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Check out the tabs up top! You'll find everything from the hottest and latest teen reads to homework help ... and fun things to explore when you need a break from homework!

St. Patricks Day Trivia
Have you ever wondered why we celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Was it based on a real person or a fictional one? Check out the trivia below for some interesting facts about this holiday.
Was St. Patrick a real person?
Short answer:  Yes.
Was his name always Patrick?
Short answer:  No.
Where was he born?
Short answer:  No one knows for sure.
After he was kidnapped, what did he do in Ireland?
Short answer: He was a slave/shepherd.
How was he able to leave Ireland?
Short answer:  He escaped.
After he became a priest, why did he return to Ireland?
Short answer:  He had a dream.
Why is St. Patrick associated with shamrocks?
Short answer:  He used them as a teaching tool.
How did St. Patrick influence Irish architecture?
Short answer: With small & simple churches.
Why do we celebrate St. Patrick on March 17?
Short answer:  That's the reported day of his death.
Where was the first official St. Patrick's Day parade?
Short answer:  It's probably not what you think.

How does a young Irish student sum-up St. Patrick?
Short answer: In a hilarious video.
What does St. Patrick's Cross have to do with a flag?
Short answer: It's in the Union Jack.


Reading challenges for March
On the calendar this month is Women’s History Month, and many a great woman can and should be celebrated on the page. It’s also the month we celebrate Read Across America.
Here are 10 challenges to keep your page-turning motivation at a high:
  • Read a book written by a female author.
  • Think about your favorite book character — and choose a book you think that character would like to read.
  • Read a book with words and illustrations by the same person.
  • Ask a Librarian: Visit your local library and ask a librarian to suggest a Newbery Medal- or Newbery Honor-winning book from the last two years.
  • Read a nonfiction book about an accomplished woman you’ve never heard of.
  • Read a book with a title that’s a question.
  • Ask a Librarian: Ask your local librarian to recommend a Caldecott Medal- or Caldecott Honor-winning book from the last two years.
  • Pick a book you’ve read and loved, and make a bookmark inspired by it. (You’ll find some DIY bookmark inspiration here.)
  • Read aloud to your pet or favorite stuffed animal.
  • Read a book by Dr. Seuss to celebrate his birthday, March 2. (Need ideas? Check out this list of Dr. Seuss stories for all ages!)

Great Homework Help Site - Khan Academy
Explore fascinating historical events, meet the “father of geometry”, and marvel at the phenomenon of light this month with Khan Academy. Happy learning!
The Khan Academy team

January's Top Titles for Teens
Are you looking for a new book to read? Why not check out the top-selling books at Baker & Taylor in January for teens!

Top Titles for Teens
1.    The Chaos of Standing Still, by Jessica Brody
2.    Foolish Hearts, by Emma Mills
3.    The Truth Beneath the Lies, by Amanda Searcy
4.    Ready to Fall, by Marcella Pixley
5.    Renegades, by Marissa Meyer
6.    Ever the Brave, by Erin Summerill
7.    How Dare the Sun Rise, by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
8.    Instructions for a Secondhand Heart, by Tamsyn Murray
9.    Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green
10.    R.I.P. Eliza Hart, by Alyssa Sheinmel


See the work of this amazing young man!
Easton LaChapelle is on his way to becoming a tech superstar without ever having gone to college. He is building 3D prosthetic limbs for children that are affordable, yet highly sophisticated. He built his first prototype at home in his room while just 14-years-old.

Here is another article in Men's Health about his ongoing genius with robotics:

Meet Easton LaChappelle, the 21-Year-Old 3D-Printing High-Tech ...

2018 YALSA's Aware for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists

2018 Finalists

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy and published by Annick Press

The editors present a stereotype-busting, zine-like collection of personal essays, illustrations, and photos from and about the marginalized experiences of indigenous young women. This energetic showcase of contemporary lives demonstrates the strength and vitality of living heritages through a rich, visually stunning riot of art and memoir.

Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism written by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos and published by Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Meet Robert Capo and Gerda Taro, young refugees and fearless pioneers of photojournalism, who documented the savagery of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. In capturing a struggle against fascism that presaged World War II, their body of work reflects the evolution of photography as a journalistic medium. Aronson and Budhos use the two as a springboard to an expansive look at a forgotten conflict whose political and philosophical ramifications captured the attention of the world. 

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives written by Dashka Slater and published by Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

In the news: an agender teen falls asleep on an Oakland city bus. A black teen sets their skirt on fire. Two young lives, forever entwined because of proximity in a moment, eventually spark an entire community’s shift towards restorative justice.

