Thursday, January 17, 2013

Readers Wanted!!!

The WMS Library is seeking readers interested in participating in the 3rd Annual Sumner County Middle Schools' Battle of the Books. The event will take place on May 2 at Station Camp Middle School.  Transportation and a meal will be provided.

To be considered for the team one must have read at least three books from the list below by March 22.  Once a team of 4 has been chosen, more books will be assigned which will need to be read.  In all, by May 2, students will need to have read 5-7 books.

Our school battle is always held during the last couple weeks of school in May.  Some of the titles below will also be on that list.

Battle of the Books Titles and author

After Ever After by Sonnenblick

Alex Van Helsing:  Vampire Rising by Henderson

Chasing Lincoln's Killer by Swanson

Countdown by Wiles

The Grimm Legacy by Shulman

Heist Society by Carter

Is It Night or Day? by Chapman

King of Ithaka by Barrett

Little Blog on the Prairie by Bell

Long Walk to Water:  Based on a True Story by Park

The Lost Hero by Riordan

Matched by Condie

Moon Over Manifest by Vanderpool

One Crazy Summer by Williams-Garcia

The Red Blazer Girls and the Ring of Rocamador by Beil

Scrawl by Shulman

Ship Breaker by Bacigalupi

Slob by Potter

The War to End All Wars:  World War I by Freedman

Woods Runner by Paulsen

If you are interested in participating, please see Ms. Creasy.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Young Adult Books in Series and Sequels

Have you ever read a book and loved it so much you wanted it to continue?  Well, lucky for us all, many young adult authors write sequels and books in a series.  One of the questions I am asked most often is what book comes after this one.  Should you find yourself asking this question without the assistance of a librarian, a great website to go to to find your answer would be THIS ONE... part of the Bettendorf Public Library's page.

Once on the page you may search by the author's name or the name of the series.  Just click on the letter.

Happy reading!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Do You Need Help With Your Grammar?

Welcome back to the second semester of school!  To me, the spring semester always seems the busiest.  There are many school and library activities coming up on which I'll post about later, but for today I wanted to introduce you to a website you may find helpful. 

Grammarly is an automated proofreader.  You simply copy and paste the text of your research paper, book report, etc. onto the site and it will check for over 150 types of grammatical mistakes, provide vocabulary suggestions to enhance your writing, and check for any issues with plagarism, too. 

You must become a member to fully use the site and there is a charge for joining, but you may find it worth your while to take a look.  I certainly wish I had known about this to use with my own daughter.

P.S.  Some of you 8th graders currently working on your research paper may find this site very helpful.

P.S.S.  Don't forget...if you have out an overdue book and return it prior to this Wednesday afternoon, I will waive your fine.