Notes from the Library
Ahh, summer's in the air.
Here we are. We've made it to summer, and I think it's fair to say we've all learned a lot these past few months. If nothing else, we've learned how to be flexible and the importance of each other. We've learned there are problems in the world that we can solve, together. We've learned the importance of evaluating news sources and the need for balance.
Please find a few links and suggestions below that may be helpful as we navigate the next chapter, together.
In addition to losing oneself in a good book (proven, by the way, to reduce stress), there are resources available 24/7 to help us through tough times. Here are just a few you can explore.
Media Fact Checking and Analyzing Bias
(The above chart is from mediabiaschart.com)
This is a good resource to find publications with a central bias or check the bias of a publication you are reading.
Revival Edition of the Fox Lane Times Newspaper
Please read founder and editor, Jacob Feldman's message below:
Dear Fox Lane Community Members,
We hope all of you and your families are doing well! The staff of The Fox Lane Times is proud to present to you its Volume 1, Edition 1 newspaper, the first issue of The Fox Lane Times in five years. Since its revival, The Fox Lane Times has strived to embody the newspaper's spirit of journalism, communication, and the service of our local community. Please find attached below The Fox Lane Times's first edition newspaper as a formatted PDF. In addition to this, The Fox Lane Times can also be found online at sites.google.com/bcsdny.org/thefoxlanetimes.
All Fox Lane students and staff are welcome to submit journalistic articles, poetry and creative writing pieces, and visual arts to The Fox Lane Times! We are willing to collect nearly anything written by Fox Lane students and will work with you to get it published in an upcoming edition of The Fox Lane Times as long as it is factually accurate and respectful. To make a submission or to simply learn more about the Fox Lane Newspaper Club, please email Jacob Elias Feldman at firstname.lastname@example.org with your submission or question attached.
Thank You and Be Well!
The Staff of The Fox Lane Times
LGBTQ+ Pride Month is June!
"We believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published, and read".
Don't forget, you can connect your library card to our Sora account to access 1000s of digital titles!
You are able to request a card online now. It will eventually be converted to a physical card. Remember to choose your "home" library in the drop down menu.
This video will show you how to access the form to request a temporary digital library card and give a brief overview of the digital resources available when you have a card.
Video Tutorial: How to Access Sora
The Virtual Art Studio of Creative Wonder
Summer Reading and Virtual Book Clubs
Instead of providing you with "my lists", I urge you to explore for yourself, find something that speaks to you - that grabs your interest in the very first line - and yes, the cover! Read something different, see if you're a fan of science fiction after all.
I am busy creating "collections" in our library at school so that when we are all back, you can find a list of "creepy thrillers" or "adventures" that are available for checkout.
In Sora, you can easily search by genre.
And you can always get book recommendations from me!
So many recommendations, reviews, awards ... how can I ever choose?
Virtual Book Club
We have a group of readers that have been engaged in a virtual book club during the school closure. We all read the same book and have been posting our thoughts and having Google Meetings to discuss. During the summer, we may have open discussions, reviews, podcasts, etc. Get involved now to help determine the format you would like most!
This is an example of readers discussing what they are reading and watching, giving and getting recommendations.
Stay safe, stay well, and enjoy the summer!.
FLHS Library Media Specialist