SSHS Library Newsletter

Winter Edition

What's New In the Library?

The SSHS Library is preparing for a shipment of new books that will be arriving soon. We're eagerly anticipating 126 books, including the hot, new YA books published in 2017.

If you are interested in having your students preview these books, and/or sign-up for a "speed dating" session to allow your students some extra time to get better acquainted with these titles, contact Carol Forbes.

Library Snapshot

This semester the library has checked out 6624 textbooks and almost 2000 library books.

The ACE classes with the most books checked out this semester are:

  1. C. Forbes
  2. C. Roth
  3. L. Wolloch
  4. T. Forbes
  5. C. Winfield
  6. P. Bradley
  7. S. Davis
  8. Y. Gebretsadik
  9. B. Abbe
  10. R. McAllister

The books checked out the most this semester include:

  1. Unwind
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  3. Paper Towns
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  5. The Lightning Thief
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  7. Ready Player One
  8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  9. The Help
  10. It

Highlighting Library Resources

Our Gale Databases

In the last library newsletter, I highlighted a unique electronic resource from our databases titled Testing & Education Resource Center. For this article, I’d like to focus on the remainder of our commercial databases. We currently subscribe to 8 additional databases from Gale. Each of these 8 databases are similar in their usage requirements. The 8 databases include:

  • Biography Resources In Context (Periodical articles and multimedia content on the most influential people, past and present)

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (Actual library reference books scanned for use anywhere)

  • Gale Literary Resources

  • LitFinder

  • Literature Resource Center (The largest of the 3 literary databases. This is an immense repository of information about authors, literature, and literary periods)

  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Pro & con articles on current, major social issues)

  • Professional Collection (Mainly academic journals - Great for teachers or for advanced research)

  • Students Resources in Context (Research on virtually all of the subjects we offer at SSHS.)

All freshmen have now been trained on how to use these databases. They know how to:

  • Access the databases with password use

  • Conduct advanced searches (filtering by content type, document type, and publication date). They can even find refereed journal articles and search by lexile range.

  • Highlight and take notes electronically on all articles

  • Download highlighted/notated articles to Google Drive and upload to Google Classroom.

  • Retrieve MLA and APA citations for all content

If you would like to learn more about these amazing resources, and/or receive a tutorial on how to use them in your classes, please contact Carol Forbes. Teachers can even align these resources to CCS standards.

Your students are ready to navigate these wonderful resources. Let’s put them to work.

8 Gr8 Sites - My Recommendations of Websites for Teachers

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Trivia Quiz - Holiday Movies (Prize for the winner)

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As you leave for vacation, consider taking a picture of yourself for our "Get Caught Reading" campaign. We are always making more posters. The students love seeing you.