Who in the World is Ada K. Carpenter?
I’m sure you’ve noticed this picture above the entrance doors in the library and wondered, “Who in the world is Ada K. Carpenter?”
You can now get your answers. Mr. Guinn has done an exhaustive investigation and provided all of the answers on the library website. You won’t want to miss this. The truth is out there.
Recently these ebooks were added to the library catalog and library website. Under the picture of the cover is a link to the ebook and the publishers provided description. The great thing about these ebooks is that by logging in, they are always available and no check out so you don’t have to wait for any of them to be returned. And, because they are multi-user, you and your classmates can read them at the same time.
If you are not on a district networked computer, the password for Gale resources is success.
I hope that you find something here of use. Enjoy!
This book examines earning money through part-time jobs or making and selling products. Other helpful topics covered include saving and making budgets, banks and different types of accounts, and credit cards and debt. It shows how to be a thoughtful consumer and make the most of one’s money.
Blaze Your Own Trail: An Interactive Guide to Navigating Life with Confidence, Solidarity, and Compassion
While some of women’s choices are fairly predictable, such as those around career, partnership, and motherhood, their effects can lead to more complicated and unexpected turns that are seldom discussed. This book suggests women blaze their own trail, through stories and supportive data that explore workplace sexism, career changes, marriage, child-rearing, existential crises and more. Includes how to embrace your journey, feel less alone, and change or make different choices.
Covering topics such as job satisfaction, workplace stress, and the changing nature of jobs and careers in the 21st century, this resource explores how working affects us psychologically, for better and for worse and sometimes in imperceptible ways. It provides readers with an understanding of the important roles work plays in our lives, the many forms work may take, and the ways in which our relationships with work change throughout our lives.
The Gale Encyclopedia of Fitness
Covers a variety of topics on physiology and fitness, including sports, body systems, the body’s reaction to physical fitness, exercise activities, diseases and conditions, treatments, fitness tests, and other health-related issues.
The Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders
Provides in-depth coverage of neurological diseases and disorders, including stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, Tourette Syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, vertigo, amnesia, and epilepsy, targeted to patients, their families and allied health students. Related topics include communication aids, electric personal assistive mobility devices, medications, and the needs of Alzheimer patient caregivers among others.
Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear Through the Ages
Provides facts and information about the cultural, religious, and social implications of human decoration and adornment throughout history, with a particular emphasis on the decades of the 20th century. In 500 entries, detailed information about clothing, hairstyles, tattoos, jewelry, body piercing, feet binding, and other types of fashion or style is examined. Entries explain the fashion or style within the context of the traditions, customs, rituals, and practices.
Governing America: Major Decisions of Federal, State, and Local Governments from 1789 to the Present
Provides a collection of essays designed to give readers the complete story behind the major policy issues of the 21st century. This comprehensive resource takes a unique perspective on public policy issues and presents them in historical context.
Music around the World: A Global Encyclopedia
With topics ranging from non-Western instruments to distinctive rhythms of music of various countries, this one-stop resource on global music also promotes cultural appreciation of other countries and cultural groups from around the globe and provides multidisciplinary perspectives. The volumes cover all world regions, including the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia and the Pacific, promoting a geographic understanding and appreciation of global music.
Protests, Riots, and Rebellions: Civil Unrest in the Modern World
This book explores a range of issues that have inspired protest around the world, and the types of protests that serious activists and ordinary people alike have used to effect change. It details both historic and contemporary events, some well-known, and others less familiar to students, providing a brief historical, social, and political overview of the issue or movement and several specific protest events associated with it.
The SAGE Handbook of Resistance
This text offers theoretical essays enabling readers to forge their own perspectives of what resistance is and emphasizes the empirical and experiential dimension of resistance, making strong choices in terms of how contemporary topics related to resistance help to rethink our societies as protest societies.
