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10.28.2015

website of the week: Slides carnival

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No more ugly presentations! Slides Carnival is a collection of beautiful presentation templates for both Google Slides and Powerpoint. The templates are super easy to use - once you've selected your template, just click the Use This Presentation Template button and it automatically opens up in Google Slides. Each template comes with more than 25 different slide types, a library of icons, frames for images, and tables and maps. Start at Slides Carnival when you're creating your next presentation, and bask in the design-y goodness!

Celebrate Fall Break with Treats!

Today's treats are brought to you by Joyce Gates. Come on down to the library for fun fall treats and good company! Get a jump start on Halloween with lots of sugar!
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November is NaNoWriMo!

November is National Novel Writing Month, a time where writers from all over the globe consume massive amounts of coffee and write a 50,000 word novel in a month. Each day during November, Computer Lab 2126 will be open during Jr and Sr High lunches. Please encourage your students to participate in this great event. And if you're looking for a quiet place to write during this month of noveling madness, come join us!

New Books in the library!

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Autism is usually portrayed as a checklist of deficits, including difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges, and repetitive behavior patterns. This perspective leads to therapies focused on ridding individuals of "autistic" symptoms. Now Dr. Barry M. Prizant, an internationally renowned autism expert, offers a new and compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don't aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual's experience and what underlies the behavior. In Uniquely Human , Dr. Prizant suggests a major shift in understanding autism: Instead of classifying "autistic" behaviors as signs of pathology, he sees them as part of a range of strategies to cope with a world that feels chaotic and overwhelming. Rather than curb these behaviors, it's better to enhance abilities, build on strengths, and offer supports that will naturally lead to more desirable behavior and a better quality of life. While it never discounts the difficulties of living with autism, Uniquely Human offers inspiring stories, and practical advice drawn from Dr. Prizant's four-decade career working in universities, schools, hospitals, and in private practice.
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Octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence they show in myriad ways: endless trickery to escape enclosures and get food; jetting water playfully to bounce objects like balls; and evading caretakers by using a scoop net as a trampoline and running around the floor on eight arms. But with a beak like a parrot, venom like a snake, and a tongue covered with teeth, how can such a being know anything? And what sort of thoughts could it think? The intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees was only recently accepted by scientists, who now are establishing the intelligence of the octopus, watching them solve problems and deciphering the meaning of their color-changing camouflage techniques. Montgomery chronicles this growing appreciation of the octopus, but also tells a love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about consciousness and the meeting of two very different minds.

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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage--and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. Don Brown's kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history. A portion of the proceeds from this book has been donated to Habitat for Humanity New Orleans.

Thanks for reading! - Jessica