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It is commonly understood that certain books are for certain ages. High schoolers read Catcher in the Rye, and 1984, but super-great reads like The Mouse and the Motorcycle aren't even on their radar. Well it's time for that to change! Mature minds can (and should) enjoy a good middle-grade read every once in a while. Go on and indulge in these new(ish) wonderful tales by sophisticated, acclaimed authors. You'll be glad you did.*

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

Soar by Joan Bauer

*All titles are available through FHPS Overdrive or can be ordered from your school library.

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Do you listen to podcasts? If so, you might be interested in Loud in the Library, a new podcast by FHPS district teacher librarians Chris Patrick and Tracy Chrenka.

The podcast will be published on the 15th of each month during the school year and will feature an interview with a different author or illustrator during each episode. The podcast will also contain other information regarding books, reading, and literacy.

You can find the current episode as well as future podcasts athttp://loudinthelibrary.com/

You can also subscribe to the podcast in the iTunes library. And it will soon be available in the Google Play store.

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April is National Poetry Month.  In celebration, try something new. Log on to poets.org, check out 30 Ways to Celebrate, listen to poetry read aloud, participate in the Dear Poet Project, or become a Poet Warrior. There are so many ways to appreciate the art of poetry this month and every month.

Just for fun, here are a couple of poetry related items.  

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too by Shel Silverstein

An interview with Juan Filipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States

List of Teen Novels in Verse, collected by the Birmingham Public Library

Rime of the Ancient Mariner by S.T. Coleridge

9 Mobile apps for Poetry Month

 

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If you want a specific book, but your school library doesn't have it on the shelf, fear not! As an FHPS student, you have access to ALL of the books owned by our district libraries. You just need to know how to place a hold using Follett Destiny. By placing a hold, you are requesting that the first available copy of a book be sent to your school library for you to check out. That's right. If your home library doesn't own a book or if it's checked out and you don't want to wait, simply place a hold and have it sent from another school library.

You can either ask your library's media clerk to request it, or you can do it yourself. Here's how:

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There have been a lot of great nonfiction books published in recent years. The best of the best inform while telling compelling, entertaining stories. They take us to places we otherwise wouldn’t be able to visit, and they expand our understanding of the world and our place within it. FHPS Media has highlighted nine such nonfiction books that we’d like to recommend. Click the headline below to access the interactive .pdf that introduces you to each of these books. 

Most of the titles that we are recommending are available through Overdrive, our eBook and audiobook lender. If you see the Overdrive logo  next to the listed title, then the book is available in the FHPS Overdrive CollectionAll students can sign in to Overdrive using their student username and password.

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an online database available free to all Michigan residents through the Michigan eLibrary. It is a powerful resource to assist you with your online research assignments. 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to violent video games. This cross-curricular research tool supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Its informed, differing views present each side of an issue and help students develop information literacy, critical thinking skills, and the confidence to draw their own valid conclusions.

Scope and Depth

  • More than 19,600 pro/con viewpoints
  • More than 13,000 topic overviews
  • More than 12,600 charts and graphs, along with other statistical information
  • 300+ profiles of federal agencies and special-interest groups
  • Special coverage of the annual debate topic determined by the National Speech and Debate Association
  • Full-text newspapers and periodicals from multiple perspectives, including National ReviewThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, Commentary, and CNN Wire  

 

Multimedia

  • Engage users with thousands of images, videos, and audio selections from authoritative sources. 
  • Interactive maps show statistical trends in a readily understandable way.

 

Get your research started today with Opposing Viewpoints in Context.

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In March 2016, district juniors will be taking the SAT. That leaves plenty of time to get ready. Fortunately, there are many great free online resources to help prepare for success. The Michigan Electronic Libraryoffers SAT Practice Tests. Simply visit www.mel.org and click on the Practice Tests link to the left of the page.


At the college preparation center, students can learn more about the SAT and work through practice tests. Students need to sign up for a free account in the LearningExpress Library before beginning. Students are then able to study at their own pace during their own selected times. 

Another free option for students, is SAT prep through a partnership between CollegeBoard and Khan Academy.

Between these resources, a good night's sleep, and a healthy, nutritious breakfast on the day of the test, you're bound to succeed! Happy studying!

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It’s that time of year again. Summer time! Time to relax and pick up a good book. 

But how to find that perfect read?

Start by checking out this year’s FHPS Media Summer Reading List, where we’ve listed a total of 60 titles for readers of all ages.

For a smaller download, select the Summer Reading List 2015 in PDF format.

If you'd like the interactive version, which includes audio and video, download either the Summer Reading List 2015 Interactive PDF or the Summer Reading List 2015 EPUB file. This will take more time to access, but once downloaded you will have the interactive capabilities.

Whether you choose a book from our list, or find one on your own, we’d like to know about it. Send us a Tweet or post a picture to Instagram. Use the hashtag #fhpsreads. All summer participants will be entered in a drawing to win a gift card from Schuler Books.

And remember, a large number of the titles listed are available from the FHPS Media Center’s Overdrive collection! 

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The FHPS high schools now have a subscription to the SPIE Digital Library, which contains the world’s largest collection of optics and photonics research with over 415,000 papers from conference proceedings, peer-reviewed journals, and eBooks. Content covers the broadest range of applied optics and photonics science and engineering papers anywhere.


