How Has Scout Changed in "Go Set a Watchman" Since "To Kill a Mockingbird"?
Summer Reading with SYNC
SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads — a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title — each week to listeners ages 13+ while SYNC is in session each summer. Click here to get started.
These 24 Nominees will be voted on in August for the Teens' Top Ten Reads 2015
The books are chosen by teens. See if you can find some great books to read this summer from these selections. Which would be your favorite ten titles?
It's all about the Books!
Nashville Public Library team celebrates library cards in this adaptation of Meghan Trainor’s performance of “All About That Bass,” as seen on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
We are here to help
Getting ready for college? Your library website is here to help you.
Your local Navajo County Library District page has many resources to help you prepare for a great start. Check out the Teen Page, Homework Tab and you will find Free database resources, Homework help, test prep, and many more links to helpful resources.
Also, check out Schmoop for additional resources.
Upcoming ACT registration deadline is May 8, 2015 for the June 13, 2015 test date.
Upcoming SAT registration deadline is May 8, 2015 for the June 6, 2015 test date
No Plans for the Summer? We've Got You Covered
Best of all Blayz is FREE. Create a profile, discover your interests, connect to volunteer opportunites and internships, and build your resume to stand out.
WHY SHOULD I USE BLAYZ?
Colleges want amazing students that are passionate about their interests. Students want amazing colleges that will launch them on their career path. Parents want amazing scholarships to offset the high costs of college.
Top 10 Most Popular College Majors
Shmoop - We speak student
Perfect for cell-centered people. See: Biology, Semester A.
The major where your business is everyone's business. See: Financial Literacy.
We're not scary computer hacker nerds, we promise. (And there's no prior experience necessary thanks to our Digital Literacy course.)
For those who have a healthy obsession with health. See: Body Image and Eating Disorders.
We hate to break it to you, but if you're going to be an engineer, you'll need math. See: Algebra I, Semester A. (Before you get to studying, narrow it down to which type of engineering you're interested in: Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical...whatever floats your boat.)
You have the right to remain silent...but that's no fun. See: Cyberbullying.
Our econ resources put the "cent" in "incentive." See: Poverty in America.
Nothing jumping out at you? Don't sweat it. We've got loads more majors for you to consider, each with stats on college life, jobs for the major, and long-term prospects.
Hope the wait is worth it, SHMOOP
7 Things You didn't know about Harper Lee
A sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, called Go Set a Watchman, will be hitting shelves this summer. In honor of the news, Schmoop put together a list of little-known facts about this back-in-action author.
1. She's still alive.
You'd be surprised how many people didn't realize that until yesterday. Lee will be publishing her second book in July at the age of 89.
2. She's more popular than Moses.
3. Harper is actually her middle name.
Her first name, Nelle, is her grandmother Ellen's name spelled backward (source
4. She rubbed elbows with the rich and famous...in kindergarten.
5. Even she had writer's block.
At one point, Lee grew so frustrated with the writing process she opened the window of her New York apartment and hurled the entire TKAM manuscript into the snow. Clearly, she got it back.
6. She studied law.
Lucky for us, she quit—but not too early to get some good deets for the courtroom scene in To Kill a Mockingbird.
7. She wrote more than one book.
The manuscript for the TKAM sequel was rediscovered last year, and after some hesitation, Lee agreed to publish it. We hear Peter Jackson is directing the movie adaptation, so get ready for Go Set a Watchman Parts 1-3.
Watch a video of Taylor discussing "Reading opens a World of possibility" with a group of students and skyping with a couple of classrooms. Students offer some great suggestions of their favorite books. Taylor shares her creative ideas for her songwriting.
SAT Scores of the Rich and Famous
2. Ke$ha: 1,500
3. Bill Gates: 1,590
4. George W. Bush: 1,206
5. Al Gore: 1,355
6. Scarlett Johansson: 1,080
7. Bill Cosby: 500
8. Steve Wozniak: 800 on the math section
9. Ben Bernanke: 1,590
10. Jesse Eisenberg: 1,260
11. Alex Rodriguez: 910
12. James Franco: "Near-perfect.”
The Spice Guy for Library Research
Popular Teen Book List
Since 1987, the Young Adults' Choices project has developed an annual list of new books that will encourage adolescents to read. The books are selected by the readers themselves, so they are bound to be popular with middle and secondary school students. Click here for the most recent selection list.
