F. Scott Fitzgerald's Birthday
- Published on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 01:00
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F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American novelist in the early twentieth century, and his works have continued to be popular to this day. He was born on September 24, 1896. To celebrate the anniversary of his birth, check out some of his work. We've provided a selection below. Happy reading!
The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. First published on April 10, 1925, it is set in Long Island's North Shore and New York City during the summer of 1922. The novel chronicles an era that Fitzgerald himself dubbed the "Jazz Age." Following the shock and chaos of World War I, American society enjoyed unprecedented levels of prosperity during the "roaring" 1920s as the economy soared. At the same time, Prohibition, the ban on the sale and manufacture of alcohol as mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment, made millionaires out of bootleggers and led to an increase in organized crime.
Johnny Appleseed Day
- Published on Monday, 23 September 2013 01:00
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September 26th is Johnny Appleseed Day! This American pioneer was responsible for introducing apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and the northern part of West Virginia. He became an American legend for his kindness, generosity, leadership, and appreciation for nature. Help us commemorate his birth on September 26, 1774, and crack open a great read!
Johnny Appleseed: a tall tale by Steven Kellogg
Presents the larger-than-life story of true American hero John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, describing his love of nature, his kindness to animals, and his physical fortitude. John Chapman, born in Massachusetts in 1774, loved animals and nature so much that he left home to live in the wilderness. Wherever he roamed, he cleared the land to plant apple trees. He gave the trees to settlers who followed, thus earning the fond name "Johnny Appleseed."
John Green's Birthday
- Published on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 01:00
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John Green, a popular writer and YouTube sensation, was born on August 24, 1977. He has been awarded the Michael L. Printz Award and the Stonewall Honor Book in Children & Young Adult Literature award. He has also been recognized as a #1 best selling author of the New York Times Bestseller list. If you're interested in reading his heart wrenching tales, check out the following list of some of his books:
One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
- Published on Monday, 16 September 2013 01:00
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Ahoy! September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! This special day began with two guys playing basketball while speaking like pirates. Then they created Talk Like a Pirate Day and participated with a few of their friends. It was a fairly low-key holiday, but became popular after being featured by a newspaper columnist who loved their idea. The rest is history.
In the spirit of this day, we can all learn how to speak like pirates by using the Mango database. We all need a bit of silliness in our lives so join us in this fun holiday. To get started, watch the brief tutorial below on how to get started with Mango.
Back to School Services 2013
- Published on Thursday, 01 August 2013 01:00
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It's that time of year again! School is about to start, and the library offers several great resources for kids and teens while they start the upcoming academic year. Check out the information below about some of our databases and tutoring opportunities that are available from your hometown library.
Brainfuse is an excellent database with help for students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Students are able to access a 24-hour online writing lab where they can submit their papers for proof reading. They can also receive live homework assistance from online tutors.
To learn how to use Braifuse, feel free to attend the Brainfuse computer class in Shawnee on September 10th at 6:30 PM. Registration is required in advance to attend.
The Learning Express database provides access to a multitude of practice tests and skill strengthening for students from elementary school to grad school. Whether you're there to learn how to read or prepare for a graduate school entrace exams, Learning Express has something helpful to offer.
For additional information, high school students can attend a computer class in Shawnee on August 29th, September 3rd, October 1st, October 5th, and November 21st at 4:30 PM. This class will will teach attendees how to prepare for the ACT with Learning Express. Registration is required ahead of time.
Tutoring at the Library
Tutoring will be offered at some of the libraries once students get settled into their school routines. Take a look at the list below to see the schedule for a library near you.
Noble Homework Helpers - Students in 1st to 12th grade can receive free tutoring at the Noble Public Library from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM every Tuesday and Thursday while school is in session.