1. There are still spaces available for this THURSDAY’s workshop at RIT (12-3 OR 4-7). This is geared towards high school teachers AND administrators to can hear what skills students entering college need refinement and what skills they are doing well with. The panel is made up of college librarians from SUNY Brockport, UR, SUNY Geneseo, RIT, MCC. Please see the attached handout. Please pass on this information to anyone you think might be interested.
2. Karen Mitchell is in the process of updating each school’s links to access the Gale Virtual Reference Library eBooks (GVRL). Currently, in your catalog, the links are to a generic Monroe 2 account. By updating the links, it will take users to your school’s specific Gale eBook. If you have any questions on this, please let us know.
· We have also received Novels for Students Volume 48. As Karen updates your school’s links, she will be adding this record into your catalog (only for the High School and Middle Schools). This volume includes:
i. Chandler, Raymond: The Big Sleep
ii. Baker, Russell: Growing Up
iii. Ngozi Adichie, Chimamanda: A Half a Yellow Sun
iv. Tagore, Rabindranath: The Home and the World
v. Cunningham, Michael: The Hours
vi. Ratner, Vaddey: In the Shadow of the Banyan
vii. Green, John: Looking for Alaska
viii. Millhauser, Steven: Martin Dressler: The Tale of An American Dreamer
ix. Hemingway, Ernest: A Moveable Feast
x. Larsen, Nella: Quicksand
xi. Hickam, Homer: Rocket Boys: A Memoir
xii. Erdrich, Louise: The Round House
xiii. Russell ,Karen: Swamplandia
xiv. Woodrell, Daniel: Winter's Bone
3. Reminder, author Steve Sheinkin will be visiting the Rochester Public Library on May 26th to talk with area students. Two different sessions will be held, one for elementary students and one for secondary students. To register for this and for more information on this free event please visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CsL7mSTLcDFpSmKaT02lm1QEc0FY46do60QfaZjw1V4/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link.
4. The NYS Historic Newspapers (NYSHN) project provides free online access to a wide range of more than 250 newspapers (3.5 million+ pages) chosen to reflect New York's unique history. NYSHN has fundamentally changed the look and feel of its website. This change increases functionality throughout, and also provides a state map for ease of geographic access. Click here to visit the site.
5. WXXI (PBS) Update
· Interesting video from PBS on race relations in America: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/american-denial/. This is available through Off-Air Recording.
· Interesting video from PBS: Sesame Street’s The Cookie Thief: Cookie Monster is wrongly accused of stealing world-famous masterpieces in this hilarious parody set at the Museum of Modern Cookies. Shenanigans ensue with Detective Elmo, Chris, and the gang try to clear Cookie Monster’s name as scrumptious paintings are stolen right from under their noses. http://interactive.wxxi.org/highlights/2015/01/sold-out-sesame-streets-cookie-thief. This is available through Off-Air Recording.
· February Newsletter: http://wxxi.org/education/k12/2015febNEWS.pdf
6. Flocabulary is offering our region a free trial
· Includes over 500 videos
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