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers written by Deborah Heiligman and published by Godwin Books/Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

The bond between brothers was never stronger. Drawing on their lifelong correspondence, Heiligman plumbs their journey from an ascetic upbringing in a Protestant parsonage to the auction houses of Europe as Theo develops business acumen, all the while supporting volatile Vincent’s groundbreaking artistic endeavors both materially and emotionally. Their devotion to each other was so profound that there could have been no Vincent van Gogh without Theo. 

The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found written by Martin W. Sandler, and published by Candlewick Press

Cinematic portrayals of the high seas can’t touch the rollicking realities of life aboard the Eighteenth century ship, The Whydah. This transporting look at the peculiar society of the piratical brotherhood, peppered with first-hand accounts, has much to tell us about successful maritime strategies for maintaining a reign of terror, the Whydah’s wreck and the house-to-house search it inspired, and the truths that artifacts recovered from its discovery off Cape Cod revealed about the golden age of piracy in the American colonies.

Featured Series
Are you looking for something new to read? Well check out this manga series, and you might just find yourself hooked!

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida looks at a world where there are two kinds of people—regular humans and Ghouls. Ghouls look just like any other regular human. They live alongside the regular humans, work with them, go to school. The only difference is that they don’t eat regular human food. The only way to satisfy their hunger is by eating humans!

When Ken Kaneki somehow manages to land a date with the beautiful Rize, he ends up in a situation that slowly goes from amazing to terrifying. Attacked by his date who happens to be a ghoul, Kaneki is transformed into the first half-human, half-ghoul in existence. As if that wasn’t terrifying enough, he must learn how to control his new hunger, and wildly out of control
 powers that come with this new transformation. On top of that, Kaneki is thrust into trying to survive the brutal Ghoul turf wars.

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Dark Fantasy


Teen eMagazines For You!
If you have a library card from any of our Navajo County Public Libraries, you can download a free subscription to these teen eMagazines to read on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Click on the link below the magazines or Click on this link to see over 120 other eMagazines you can subscribe to and have available to read 24/7. You first need to register for an account, and after that, you're ready to download hundreds of issues.
Cicada Cicada Girls' Life Girls' Life Seventeen Seventeen


Khan Academy can help with AP-Classes
Khan Academy's free AP videos, articles, and practice exercises are designed to build the knowledge and skills needed for AP-level courses. Teachers can use them as part of their class, and students can use them anytime for extra help. Check them out:

                            Ancient Mesopotamia
Learn why Mesopotamia is considered to be the "cradle of civilization" by clicking here.

                             Indus Valley Civilization
Explore the technology, art, architecture, and agriculture of this ancient civilization by clicking here.

                             Pre-contact Americas
Journey through sixteen thousand years of history in the Americas by clicking here.


