Thursday, November 21, 2013

Catalist Digital Audiobooks

Would you rather listen than read?

Digital Audiobooks are available
for free check
-out through

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Download the app for Android or Apple
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Digital Public Library of America

Looking for new and exciting sources for your projects and papers? Try the Digital Public Library of America. With plentiful exhibitions, search functions, and options to sort by date, place, and format, the DLPA is an excellent resource for finding primary source documents and other reliable sources. Check it out today!

~ Mrs. Z

Monday, September 30, 2013

Banned Books Week 2013 @ the LMC

It's that time of year again: time to celebrate the freedom to read! Banned Books Week is a time to showcase the awesome books we have in our library that have been challenged, banned, and censored elsewhere throughout history. Be sure to stop in the LMC and check out the display of books and grab a bookmark : ) "Banned" books have a brown paper wrapper sealing them shut with the reasons they were banned written across the cover. If a book looks like a good read, though, don't hesitate to take it to the circulation desk and check it out! All Dartmouth High School books are available for check-out, always.

This is a week to take a moment to appreciate what we oftentimes take for granted: the freedom to read, learn, and discover....and the ability to access a wide range of materials to do so.

Happy reading!

~ Mrs. Z

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Welcome Back!

Welcome back DHS students, faculty, and staff! We're excited to start a new school year full of exciting changes in the LMC.

Remember the Dewey system for organizing books? We've changed it to a Dewey-Hybrid system. Each nonfiction book now has a prefix before the Dewey number. For example, a health book that previously had the Dewey Call Number "613.7 YOG" now has the call number "Health - Fitness 613.7 YOG."
  • New book prefixes are words that plainly tell you what subject the book is about. 
  • Adding prefixes helped to reduce the impact of Melvil Dewey's biases on the way we place information in a hierarchy of knowledge (90% of religion is allocated for Christianity under Dewey's system. Biased much?) It also helped to reconnect subjects that have become distanced over the years. When our health classes studied illegal drugs, the books they needed were split between the 300s and 600s (not very easy for browsing). All books on drugs are now shelved together in a section under the "Health" category. These kinds of changes were made throughout the collection to increase the probability of students and staff being able to find the section they are looking for just by browsing on their own.
  • The new system is based on DHS's curriculum. We have English, Social Studies, Health, and Unified Arts departments, among many others. We also have English, Social Studies, Health, and Unified Arts prefixes on our books now. We have a section for each academic department. So if you're working on a Social Studies project, we have an enormous section for that. If your paper is about World War II, we have a smaller section for that. The prefix is "Social Studies - War - World War II." 
  • We used to have a separate Reference section. This led to confusion as many students did not realize that they had to search for the Holocaust in the regular Nonfiction section, as well as in the Reference section to find the Holocaust Encyclopedias. Everything is now merged into one. There is one Holocaust section (Social Studies - Genocides - Holocaust) and it contains nonfiction, reference, and DVD documentaries about the Holocaust. We can now offer one-stop shopping for your paper topics! (*There is still a very small General Reference section, which only includes things like the WorldBook encyclopedia.)
  • All nonfiction videos have been merged with the collection. Documentaries about life in France are in "World Culture - Countries - Europe" along with books about the same topic.
  • Another important change is the Biography section. This change came about based on many student requests for a "sports biography" or a "hollywood actress biography," etc. Most people like to read biographies of certain types of people, whether they are scientists, world leaders, have a historical relevance, or tell a story about a challenge or triumph. (As opposed to, "I'd love to read a biography about someone whose last name begins with G.") For this reason, we have separated the biography sections. Each academic department has its own biography section, while Social Studies carries the bulk of Biography sub-categories. This seems confusing when trying to read about it, but stop in the LMC and we'll show you the sections. It makes browsing the easiest thing ever!
  • It is important to note that while the Fiction section has been moved to a more accessible and visible location in the LMC, the way those books are organized has not changed. Fiction is still shelved alphabetically by author's last name.
  • Each section is color-coded to make it quick and simple to find your favorite section, but please know that we are still working on adding the colored labels. Hopefully the colors will be complete by the end of September. 
Stop in the LMC and check out our Macy's-style directory, complete with a "You Are Here" star! This will show you where each of the new sections is located in the LMC. Questions or comments? Be sure to let us know : )

Best of luck for an awesome start to a new school year!

~ Mrs. Z

Friday, June 14, 2013

Read - Think - Write: Summer Reading 2013!

