Thursday, September 17, 2009

All Kinds of News in the Library

We have some important announcements to make!

The library t-shirt contest is underway, which means that you too can have a chance to immortalize yourself in fabric! Past winners include Kemp Stanford, Nelson Hughes and Tiffanie Souza-Cone.

It's easy to enter--all you have to do is come up with a catchy phrase for the front of the shirt, and we'll do the rest (the back always says "@ the NU Library). Past winners include the fantastic slogans, "Get your read on" and "Seriously....Read a Book."

Limited quantities of past years' shirts are available, but they will definitely not last.

In other news, BOOK ORDERS are COOL again, hard to believe but true. They came up with a "teen reads" club and some of the books are seriously excellent and not beneath you. These are due back to the library a week from Friday, which is Sept. 25th. If you order from these catalogs, the library gets free books, which we're always looking for......which REMINDS us!!!!!

If you have any books at home that you no longer need, but are in decent condition.... please consider donating them to the NU Library for other kids to read. With the support of our excellent administration, we have built quite an amazing library collection, but we will always, always be looking to grow.

Finally, please check out our new video booktalks, which are housed on SchoolTube. We chose to upload to SchoolTube rather than YouTube because for one it is accessible at school, and for another the comments function is limited to only a few options. In other words, no one can be verbally abusive on SchoolTube, which is unfortunately a huge issue on YouTube (and lately, the tennis court!).

If you're interested, you can record a video booktalk, yourself! All you need to do is get a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian, and we're off!

A note to parents about video booktalks: We created this booktalk program after a lot of discussion and consideration about Internet safety. As a librarian I have done extensive research about Internet safety and feel that the benefits of posting video booktalks far outweighs any risk that may be involved. Many, many schools post videos on SchoolTube on a wide range of subjects and I feel that engaging students with technology is more crucial now than it has ever been.

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