Notes from the Library

May/June 2020

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.

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Mindful May

May was "Mental Health Awareness Month". It's important to remember to take the necessary time we need to feel well. We are better able to care for others, when we care for ourselves first.

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.

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Media Fact Checking and Analyzing Bias

Check out the links below that will help you fact check news articles and find balanced reporting. These links, and more, are available on the Fox Lane High School Library website.

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Media Bias/Fact Check

This is a good resource to find publications with a central bias or check the bias of a publication you are reading.

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Revival Edition of the Fox Lane Times Newspaper

Days before school closed for COVID social distancing, the newspaper club had an eight page paper ready for publication. While distance learning at home, this amazing group of students updated and added to the paper to create a twenty-seven page paper for the entire community to enjoy.

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

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 with your submission or question attached.

Thank You and Be Well!
The Staff of The Fox Lane Times

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LGBTQ+ Pride Month is June!

With all that's happening in the world, it's important to remember that many demographics have had to fight for equality and a voice. Reading about people just like us and different from us helps us gain understanding and empathy. There are many excellent books with LGBTQ+ characters and themes. Check one out.
Lambda Awards

"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".

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Public Libraries

Thankfully, our public libraries are opening, slowly. You will be able to order books to pick up curbside soon. You will, of course, continue to be able to access the digital content. Please remember, you can access eBooks and audiobooks, streaming movies, music, educational resources and much more. During the past few months, our libraries continued to push out programming. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that we all have public library cards. It's free and easy to sign up. In the event this happens again (and even if it doesn't), we'll want to be able to access the incredible resources they provide.

Don't forget, you can connect your library card to our Sora account to access 1000s of digital titles!

Public Library Card Request Form

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.

Public Library Card Video Tutorial

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

Accessing eBooks and audiobooks through your computer, smartphone or tablet is easy with the Sora app. Please watch the video tutorial below. If you have a public library card, have it ready as you can connect it using the library card number and password (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number) to increase the number of titles. There are many new titles available!

The Virtual Art Studio of Creative Wonder

Please check out the incredible collection of visual and performing art curated by Ms. Salerno and Mr. Slot. It is truly amazing! Click on the image above to be taken to the site.
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Summer Reading and Virtual Book Clubs

Ahh. Summer reading. Books on the beach, in the backyard, late into the night because we don't have to get up early in the morning. Summer reading is often a time when we pick up books we would not normally read. We explore a "light" read only to discover , we love the romance genre! There are 1000s of book lists out there, many are links on the Fox Lane High School Library website! Please explore.

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!

FLHS Library Website Reading Page

So many recommendations, reviews, awards ... how can I ever choose?

Virtual Book Club

Over the summer, the Bedford Hills Public Library is partnering with us to host a virtual book club/teen media discussion/book review club. If you are interested in talking about media (books, etc.) with other teens this summer, please contact me.

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!

Virtual Book Club Board

This is an example of the book club discussing one book together.

Book Club Discussion

This is an example of readers discussing what they are reading and watching, giving and getting recommendations.


The @foxlanelib Twitter account is updated daily.
Digital Resources Padlet

Just because we still may need them.


If there is anything I can do to help you, please do not hesitate to ask.

Stay safe, stay well, and enjoy the summer!.

Most Sincerely,

Sonta Frindt

FLHS Library Media Specialist