We're really excited to announce that this year's Summer Reading program offers students a lot of free choice in their book selection. Summer Reading information was distributed to students this week in school.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Choose Privacy Month

Wow, it's been a while since we've posted here! Life has been busy at the DHS Library Media Center. Research papers and projects have brought many classes to the LMC, and annual weeding efforts have resulted in more time in the stacks and less time at the circulation desk : )

During the month of May, we are celebrating "Choose Privacy" Month. This is a time to reflect on our actions and (in)actions regarding personal information available online about us. What can the world see if they find you on Facebook? How much information is available on your Twitter profile? What do your online shopping preferences say to vendors like Target and iTunes? If they can accurately predict what you'd like to buy next, how much information do they know about you?

These are things to consider during Choose Privacy Month. While there is no straight-forward answer as to just how much information is the right amount, the hope is that you will be able to choose what you'd like the online world to know about you. Be careful with what you share, and make sure you choose settings to protect your identity.

"Someone is watching your every move. Financial transactions, communications records, media consumption, social networking, and GPS locations are all tracked. But we can't often tell by whom. Information should go both ways, or not at all."

Find out more at

~ Mrs. Z

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Happy School Library Month!

April is a time of celebration in libraries, as it is both School Library Month and National Poetry Month! Here at the LMC, we have many books on display, as well as some "book spine poetry." What is spine poetry? Read the titles of the books from top to bottom (see pictures below). The titles form a poem : ) Check out the pictures in this post, and stop in the LMC for some library fun!

~ Mrs. Z
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Online Students' Bill of Rights

A Bill of Rights for Online Students Learning in the Digital Age. Does anything surprise you? Is this important to know about?

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~ Mrs. Z

Friday, March 22, 2013

An Update

Good morning and good news! Our internet filter has been partially lifted, which now allows access, once again, to blog updates. We have been busy here at the LMC with new nonfiction books that are on display in the library entrance (see the left sidebar for titles). We also recently completed a large fiction book order, so be sure to look for new fiction titles in the coming weeks! : )

Technology blog posts and exciting new app reviews will be coming shortly!

~ Mrs. Z

Saturday, March 2, 2013

We're back! Kind of...

Apologies for what looks like an extra long vacation! Vacation was, in fact, wonderful. I hope yours was, too. Dartmouth High School students and faculty arrived back at school a week ago to discover that a new internet filtering program had been put in place across the district. As a result, we have been unable to access our blog during the past week. We're not entirely sure when we'll be back up and running on the school's network, but I'll add some posts from home in the meantime : )

I am off to the Massachusetts School Library Association Annual Conference in Sturbridge, MA tomorrow morning. I will be attending with Mrs. Gardner, the Dartmouth Middle School librarian. We're looking forward to two exciting, idea-filled days!

~ Mrs. Z

Friday, February 15, 2013

Fiction Friday, 2.15.13 / From the Stacks

"F" for Friday! Click to see.
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld, pub. 2005, call # FIC WESTERFELD

Check out one of Scott Westerfeld's amazing novels! Here is an intro to Pretties

"Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect. Perfectly wrong. Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she's completely popular. It's everything she's ever wanted.

But beneath all the fun -- the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom -- is a nagging sense that something's wrong. Something important."

Have a wonderful, relaxing vacation, Dartmouth High!

~ Mrs. Z

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Biography Thursday, 2.14.13 / From the Stacks

"T" for Thursday! Click to see.
Stitches: a Memoir by David Small, pub. 2009, call # B SMA

A National Book Award Finalist, Stitches tells a vivid and moving memoir through pictures. This book is written in the format of a graphic novel, making the reading experience quite different from your average biography or memoir. Give it a try today!

From the book's website...
"One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot, the fourteen-year-old boy had not been told that he had cancer and was expected to die. 

Depicting this coming-of-age story with dazzling, kaleidoscopic images that render nightmare in a form that becomes a fairytale in itself, Small tells us of his journey from sickly child, to cancer patient, to troubled teen, whose risky decision to run away from home at 16 — with nothing more than the dream of becoming an artist — would become the ultimate survival statement.

A silent movie masquerading as a book, Stitches is as much a memoir as a tale of redemption that informs us that things can get better, that good can emerge from evil, and that art has the power to transform. It is a both a profound gift and a remarkable achievement, a book that renders a broken world suddenly seamless and beautiful again."