Some of the technologies covered are:

Astronomy

Biomedical Optics and Medical Imaging

Defense and Security

Electronic Imaging and Signal Processing

Illumination and Displays

Lasers and Sources

Mathematics

Micro/Nanolithography

Nanotechnology

Optical Design and Engineering

Optoelectronics and Communications

Remote Sensing

Sensing and Measurement

Solar and Alternative Energy

Here is a link to the SPIE Digital Library User Guide.

SPIE is an international not-for-profit society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. Optics and photonics technologies enable researchers, scientists, and engineers to help improve life.


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When you visit any of our media centers, please take a moment to introduce yourselves to the staff.  We may be behind the desk, shelving books, or otherwise busy. . . but we are happy to stop and help you.  We love to talk about the new books we're reading, reference resources available, or how to use Overdrive.  

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During the first week of October, ten heavy boxes of Chinese language books arrived at Northern Trails.  These fiction, non-fiction, and biography books are the beginning of the Chinese section of the NT media center.  The pioneer Chinese Immersion class of 33 fifth graders enthusiastically helped open the boxes.

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Aurasma uses augmented reality technology to help bring books to life. You can experience it for yourself in the FHPS high school media centers!

Aurasma is a free IOS or android app that uses your device’s camera to recognize real world images and then overlay rich media on top of them in the form of animations, videos, 3D models and web pages.

The media center is using Aurasma to overlay video book trailers on top of book covers. In other words, you can aim your device at a book cover and watch a short video book trailer.

Simply download Aurasma from the app store to your device. Open the app, search for and follow the “fhpsmedia” channel. Then you can aim your device at a trigger image, which are mostly book covers in our media centers, and the cover will magically transform into a video book trailer or another related video. To find books that work with Aurasma, simply look for the Aurasma logo on a book’s spine.

There are also other trigger images not tied to books throughout the media center. Some are educational, while others are there just for fun. Just look for the Aurasma logo and give it a try.

Take a look at the short video above for another explanation as to how it all works. And have fun!

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Thanks to the incredible artistic talents of two Forest Hills high school students, FHPS Media has a new logo! Recent Eastern grad Kailey D and current Central high school student Christine R took our challenge and turned it into something special.

Last year, when we unveiled our new website, this was our logo:


We decided that we wanted something new and original, so we approached our high school art classes with an idea. The student who could come up with the best new logo design for FHPS Media would see their creation on our website. As if that wasn’t enough, we also offered a small monetary prize.

We were looking for a fresh design that melded traditional with 21st century learning. We had several excellent entries from our three high schools, but were particularly impressed with the works of Kailey and Christine. In fact, we liked them both so much that we asked them to work together to combine their logos.

Fortunately for us, they agreed, and their collaborative efforts resulted in our brand new FHPS Media logo. You can find it on our website as well as on our social media sites.


Thanks Kailey and Christine!

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Easybib School Edition is now available for all students in the FHPS district.

Easybib is an online citation tool, but it’s also a lot more. With its notes & outline, website evaluation, and plagiarism prevention features, it’s a tool that can help you organize and complete a successful research project.

Take a look at the following Easybib introductory video to get an understanding of how it can help you with your research.


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Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card, has been around for a long time. . . 28 years to be exact.  It has long been a cult favorite of Science Fiction fans.  Now that post-apocolyptic fiction is popular, Ender's Game

 is being made into a Hollywood blockbuster and it opens in theaters November 1st.  Stop by your media center and pick up a copy of the original.  It's worth a read!

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If you survive this book review, go read If We Survive by Andrew Klavan. It’s a great book that will appeal mostly to adventure and action book lovers, but mystery fans might get a kick out of it too.  If We Survive has a brilliant story line and will leave you thinking back on it over and over again. And if you're anything like me it will stay with you for a long time. Andrew Klavan really lets you get to know the characters very well. You start to feel like they're your best friends. This book is most definitely going on my favorites list!


And if you liked “If We Survive.”  Look for Andrew Klavan’s other books “The Last Thing I Remember”,  “Nightmare City”, “Crazy Dangerous” and“ A Killer In The Wind”.  

(If you don't have a favorite book list start one! They are a lot of fun and you can look back on books and see how much your favorite genres have changed!)

-Book Review by Lukas B, student at NHMS
(He wanted his picture taken with If I Survive, but it was checked out due to his recommendation.)


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If you haven’t had a chance to check out the diverse collection of eBooks and audiobooks on our Overdrive Shelf, now is the time to do it! 

Through a generous grant from the Forest Hills Education Foundation and several individual building purchases, our Overdrive Book Shelf has almost tripled over the past several weeks. We currently own 678 titles, and that number will continue to grow. We now own a variety of titles, with something to appeal to just about everyone. 

One of the great things about Overdrive is that it is compatible with so many different devices, 

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Mrs. Bogema, math teacher at Central Middle School, was featured on WGVU TV as the cool teacher of the week.  Her student, Ben Finklestein, nomin...

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The FHPS Media Centers are looking for a new logo and we think that you might be the person who can design it for us. Submit your new FHPS Media logo before spring break for a chance to have your logo featured on the media center website, to win the respect and admiration of parents, teachers, and fellow students, AND for a chance to win a $50 gift card.

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Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide . . .

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