March Events in History
March 1: Yellowstone - The First National Park 1872
March 1: Hoover Dam Completed 1936
March 1:Salem Witch Trials - Arrests 1692
March 1: Henri Becquerel Discovered Radioactivity 1896
March 1: Wellington Disaster- America's Worst Avalanche 1910
March 2: Texas declared independence from Mexico, 1836
March 2: Dresden - ''Smashed to Atoms'' 1945
March 2: King Kong - 1933 Film
March 3:Story of Helen Keller 1887
March 3: John Dillinger-Jail Break with a Wooden Pistol 1933
March 3: The Star-Spangled Banner
March 3: Mount Rushmore 1933
March 4: President Roosevelt - ''Fear Itself'' 1933
March 4: King Charles II Grants William Penn a Land Charter 1681
March 5: Copernicus - On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres 1616
March 5: Churchill and the Iron Curtain 1946
March 5: Nosferatu - Famous Film 1922
March 6: Remember the Alamo 1836
March 6: SR-71- Fastest Plane Sets a Record 1990
March 6: Missouri Compromise - How Did It Work? 1820
March 6: Allied Bombing of Berlin - Historical Footage 1945
March 7: Great Mahele - Hawaiian Land Division
March 7: Bloody Sunday - The First March and the Story behind the Movie ''Selma
March 8: Russian Revolution - Strikes in St Petersburg 1917
March 8: Insulin - A Life-Saving Discovery 1921
March 9: Fire Bombs over Tokyo 1945
March 9: Amistad Captives are Freed 1841
March 10: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter-Arrival at Mars 2006
March 10: Harriet Tubman
March 11: Spanish Flu Pandemic
March 11: Alexander Fleming - Discovery of Penicillin
March 11: Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami 2011
March 11:Sendai Earthquake- Chaos in a Grocery Store 2011
March 11:Spanish Flu - ''We Heard the Bells'' 1918-19
March 12: Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Explosion 2011
March 12: Les Miserables - The Story and The Stage Production
March 13: Andrew Jackson - An American President Faces Impeachment 1868
March 13: Uncle Sam and His First Appearance as a Character 1852
March 14: Verdun - Mort-Homme Ridge 1916
March 14: Five Great Ways to Celebrate ''Pi Day''
March 15: Discovery of Anti-Matter 1962
March 15: Julius Caesar and the Ides of March 44 B.C.
March 16: Nathaniel Hawthorne and ''The Scarlet Letter'' 1850
March 16: Dr. Robert Goddard - ''The Moon Man'' 1926
March 17: Hilarious Story about St. Patrick
March 17: St. Patrick of St. Patrick's Day
March 18: Japanese-Americans - Relocated 1942
March 18: Parliament Repeals the Stamp Act 1766
March 18: Aleksei Leonov and the World's First Space Walk 1965
March 19: Tuskegee Experiment - 99th Pursuit Squadron 1941
March 19: Falklands War - Argentina Invades South Georgia Island 1982
March 20: FDR - Attempted Assassination as President-Elect 1933
March 20: Einstein's Theory of General Relativity 1916
March 20: "Uncle Tom's Cabin" Published 1852
March 21: Selma-to-Montgomery March 1965
March 21: Battle of the Somme - Historic Footage
March 21: Sharpeville Massacre 1969
March 22: Martin Luther King, Jr., Convicted in Bus-Boycott Case 1956
March 22: Stamp Act - A Surviving ''Stamp'' from 1765
March 23: Invention of Coca Cola 1886
March 23: Patrick Henry - "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" 1775
March 23: Patrick Henry's Speech - Were the Words Really His Words? 1775
March 24: Poll Tax - Riots in Britain 1990
March 24: Tuberculosis - What is It 1882
March 25: Triangle Shirtwaist Fire 1911
March 25: A Visit to Titan - Saturn's Largest Moon
March 25: Discovery of Titan - Saturn's Largest Moon 1655
March 26: Beethoven's Music - 2nd Movement, 7th Symphony
March 26: Understanding Beethoven's 5th Symphony
March 26: Death of Beethoven 1827
March 27: "Typhoid Mary" - Healthy Carrier of Disease 1915
March 27: Disaster at Tenerife 1977
March 27: Thomas Jefferson - ''The Silent Member'' 1775
March 28: Byzantium, Constantinople & Istanbul - Naming a City 1930
March 28: Virginia Woolf - Only Surviving Voice Recording
March 29: Man o' War - Great 20th-Century Thoroughbred - Born 1917
March 29: WWII - Food Rationing in the U.S. 1943
March 30: Van Gogh's ''Vase with 15 Sunflowers''
March 30: Attempted Assassination of President Reagan 1981
March 30: Alaska Purchase 1867
March 30: Eiffel Tower Officially Opens 1889
March 30: President Reagan Describes the Shooting
March 31: President Johnson - Announces He Will not Seek Reelection 1968
March 31: ''Remember the Ladies'' - Abigail Adams 1776
March 31: World's First Jet Fighter 1945

Shmoop tests your knowledge of the Internet:

6 Things You Didn't KnowAbout the Internet

1. It's physical.

The internet might seem intangible, but it still relies on a physical system. It's an entire web of connected wires and cables. Try not to trip over 'em.

2. It has a very small vocabulary.

Computers may seem really smart, but they only work with 1s and 0s. Really. All that high-speed calculation and rapid information processing comes down to the manipulation of two numbers. 

3. It takes up space.

Just because you can store something in the cloud doesn't mean that it doesn't take up space somewhere. When you send an email, upload a file, or Skype your friends across the ocean, that data has to exist somewhere and…it does. Through a server.

4. It knows where you live.

Every computer on the internet connects from a unique IP address. It's just like a regular address, except that the actual numbers for individual IP addresses can change every session. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) holds on to a bank of addresses and sends your computer a new one any time you log in.

5. The Cold War is its mom.

When the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957, President Eisenhower saw that little antennae-decorated space ball shoot into the sky and rounded up a group of the nation's brightest scientists to address the concern. Yada yada yada...the internet was born.

6. All those acronyms mean something.

That http at the beginning of a URL? That stands for hypertext transfer protocol. Speaking of URL, that one stands for uniform resource locator, the character-based address of a particular file on the internet. And of course there's www, the world wide web. Get friendly with more acronyms with our internet glossary.


Freading eBooks for School Help
There is no need to worry about school if your prepared. More reading to make this school year a great one includes:
Mathematics Minus Fear
Does the thought of a math exam make you freeze with fright? Your not alone. 'Mathematics Minus Fear' can help. It covers concepts such as fractions and percentages with humor and clear language.
Be The Best At Science by Rebecca Risman
Award-winning children's author Rebecca Risman offers this fun and fascinating introduction to science for younger children. It's an an excellent way get younger students interested in the importance of science.
Up Your Score SAT 2016-2017
This SAT guide is written completely by students who have received top scores on the SAT's. It gives tips on everything from the most effective methods of preparation to ways to relax at exam time. Because its written by students, it's as fun to read as it is helpful. 
The Naked Roommate
This New York Times Best Selling Guide is a must read for all college students. It gives advice on how to deal with roommates, tips on getting through difficult classes, and much more. 
"This was recommended by a counselor at my son's college. He is not a big reader but he loved this book and said it helped him a lot."
-An Amazon. com reader review

 Click here to go to the FREADING site


Looking for scholarships?
GoodCall offers a database filled with available scholarships! Check out their site here.

