Bethlehem Area School District

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Farmersville Book Fair

Friday, Dec. 16th 2016 at 5pm

Barnes & Noble, Southmont Way, Easton, PA, United States

Easton, PA

The Farmersville Library will be sponsoring a holiday book fair at the Bethlehem Township Barnes and Noble (4445 Southmont Way) on Friday, December 16th from 5-8pm. Come out with your families for a night of shopping and fun! Make an origami bookmark, compete in a Lego building challenge, try out an Ozobot, play minute-to-win-it games, and more!! And don't forget to grab a yummy treat or frosty Frappuccino in the cafe before you leave. Hope to see you all there! Can't make it in person, but still want to participate? If you make an online purchase at Barnes and Noble ( any day from 12/16-12/21, just enter the code "12053807" before you checkout, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Farmersville library. Please contact Julie Mueller at with any questions.

The Librarians from Broughal, Nitschmann and Spring Garden Elementary arranged for Brod Bagert Poet/author to present poetry to their schools. Brod Bagert encourages to "Find the Voice" of poetry.

Brod Bagert

Brod Bagert is the award-winning author of 17 books of poetry for children, young-adults, and adults. His work has received numerous awards including the International Reading Association’s prestigious Young Adults Choices award, the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award, the Independent Publisher Gold Book Award, and Mom’s Choices Gold Medal. He tours some thirty weeks a year, and has visited Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and just about every nook and cranny of the good ole USA.

Born and raised in the City of New Orleans, Brod studied the classics in Latin and Greek, wrestled and boxed to vent adolescent angst, fell in love with and married his high-school sweetheart, practiced law, served in public office, and reared four children that are the joy of his life.

Brod started his career as a poet in the third grade with a poem for his mother. He wrote a few poems in high school, then picked up the pace in college because “GIRLS LOVE POETRY!” During his lawyer days, Brod wrote fewer and fewer poems. Then one of his children asked him to write a poem for her to perform in her school elocution program. That launched a flood of poems unabated to this very day. In 1992, Brod closed his twenty-one year law practice and became one of America’s very few full-time, professional poets.

Today Brod mesmerizes audiences with poetry, both his and those of the great authors of history, leaving participants with a new or reinvigorated love for poetry in the process.

Brod continues to live in New Orleans with Debby, his wife of 44 years, where they spend quality time with their four children, and a growing tribe of grandchildren.

3rd grade students at Farmersville

...are participating in a scavenger hunt to locate hidden gingerbread men in the non-fiction section. This is an extension activity to the book, The Library Gingerbread Man by Dotti Enderle, which we read in class first. The students had to work together in teams to solve riddles to figure out where the gingerbread men were hiding.

St. Luke’s Health Network’s School-2-Work Students are creating a Medical Advances Timeline

Liberty High School School-2-Work students, a class that consists of Intermediate through Advanced ELL’s will be using our new online resource World Book in an opening year unit on the History of Medicine. In the LHS library computer lab the class will research beginning with Hippocrates/Father of Medicine and move onto Ethics and basic hospital protocol.

Students will create a timeline, describing at least 10 key developments in the field of medicine from the birth of Hippocrates to today. This assignment is the beginning stages of exposure to the healthcare field as a career pathway and gateway to their Co-op experience at the Fountain Hill site.
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Ready set..Lets Go!! Welcome Back!!

"Our district remains committed to providing a well-rounded education to each of our 13,500 students. This commitment starts with our second year of full day kindergarten to make sure all students have a positive start to their school careers and are on track to be successful readers in future years. Our focus remains on developing well-rounded students in the elementary level through programs such as the Leader in Me, as well as through many artistic and musical opportunities." ~ Dr. Joseph Roy
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What is a Makerspace?

Makerspaces and libraries are sites of informal learning.

In the constructivist sense, libraries facilitate constructing knowledge through access to information, while makerspaces facilitate constructing knowledge through the manipulation and creation of material objects. While formal learning can also happen in both spaces, as classes are brought in to work toward more prescribed learning objectives, most school libraries and makerspaces are equally as supportive of non-curricular, student-driven, independent explorations.