~ Mrs. Z

P.S. Happy Valentine's Day from the LMC! <3

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Multimedia Wednesday, 2.13.13 / From the Stacks

"W" for Wednesday! Click to see.
The Poetry Lounge, Bringing Poetry to Life: Self-Expression through the Spoken Word, pub. 2004, call # VC 811 POE

If you attend DHS's Poetry Out Loud event tonight, you might just find yourself feeling more inspired and creative than usual. If that's the case, you'll want to check out this DVD that features youth self-expression and poetry.

Here's what you can see on this DVD:

"The Poetry Lounge" is a free, multicultural open-forum for self-expression, inspiring young people to find their own voice and let it be heard. Hosted by award-winning Def Poets Shihan and Poetri, the "Lounge" has become the largest weekly open mic forum in the country, and was one of the inspirations for Russell Simmons' Tony-winning show, "Def Poetry Jam". Learn the fundamentals of writing and performing "spoken word" poetry from some of the most accomplished poets of the movement."

~ Mrs. Z

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Emerging from the Blizzard

Well, how's that for some winter snow? We've been offline for a while now, with the Dartmouth Public Schools closed on Friday, Monday, and now Tuesday. As you sit at home, hopefully with restored power and heat, here's an interesting site to visit that might make you think of spring!

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has created an awesome (searchable) site of bird calls. You can browse and search by bird name, as well as listen to the bird calls for free. (Click to visit the site.)

Here's to a nice compliment to all of your own Tweets : )

~ Mrs. Z

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Biography Thursday, 2.7.13 / From the Stacks

"T" for Thursday! Click to see.
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose, pub. 2009, call # B COL

“When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.’” – Claudette Colvin

As we begin Black History Month this year, here is one of our awesome, award-winning biographies about a teenager who was passionate enough to stand up for what she knew was right. Read the following review to learn more about this amazing young girl:

"On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders.

Undaunted, a year later she dared to challenge segregation again as a key plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle, the landmark case that struck down the segregation laws of Montgomery and swept away the legal underpinnings of the Jim Crow South. Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.

Claudette Colvin is the 2009 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature and a 2010 Newbery Honor Book."

~ Mrs. Z

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Multimedia Wednesday, 1.6.13 / From the Stacks

Tsunami: Killer Wave produced by National Geographic, 2005, call # VC 551.46 TSU

Are you ready for a wild ride? Check out this DVD that covers tsunamis, their power, and the devastation they can cause. Here is the back-of-the-case overview:

"Tsunamis are one of nature's most powerful forces, yet they are one of the least understood. Usually created by undersea earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, these killer waves can race across entire oceans at more than 600 miles an hour and swallow cities whole, leaving thousands dead.

Japan, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest have, throughout history, been struck by these destructive waves. Heart-stopping footage and stories of survival illustrate how catastrophic a tsunami can be."

~ Mrs. Z

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Nonfiction Tuesday, 1.5.13 / From the Stacks

Midnight Snacks: 150 Easy and Enticing Alternatives to Standing by the Freezer Eating Ice Cream from the Carton by Michael J. Rosen and Sharon Reiss, pub. 2002, call # 641.5 ROS

We've all done it. Some of us, more than others. It's midnight (or 10pm, or 2am) and you're starving. You're hoping that something jumps out at you from the fridge, something that looks decent. Usually you're looking for comfort food.

As this book's title explains, there are other options than standing next to the fridge eating out of the carton. Stop in the LMC and check out this book for amazing and easy recipes like Marshmallow Sauce, Everyday Egg Roll-Ups, Macaroon Sandwich Cookies, Mashed Potato Pancakes, Parmesan Popcorn, and much more!

Happy Cooking!

~ Mrs. Z

The Daily Create

Here's a question, DHS students: how often do you participate in class? Do you participate more often when it comes to things you enjoy doing? How about we work to close the participation gap at DHS? And no...I don't mean raising your hand more often! (Although, I'll bet your teacher would like that  : ) In fact, I don't even mean that it has to be school-related.

Think about how much media you consume each day. You watch videos and video clips. You read Facebook and Twitter feeds. You listen to music, read ebooks, and surf the web for the latest news and reviews. You're probably consuming a lot of visual, auditory, and written material each day.

But how much are you producing? How many videos do you shoot and edit? How many songs do you record? How many blog posts, tweets, and Facebook updates do you write? How often do you mix digital media to create online posters, digital stories, infographics, interactive timelines and maps, and more?

Everything that you consume was created by someone, somewhere. Let's work to contribute to that content so that others can consume what you that they can be impressed by your skills!

In honor of Digital Learning Day on February 6, 2013, let's think about ways we can close the digital participation gap here at DHS.

