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NEW!!! SuperEasyTV Studio

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The brand new SuperEasyTV Studio is open for business! If you are looking for a way to make your project stand out, if you want to practice a speech and see how you look, if you're applying to a school that accepts video applications, if you want to be the next Youtube sensation, then the new SuperEasyTV Studio is for you!

The studio is simple to use - all you'll need is a flash drive and images, slides, or a video for your background if you want to use the green screen. If you want a tutorial before you jump in and start recording, Ms. Hinman will be holding a demo for the new studio on Thursday, February 18th during the second half of JR and SR High lunches. If you can't make it that day, just show up at the library anytime the studio isn't in use and Ms. Hinman can give you a tour.

Student Library Advisory Board

The Student Library Advisory Board met for the first time at the end of January. During the meeting we discussed:

  • Noise levels in the library - Students recommended keeping the Silent Study Zone light on and door open so students know they can use the space. They also recommended policing the loudest groups during the lunch hours.
  • Advertising library changes - Students recommended posting announcements by the library whiteboard and including them in the morning announcements.
  • Genrefication - Students stated that it was easier for them to find similar books and authors and they were able to avoid the books they didn't like.
  • Printer stations - Students are looking forward to this new service in the library. The technology department is working on the laptops that will allow this to happen.
  • Databases - Students stated that they'd like new icons and labels for the databases. They would also like a new website and to be able to search all the databases at once. Ms. Hinman recently found an option in our online catalog that allows for searching paid databases. She's working on getting everything hooked up and has already started introducing some classes to this feature.
  • Library remodel - The potential library remodel was briefly discussed and the students were interested in helping with design possibilities as the renovation progresses.
  • Grade level reading trends - Reading trends were briefly brought up, the discussion will be continued at the next meeting.
  • SuperEasyTV Studio - Students were excited about this space. They suggested blinds be placed in front of the window and signs advertising the studio be posted.

If you have any comments or questions on anything the board discussed, send Ms. Hinman an email or stop by the library to talk to her!

New books available now

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Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next. And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong. Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air. Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.
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Adrienne Ashe never wanted to be a princess. She hates fancy dinners, is uncomfortable in lavish dresses, and has never wanted to wait on someone else to save her. However, on the night of her 16th-birthday, her parents, the King and Queen, locked her away in a tower guarded by a dragon to await the rescue of some handsome prince. Now Adrienne has decided to take matters into her own hands! Come join the Eisner-nominated team of Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin for a tale of swashbuckling in the face of sexism. Princeless is the action/adventure for the girl who's tired of waiting to be rescued and ready to save herself!
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When your best friend is just a tiny bit psychotic, you should never actually believe him when he says, "Trust me. This is gonna be awesome." Of course, you probably wouldn't believe a voodoo doll could work either. Or that it could cause someone's leg to blow clean off with one quick prick. But I've seen it. It can happen. And when there's suddenly a doll of YOU floating around out there--a doll that could be snatched by a Rottweiler and torn to shreds, or a gang of thugs ready to torch it, or any random family of cannibals (really, do you need the danger here spelled out for you?)--well, you know that's just gonna be a really bad day ...
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Bellwether Award winner Susan Nussbaum's powerful novel invites us into the lives of a group of typical teenagers--alienated, funny, yearning for autonomy--except that they live in an institution for juveniles with disabilities. This unfamiliar, isolated landscape is much the same as the world outside: friendships are forged, trust is built, love affairs are kindled, and rules are broken. But those who call it home have little or no control over their fate. Good Kings Bad Kings challenges our definitions of what it means to be disabled in a story told with remarkable authenticity and in voices that resound with humor and spirit.


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From Curiosity.com - Your Understanding of Schrodinger's Cat is Probably Wrong

Erwin Schrödinger came up with his famous cat-in-the-box thought experiment in 1935. In the years since, people have misinterpreted the scenario as an explanation for how a cat can be both alive and dead at the same time. In fact, Schrödinger intended for this paradox to illustrate the fundamental absurdity of quantum mechanics. In the process of creating the thought experiment, he also coined the term "entanglement" ("verschränkung" in German).

Want to learn more? Check out the Vlog Brothers video below!

IDTIMWYTIM: Schrodinger's Cat

Thanks for Reading! - Ms. Hinman