Libraries and makerspaces are inherently interdisciplinary spaces.

The library has space and material for learning about all academic disciplines. More importantly, the availability of materials spanning wide arrays of subject matter encourages constructing knowledge across and outside of disciplines. Makerspaces provide access to physical resources typically regarded as materials for crafting, engineering, design, robotics, or media. They encourage blending these specialties in the service of learning any academic or traditionally non-academic disciplines.

Libraries and makerspaces provide equitable access to materials and resources.

Libraries provide access many print, visual, and virtual information resources that would not be accessible to most students and faculty, even in today's highly connected world. Makerspaces provide access to tools and materials that would be too expensive or impractical for most students or teachers to have as individuals or in a classroom. However . . . Makerspaces and libraries are more than just resource closets.

Librarians and makerspace facilitators are themselves resources, providing structured programming such as workshops and classes, as well as customized one-on-one or full-class guidance, mentoring, and much more. On-demand access to material and human resources helps students learn in powerful ways, unconstrained by limitations of time, space, and topics of inquiry.

Libraries and makerspaces serve the common goal of building community.

Communities of interest and practice are brought together and maintained through the design of communal space to promote sociality and collaboration (while also providing spaces for individual work). Other programming, like workshops, hackathons, book groups, and clubs, are encouraged to take place or to form in these spaces. These communities serve as an audience of users and viewers for the artifacts of knowledge being created in both spaces, and can help to share these artifacts even more widely.

~ School Libraries, September 24, 2015.

East Hills Library Makerspace Lego Wall

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World Book... BASD's newest online resource!

World Book Online products:

  • Academic World Book - Academic is a comprehensive reference and academic research website that includes an online encyclopedia, multimedia resources, an e-book collection, and primary source documents––all fully integrated in a single website. Academic includes a customizable interface, a streamlined design, and a wide array of search and browse features.

  • Activity Corner - Activity Corner offers thousands of fun, hands-on activities for all levels that are perfect for cooperative small group or individual projects in the classroom or school library. Teachers can quickly navigate the searchable database to find terrific projects for their classroom based on such categories as cost of materials, age range, or time required.

  • World Book Advanced - Advanced is a powerful reference tool designed to meet the research needs of high school students. It is chock-full of facts and features to help students conduct research projects. The site features the entire World Book Encyclopedia, an atlas, a dictionary, and local and country research guides. Advanced integrates all primary and secondary source databases and e-books in a single search.

  • Découverte - L'Encyclopédie Découverte offers World Book’s exceptional Kids content in French through two beautiful interfaces: one designed for younger native French speakers and the other for older students and adults learning French as a foreign language.

  • World Book Discover - Discover offers engaging reference resources for students reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties, including reluctant readers, ELL, ESL, and adult literacy students. Discover includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, activities, research and translation tools, multimedia, and interactive videos to engage students of varying abilities with curriculum-related topics and subjects.

  • Dramatic Learning - Dramatic Learning improves readers’ fluency and test scores with dramatic readings in the classroom. This site expands proven approaches to building reading comprehension. By turning texts into plays, skits, and monologues and providing valuable tools for educators to apply these lessons effectively, Dramatic Learning will help students become more fluent readers, understand core concepts, and internalize content.

  • Early World of Learning - The Early World of Learning was created for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades. Developed with the help of experts on early childhood education, the site encompasses playful interactive learning environments including Trek’s Travels, Welcome to Reading, and Know It. Each environment is designed for easy integration into classroom and library programming.

  • World Book eBooks – World Book’s ebook collection includes highly illustrated, engaging titles that support a span of curriculum areas and reading levels. World Book eBooks also includes World Book Classics, a collection of high quality, fiction and nonfiction books from timeless authors. Carefully crafted to engage, entertain, and educate, eBooks is the perfect resource for enhancing teaching and learning across the K-12 spectrum.