Top 10 Most Popular College Majors
Shmoop - We speak student

1. Psychology 

The only major that grows when people are shrinking. See: Psychology of Influence for a slice or Psychology, Semester A for the bigger picture.

2. Biology 

Perfect for cell-centered people. See: Biology, Semester A.

3. Business

The major where your business is everyone's business. See: Financial Literacy.

4. Computer Science

We're not scary computer hacker nerds, we promise. (And there's no prior experience necessary thanks to our Digital Literacy course.)

5. Health Sciences 

For those who have a healthy obsession with health. See: Body Image and Eating Disorders.

6. English 

Book-lovers and grammar queens unite. See: Contemporary Literature...or the zillion other English courses we have.

7. Political Science 

The major where students play president. See: Social Contract Theory or Politics and the Media, depending on how old-school or new-school you want to get.

8. Engineering 

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.)

9. Criminology 

You have the right to remain silent...but that's no fun. See: Cyberbullying.

10. Economics 

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


Math games
      Check out the Math Nook for LOTS of games, videos, tutorials, and fun stuff.

SAT Scores of the Rich and Famous
A New York Times article recently posted the SAT scores of some well-known people that were posted after the College Board announced that it was returning tot he old 1,600 trading scale for the SAT exam:
1. Ben Affleck: "Ben had almost perfect SAT scores in high school.”
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.”

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!
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Teens Create Their Own App Development Business
Fourteen-year-olds Max Colbert and Matt Dillabough are really taking their Computer Science dreams to the next level. Two years ago, they started the Menlo App Academy, which teaches sixth- through ninth-graders how to create apps. They've taught over 125 students, and the number is growing: they're looking to secure a grant to train up to 2,500 students. Yowza.

Want to start your own business to prop up your college application? Find out what it takes to be an entrepreneur here.

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  AP Computer Science test in 2013. On top of that shocking stat, only 20% of the 30,000 students who took the exam were female. This is extra sad because several studies have shown that computer science-related majors have the lowest rates of unemployment and the highest earning potential. Read more.
If you ladies are intrigued by computers or science or both of them together, check out this free  AP Computer Science A Practice Test.

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!
  Young Adult and Children Collections are growing larger every week from Freading, our eBook supplier! If you haven't tried an eBook, click here to see what is available, as well as check out these suggestions:

                                STUDY HELP

If you or someone in your life is currently a student, don't forget that Freading has a profusion of exceptionally helpful study guides in addition to many titles at that are required reading. Need help studying for that exam about World War I or writing an essay about The Great Gatsby? Sparknotes are like tutors that are available to you 24 hours a day. 




ODDKINS: A Fable for All Ages


Blockbuster author Dean Koontz’s first novel for young readers.  A beautifully illustrated and visually stunning story about a magical band of living toys who learn to overcome the fears we all face in the dark.

*This is a great book for grades 2-6 (too scary for the little ones!)


  • Being Henry David by Cal Armistead
  • County Line Road by Marie Etzler
  • Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson
  • Twice Shy by  Patrick Freivald
  • Lost in Clover by Travis Richardson
  • Extreme Elvin by Chris Lynch
  • Liv, in the Moment by Tracy Dale
  • Purgatory Reign by LM Preston
  • The Locker by Richie Tankersley Cusick
  • The Other Shepards by Adele Griffin


Boys love books too!  

Here are some books with no frilly girly stuff!

  • The Heart of the Enemy by M. Zachary Sherman
  • Zeke Meeks vs the Horrifying TV-Turnoff Week by D.L. Green
  • Undertakers: The Rise of the Corpses by Ty Drago
  • Revenge: Jason Steed by Mark Cooper
  • The Devil's Sword by Douglas E. Richards
  • Last Stop (Watchers #1) by Peter Lerangis
  • The Twisted Window by Lois Duncan
  • The Mapmaker's Sons by V.L Burgess
  • Keeper of the Black Stones by PT McHugh
  • Wanderer by Roger Davenport



Cool Jobs!
Shart Traffic CopWhat do you think a cool job would be? Archaeologist? Astronaut? Oceanographer? How about a Flavor Chemist, or a Hacker, or even a Shark Traffic Cop?
Check out these enlightening videos about Cool Jobs from Discovery.com

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.
Research Help
Do you have a big project coming up at school? Check out these web resources - they can get you information or point you in the right direction!
  • 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.

College info

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.