HSS Library eBulletin

Information and Resources for the Staff of Hope Secondary

April/May 2013

Staff "Check it out and Win!" Winners

Our two most recent, "Check it out and Win!" winners are Misty Wagner and Marlo McKay. Misty won a copy of Wally Lamb's, The Hour I First Believed - from Google Books: In, The Hour I First Believed, Lamb travels well beyond his earlier work and embodies in his fiction myth, psychology, family history stretching back many generations, and the questions of faith that lie at the heart of everyday life. The result is an extraordinary tour de force, at once a meditation on the human condition and an unflinching yet compassionate evocation of character.
Marlo won a copy of The Flying Troutmans, by Miriam Toews. Toews is a Canadian author from Steinbach, Manitoba. This book won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and was named a Globe and Mail Best Book.

This month's TECH TIP!

Tired of getting the "buffering" message and wasting time while trying to show a video from YouTube? It is really easy - and I mean REALLY easy - to download the video to your computer so you won't have this problem. I know there are other download options, but if you are already using Firefox as your browser then this is the solution for you.

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Go to Tools --- Add-ons
  3. Search for "Easy YouTube Video Downloader"
  4. Click "Install"
  5. go to YouTube - when you select a video you will now see a "Download" button

Watch this video - "How To Download Videos from YouTube" - for visual step-by-step instructions. Remember to check "about this video" to be sure your video is part of the "Creative Commons" and downloading is permitted.

How To Download Videos From YouTube - The Easy Way

Adding to our collection

The library collection is constantly expanding. Please remember that we are always interested in your suggestions for new materials. Here are some recent additions:
  • 507.8/Har - Blast Lab: More than 30 Mind-Blasting Experiments!
  • 551.6/Woo - Climate Change
  • 330/Goo - Exonomix: How our Economy Works (and doesn't work) - graphic non-fiction
  • 971.131/Law - Adventures in Solitude: What not to wear to a nude potluck and other stories from Desolation Sound
  • Microserfs, Eleanor Rigby, and Hey Nostradamus, by Douglas Coupland
  • The Red House, by Mark Haddon (author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time)
  • The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
  • Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
  • One in Every Crowd, by Ivan E. Coyote

Found it on Twitter

Even if you think Twitter is "not your thing," there is no denying the wealth of information provided by those who "tweet." Here are some recently found items that are worth checking out...