Simply Brilliant: Powerful Techniques to Unlock Your Creativity and Spark New Ideas
This book explains how to break out of your mental box, reignite natural curiosity, and move step by step through a set of exercises that help individuals and teams fuel creativity through tight deadlines and create more ideas in brainstorming sessions.
Story Behind the Protest Song: A Reference Guide to the 50 Songs That Changed the 20th Century
Features the most influential musical protests and statements recorded to date, providing pop-culture viewpoints on some of the most tumultuous times in modern history. Includes songs about the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, policy in the Middle East, teenage rebellion, animal rights, and criticisms of mass media.
The Future of Work in America
This book examines how automation is changing the workforce in the United States as we know it, predicting a continuous decline in manufacturing jobs and an increase in the field of technology.
The One Percent
This book offers a close look at the wealthiest one percent of Americans and how they compare to the other 99 percent, examining how this group impacts the country’s economy and society.
What is Bias?
This book teaches young readers what bias is, how to recognize it in news sources, why it happens, and how to avoid it. Provided historical facts and real-life examples will also help them consider their own biases and challenge them when they choose what kinds of media to consume and believe.
You’ve Got 8 Seconds: Communication Secrets for a Distracted World
This book explains strategies and techniques for effective communication and presentations in a time of decreased attention spans. Whether pitching a project, giving a speech, selling a product, or writing emails, readers will learn how to design a strong message and say it in second; make routine information come alive; and convey confidence and command attention.
Plagiarism? What is this thing of which you speak?
Hope that your holiday was swell.
Today I wanted to draw your attention to two new pages that have been added to the library website. Under the Research Connection menu heading.
The first link is to a page on selecting resources for selecting and analyzing resources. Of course, there is a multitude of resources provided by the library, but sometimes you have to go beyond to find research materials. This page gives you guidelines and assistance on how to determine if an online source is acceptable for a school research project. There are also links to informative videos.
Most recently, the Plagiarism 101 page was added to help provide students with a better understanding of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. Most people seem to understand that plagiarism is turning in someone else’s work as their own, but there is more to it than simply copying, and this page is intended to make that clear. There are also links to other websites that provide a whole lot more information as well as informational videos, including this blast from Mr. Guinn’s past.
Happy New Year, and remember, it’s better to cite than be sorry.
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Wikipedia?
For some, it’s a dirty word, and to be honest, at one time I was one of those teachers who threatened to wash out the mouths of students who uttered the dreaded “W” word, but over time, I have adjusted my perspective. You and your mouth are now safe as I can now admit Wikipedia has a place. But (and it’s a big but), it is important for students to understand what that place is.
A wiki came about as a part of what is historically known as Web 2.0–when the internet moved beyond just an online provider of text and became an interactive tool. For your information, a wiki is a website that allows multiple users to write and edit it (sound familiar?), and Wikipedia is not the only one.
At its inception, there were issues with bad information added to articles in Wikipedia. However, over time, the editing processes have been tightened, and Wikipedia has worked to be more reliable. This isn’t to say that information isn’t incorrect or can’t be maliciously altered on Wikipedia, it’s just that it happens with much less frequency, and alas, it can still be an issue.
But that doesn’t mean Wikipedia can’t be a helpful tool. Wikipedia, like any encyclopedia, is a place to begin a search for information, particularly if you aren’t familiar with the topic or can’t find the information that is required from any of the other resources that the library supplies (unlikely yet possible) and you need some direction. However, Wikipedia, again just like any encyclopedia, shouldn’t be a cited resource for a project.
So how exactly is this resource of any use? Most Wikipedia articles are filled with footnotes at the bottom of the page; these are the resources from which the article gets its information. These are also resources that you, the researcher, can use and cite in your research project as long as they meet the requirements of a good reliable source. By providing these footnotes, Wikipedia actually is showing itself to be more reliable than the other encyclopedias that we have online, World Book and Funk and Wagnalls (best name ever for an encyclopedia) of which neither provides you with a list of references in its articles.
