Our latest book order is here and is currently being processed. Books should be available to check out by next week (1/11/10). In the meantime, you can look over the new titles by clicking the link to the right for “WHS Online Catalog” and then under Resource Lists clicking “New Books for 2010”. Log in with your normal computer log in and you can place holds as well as see what you have checked out, any fines, etc. As always, students are welcome to suggest books for the library and the current order includes quite a few student requests. Enjoy.
In an effort to provide students with more useful, up-to-date and quality reference materials we have subscribed to two new comprehensive databases: Global Issues in Context and Gale Student Resource Center – Gold. These are now our recommended databases for research. EBSCO is still available from campus but students wanting to use it from home will to contact the public library for information. Passwords for off-campus access to the new databases are available in the library or from your teacher. Please take advantage of these wonderful resources, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or problems. Thanks.
Moving when you’re in high school is difficult enough, especially when your parents can’t seem to hold their own lives together and your younger sister is being more obnoxious than usual. However, for 15-year-old Jessica Day, these concerns pale when bizarre things start to happen and she discovers that she now has unwanted magical powers. Part science fiction, part horror story, this novel is the first in a series about the midnighters, a select group of individuals whose birth at the stroke of midnight gives them the special ability to move about in a mysterious 25th hour. As Jessica takes her place among these extraordinary teens, she must battle the increasingly dangerous slithers and other darklings that have suddenly become more violent and aggressive. The story is exciting and the writing compelling. Gaps in the account will not bother readers, who will be totally absorbed by the paranormal elements as well as the intriguing characters, and who will be eagerly awaiting the next book.–Sharon Grover, Arlington County Department of Libraries, VA
Note- we currently have all three volumes in the series in the library.
I’ve come across a couple new search engines that might help you with your research. Grokker and KartOO are, for lack of a better word, conceptual search engines. You can do a topic search, which in Google returns WAY too many useless hits, and these new engines will suggest related concepts with only a few hits. Give it a try.
The district is testing out a visual thesaurus tool. As you know, a thesaurus gives you words similar to other words but it’s usually just a list. The visual thesarus gives you a map of sorts that show how various words connect. Give it a try and let us know what you think. It’s only a trial at this point.
We have been busy ordering books and many have now arrived. We also have another order on the way. Stop by today and check out the new titles. Many were suggested by students. If you have ideas for good library books please share. We welcome and encourage student input and will usually order student requests first. Some of the new titles include Vampire Kisses, Love and Lies: Marisol’s Story, Sweet Far Thing, and quite a few Stephen King.
Eragon fans. We now have the third book in the series, Brisingr, available for check out in the library. Stop by and pick up a copy before they are gone.
Check the Barnes and Noble site for a video excerpt read by Paolini.
OATHS SWORN . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide.
Following the colossal battle against the Empire’s warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.
First is Eragon’s oath to his cousin Roran: to help rescue Roran’s beloved, Katrina, from King Galbatorix’s clutches. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too. The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strength—as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices— choices that take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.
Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once-simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king? (From Barnes and Noble)