Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Several of you who are in middle school have asked for Christian Fiction books with Accelerated Reader tests in the library. Unfortunately, there just aren't that many AR books that are also Christian Fiction. There are, however, books that convey wholesome values, uplifting characters, and edifying themes with positive messages. So reads the description of the Lamplighter Award. Each year, books with these characteristics are nominated for the Lamplighter. They are books that are typically read by 6th - 8th graders. To make it easier for you to find these books in the library we have tagged them with a "Lamplighter Nominee" or a "Lamplighter Winner" note in the library automation system. Just go there and perform a keyword search for "Lamplighter." We are in the process of getting them all marked so the list will keep growing until all are marked. Happy reading!
Friday, June 27, 2008
The Tennessee Electronic Library is a free online library containing periodical databases, e-books, videos, and much more. It is accessible at http://www.tntel.info/. If you are accustomed to using TEL you will notice the url has changed. By using the new url you gain access to three new products: EBSCO's Points of View Reverence Center, a Newspaper Database, and the LearningExpress Library. Points of View will be a fantastic resource for you when researching your topics for school. And if you are practicing for the ACT, SAT, GED, or virtually any other standardized test (even civil service exams), the LearningExpress Library is a must see. It contains e-books to help you prepare for your exam as well as practice tests which are created in the likeness of the official test you will be taking. Please contact me for userids and passwords. They have not changed but if you are new to TEL you will need them.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Mrs. Shelley Armstrong is using tools our students are already familiar with to provide language arts instruction beyond the classroom setting. A podcast (term derived from iPod + broadcast) is a digital recording stored on the internet. Mrs. Armstrong currently has podcasts on adjectives, adverbs and prepositions available from her Grade 5 podcast webpage. Use these to gain a better understanding of class lectures or to catch up on what you missed during an absence from school.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Visit our library to check out the latest masterpieces on display from our art department. The elementary students are showing their portraits inspired by Andy Warhol and our middle school and high school students have posted photographs of their ceramic creations. For more information on Andy Warhol or other topics in the art world check out the FCS Art Resources Page. See you in the library!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
If you want something good to read, and/or just want a fellow student's opinion on a book in the library, just find me wandering around the hallway and I'd be glad to help you out with some suggestions on what's good. I normally get first pick on the new books coming in, so the chances are good I've read it before. So if you need help, just find me.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Mrs. Ross emailed to let me know that she just finished a book by Maureen Johnson, the author of Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes. It is called Girl at Sea. She said it was "very good." And she is not alone. My two favorite review sources took time to review it as well. Common Sense Media gives it a green light and Booklist recommends it as a "perfect summer read." Sounds like a keeper!
You know with it being spring break I am diligently searching for new titles for you guys. What I've found so far that will soon be on your shelves are The 7 Professors of the Far North by John Fardell and Larklight, or, The revenge of the white spiders!, or, To Saturn's rings and back! : a rousing tale of dauntless pluck in the farthest reaches of space by Philip Reeve. Right now I'm reading one of the titles in the Danger Boy series by Mark London Williams and it is looking promising. I'll let you know for sure when I finish it.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
If you are in the 5th grade you know your reading requirement for the 4th 9-week grading period is in the genre of science fiction. Spring break is a great time to get a head start on that reading goal! While there are many science fiction books in your school library there are also many in the public libraries for you to check out and read for credit with Mrs. Ross. To the right is a list of science fiction authors you can look for or you may link to the FCS Library and view the accelerated reader lists and genre list to help you choose. Remember, you must choose books that we have on accelerated reader to reach your reading goal. Have a terrific spring break!
Monday, March 10, 2008
This post marks the beginning of our new blog at the Friendship Christian School Middle School / High School Library. We are on Spring Break for two weeks but the collection is growing nontheless. Look for new science fiction titles in the middle school fiction section and new Accelereated Reader tests when you get back to school.