It's National Poetry Month!
Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) remains one of Russia's most-loved poets of the 20th century. Writing before the Bolshevik Revolution - which occurred in 1917 - she was already famous before government repression, and censorship, prevented her from publishing new poems. Hear 'I Taught Myself to Live Simply'
Hear a powerful poem inspired by a young girl mourning the death of her mother. Written by Mary Elizabeth Frye in 1932. Hear 'Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep'
Hear 'O Captain! My Captain!' by Walt Whitman.
Delayed Gratification? - What's It Mean?
Dino and Coop
Let Schmoop's two fave puppets—Dino Mike and Cooper McCluckerson—introduce you to the concept of delayed gratification. Turns out waiting for that second marshmallow will make your pockets a lot happier...and your life much s'more fulfilling.
Kids Tell Us "Why I Read"
|Spencer West - Legless Man Summits Kilimanjaro
Defying all odds, Spencer West - a man who has no legs - climbs to the top of Africa's highest mountain.
|Things to Know about Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro, the tallest point in Africa, is a dormant volcano located in northern Tanzania. Every year, more than 25,000 people attempt to reach its summit.
|Derek Redmond - The Day that Changed My Life
When he was unable to run the entire race, at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Derek Redmond did something even better.
April events in History
April 1: Operation Iceberg: Assault on Okinawa
April 2: America Joined World War I 1917
April 3: Jesse James - Assassinated 1882 April 7: Attila the Hun Sacked Cities
April 8: Bonhoeffer - Hanged for Opposing Hitler 1945
April 9: Lee Surrendered - End of U.S. Civil War 1865
Bataan 'Death March' 1942
March 11: Apollo 13 - Mission Launches 1970
March 12: Death of President Franklin Roosevelt 1945
March 15: Sinking of the Titanic 1912
March 18:Midnight Ride of Paul Revere 1775
San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
April 20: Death of the 'Red Baron' 1918
Marie and Pierre Curie - Radioactive Discovery 1902
April 24: Shackleton and the Endurance 1916
April 25: Guillotine First Used in France
April 26: Chernobyl - A Man-Made Disaster 1986
April 28: Mutiny on the Bounty'
April 30: World Wide Web - Born at Cern 1993
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Youngest Author to Make the New York Times Bestseller List!
Jake Marcionette, just 15-years-old, has written two books that have sold millions since 2014, making him the youngest writer to make the New York Times Fiction Bestseller list, and a third book is coming out soon. His mom enforced a compulsory time for writing and reading each day during summer break. At first he reluctantly filled in the time, but came to realize it was enjoyable to express himself and get his thoughts on paper. He really enjoyed the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and didn't find too many other similar books. When he was 12 years old, he decided to write a book himself, a semi-autobiographical tale about a kid named Jake moving from Florida to Maryland and the humorous adventures he has adjusting to his new home and middle school. Just Jake came out in 2014, followed in 2015 by Just Jake: Dog Eat Dog. Book three in the series, Just Jake: Camp Wild Survival is scheduled to be published in January, 2016.
Marcionette is a popular motivational speaker at schools where he talks with students about goal-setting. “I think the students like to hear a kid’s perspective,” he says. “They can’t connect with an adult the same way they can with me. I’m just like any other kid. The only difference is that I had a goal and I went for it.”
About The Martian
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that space exploration has been a bit touch-and-go with the masses recently. We hope NASA sent author Andy Weir a nice thank-you note because The Martian is credited with giving the space program its biggest PR jolt since the Cold War. (Source)
We all love a good book-to-movie adaptation, so grab a copy of The Martian and get cracking...or re-cracking, as the case may be. Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #ShmoopMartian.
Don't forget the freeze-dried popcorn,
College Entrance Exam Test Preparation Help at Your Library
The ACT Test dates are coming right up. Remember, you can practice taking the ACT & SAT tests ahead of time by using the Learning Express Library database that your library provides. It keeps track of your scores and you can take the test as often as you want. Your score will definitely be higher if you practice beforehand. The online test booklets can be downloaded as eBooks also.
ACT Test Dates:
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||(Late Fee Required)|
|April 9, 2016||March 4, 2016||March 5–18, 2016|
|June 11, 2016||May 6, 2016||May 7–20, 2016|
SAT Test Dates:
|Test Date||Tests Offered||Regular Registration Closes||Late Registration Closes|
|March 5, 2016||SAT Test Only||Feb. 5||Feb. 23|
|May 7, 2015||SAT and Subject Tests||April 8||April 26|
|June 4, 2016||SAT and Subject Tests||May 5||May 25|
There are links to Learning Express Library on the Reference Databases page and the Teen Homework Help page also.
Books about children and Teen soldiers
A list of novels, comics and non-fiction about children and teenagers that through necessity, trickery or coercion become soldiers:
Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
Attack on Titan (manga) – Hajime Isayama
Boy Soldier – Andy McNab
Buffalo Soldier – Tanya Landman
Charley’s War (graphic novel) – Pat Mills & drawn by Joe Colquhoun
CHERUB series – Robert Muchamore
Child Soldier – Jessica Dee Humphreys & Claudia Davila
Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
Fullmetal Alchemist (manga) – Hiromu Arakawa
Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff
Leviathan trilogy – Scott Westerfeld
Little Soldier – Bernard Ashley
Percy Jackson series – Rick Riordan
Refugee Boy – Benjamin Zephaniah
Rose Under Fire – Elizabeth Wein
The Hero and the Crown & The Blue Sword – Robin McKinley
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Tomorrow When the War Began – John Marsden
Warchild – Emmanuel Jal
Dystopian Sequels - Do you know them?
A quiz posted by Shmoop!
How well do you know your YA Dystopian Thriller sequels?
Name the sequel to each of the following books:
1. The Hunger Games
6. City of Bones
7. Beautiful Creatures
9. Daughter of Smoke & Bone
10. Mortal Engines
Yes, we linked, but have some dignity, people. No cheating. Save the clicks till after you guess. Answers are below (and in tiny font, like ya do). Once you've graded yourself, find out how you stacked up.
Yeah, you were definitely the first person killed in the 74th Hunger Games. Not that you'd volunteer, anyway.
1 -3 right:
Hope you like electricity, because you're getting picked off by bulb monsters.
4 - 7 right:
You didn't nail it, but at least you can take that red pill to forget about your mediocre performance.
8 - 10 right:
It's true love for you and these sequels. Let's just hope they're not secret werewolves.
You're a regular Tris Prior: truly divergent.
How'd you do? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #ShmoopSequels.
"Thomas had lived in fear and terror the past few weeks, but this was almost too much..."
~ The Scorch Trials
Sounds like us, worried that the second movie won't be as good as the first.
1. Catching Fire 2. Insurgent 3. Pretties 4. Crossed 5. Pandemonium 6. City of Ashes 7. Beautiful Darkness 8. Prodigy 9. Days of Blood and Starlight 10. Predator's Gold 11. Linger
How Has Scout Changed in "Go Set a Watchman" Since "To Kill a Mockingbird"?
2015 Teens' Top Ten titles announced!
- The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic)
- I Become Shadow by Joe Shine. (Soho Teen)
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. (Simon & Schuster)
- My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak. (Sourcebooks)
- Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. (Bloomsbury)
- The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
- The Young Elites by Marie Lu. (Penguin/G.P. Putnam's Sons)
- The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. (Macmillan/ Henry Holt & Company)
- Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. (Simon & Schuster)
- The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith. (Hachette/Poppy)
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.
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.â€ť
The Spice Guy for Library Research
Stuff YA Readers say
'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 improvementâ€ť: 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.