March 15, 2016

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Don't forget,  Read for a Lifetime is due by April 1 . In order to receive your reward certificate from the State of Illinois, you must have read 4 of the 25 Read for a Lifetime titles featured here . For each title, you must complete a short comment card and submit to the basket on the main desk in the LRC. 

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2015) by Becky Albertalli

Location: FIC Albertalli
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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn't play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone's business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he's been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon's junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out-without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met. --

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (1865) by Lewis Carroll

Call Number: FIC Carroll
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First published in 1865, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was an immediate success, as was its sequel,Through the Looking-Glass. Carroll's sense of the absurd and his amazing gift for games of logic and language have secured for the Alice books an enduring spot in the hearts of both adults and children.

Alice begins her adventures when she follows the frantically delayed White Rabbit down a hole into the magical world of Wonderland, where she meets a variety of wonderful creatures, including Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Cheshire Cat, the hookah-smoking Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts-who, with the help of her enchanted deck of playing cards, tricks Alice into playing a bizarre game of croquet.  Alice continues her adventures in Through the Looking-Glass, which is loosely based on a game of chess and includes Carroll's famous poem "Jabberwocky."

Throughout her fantastic journeys, Alice retains her reason, humor, and sense of justice. She has become one of the great characters of imaginative literature, as immortal as Don Quixote, Huckleberry Finn, Captain Ahab, Sherlock Holmes, and Dorothy Gale of Kansas.  -- Goodreads

Still Alice  (2005) by  Lisa Genova
Call Number:  FIC Genova
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Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life--and her relationship with her family and the world--forever.

At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer's disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Judith Guest's Ordinary People
-- Goodreads

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Tech Corner


"We give you a blank wall. You put anything you want on it, anywhere. Simple, yet powerful." 

Padlet is an online tool that allows user to create a virtual wall on which group members, whether it's a class or a group of students, can post content in a shared space. It works like an online bulletin board. Users can customize a wall, post a prompt or discussion topic, then participants can post comments, photos, videos, etc. to the wall. It is a great way to visualize a discussion or host a visual brainstorming session. It's free, iPad friendly, and most importantly, very easy to use.

Watch an instructional video about how Padlet can be used in the classroom.
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