So, is there a place for Wikipedia? Sure there is. As a matter of fact, many professional fact-checkers utilize Wikipedia as a starting point in their research. But you need to use it very carefully and only after you’ve used all of the resources on the library website!
Earbuds make me sad.
I will make a confession. This may surprise some and anger others, but even though I am a librarian and love to read, my favorite thing in the world (family and friends excluded) is music. Nothing moves me like music, not even a good book. So I totally understand the desire to listen to good music with earbuds or headphones since you can hear things that may escape your senses otherwise.
That said, earbuds make me sad. One of my daily joys is greeting students in the morning as they pass through the library. After all, I’m a pretty happy person, so I like to pass it along. Yet, many students walk past me after I say “Good morning!” without so much as a “Hi.” They move as if the rest of humanity is invisible, or worse, nonexistent. And what do these isolated souls have in common? They’re wearing earbuds.
I will make a suggestion; take out the earbuds. Greet the people around you (especially the old man in the library). Be aware and in the moment. You’ll have time to listen to that song later.
To Ban or Not to Ban?
Well, that’s an easy question to answer. Of course, we don’t want books banned! Banned Books Week ended on Sept. 23, but here in the LVA library we’ll keep the books on display for a few weeks more.
The importance of Banned Books Week is to bring attention to books that some people have deemed inappropriate, and looking at the image below, you can see the different ways that books have been tagged as such.
The bottom line is that there is some aspect of a book that Person D doesn’t like, and that dislike is so strong that they want the book unavailable to everybody. Before you start pointing a finger, there are those at both ends of the political spectrum who have challenged books and wanted them pulled from the public square. Regardless of how open-minded one believes himself or herself to be, there is an idea out there that will cause offense. The challenge here is how we deal with the offense.
To decide that no one should have access to an idea is where book banning takes flight. This is misguided as prohibiting a thought doesn’t stop the thought from flourishing. If I tell you under no circumstance should you think of an elephant, I have not stopped you from thinking of an elephant. As a matter of fact, you will now be thinking of an elephant when you otherwise would not have. Nor will banning an idea stop others from coming to a similar conclusion. After all, if there are “no new ideas under the sun,” banning an idea is a fool’s errand.
There is certainly an argument to be made, that there are some books that are not appropriate for a school library, but that isn’t the same as saying a book that might be inappropriate for some freshmen shouldn’t be made available for any senior. These are the kinds of decisions that should come from within a family and not from strangers in the community.
I know of no one, let me italicize and bold it, no one who is so wise to be the arbiter of knowledge and wisdom for the rest of humanity. I’m certainly not. But I do take seriously, the responsibility of building a wide and vast collection of resources for our students with a variety of points of view. The library is a place for all, so it is frightening when some person wants to decide who is worthy of representation and who isn’t or what perspectives are worthy of spreading and what ideas must be squashed. There are many instances in history where tragedy began with the burning of books.
So, come to the library, check out a dangerous book, and be challenged. If the book offends you, don’t burn it; bring it back and check out something else. Oh, I should add that none of the books that are a part of our display are banned here at LVA and are available for check out all year long.
For more information about Book Banning go to the Gale In Context databases High School or Opposing Viewpoints on the General Reference page of the Online Stacks.
Welcome to the Guinnasium
Welcome to the Guinnasium, this will is the new LVA library blog, where I’ll be communicating to you all things library. You’ll find out different ways how the library can provide resources for you, how resources work, and what’s new in the library. All sorts of things. I can see you’re already quivering with………………………………………………………..anticipation.
This year, I have set my goal to increase the number of books dealing with all of the fine arts that are practiced here at LVA. Let me know if you have any suggestions, preferably in the suggestion link at the Online Library. I have several books coming in the next few weeks.
