In 2009, District 117 checked out 69 different textbook titles to students. This year, only nine years later, we checked out 27 titles. That’s 42 fewer titles. Evidently, teachers and students alike are turning to digital sources for their curriculum development and information/research needs. We want to remind you to keep databases in mind.
Lakes and Antioch high schools are proud to subscribe to 18 databases covering a range of topics and issues. Is that enough? You tell us.
Ten reasons why you should check out our digital media library Axis 360. Let's start with #10.
Our Magic Wall eases your search for the ebook that's right for you. It looks and functions a little bit like Netflix. If you hover over the book thumbnails, a pop-up will give you a snapshot of information about the title, including whether or not it is available for checkout.
Throughout the year, Mrs. Mason and I are often asked, “What database should I use for my research project?” Whether students are working on their I-Search project or just needing to find peer reviewed articles, JSTOR stands out as one of our favorite databases. Check out the six reasons why we recommend students use JSTOR.
Summer is one of our favorite times of the year. Not only do we get to spend more time reading, students and staff members are asking us for reading recommendations. Whether you are looking for a reading contest or a book list, we have compiled some suggestions that can be used for a variety of readers.
Staff members Lorenzo Gomez, Barb Mason, and Kellie Piekutowski attended NewsLitCamp at the Daily Herald on April 18. Here are some of their takeaways.
The Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) recently released the list of twenty books nominated for the 2019 Abraham Lincoln Award. The complete list includes titles and authors you might already know: American Street by Ibi Zoboi, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, among others. If these books are any indication, it’s going to be a great reading competition!
The ILC Sweet 16 GooseChase reading challenge is over. For the past two months, student participants have been completing missions related to reading for a chance to win a prize. Missions have included reading for pleasure, talking to teachers and staff about their favorite books, visiting the Lake Villa District Library, navigating various resources in the ILC, and more.
Congratulations to the following prize-winning students:
Hope Brown, first place
Ryan Brooks, second place
Ashley Alm, third place
Jamie McCormick, fourth place
Molly Rial, fifth place
Emma Veres, sixth place
The top three finishers won an Amazon Echo Dot, and the other students won their choice of a reading-themed mug, water bottle, or stationary cards.
When I first heard about BiblioBoard, I thought, “Well. That’s a fun word to say.”
What an understatement.
Barb and I recently dug into the open source program with our rep from RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) and learned it is a powerful resource for our teachers. BiblioBoard is a free digital library containing ebooks, media, and collections for an assortment of categories, including science, literary criticism, technology and engineering, political science, mathematics, business and economics, and cooking — something for all of the students and teachers in District 117.
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