular Little Free Library organization, BHS's Take a Book, Leave a Book Shelf encourages literacy and community among students, faculty, and staff. Stop by to grab as many free books as you'd like. And if you have books you'd like to donate, leave them on the shelf for someone to discover!
  • Keva Planks have made their way into museums, science centers, and libraries around the world, and now we have them here in our library! The planks are all precision cut exactly the same way, and their simplicity invites problem solving, creativity, and exploration for students of all abilities. MENSA invited Keva to their annual gathering, and the planks present excellent opportunities for creativity and exploration for students with special needs, too. Keva has many projects students can replicate or use as inspiration for their own creations. They even have Lesson plans, challenges, games and activities to use with classes across the curriculum. Bring your classes in any time for some creative play and inspiration!


Research Databases

We subscribe to databases to meet all of our students' research needs. Contact me anytime to gather resources on a topic, visit your classrooms to assist with research, or just to ask a question! Scan the QR code or click here to access more information on our databases.

Ebook Collection

New to our library this year is our large selection of nonfiction and smaller-but-still-significant-selection of fiction ebooks. I am particularly excited about this new collection because students and faculty are carrying a library around with them on their devices. Now the library can be with you everywhere you go! Again, please contact me with any questions about accessing these great resources, how to use them in your classes, and even how to access your local public library's collection of ebooks. Talking about books is my favorite, so please don't hesitate to reach out! Scan the QR code or click here to access more information on our ebooks.

Sora eBooks and audiobooks are available to read one user at a time. Below are some popular picks from the collection.
Ebsco eBooks and audiobooks are available to read by multiple users at a time. Below are some popular picks from the collection.

NY Times

Did you know that students and staff at BHS can read the digital edition of The New York Times for free? To enjoy full, complimentary access to The Times, visit, and create a free account using your school email address.


If you're not already using Goodreads, what are you waiting for?! Goodreads lets you find and share books you love. I've been using it for years to vet my reading choices by scrolling through reviews, as well as to make lists of what I'd like to read next and lists of books I've read. Recently, I noticed a "My Year in Books" feature, and when I clicked through, I discovered Goodreads had put together an overview of what I've read, reviewed, and shelved this year. It's so cool! And if seeing my year in books isn't enough, check out Bill Gates', or Sarah Jessica Parker's, or maybe happiness expert Gretchin Rubin's Year in Books (She says she read 199 books in 2018. I don't know if I'm buying it, but reading does equal happiness....) So if you have not used Goodreads yet, now is a great time to start tracking your reading, and by the end of 2019, you'll have this nifty "My Year in Books" to show for it!