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11.18.2015

Student Library Survey Results

Thanks to all the teachers that advertised or took time out of their day to make sure students took the student library survey! Over 600 students have filled out the survey, and the results are pretty interesting. If you'd like to take a look at the compiled results in pretty graph and chart form, click here!
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If you love exploring web tools for education like I do, edshelf will keep you busy! Edshelf is a collection of web tools curated by teachers for teachers. Filter this massive offering of tools by price, platform, subject, age, and category, or do a keyword search to narrow down even more. You're likely to find tons of tools you want to use, so sign up for an account and start curating tools to add to your own shelves (kind of like Pinterest boards).

It's Wednesday Treat Day!

Today's treats are brought to you by David Joest and Melissa Landers. They brought in a pre-Thanksgiving feast!

New Books in the library!

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Something is out there . . . Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from. Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat--blindfolded. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster? Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey--a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman's breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.
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Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction. " Redeployment "takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. In "After Action Report," a Lance Corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn't commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened. A Morturary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both. A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel. And in the darkly comic "Money as a Weapons System," a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball. These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier's homecoming. "Redeployment" is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing.
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Music composer Peter Els also dabbles in microbiology, using science to try to find patterns in microscopic life which he might be able to turn into music. Homeland Security learns about Els' microbiology lab and worries about its potential to be used for terrorism. They show up at his house. Terrified himself, Els goes fugitive, and with help of the closest people in his life he weaves a pattern on the run that may just turn into a work of art itself.

Thanks for reading! - Jessica Hinman