Hey, music department! Check these out, in no particular order…
48 FAMOUS STUDIES 1ST OBOE/ ALTO SAX
RUBANK ADVANCED METHOD #1 FRENCH HORN
40 PROGRESSIVE STUDIES TROMBONE / BARITONE BC
70 STUDIES FOR TUBA VOLUME 1
MODERN SCHOOL FOR XYLOPHONE MARIMBA AND VIBRAPHONE
PORTRAITS IN RHYTHM SNARE DRUM
SYMPHONIC REPERTOIRE FOR CYMBALS
SCALE SYSTEM VIOLIN BOOK
SCALE SYSTEM DOUBLE BASS
PRACTICAL METHOD FOR BASSOON
NEW METHOD FOR STRING BASS #1
SUZUKI CELLO SCHOOL #7 CELLO PART
SUZUKI CELLO SCHOOL #6 CELLO PARTS
Suzuki Cello School #3 Revised Cello Book
SUZUKI CELLO SCHOOL #4 CELLO PARTS
MELODIOUS AND PROG STUDIES #1-CLAR
SUZUKI CELLO SCHOOL #5 International CELLO
SUZUKI VIOLIN SCHOOL #4 REVISED VIOLIN
Suzuki Violin School #6 Revised Violin Part
SUZUKI VIOLIN SCHOOL #5 REVISED
SUZUKI VIOLA SCHOOL #5 REVISED VIOLA PART
SUZUKI VIOLA SCHOOL #3 VIOLA
SUZUKI VIOLA SCHOOL #7 VIOLA
SUZUKI VIOLA SCHOOL #6 Revised VIOLA
SUZUKI VIOLA SCHOOL #4 VIOLA
MELODIOUS AND PROG STUDIES #2-CLAR
Suzuki Violin School #7 Revised Violin Book
Oscar Peterson Omnibook Piano Transcriptions
Charlie Parker Omnibook B-Flat Instruments
ARBANS COMPLETE CONSERVATORY METHOD TRUMPET
21 FOUNDATION STUDIES ALTO/BASS CLAR
335 SELECTED MELODIOUS PROG #1-HORN
335 SELECTED MELODIOUS PROG #2-HORN
SCALE SYSTEM VIOLA
SCALE SYSTEM FOR VIOLONCELLO
Mariachi Ensemble Vocalization Exercises P.O.D.
Very Easy Mariachi Warmups P.O.D.
Charlie Parker Omnibook E-Flat Instruments
DAILY DRILLS AND TECHNICAL STUDIES TRUMPET
Thelonious Monk Omnibook for Piano Book
ORCHESTRAL REPERTOIRE BASS DRM/CYMB
John Coltrane Omnibook E-Flat Instrument
50 Mariachi Etudes for Violin: Book 1
Mariachi Trumpet Method, Book 3: Advanced
Jimi Hendrix Omnibook C Instruments and Guitar Tab
SUZUKI VIOLIN SCHOOL #3 REVISED 2007 VIOLIN BK
Joy of Music – Piano
Jazz Guitar Omnibook C Instruments
The Faber Music Piano Anthology
So be sure to visit the library frequently to see what trickles in.
Oh, during the month of August, we more than doubled the number of books checked out in the same month last year. Keep it up LVA!
Summer’s Over and the LVA Library is Ready!
Greetings LVA! Like the headline says, the library is ready for you to come and visit. Be sure to see all of the new books on The New Book Shelves. There’s something for everyone (unfortunately there aren’t enough new books for everyone): monologue books for Theater, instrument books, dance books, and science books to just get started. Hey, there are new fiction titles too. Let me know with a comment below if there are any books, new or old that you want to see in the library.
What did you read this summer?
I know everyone doesn’t like to read, but I think that’s because you haven’t found the right book for you. Currently, I’m reading The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. It’s about the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 and the serial killer H. M. Holmes who was active in Chicago at the same time. It’s just no one knew it. It’s a very interesting book. He makes all of the characters come alive in a surprising way, surprising because it’s nonfiction. Here’s a video of the author discussing the book.
Let me know in the comment section what you read this summer.