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For many of us, when we hear the term “classics,” we run for the hills. We envision old, stodgy, dust-covered books that we’re forced to read because for some reason or another, they’re good for us. However, old doesn’t necessarily mean boring. In fact, here are 12 classic novels available for free on our Overdrive page via Project Gutenberg that you might actually enjoy. If you want to read one of the classics, but aren’t sure exactly where to begin, try one of the following titles.

  1. Moby Dick, or, The White Whale - Herman Melville
  2. Around in World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
  3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  4. The Secret Garden - Francis Hodgson Burnett
  5. Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs
  6. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
  7. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
  8. The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
  9. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
  11. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
  12. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say."

- Italo Calvino from "Why Read the Classics?"


"Why Read the Classics?" The New York Review of Books. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.

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Great Comics and Graphic Novels balance words and illustrations to tell amazing stories. Many have substantial literary merit. Did you know that both Ta-Nehisi Coates and Margaret Atwood have recently announced that they will soon be creating comics? Our library collections have added many of these great books in recent years (because we’re awesome! :) Here, FHPS Media has highlighted twenty-one such comics and graphic novels that we think might interest you.

Check out these 21 Great Comics and Graphics Novels.


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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  



  • 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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Hey Readers!!! We're getting ready for summer reading and have added several new eBooks to our Overdrive bookshelf.

Take a look at the list here: New Overdrive Titles - April 2015

You can also take a look at a little video highlighting some of our new eBooks. Read on!!!

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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:


Biomedical Optics and Medical Imaging

Defense and Security

Electronic Imaging and Signal Processing

Illumination and Displays

Lasers and Sources




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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If you want to find information around the web to use in your documents and presentations, you can use the Research tool.

To open the Research tool:

1. Open a document or presentation.

2. Do one of the following:

  • Go to the Tools menu > Research.
  • Right-click on a specific word and select Research.

3. The Research tool will appear along the right-hand side. Start a search by typing into the search bar.

4. You can narrow your search to specific types of results (e.g. images, quotations) by using the drop-down menu in the search bar.

Here's a short instructional video illustrating the process:

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