Blackburn Library Newsletter

15-16 back to school

What's up in Blackburn?

What's new:

  •, baby!
  • Middle School Extended Day will be in the library 3:30-6:00 on school days.

What's not new:

  • Same great team (Vicki, Indre and Mary Fran)
  • Same super-cool buoy chairs
  • Same small group study space
  • Puzzzzzzzzzles all day long, every day

If you're new to FCS or you haven't visited in a while, stop by and let us show you around.

Save the date: We Need Diverse Books Event

We are really excited that Friends' Central is hosting a Children's Book World/We Need Diverse Books event on Sunday November 15 at 2pm in Shallcross Hall. There will be two author panels and an opportunity to purchase books and have them signed. We hope you can join us!

Telling the Story of All of Us: Books for the Modern World

Keynote speaker: Sonia Manzano, author of Becoming Maria

Moving Past “Girl” Books and “Boy” Books: Representing a Rainbow

Moderator : I. W. Gregorio

Writing Our World: The Author’s Journey and the Author’s Responsibility

Moderator: E.C. Myers

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Librarians: adding Extra Awesome

If you're dreaming of collaborating with an awesome instructional partner this year, look no further.

We live for research and information literacy! We can:

  • help you plan, execute, even (gasp!) assess any research projects you are planning.
  • orient your students to the library and its resources, sharing our strategies for making the best use of Blackburn.
  • show you or your class how to use Noodletools to organize sources, support academic integrity and reinforce correct citation form.
  • curate electronic and print resources ahead of time for a lesson, or instruct your class on how to do the curation and organization themselves.
  • teach students to define a need for information, to craft the best search for it, and to evaluate and analyze what they find, so that they get the best bang for their research buck.
  • use our search wizardry and librarian tricks track down sources you've torn your hair out looking for, to no avail (and then tell you how we did it!).

We love to get everyone reading! We can:

  • talk to readers about fiction, graphic novels, nonfiction, memoirs . . . you name it! We are specialists in finding the right book for each reader and we won't give up until we've gotten it right. We also love to hear recommendations from readers, too.
  • request a title you need for your class through inter-library loan, if we don't have it.
  • order materials that support your curriculum for open circulation.

Intrigued? Email to find out more!