April 2015

Library News

Happy spring! In this month's newsletter we have lesson ideas for National Poetry Month, reviews on Bloom's Literature database and Screencast-O-Matic. April is also National School Library Month. We will be holding a writing contest for students. Please read on for all this information.

In March, we had many 11th grade English classes in for their research paper. Along with Social Studies and Spanish classes. Also over 5,500 students came to the library for their lunch and study hall periods. It was definitely a busy month.

Please let us know how we can help you. -Dawn & Kelly

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April is National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, we've compiled a list of websites that include lessons to use in your classroom.

Education World: Poetry Ideas & Lessons

Info Please: National Poetry Month

Read, Write, Think: Poetry Lessons

Scholastic: Poetry Ideas & Lessons

April is National School Library Month

School Library Month is a celebration sponsored by the American Library Association of School Librarians. Every year in April, school librarians are encouraged to create activities to support their school and communities and celebrate the important role the school library programs play in student learning. Julianne Moore, award-winning actress and best-selling author, is the national spokesperson for 2015.

In honor of National Library Month, we will be holding a writing contest for students. The theme is “Why I Love My Library.” We will accept poems, essays or stories (100 words or less). The winner will receive a $50 American Express gift card.

Entries must be submitted by Thursday, April 30th.

We will make announcements and flyers will be available in the library.

Database Spotlight: Bloom's Literature

Bloom's Literary Reference Online examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature. The database includes hundreds of essays by renowned literary critic Harold Bloom, as well as essays by other highly regarded critics and entries from many of Facts On File's outstanding print titles. Additional features include an archive of more than 38,000 characters, a timeline of world literature, Harold Bloom's Western Literary Canon, and extensive entries on literary topics, themes, movements, and genres.

*For information about our databases, see Kelly or Dawn

Web 2.0 Tool Review: Screencast-O-Matic

Use this simple and free tool to create a video recording of your screen to upload and share on a teacher web page, wiki. blog, etc.. This is an easy way to create a tutorial from your own computer screen. When you visit sites that have tutorials on how to use their software, you are looking at a screencast. Use this site to give specific directions on how to use different applications in and out of the classroom. This site requires Java. Audio is not necessary for the screencasts but may be beneficial, depending upon the tutorial.

Below is a tutorial of how to use Screencast-O-Matic.

Try it today:

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