PPS Secondary Library Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 3: February 2015
Alexandria: Not Just a City in Egypt
by Susan Catlett
Understanding how to access and search a library’s catalog is crucial to finding the exact library resource you need to supplement your instruction. All Portsmouth Public Schools use library cataloging software named Alexandria to manage their resources. While you may obviously access the library catalog within your school library, the catalog is online so it is available wherever and whenever you have Internet access. Please see your librarian for the Alexandria catalog website address as it is school specific. Additionally, while you can always get assistance from your librarian, Alexandria offers researcher how-to video tutorials http://www.goalexandria.com/support/tech_notes/videos/researcher/index.html.
Read It, Before You Watch It
The next two years have a lot of great movies heading to theaters. A lot of these titles are based on novels, and many of them are young adult novels. Here’s a list of movies that are coming out or are in the works. Before these characters come to life on screen, head to your local school or public library to find out what all the fuss is about.
2/6/15 - The Seventh Son (The Last Apprentice) by Joseph Delaney
3/13/15- In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
3/20/15 - Insurgent by Veronica Roth
5/1/15 - Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
6/5/15 - Paper Towns by John Green
6/5/15 - Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
10/2/15 - Victor Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
11/20/15 - Mockingjay: Part Two by Suzanne Collins
11/24/15 - Inferno by Dante
1/29/16 The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
3/4/16 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
3/18/16 Allegiant: Part One by Veronica Roth
5/27/16 Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
8/8/16 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Movies still in Development – Release Dates TBD
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Infinity: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Legend by Marie Lu
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Matched by Allyson Condie
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
PPS Provided Databases = Tools for Research Success
by Lauri Newell
Have you used our databases or subscription services lately? Have your students used our databases or subscription services lately?
If your students are determined to use Wikipedia or Google for all of their research information, you should share the following information regarding tools and features of some of the PPS provided services (accessed through PPS.k12.va.us, Student tab, then Library Media Services):
Students may browse different articles from the home page, read current New York Times articles or search by a specific term. The following tools are offered once an article is opened:
Citation in MLA, APA, Harvard and Chicago Manual Style.
Change font size.
Choose between articles written on three different reading levels.
Students may search facts and cultural information for countries worldwide. The following tools are offered once information is accessed:
Citation in MLA and APA.
Translation through Bing Translator.
World Book Online
Students may search by specific terms or explore suggested topics featured on the home page. The following tools are offered once an article is opened:
Citation in MLA, APA, Harvard.
Hear text read aloud.
Students have access to research tools including eLibrary, SIRS Researcher, numerous databases, newspapers, books and more. The following tools are available in eLibrary and SIRS Knowledge Source:
Citation in MLA and APA.
Students may access research databases and resources including encyclopedias, biographies, magazines, atlases, scholarly journals, newspapers and more by providing a single search term
It is important to teach students how to limit the number of results they receive by choosing specific databases or resources that relate to their topic, instead of searching using the default setting or choosing all options. After students receive their initial results, they may choose filters in the left side column to limit results by document type, publication titles, publication dates and more.
The following tools are available once an article is opened:
Citation in MLA and APA.
Challenge your students to use the PPS provided resources to discover additional tools, features and more.
Need Extra Practice for ACT? SAT? ASVAB?
by Rosemary Bakhtiari
The Portsmouth Public Library has a FREE resource for extra test prep! It is titled LEARNING EXPRESS LIBRARY!
After creating a logon and password for Learning Express Library, you will find “ practice for career and educational tests and access practice guide eBooks for hundreds of tests including:
ACT, Advanced Placement, ASVAB, Civil Service, Cosmetology, EMT/Paramedic, ESL (Spanish) Skills Improvement Courses, Firefighter, GED, GMAT, GRE, Law Enforcement, LSAT, Nurse Aide, Postal Worker, SAT, Teacher Certification, TOEFL, US Citizenship.”
No library card is needed! Just be sure to log in/register via the Portsmouth Public Library Website.
1. Once you are at the site, click on the link labeled “Online Resources” (in the left sidebar).
2. Scroll down to “Education and Testing” and select “Learning Express Library”.
3. If you are a “new user”, create a logon and password. (Be sure to write it down!)
4. Be sure to enter via Portsmouth Public Library website when you return for more practice.
Please note, this test practice center has numerous practice tests for multiple career areas and school levels.
Edited by Lauri Newell
Librarian, Churchland Middle School