The Media Center Window

a monthly newsletter from the IHS/IMS Media Center

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December 2015

The purpose of the newsletter is to share some of the opportunities that the library has available for students and teachers. Please feel free to contact Alison Connelly with comments or suggestions via email (aconnelly@ipsk12.net).

THE COMMONWEALTH eBOOK (& AUDIOBOOK) COLLECTION IS HERE!

Super excited to announce that Ipswich High/Middle school is taking part in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Ebook initiative giving us access to tons of current, popular and best-selling fiction and nonfiction titles. Click here to access. Set up an account by creating a username starting with ipsk12. For example, ipsk12aconnelly. Any problems... see Alison Connelly and she'll walk you through it!
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BiblioBoard too!

BiblioBoard is a visually stunning historical database where you can view primary source items from a variety of disciplines. It’s easy to get lost in this resource, where you will find information on everything from comic books to dueling and from modern art to medieval cooking. Each category offers photographs, articles, books, and other items related to a subject, and the historical information and obscurity of some of the items make for fascinating additions to any research work. Find the link on the homepage of the school's library website! https://library.biblioboard.com/#home .
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THANK YOU (again) EBSCO! FOR THE GREAT STATION.

Our new library charging station is a huge hit with students and staff. The charging station is located in front of Mrs. Connelly's desk and has chargers for both Android and Apple devices. Generously donated by our friendly Ipswich neighbors at EBSCO! For many years, EBSCO has also provided Ipswich students free access to several of their academic databases! A huge shout out to EBSCO!
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HIGH INTEREST YA LITERATURE ANYONE?

---Lisa Ellrot (SPED teacher)

Alison Connelly helped my Reading Skills class hit the ground running the first week of school by suggesting we read the high-interest, lower-level novel Acceleration, by Graham McNamee. She quickly supplied us a classroom set through inter- library loan, and each day students arrived to class eager to discover more about the inner-workings of the psychopathic mind of an aspiring serial killer through the journal he left behind on a subway. Diane Tarr and I used the text to explicitly teach and model comprehension strategies such as annotating, making connections, questioning, visualizing, and making predictions, although the book kept us guessing the would-be killer’s identity until the very end. Since those first few hectic days of school, I regularly pick Alison’s brain for titles of high-interest books for reluctant readers, and she never fails to deliver suggestions that get students excited about reading.

Alison has also been an invaluable resource to my small group English class. She has introduced my students to library databases such as Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Points of View to help them frame their thinking and find reliable sources with evidence to support their persuasive writing. She has also provided instruction in how to cite sources in proper MLA format and create a works cited using EasyBib.com. I’m fortunate that my room is just steps away from the library as I’m able to seek Alison’s advice on the fly regularly. I look forward to our continuing collaboration!
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KIDS INFOBITS - FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL!

Check out the New Middle School Research Database from Gale. "Kids InfoBits is the perfect educational product for today’s younger learners. It’s a content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics. It features a new, modern, graphical interface and improved navigation." (Kids Info Bits)
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FOOD WITH FICTION?

Some students have found the library to be a great spot to relax and have lunch with friends while catching up on school work or reading a good book! Faculty are invited too!

TRY THESE 11 RETELLINGS OF THE CLASSICS

"Everyone knows that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and that applies to art and literature, too, especially if we consider the ever-growing array of modern novels that draw from some of lit’s most classic titles to frame up brand-new tales. Using beloved novels as a jumping-off point for new stories – whether they are faithful continuations, monstrous tales that somehow manage to inject all kinds of ghoulies into classic tales, or entirely fresh spins on enduring material – is a great way to spice up a stale reading list and provide some real richness to fresh stories. Here are eleven good ones to get you started." (Mentalfloss.com)
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SCIENCE FICTION TO TEACH SCIENCE?

The popularity of science fiction with today's students cannot be underestimated. Some kids just can't get enough of the stuff. Many educators are taking advantage of this enthusiasm for the genre by using it in classes in which fiction is not typically part of the curriculum. Award Winning Author David Brin is a great resource for discovering ways science fiction can be used to teach science. Using Science Fiction to teach Science. Check it out!
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FROM THE IPSWICH MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL MEDAL CENTER!

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