FHC Central Middle School Media Center News

We've all visited the online encyclopedia Wikipedia before. We may have even used information found at Wikipedia to complete homework assignments or research projects. But is that a good idea? Easybib takes a few minutes to explore how articles are created, whether or not they are reliable and/or credible.

To learn even more about Wikipedia, read through this eBook regarding the online encyclopedia published by our friends at Easybib.

Wikipedia eBook

Or take a look at this interesting and fun infographic, also from Easybib.

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If you're looking for your next great read, look no further than School Library Journal's Best Books list of 2014!

Boasting 70 stellar titles, the 
SLJ 2014 Best Books were revealed November 20. The list is broken down into four different categories—picture books, middle-grade fiction, young adult fiction, and nonfiction—and represents the notable, can’t-miss books out of the thousands of children’s and YA titles published each year. This list often features books that will go on to garner coveted awards, such as this year’s Brown Girl Dreaming, which recently won Jacqueline Woodson the National Book Award.

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Primary and secondary sources come in many different formats. The librarians at EasyBib share the differences in this short video tutorial so you can best choose which to use in your assignment.

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We’d like for you to help us celebrate Teen Read Week (October 12-18).  Share with us the books that you’re reading. 

Tweet out your recommendations, your observations, your impressions, pics of the books that you’re reading. #fhpsreads

Or post a pic of yourself reading, a friend reading (with their permission), the cover of the book you’re reading, or other book related pics to Instagram. #fhpsreads

Just remember to add the hashtag #fhpsreads. We’ll collect the posts at the end of the week and share them out. Happy reading!!!



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The FHPS media centers have just added several new middle and high school titles to our Overdrive shelf. If you haven’t checked out our digital collection lately, take a look to see if there’s anything new and interesting for you. Or, take a look at the attached .pdf file which lists a small sampling of the recent high school purchases. There’s sure to be something here that piques your interest. And keep checking back, as we’re frequently adding new titles.

New Fall 2014 Overdrive Titles - Middle and High School


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Google Scholar can be a great way to find peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly articles. Simply visit scholar.google.com to get started. You’ll find that by searching Google Scholar you will find books and articles rather than websites. You can see who has previously cited the articles that you find, save article to your own personal Google Scholar library, and set alerts to learn when Google Scholar adds resources that are of interest to you. Take a look at Richard Byrne’s short tutorial video to learn more!

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Many of you will be writing research papers at some point during the school year. When you do, you'll want to be able to give proper credit to the source from which you are borrowing information. You can do this by using in-text, or parenthetical citations. EasyBib and NoRedInk have put together a short but very informative video about in-text citations. Take a minute (2:51 to be exact) to learn more about how and why to use in-text citations.

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This summer I read a lot of books. 21, in fact. I’ll admit, about half of them were graphic novels, which made my total rise more quickly. I probably couldn’t have read that many otherwise. 

Of all the books I read, are any worth recommending? Absolutely! Probably the best book I read this summer was about baseball legend Pete Rose. Pete was a professional baseball player throughout the 70s and into the 80s. For the most part, he played for the Cincinnati Reds. Now he’s banned from baseball for gambling on games that he managed. The book, called Pete Rose: an American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy, does a great job of providing a complete picture of Pete Rose the person and Pete Rose the ballplayer and discussing his place in Major League Baseball. I have the book on order for high school biography collections.

I also read a fun (and gruesome!) graphic novel called Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale. Yes, zombies have invaded Riverdale, and Archie, Betty, and Veronica are in danger! It’s really good (especially if you like zombie stories), and on order for the high school graphic novel collections.

The latest Stephen King novel, Mr. Mercedes, is not a work of horror. Instead, it’s a mystery-thriller. Mr. King does a really great job of building suspense with the cat-and-mouse game between former detective Bill Hodges and the notorious Mercedes Killer. This book is on order for high school fiction collections.

Other than that, if you have the chance to read Raina Telgemeier’s new graphic novel, Sisters, I highlyrecommend you do so. The book is appropriate for all age levels.

Now that you’ve learned about some of the books I read this summer, can you tell me what you read?

And remember, if you want to talk books or find the latest greatest read, visit your school library! 

~ Mr. Patrick

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As we roll into May, June is right around the corner, and it’s not too early to start thinking about your “non-required reading list” for the summer of 2014. Let’s be honest, summer is a great time to read the things that YOU want to read. Whether you’re at the beach, out by the pool, or in the shade of a tree, it seems like there’s nothing more rewarding than getting lost in a good book on a lazy summer day.

Because we want you to find the perfect book, we’ve put together a list of great titles from which to choose. The list contains something for everyone: mysteries, historical fiction, romances, and many other genres. If you take some time to read through the list, chances are you’ll a few books that appeal to your reading preferences.

We’ve divided the books up by grade levels. Start by looking at the books recommended for your grade. Of course, not everyone reads at grade level. If that’s the case with you, feel free to look at the other lists (above and below) as well. Our goal is to help you find a book that you don’t want to put down, no matter what list it’s from.

Several of the books that we are recommended are available to FHPS students through Overdrive, our eBook and audiobook lender. You’ll notice on the lists that our Overdrive titles are indicated with the Overdrive logo. Every FHPS student can access Overdrive with their student ID and password. One of the great things about Overdrive is that the titles are always available (24/7/365). If the book you’re looking for is not available through Overdrive, KDL or GRPL are sure to have the titles available on their shelves during the summer months.

If you or a parent would like to take a closer look at a book’s content, try visiting the websitehttp://www.commonsensemedia.org That site gives potential readers more information about many of the books on these lists.

Good luck finding that perfect book!

Summer Reads 2014 .pdf

Summer Reads 2014 .ibooks

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Our high school book clubs have joined forces.  Last month, students from Central, Eastern, and Northern all met together in the Northern High School media center for our first collective book club. During the meeting, we beamed in author Leigh Bardugo from Hollywood, California. Leigh, the creator of the young adult fantasy novels Shadow and BoneSiege and Storm, and the forthcoming Ruin and Rising, joined us in a Google Hangout to talk about her first book. It was an amazing experience. Leigh made it memorable by being open, engaging, informational, funny, and interesting. Our members thought it was a great experience. That afternoon, we decided to have all of our book clubs together. That’s how we became FHPS Book Clubs United.

Moving forward, we will continue to try to read a new title (from a range of different genres) every month. We have our next three books already selected, which takes us to the end of the school year. If there is enough interest, we’ll continue to read throughout the summer.  We use a list of potential books and the website Survey Monkey to vote on what to read. We’re currently reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer. After that, we’ll read The Sea of Tranquillity by Katya Millay (April), and finally Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (May). We’re going to try to rotate the location of our meetings between the three buildings. Perhaps we’ll have our last meeting outside. Of course, we always have food at our book club meetings. 

In many ways, we’re a book club for the 21st century as I keep in touch with group members and they with each other through email, Facebook, Google +, and Remind 101. 

If you’re interested in participating in FHPS Book Clubs United please send me an email at cpatrick@fhps.net or find on us Facebook. You can also stop by your school library and inquire with the media clerk. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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