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Ms. Wall’s Newsletter


May 2015  

Interesting Information

  • Read for a Lifetime Book List 2015-16
    Read for a Lifetime, a popular reading program targeted specifically for high school students is offered by the State Library’s Illinois Center for the Book. The 2015-2016 reading list consists of 25 book titles representing a mixture of classic and contemporary literature. Each student who reads at least four titles from the list during the school year receives a Certificate of Achievement signed by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White.
  • Now You Can Easily Cite EbscoHost Articles with EasyBib
    To learn how to cite EbscoHost articles using EasyBib while still in the EbscoHost database, click here.
  • College Board Top 100 ACT/SAT Vocabulary Words
    To test yourself via flashcards on the most used ACT/SAT vocabulary words, click here.
  • Checklist of 100 Books Students Should Read Before Going to College
    To read the list of the 100 books students should read before going off to college, click here.
  • District 215 App Features and Enhancements
    Want to keep up with District 215’s school news and events?  If so, click here for instructions on downloading our app.  Some of the new enhancements are:
    1.  Access to grades, attendance, and schedules
    2.  Electronic ID cards permitting students to scan into the school and school events with their phones.
    3.  Class alerts
    4.  A more robust assignments feature for students
  • Instructions for Student Access to Ms. Wall’s Online Research 101 Moodle
    1.  Login to your TF North Moodle account.
    2.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and look for the Search Courses Box.  Type in Online Research 101, and then click on go.
    3.  Then click on the Online Research 101 link.  You will be prompted for a Guest Access password.  Type in the password library, and click on the Submit button.  You will then enter my Moodle.
  • Instructions for Student Access to Ms. Wall’s Enrolling In and Using Turn It In Moodle
    1.  Login to your TF North Moodle account.
    2.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and look for the Search Courses Box.  Type in Enrolling In and Using Turn It In, and then click on go.
    3.  Then click on the Enrolling In and Using Turn It In link.  You will be prompted for a Guest Access password.  Type in the password library, and click on the Submit button.  You will then enter my Moodle.
  • FollettShelf E-Book’s have new capabilities.
    • Through the My Notebook function, while reading e-books, students can now click on the note icon and add notes to a particular page, as well as add tags to organize those notes.
    • Through the Add a Note function, a citation can be created for that particular book.
    • Students can highlight important information while reading.
    • The dictionary component allows students to highlight an unknown word, click, and obtain the definition while reading.
    • The Text-to-Speech icon allows students to play audio for compatible e-books.  The text is highlighted as it is read.

    Click on this link for instructions on how to take advantage of these functions.