Get started here with The Daily Create, where you can find a free daily dose of creative activity prompts.

~ Mrs. Z

Monday, February 4, 2013

Magazine Monday, 1.4.13 / From the Stacks

"M" for Monday! Click to see.
Mirages and Mind Benders: the 10 Best Illusions of the Year by Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik, pub. in Scientific American Mind, Jan./Feb. 2013

If you're someone who really enjoys optical illusions and mind benders, you should definitely read this article : )

Learn how to make your hand "disappear" and why your eyes think an image is floating and rotating when it is actually standing still. Plus, these amazing mirages and mind benders come with URLs to videos of them being done.

So read the article and check out the video...and then impress your friends!

Happy Monday!

~ Mrs. Z

Friday, February 1, 2013

Fiction Friday, 2.1.13 / From the Stacks

"F" for Friday! Click to see.
Vidalia in Paris by Sasha Watson, pub. 2008, call # FIC WATSON

As we slide into February, how about reading some adventurous and romantic travel fiction? You can almost imagine taking a trip to Paris this February break to experience some of the magical sights and feelings that accompany a place so famous and historic. You can at least take a trip with this week's fiction selection...

"When Vidalia wins a scholarship to study art abroad for the summer, she can’t believe her good fortune. Paris is filled with surprises, including Julien, the nice bookstore clerk Vidalia should like as more than a friend, and Marco, the mysterious art dealer she can’t stay away from. By the time she finds out the truth about the paintings Marco sells, she’s fallen for him too hard to really care. But when his crimes threaten to involve her directly, Vidalia has to separate reason from passion." (Review here)

One reviewer describes the experience of reading this book: "Although I’ve never been to Paris, I almost feel as if I was visiting while I was reading this novel. The descriptions and imagery portrayed in Watson’s writing is spectacular! That alone made Vidalia in Paris an enjoyable read."

So stop in the LMC today to check out this great read!

~ Mrs. Z

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Biography Thursday, 1.31.13 / From the Stacks

The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: the Man Who Measured London by Lisa Jardine, pub. 2004, call # B HOO

On our closing day of Math and Science Month at the LMC, we have a biography selection that honors the scientist Robert Hooke. Check out the book's summary, and then come to the LMC to check it out!

"The brilliant, largely forgotten maverick Robert Hooke was an engineer, surveyor, architect, and inventor who worked tirelessly with his intimate friend Christopher Wren to rebuild London after the Great Fire of 1666. He was the first Curator of Experiments at the Royal Society, and his engravings of natural phenomena seen under the new microscope appeared in his masterpiece, the acclaimed Micrographia, one of the most influential volumes of the day.

But Hooke's irascible temper and his passionate idealism proved fatal for his relationships with important political figures, most notably Sir Isaac Newton: their quarrel is legendary. As a result, historical greatness eluded Robert Hooke. Now, eminent historian Lisa Jardine does this original thinker of indefatigable curiosity and imagination justice and allows him to take his place as a major figure in the seventeenth century intellectual and scientific revolution."

~ Mrs. Z

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Multimedia Wednesday, 1.30.13 / From the Stacks

"W" for Wednesday! Click to see.
Whiteout by Ken Follett, read by Barbara Rosenblat, pub. 2004, call # CB FIC FOL

 If you're looking for a suspenseful thriller/mystery novel, look no further than one by a New York Times Bestselling Author! And to make the experience even more enjoyable, try listening to the book with this book on CD. (FYI, we also have paper copies of this title @ call # FIC FOL). Here is the back-of-the-case trailer for a great read on a cold winter's day:

"A missing canister of a deadly virus. A lab technician bleeding from the eyes. Toni Gallo, the security director of a Scottish medical research firm, knows she has problems, but she has no idea of the nightmare to come.

As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north, several people converge on a remote family house. Stanley Oxenford, the research company’s director, has everything riding on the drug he is developing to fight the virus – but he isn’t the only one: His grown children, who have come to spend Christmas, have their eyes on the money it will bring.

Toni Gallo, forced to resign from the police department in disgrace, is betting her career on keeping the drug safe; a local television reporter, determined to move up, has sniffed the story, even if he has to bend the facts to tell it; and a violent trio of thugs is on its way to steal it for a client already waiting – though what the client really has in mind is something that will shock them all.

As the storm worsens, the emotional sparks – jealousies, distrust, sexual attraction, rivalries – crackle; desperate secrets are revealed; hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge…"

~ Mrs. Z