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Archive for January, 2008

Collage Scan Art

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 31, 2008

Ms. McCloskey’s art students recently created super cool collage scan art which is now on display outside the media center. Be sure to drop by the media center to see the art displayed outside the main library entrance.

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Rockin’ with the Readergirlz!

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 22, 2008


Remember all the fun we had with the Readergirlz 31 Flavorite Authors in October? Well, the fun is about to start again with lots of great spring Readergirlz activities. The fun begins with the Readergirlz Manifesta:

* Readergirlz is about having serious fun while talking about books with the author and your friends!

* Readergirlz is about getting the inside scoop about why the novel was written, the tears and joys and real-world angst that the author has lived and layered into her story.

* Readergirlz is about reading great books to get to know yourself, your friends, and yes, even your mother, better.

* Readergirlz is about celebrating strong girls in books who’ve got the guts to dream.

* Readergirlz is about reaching out to others based on what you’ve read.

* And most of all, readergirlz is about inspiring girls to make history of their own!

Check out the Readergirlz website and meet all the readergirlz divas to find out for yourself all the cool things that Readergirlz has in store for you this spring!

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And the Winner Is…

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 14, 2008


The American Library Association announced today the winners of its awards for outstanding children’s and young adult’s literature. The 2008 winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature is The White Darkness, by Geraldine McCaughrean. Honor Books included:

  • Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet by Elizabeth Knox
  • One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke
  • Repossessed by A. M. Jenkins
  • Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill

Winner of the Coretta Scott King author award was Christopher Paul Curtis for Elijah of Buxton. The Coretta Scott King illustrator award was presented to Ashley Bryan for Let it Shine. The Coretta Scott King Awards are given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions; the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream. The 2008 Caldecott medal winner for the most distinguished American picture book for children was The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Honor books included:

  • Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railrod illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ellen Levine
  • First the Egg, written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, written and illustrated by Peter Sís
  • Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, written and illustrated Mo Willems

The 2008 Newbery Award for the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children was presented to Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz. Newbery Honor Books included:

  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

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At Last–News Just for You!

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 10, 2008


CNN has an online news source just for students. Student News has ten questions for each day’s top news story, plus a news quiz for the previous week’s news. Don’t worry, I won’t tell your social studies teacher, so they won’t get any ideas about torturing you with pop quizzes of their own. It’ll just be a secret between you and me, for your fun and amusement. The site also includes maps of each continent, information about colleges and universities, school-related stories, and podcasts to which you can subscribe.

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Come Sail Away!

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 8, 2008

Wellington Map

Hello, world travelers! Ever been to Wellington, New Zealand? Well, my son is there right now. I created a (lame) Flash Slide Show using some of his pictures. Right now I can’t embed the slide show because access to VodPod is blocked at school, and the pictures are teeny tiny because it was my first try with SkyAlbum Flash Slide Show and I foolishly picked a (lame) background that teeny tinied my pictures, apparently. Anyway, I thought you might like to travel vicariously through the Grizzly Den. Just click on this link to view the show. Next time I will do a less lame slide show and also embed it. For more information about Wellington, click here to go to the database page, then click on Grolier Encyclopedia and type Wellington New Zealand into the search box. If you have forgotten the passwords, see your Mrs. Fleet, Mrs. Hamilton, or Mrs. Beasley in the media center.

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Plaxo: A Cool New Web 2.0 Tool For You!

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 7, 2008


Ever get bored with the same old signatures for your email? Well, now there’s Plaxo which allows you to quickly and easily update all your signature information and add it to all your outgoing email for free. Plaxo integrates seamlessly into Outlook and Outlook Express and includes many features to keep your contacts up to date. Since Plaxo gives you cool customized signatures, a simple download that is easy to install, updates your address book in a snap, is way easy to use, and oh, yeah, it’s FREE, what are you waiting for?

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How Much is Your Library Worth to You?

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 7, 2008


Thanks to the Monroe County Library and the Massachusetts Library Association, you can calculate the value of your library’s services to you. Just go online and enter the number of times you use each service you use. The form automatically calculates the cost per service, the total for each service, and then the final total for all services. The results may surprise you! Libraries really do provide valuable services to their communities, and now you have proof. Just click on this link and follow the directions to see just how true this is.

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