Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! Stop by the library to check out a book, use a computer, or find some study space.
As a reminder, the WRHS Library Media Center is open 7:00am to 3:30pm Monday-Thursday, and 7:00am-2:10pm Friday. This week, however, the library will close at 2:10 pm Tuesday-Friday.
Juniors and Seniors may visit the library during their long block studies. Those students must obtain passes from the Library Media Center staff the morning of their long block study, or after school the day before. A limited number of passes are available per day, so please plan ahead! Passes will not be given out during regular school day hours.
Have a great week!
*Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Dec 2016
Did you hear? In Governor Baker's State of the State address this week, he recognized that students in Massachusetts are at the very top for reading and math nationally. A lot of that has to do with our quality public and school libraries.
(Article directly quoted from this New York Times Company Press Release: http://www.nytco.com/the-new-york-times-to-offer-open-access-to-nytimes-com-november-7-9/ )
The New York Times is inviting readers to take advantage of its reporting, analysis and commentary from the lead-up through the aftermath of the 2016 election. Readers will have unlimited access to NYTimes.com for 72 hours from 12:01 a.m. ET on Monday, November 7 until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 9.
“This is an important moment for our country,” said Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., publisher of The New York Times. “Independent journalism is crucial to democracy and I believe there is no better time to show readers the type of original journalism The New York Times creates every day.”
Below are highlights of what readers can expect from The Times’s coverage of this historic election:
FOLLOW The Times’s live coverage on election night for reporting on hundreds of races across the country and real-time analysis by the political team. The Upshot plans to provide live forecasts of the Presidential and Senate elections, as it did during the 2016 primaries and the 2014 Senate midterms. These forecasts offer readers a constantly updated estimate of the final vote, based on the turnout patterns, exit polling, and demographics of places where votes have already been counted. The New York Times mobile news apps are free to download. Users can sign up for breaking news notifications, which allows users to stay on top of major news events even when the app is closed.
JOIN a livestream of election coverage on The Times’s Facebook page continuously throughout the night starting at 4:30 p.m. ET. Coverage will include live video reports from correspondents at polling stations across the country as well as college campuses, election viewing parties and more. International correspondents in a handful of countries will capture worldwide reaction to the results of the American election.
LISTEN to a special call-in show hosted by The Run-Up podcast on Election Day in which Times politics reporters will answer questions from listeners. The day after the election, Times reporters will come together to discuss the results and recap this remarkable year in politics.
Paste Magazine has put together a fantastic list of great YA books that they're calling "The 30 Best Young Adult Books of All Time." I don't think I'd go that far, but, I will admit, this is an excellent list. More than a few of my own favorites show up here, and the author definitely has chosen some fantastic reads from the last five years, especially. Looking for a great book to read by an author you may not have necessarily heard of? There's no John Green, Rainbow Rowell, or J.K. Rowling here--check out something new!
It's that time of year again--time to return your books to the WRHS Library Media Center as we prepare for summer recess. Many of you received email notices home regarding your overdue materials. Please bring back your library books as soon as possible to avoid being billed. As a reminder, an overdue account may prevent you from acquiring a parking pass or ordering transcripts for college applications. See Mrs. Stern in the LMC if you have questions. Thanks for your help!
It's back! My favorite website for any and all citation and works cited questions you might have!
Research and Documentation Online (5th Edition) and Research and Documentation in the Digital Age (6th Edition) are two of the best resources for citing sources. The clear directions presented in both books answer all the questions you might have about citing books to videos to tweets to online articles digital art prints and more.
We have both books available in the library media center. Best of all, you can now access Research and Documentation Online (5th edition)--actually online!
Click here for more.
I don't know about you, but I stayed up later than I meant to last night watching the results of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary. Election years are always exciting, but are, I think, even more exciting if they mark the first year you are able to vote.
If you are eighteen-years-old on or before March 1st, 2016, you are eligible to vote in the presidential primary held--you guessed it--March 1st! In Massachusetts, you must be registered to vote in advance of election day, and you must vote within the party for which you've registered (e.g., if you register as a Democrat, you may only vote for candidates on the Democratic ballot). Today is the LAST day to register to vote before the primary, so if you plan to vote (and you should) make sure you register!
Visit https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ to register or check your voting status.
Additionally, Secretary of State William Galvin in concerned some Massachusetts residents may have registered for the wrong political party, which could preclude them from voting in March's primary. In Massachusetts, Independent (unaffiliated) voters are given the designation "unenrolled." Unenrolled voters, unlike Democrats, Republicans, or other designated party-affiliated voters, may vote in whichever primary they choose. Conversely, in Massachusetts, voters designated as "independent," have registered for the local United Independent Party, which does not have a candidate in the race for president. Therefore, any voter who meant to register with the designation"unenrolled" but accidentally registered as "independent" would NOT be able to vote in the primary.
Read more HERE.
A few folks around the building have reminded me that I've been remiss in my regular postings. Sincerest apologies! Some of you might know that I direct the Fall Play here at WRHS. Between that going up last month, and teaching all 20 sections of Freshman Seminar about databases this month, I've fallen a little behind. More posts ARE coming. I promise. In the meantime, have you considered joining the WRHS Book Club? The Book Club meets in Mrs. Stern's office monthly (or every other month, depending on holidays and vacation weeks) during the long Activity Period. Our next meeting is NEXT TUESDAY, December 15th! Relevant info below. Stop by the LMC if you have questions. We have several copies of this book, and there is still time to read it before next week!
This month's title was on the longlist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
About Mrs. Stern
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