  • Good Reads Young Adult Newsletter
    To read the May issue of the Good Reads Young Adult Newsletter, click on the link below.
  • Ms. Wall’s Book Suggestions for May 2015
    1.  Robin LaFevers.  Grave Mercy
    (His Fair Assassin #1)
    Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
    2.  Wallach, Tommy.  We All Looked Up
    What would you do if an asteroid were hurtling toward Earth, with a 66.6 percent chance of annihilating the planet? This thoughtful pre-apocalyptic novel follows four very different teens in Seattle as they wrestle with how to live when you know you might die.
    3.  Lee, Stacey.  Under a Painted Sky
    1849 Missouri: On the run from the law, Samantha, a Chinese American violinist, and Annamae, an African American runaway slave, disguise themselves as boys, head west on the Oregon Trail, and encounter plenty of danger, adventure, and cowboys in this historical novel for teens.
  • Latino/Chicano Author Website
    The Latino/Chicano Author Website is a valuable resource for finding books written by Hispanic authors.  The site also provides reviews of the books, themes of the books, and other Hispanic book related sites.  To access the site, click here.
  • Calumet City Library Gaming Night for Teenagers
    Dates:  May 14th, 7:00 PM, and May 26th, 7:00 PM.
  • New Book Titles in the LRC
    To see a list of the new books in the library, click here.
  • Follow the Calumet City Public Library on Facebook and Twitter
    To keep abreast of the latest news from the Calumet City Public Library via Facebook and Twitter, click on the links below.
    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/calumetcitypubliclibrary
    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/calcitypublib
  • We Have E-Books in the LRC
    We have started acquiring e-books in the school library.  To see the titles, go to:  http://destiny.tfd215.org.  Then click on the FollettShelf icon located on the left hand side of the site.
  • Registering to Vote at Age 17 in Illinois
    Most Illinois 17-year-olds are now eligible to register and vote in a primary election – a first in our state’s history. This new law will let younger voters choose which candidates will be nominated to represent political parties in general elections.  To learn more, click here.
  • District 215 provides Office 365 Pro Plus 2013 for Students Free of Charge
    Did you know that District 215 provides Office 365 Pro Plus 2013, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, and Publisher, at no charge for our students? They have access to this software, even while they are at home, as long as they are enrolled in the District as a student. For instructions on how to install Office 365, click here.
  • Online Databases at the Calumet City Public Library
    To see a list of the online databases that are available for you to use both inside and outside of the library, click here. Once there, click on the red, Adult Services Link located on the left hand side of the site.  Then you will see under the heading Reference Databases a link entittled Online Databases and Resources.  Click on it, and you will see all of the research databases available to you.  To access the databases outside of the library via Internet, you must have a Calumet City Public library card in good standing.
  • Improve your ACT, Prairie State, and Work Keys Exam scores with our new Gale Testing and Education Reference Center with Career Module.
    This new database allows students to practice online for major exams, such as ACT, ASVAB, AP, GED, SAT etc. exams.  There are also downloadable e-books for the different tests.  The database also offers a career module, information on over 4,000 colleges, a resume builder, and a scholarship search feature.  To access the site, you must contact Ms. Wall in the library for the school password.  To go directly to the site for test prep help click on this link.
  • YALSA’s Teen Book Finder App
    YALSA’s Teen Book Finder is a free app to help teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA literature access to the past three years’ of YALSA’s awards and lists on their smartphone.Have an iPod Touch, an iPhone or an iPad? Download the app now!App features include:

    • a homepage featuring three titles from the database, refreshed each day
    • the ability to search for books by author, title, award/list year, genre, by award, and by booklist
    • a Find It! button, powered by the OCLC WorldCat Search API, that will show users where to find the book in a nearby library
    • a Favorites button, to create an individualized booklist
    • the ability to share books from the Teen Book Finder on Twitter and Facebook
    • An Android version of the app is planned for later in 2012.
  • Attaining a Calumet City Library Card
    To attain a Calumet City library card, students must complete an application, in person, at the library.  In order to establish residency, two of the following pieces of identification showing name and current address must be presented at the time of application, one of which must be a photo ID:
    1.  Valid State of Illinois driver’s license, State of Illinois identification card, or Green Card
    2.  Utility bill sent to current address and dated within the last 30 days
    3.  Postmarked letter or piece of personal mail sent to the current address and dated within the last 30 days.
    4.  Lease or mortgage papers sent to the current address and dated within the last 30 days
  • Ms. Wall’s High School Job Board Wiki
    The purpose of this job board is to help high school students in the Calumet City/Lansing, Illinois area find entry-level positions and internships. The wiki also gives area businesses the opportunity to post their own individual job openings, career fairs, etc. The main page of the wiki lists upcoming events that students seeking jobs may find of interest. On the side panel of the wiki, there are links to information that help students apply for and find entry-level jobs and internships.  To access the wiki, go to:   http://paulettesjobboard.wikispaces.com/
  • Destiny Quest
    To see a list of the top 10 checked out books in North’s library, a list of our new arrivals, and Ms. Wall’s resources lists, click on the Destiny Quest link above.
  • New York Times Best Seller Booklist
    If you are interested in reading the New York Times current best seller booklist, go to: http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/bestseller/
  • Calumet City Public Library Teen Youth Advisory Board (T-YAB)
    The Calumet City Public Library Teen Youth Advisory Board (T-YAB) is looking for members and is open to all 9th through 12th grade students. High school students help make decisions about library youth programs. Planning meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 4:00 PM. If you would like to serve on the Advisory Board, please contact the Adult Services Department at 708-862-6220, Extension 2.

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