Thursday, November 19, 2009

National Book Awards Announced

The National Book Award winners have been announced.  The biography of Claudette Colvin took top honor in the Young People's Literature category.  This biography details the life of Colvin, who, like Rosa Parks, refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus.  In fact, Colvin actually did it nine months before Parks--and Colvin was only 15 years old! This looks like a great read for teens and I can't wait to get it for our library.

All of the finalists look great and they'll be in our collection soon!

For more about all of the National Book Awards, go to

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

2009 Teen's Top Ten Winners

  • Paper Towns by John Green (Penguin/Dutton)
  • Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
  • Identical by Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
  • Wake by Lisa McMann (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse)
  • Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast (St. Martin's Griffin)
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (Disney-Hyperion)
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Watch World Wrestling Entertainment hosts Brie Bella and Nikki Bella's official announcement of the winners in a webcast featuring John Green.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Everyone Must Register Again to Access JSTOR from Home

Everyone who would like to access JSTOR from home will need to register again for a JSTOR account from the library's database page.  JSTOR requires this registration about once a year to "prevent students who have graduated from accessing JSTOR through your school's account."

If you are at school you will not need to login to access JSTOR articles.  

Instructions are on the database page.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Register for NoodleTools!

Many of us were sad to learn that Bedford Bibliographer has not been updated for the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook.  No worries--we've gotten a subscription for something much better--NoodleTools.  This resource will help you format citations for both MLA works cited pages and Chicago style bibliographies.  Additionally,  NoodleTools will help you format MLA parenthetical citations and Chicago style notes!

But NoodleTools is so much more than a citation generator!  It also gives you a place to organize your research into digital note cards that can be sorted, tagged, and arranged in a variety of ways.  This high tech tool will also analyze your bibliography or works cited to help you see what types of sources you've used.

Ready to try it?  Go to and click on Create a Personal ID.  Enter the library's password (the same one you use to access the database page--if you don't know what this is, check with a librarian) and you'll then be able to make a personal account.

Need help?  Come by and see Mrs. Akers or Mrs. Evans and we'll get you set up.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Splendor, the 4rd Luxe Novel Out Oct. 27

If you liked The Luxe, Envy, and Rumors you'll be happy to know that number 4 comes out next month!  Check out this interview with the author Anna Godbersen.