O'Rourke Library & Learning Center

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Spend time in one of the most interesting corners of BFHS

There's always something new in the O'Rourke Library & Learning Center. It's a place that is just as much about the people as it is about the information they are accessing.

Today's library at BFHS is Just over 8,000 square feet of space but the walls fell away years ago. Our library is not as much about warehousing content as it is about limitless exposure to ideas.

Workshops, displays, new acquisitions and learning events keep the place interesting and always full of surprises. Students from all grades with an unlimited range of interests and passions come together every day to define what we mean when we refer to the O'Rourke Library and Learning Center.

Life Long Learning aka Information Literacy Skills

In the O'Rourke Library & Learning Center, we think learning is a two way proposition.

Each week the library staff engages in Professional Development Activities that relate to the use of technology as a tool for education, what's new in the world of publishing, staying attuned to existing resources and new format options and much more.

High on the priority list is the library workshop program that engages students in every grade level and in all subject areas. Information handling skills are developed incrementally through familiarizing students with IT tools like NoodleTools which helps with organizing research, capturing notes, linking evidence to ideas and learning the nuances of using MLA citations and TurnItIn software designed to coach students in complicated subject areas like plagiarism. Learning the difference between a magazine and a journal, how to make choices from long lists of retrieved articles when doing database searches and understanding the influences of time and point of view on content are only some of the themes of library student workshops.

Just in time tips and tricks from the library staff help students to stay in front of the challenges technology sometimes presents. Structured practice and time-on-task guide students through developing awareness and decision making around complicated issues like the ethical, legal and social uses of information for the 21st Century while one-on-one interactions step students through what they need to know and practice to keep the idea of service in their National Honors membership,

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What would Emerson say?

" When the artist has exhausted his materials, when the fancy no longer paints, when thoughts are no longer apprehended, and books are a weariness, — he has always the resource to live. Character is higher than intellect. " ---from his essay American Scholar

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The Fenwick Book Club

The Fenwick Book Club is student driven and always worth stopping by to see what's happening. For example, on Nov. 18th @ 2:30 (Weds) will meet on the athletic field side of the O'Rourke Library and Learning Center to discuss the book " Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children " by Ransom Riggs. It's important to be there, even if you are not reading the current book, because the group relies on suggestions from its members about what to read next. It's the only chance we get to eat in the library and, more importantly, the best opportunity to share ideas about new and old reading favorites.The Fenwick Book Club schedules at least one Wednesday meeting a month and sometimes more.

Ask a librarian

Ms. Smith is available M-F 8:00am to 4:00pm and always via email so don't hesitate to reach out. The O'Rourke Library and Learning Center is on the 3rd floor on the auditorium side of the school.