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Archive for February, 2008

Proof That Europeans Could Possibly Be Cooler Than We Are

Posted by grizzlymedia on February 29, 2008

Goldberg

When was the last time you saw a really cool American website advertising their products? Well, here is a just-for-fun website from a company called Hema in the Netherlands. You can enjoy it for Leap Day today (or any day, for as long as it’s up!). The products on the website are set up after the manner of Rube Goldberg, an American cartoonist who received the 1948 Pulitzer prize. Goldberg was known for his Rube Goldberg machines, complex machines that performed simple tasks in ridiculous ways. Visit your library to read more about Rube or other artists and cartoonists!

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We Love Our Cool New Collage Scan Art

Posted by grizzlymedia on February 13, 2008

My Scrapblog

I was so inspired by Ms. McCloskey’s art classes that I decided to try my hand at some art myself. Sadly, I have zero artistic ability. Unsadly, the folks at Scrapblog have tons of it, just waiting for me to borrow. It works like the scrapbooking you do by hand with all the cute stickers and frames and letters and “stuff” you can add to your pictures to make them cooler, but it is way easier and faster. Well, in theory, at least. I had a few glitches in posting mine to WordPress, but the second time I tried, it posted quickly and beautifully! You just select a background, import the pictures you want to add from Flickr or your computer, drag and drop the aforementioned extra “stuff” into your scrapbook page (or delete any of the stuff you don’t like from the page), save your final copy, and post to your blog, MySpace, FaceBook, or zillions of other websites. OK, maybe not zillions, but several, which is almost as good as a zillion. If you can’t count.

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The Library—It’s Not Just for Books Any More!

Posted by grizzlymedia on February 13, 2008

Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week is just around the corner! Are you ready? Do you even know what it is? Teen Tech Week is a national initiative designed to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, particularly those that are offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries’ nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. In the past few years, teen use of technological resources has dramatically increased, but this use has primarily been from home rather than from school and public libraries. In 2005, 86% of youth aged 8-18 had a computer in their home, and 74% had Internet access in their home, according to a recent study by Harris Interactive. Eight- to eighteen-year-olds spend an average of six hours and twenty-one minutes per day using media (including TV, video/DVDs/movies, video games, audio media, computers and print media). Seventy-one percent of teens report that the Internet is their primary source for completing school projects, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Unfortunately many studies have shown that  most teens lack the critical thinking skills and technical expertise to use the Internet and other electronic resources such as online databases effectively. The library is your trusted resource for accessing information, and library media specialists are the experts who can help you develop the skills you need to use electronic resources effectively and efficiently. Please call on us for all your technology needs!

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We Love Books (And Image Chef!)

Posted by grizzlymedia on February 12, 2008

Image Chef is a cool Web 2.0 tool that allowed me to create this cutesie-pie graphic. You can personalize all sorts of things and then turn them into your own cards and emails or post them to your blog or webite. I made a great blooming flower Valentine’s Day animation email to send to my son in New Zealand. Image Chef is free, fun, and easy. You simply must try it!

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It’s Time for SpaceTime

Posted by grizzlymedia on February 11, 2008

SpaceTime

Are you ready for cool searching? Really cool searching? 3D searching? Well your time has come. SpaceTime, that is. Space Time introduces 3D Tabbed Browsing. Just enter your websites in the address line as you normally would and watch as your web pages are individually displayed in a stunning 3D space where you can view all of your web pages at the same time. Effortlessly shuffle from one page to the next in your 3D space by clicking on the icons for these web pages on your timeline. Want more? There’s 3D Web Search. Just choose your search engine from the drop down menu, type in your search term and enjoy the experience as SpaceTime displays all your search results at once in their patent pending interface. Enjoy the perks that immediate visualization has to offer as you save time, eliminate clicks and find the web pages you are looking for at a fraction of the time. Need pictures fast? Now you can search Yahoo! Images and Google Images and take advantage of your computer’s high powered graphics and fast broadband connection as SpaceTime displays thousands of images at once.

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2008-2009 Georgia Peach Book Award Nominees Announced!

Posted by grizzlymedia on February 11, 2008

Peach Book Award 2

The Georgia Library Media Association has released their nominees for the 2008-2009 Georgia Peach Book Awards for Teen Readers. The purpose of the Georgia Peach Award is to highlight and promote the best current young adult literature for Georgia high school age students, to encourage young adults to read, and to promote the development of cooperative school and public library services for young adults. Teens vote for their favorite books out of the year’s top 20 nominees at their high schools and local public libraries. Next year’s list is as exciting as this year’s was! We look forward to another year of great reading fun. Here is the list of the nominees:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Absolutely Positively Not by David LaRochelle
American Born Chinese by Gene Yang
Boot Camp by Todd Strasser
The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
Epic by Conor Kostick
Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeiffer
Notes From the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick
Plain J.A.N.E.S. by Cecil Castellucci
Right Behind You by Gail Giles
Rucker Park Setup by Paul Volponi
Side Effects by Amy Goldman Koss
Sold by Patricia McCormick
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld                      
 

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Readergirlz Celebrate Black History Month

Posted by grizzlymedia on February 6, 2008

We Love Readergirlz

In honor of Black History Month, the readergirlz are featuring award-winning novel Bronx Masquerade by author Nikki Grimes. This Coretta Scott King Author Award-winning book is also perfect for Valentine’s Day, because it’s all about heart. Author Grimes moves beyond the masquerade to break down the barriers that separate us and makes her readers realize we are more alike than different. Here’s a quote: “I dare you to peep beyond these eyes, discover the poet in tough guy disguise.” How cool is that? Join the readergirlz for a live chat on Thursday, February 21 at 9 PM for a chance to win a free book! The tenth poster will win a copy of Bronx Masquerade and the 20th poster will win a signed copy of My Sisters’ Voices: Teenage Girls of Color Speak Out by Iris Jacob. And here’s a quote from the readergirlz by Mrs. Fleet’s gal pal Maya Angelou (remember when I heard her speak in Rome last fall!): “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

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