  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - This interactive site offers World Book’s exceptional Kids’ content in Spanish through a beautiful interface designed for grades K–4 as well as older students and adults learning Spanish as a foreign language.

  • Hispánica Saber - A comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia that includes over 100,000 articles; more than 9,000 images and maps; and nearly 1,000 videos, animations, sounds, and interactive media.

  • Info Finder - World Book Online Info Finder is the optimal resource for students in upper elementary and middle school. The site includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools.

  • Online Reference Center - Online Reference Center is a powerful reference tool designed to meet the needs and skills of high school students and older. The site features the entire World Book Encyclopedia, an atlas, a dictionary, and local and country research guides. Online Reference Center integrates all primary and secondary source databases, as well as e-books, in a single search.

  • World Book Kids - Kids is the premier reference website developed especially for younger students. It features an intuitive user interface; thousands of easy-to-read articles packed with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps; and a wealth of engaging games and activities. Its simple navigation—with image thumbnails next to each entry to add a visual cue—enables students to find information easily.

  • Science Power- Science Power is an engaging and visually rich supplemental science learning site for upper elementary-age children. Science Power includes interactive multimedia, teacher guides, and assessments included with each lesson.

  • Social Studies Power - Social Studies Power is a unique digital learning environment with more than 100 lessons covering history, government, communities, culture, economics, geography, native peoples, and more. The site offers richly varied lessons with instructive multimedia, literacy features, geography basics, and useful assessment tools. The site allows students to tour the world’s continents, studying the land, people, and history of various parts of the world. At the same time, links to local resources support social studies learning at the community level. Social Studies Power is more than a curriculum resource—it is an exciting, multifaceted learning experience for students and educators alike.

  • World Book Student - Tailored for elementary and middle school students, Student is a comprehensive site that includes a collection of content, features, and tools specifically developed to make online knowledge accessible and easy to integrate into school assignments. The site features the entire World Book Encyclopedia with high-interest content written at an age-appropriate level to engage students in learning. Student is loaded with practical features to help students develop their research skills and enhance their projects.


  • Early Peoples Digital Library - Early Peoples is designed to promote students’ understanding of other perspectives and cultures throughout history.

  • Living Green Digital Library - Living Green is an online, interactive site that examines pollution’s causes and consequences and offers tips on green practices at home.

  • Inventions and Discoveries Digital Library - Inventions and Discoveries explores a fascinating collection of inventions and discoveries that have changed how we live today.
School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian

The Model Curriculum for PA School Library Programs

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Power Library Resources

Power Library project made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor. © 2015 Hosted by HSLC and Designed by The Ivy Group

A few of our libraries...

OverDrive Ebooks!

Access to the most content! Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more from your school library - anywhere, anytime, on any device. All you need is your login information.

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High School Research Resouces

Gale supports today’s students by delivering authoritative, curriculum-aligned content through innovative digital technology designed to improve engagement, encourage collaboration and foster critical thinking. We love our Gale Databases! See your librarian for your user password.
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Boxes of new books are showing up in Broughal Middle School's Library...

.....thanks to the Follett Corporation, who awarded Broughal's team third place and $30,000 in the 2015-16 Follett Challenge for their GingerBuilding Project. With the help of Larry Eighmy and the Stone House Group, Broughal students researched features and theories behind green building and sustainability, and then worked in groups to design and build gingerbread houses incorporating environmentally friendly features. Student teams presented their finished products to community members, and winning entries were put on display at SteelStacks for the Christmas holiday.

From November through January, a team of students, teachers, and community members worked to complete the contest entry. They were thrilled to be recognized as a semi-finalist and have used the award money to purchase books that teachers and students have selected, as well as resources to support classroom learning at each grade level. Many thanks to team members for their hard work, and Follett for their generosity.
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(Photo: Laura Keding, Destiny Erdman, Jenna Monfre, Anna Landes, Jillian Rudolph, Karen Wilmore)