Friday, December 2, 2016

Children Books and Higher Level Thinking Skills

Librarians are so wonderful at sharing resources!

I just found this site that was shared by a librarian from Staten Island, New York!

If you are interested in helping children develop higher level thinking skills, this site will help:
 Teaching Children Philosophy

Trustworthy & Reliable Information

We are in a society of information overload! What information is true? What information is accurate and dependable? It is really hard to decided, especially with so much information being disseminated through social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

So, how do you know if what you are reading is true or accurate? You, the reader, has to make the decision to do some investigating to check out the facts. Below are some ways to check:

          1. Check About and About me pages
Interrogate urls and look at the webaddress
Suspect the sensational
Go back to the source of the information listed
Go back to the story again (and again) for any updates
Triangulate by finding the same information from multiple sources
What exactly are you reading: a news story, feature article, editorial, etc?
Use a little energy, don't just be satisfied with one source
Stop before you forward (or use) and ask yourself - is this fake, a hoax, biased
Be suspicious of pictures! They can easily be edited

Want to look at some great 'hoax' websites? Here are just a few:
            Constant Kitten
            Google Nest
            Quantified Toilets
            Tree Octopus

Remember, it is important to check your information for accuracy. If you need help, that is what Mrs. Nix and I are here to do! Please come see us, email or call us if we can assist you!

If you want to read more about news and social media or how to check your information, visit these links:
          Truth, Truthiness, Triangulation and the Librarian Way by Joyce Valenza
          Facebook's Problem is More Complicated than Fake News by R. Kelly Garrett
          Research and an Infographic About Research by Joyce Valenza
          A List of "Fake News" Sites by Steve MacDonald

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Sharing with classes tomorrow! I am excited. I am covering ebooks, audiobooks and if enough time, Databases!

Your library has so much to offer students and teachers! I get excited when I am able to share some of that!

I hope that I can pass on that excitement to you!

All students and teachers in Brownwood ISD have the ability to access ebooks and audiobooks through Overdrive. This is one of the easiest and most popular ebook/audiobook platforms. Lots of public libraries use this program and if you are familiar with it in high school, then making the move to using the public library will be an easy one!

For a link to all programs and databases offered though the library, please go to the library website. Once there, click on your campus. You will find the link to Overdrive and many others!

Just in case, I have included the link here:  Overdrive

Monday, August 22, 2016

First day of school and the library has been hopping!!! Come by if you need your student ID or the forms for your laptop!

Maybe you need a calculator for class or you are ready for some new books!

We have what you need!

We open at 7:50!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Are you ready?

Ready or not, school is coming! Stop by your library and talk to Mrs. Nix or Ms McGhee to see new books, new databases, a new printer and more!

Find out how we can help you to make this school year awesome!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Young Adult Novels

Ever wonder why and how authors started writing books for Young Adults (ages 12 - 18)? The video below is a great explanation. Now we have so many books to choose!

Great Books for Summer Reading

Are you looking for that next great series? Here is one that caught me last fall and I couldn't wait for the next one to come out!  ...and book 2 is here!!

Book 1 is The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Book 2 is Glass Sword