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Mark Your Calendars: 10 Top Tips for Student Success

Posted on October 26th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Events, Homework Help.

Got homework? (Who doesn’t?!)

Discover ten of the library’s best kept secrets for helping students Pre-K through 12th grade. Learn to access reliable information and resources quickly and easily. Once you know how, you can even do it from the comfort of your own home! :)

This program will take place in the Youth Services Activity Center on Saturday, November 2, 2:00-2:30pm. Spots are still open — register now!

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2013 Teens’ Top Ten Winners Announced!

Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Events.

MORE book voting news! Can you stand it?! It’s like Oscar season in libraryland. The end of Teen Read Week (Oct. 13-19, 2013) means that the teen nominations have been made, votes have been counted up nationally, and the winners have been announced. Ready to tear open the envelope…er, click play? DO IT:

The best news is, you can get all these awesome teen-approved great reads from the library.

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Vote For Your Favorite Book!

Posted on October 21st, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Events.

Did you know YOU can vote for a book award that is special to Ohio? It’s true! The Buckeyes are one of the only State Reader’s Choice Awards in the country where books are both nominated and voted on by students, not adults. The students do all the nominating and voting online. Now that we’re down to the final vote, you can also pick up a ballot in the Teen Center of the library!

2013 Teen Nominees are The Fault in Our Stars, Goliath (Leviathan #3), Insurgent (Divergent #2), The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3), and Beautiful Chaos (Beautiful Creatures #3).

Which is your favorite? Vote online or in person by the November 10 deadline, and then watch the Buckeye Book Awards Facebook page for announcement of the winners! Go Ohio!

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Book Suggestions Right Off the Screen

Posted on October 18th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Technology.

So you’re looking for a book. Sure, sure, it’s super-new and hot and it’s probably checked out. You look it up at the library and…UGH. YES. ONE HUNDRED MILLION HOLDS. Okay, maybe not that many, but you’re not getting this book anytime soon. What to do?

Well, you know you can always see if you can get it from another library via SearchOhio or OhioLINK. Even that is a few days’ wait, though, so the next-best thing is a similar book to tide you over. How do you find one? Whenever possible, try this first. If that is not possible, never fear. Book suggestions have been built right into our library catalog!

How does this sorcery work, you say? First, look at the book you so sadly cannot get. Say it’s House of Hades. Scroll down until you see the section called NoveList results. NoveList is an awesome database that helps you find your next favorite book, AND you can see “You Might Also Like These” suggestions and “Books In This Series” right when you look up a title, like this:

Pretty cool, huh? Give it a try and see what you think!

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Teen Read Week is here!!

Posted on October 15th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Art & Craftiness, Books, Events.

You guys! It’s that time! That week of the year when we already-crazy librarians get a little more crazed about one of our favorite things: READING! Teen Read Week is all about the celebration of teens reading for fun (raise your hand if your life could use some more fun reading…you too, eh?) and this year’s theme is Seek The Unknown @ Your Library. <cue spooky music>

OK, so even though you could interpret this as a little bit spooky, I love thinking of it as pursuing anything you want to know more about and can read about! What have you learned more about from reading? I’ll tell you one of mine, if you promise not to laugh: interior decorating. Yep. I think it has to do with being an artistic person and also really liking to hang out at home. At one point I got so into reading decorating books that I made my own Goodreads shelf to keep track of them. No joke!

So what about you? What new knowledge have you sought at the library or in books or reading?

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