Stuff YA Readers say
2014 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
The Young Adult Library Services Association Committee selected the following titles as the top ten books of the year from 175 nominations:
- Berry, Julie. All the Truth That’s in Me. Penguin/Viking Juvenile, 2013.
- Clark, Kristin Elizabeth. Freakboy. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013.
- Federle, Tim. Better Nate Than Ever. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013.
- McNeal, Tom. Far Far Away. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013.
- Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013.
- Sedgwick, Marcus. Midwinterblood. Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, 2013.
- Sepetys, Ruta. Out of the Easy. Penguin/Philomel, 2013.
- Smith, Andrew. Winger. Illustrated by Sam Bosma. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013.
- Sullivan, Tara. Golden Boy. Penguin/Putnam Juvenile, 2013.
- Wein, Elizabeth. Rose Under Fire. Disney-Hyperion, 2013.
'Divergent' Stars Divulge Fun Personal Details
NEW! Navajo County Library District now gives access to the online Britannica Library for all of its patrons. Britannica Library is divided into three easy to use sections; Children, Young Adult, and Reference Center, which has the most detail. Search for Snow or search for Snowden, Britannica Library has thousands of detailed articles that are more researched and more accurate than Wikipedia. Get the facts you need with your Navajo County Libraries' library card. Let's get started!
Wonderopolis Wonder of the Day
Learn something new every day in a fun and interesting way. Wonderopolis's "Wonder of the Day" introduces new topics daily. You can even subscribe to them via email so you don't miss a single one. Bookmark this link and start learning a little something each day.
Great Science Links!
Read about fascinating scientific news and developments.
Give Him a Hand
Kansas teen makes prosthetic for young friend.
"Matthew Shields flashes a smile and high-fives Mason Wilde with the prosthetic on his right hand. Born without fingers on that hand, Matthew, 9, now uses his Robohand to open doors, carry books and catch a ball-thanks to Mason, 17, who made the device with a 3-D printer at the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, Kan." Read the full article.
Featured Career - Magician
Shmoop's website has many articles on different careers. The currently featured career is Magician. Find out what types of careers are available in this exciting field, including Stage Illusionists, Table Illusionists, Escape Artists, and Mentalists. Which is best for you? It depends on your skills and interests. Check out this article and get started right now.
Lay vs. Lie
Take Shmoop's Career Test
Teens Create Their Own App Development Business
No Ladies Took AP Computer Science in Three States
File this under "needs improvement”: not one female student in Mississippi, Montana, or Wyoming took the
Time Warp Trio
Based on the Time Warp Trio television series, this site offers educational games and adventures that help you learn about history in a fun way.
Teen eBooks through Freading!
LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS
REMEMBERING JOHN LENNON
John Lennon was killed during the evening hours of December 8, 1980. Earlier in the day, he had given an interview about his current life and his hopes for the future. This clip features an excerpt from that interview, conducted by Dave Sholin (assisted by Laurie Kaye) on behalf of RKO Radio. Hours after John spoke these words, he was dead (at the age of 40).
Lennon had also agreed to an extended interview with Jonathan Cott - from Rolling Stone magazine - three days before he was shot. That interview (in its entirety) was released (for the first time) to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Lennon's death. We provide links to it.
62 Magical Facts About . . .Harry Potter
Harry Potter's birthday is July 31, the same day as his creator, J.K. Rowling. Click here for those 62 magical facts about the series.
From NoodleTools : If you're not sure where to start, this chart can give you some direction on which web sites or search engines can provide you with the best information on your topic.
KidsClick! : Broken down by category, this site provides a list of web resources on every subject imaginable - designed by librarians.
Are you trying to decide which college you'd like to attend? http://Study.com has basic admissions information on major colleges and universities in each state. They offer statistics on the colleges themselves as well as the cities that surround them. Check out the stats here.
If you're looking to take some free online courses, check out the list Education-Portal.com has put together. Listed by general subject area - including business, technology, science, and liberal arts - this site lists free online courses from some of the country's top universities.