Celebrate MLK Day 2018! Dr. King fought for freedom and dignity for all (Jan 15, 1929)


GANDHI, MOHANDAS K. – (1869—1948) Leader of India’s nonviolent independence movement, who forced the British to quit India. Dr. King studied Gandhi’s successful campaigns and adapted some of Gandhi’s strategies in the American Civil Rights Movement. As Dr. King said of the role of Gandhi’s teachings in the Civil Rights Movement, “Christ furnished the spirit and motivation, while Gandhi furnished the method.” Dr. King said “Gandhi was the guiding light of our technique for nonviolent social change.” Excerpt from King Center online.

MLK Online Resources:


1. The King Center Digital Archive

2. Dr. King related video (items available online) from the American
Archive of Public Broadcasting

3. Archived Video of Dr. King via C-SPAN Video Library (View Online)

4. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC
(Opened to the public in August 2011 first memorial dedicated to an African American on the mall )

5. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (National holiday the third Monday in January – celebrated since January 1986)

6. World Book Online full article with pictures, and “I have a dream” speech.

7. Library of Congress look under the American Memory Collection – African Americans

8. Library of Congress Today in History (Great pictures including an ariel view of the March on Washington)

9. Brain Pop Video on Dr. King’s Contributions & Life https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/famoushistoricalfigures/martinlutherkingjr/

10. Martin’s Big Words The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

Happy New Year 2018!

Feliz año nuevo 2018!

Maligayang Bagong Taon 2018! Chúc mừng năm mới 2018!

سنة جديدة سعيدة
sunat jadidat saeida

नया साल मुबारक हो
naya saal mubaarak ho

New Resources and New beginnings…Check them out!

Located on the left navigation pane under Resources–See resources for class assignments, research, and leisure reading. Check out our newest addition FactCite. We have a FREE subscription for one year and we need to improve our usage. In the words of Dr. Seuss…”try them and you’ll see.” FactCite has lots to offer for students, teachers, and the classroom: articles on 193 countries including World Regions, Ancient Empires, and Chinese Dynasties. I have also included bookmarks that you may print off (landscape). Currently, we have access only to Countries and Cultures.





Feliz año nuevo 2018!

Nuevos recursos y nuevos comienzos …

Se encuentra en el panel de navegación izquierdo en Recursos – Vea los recursos para las tareas de clase, la investigación y la lectura de ocio. Vea nuestra nueva adición FactCite. Tenemos una suscripción GRATUITA por un año y necesitamos mejorar nuestro uso. En palabras del Dr. Seuss … “pruébalos y verás”. FactCite tiene mucho que ofrecer a los estudiantes, profesores y aulas: artículos sobre 193 países, incluidas las Regiones Mundiales, los Imperios Antiguos y las Dinastías Chinas. También he incluido marcadores que puede imprimir (paisaje). Actualmente, tenemos acceso solo a países y culturas.



http://www.factcite.com/media/tipsforteachers/FactCite_Without_a_Country. pdf


Happy Holidays! Half-Year Classes PLEASE RETURN textbooks by December 15th!

Picture of the Opera House in Sydney, Australia

The Holiday Season is a busy time of year for all of us, please take time to READ because it is a relaxation strategy to help us unwind during this fun, crazy, and over-scheduled time of year.

Please remember to turn in textbooks for classes that you’ll complete during the month of December so that we’ll be ready in January for the second half of the school year. If you have any questions, please stop by the library, and we’ll be happy to help you or email me at Barbara.Chappell-Brown@sweetwaterschools.org. Note: our systems are school-based so I don’t have access away from our campus to look up library records.

Downtime reading resources to consider:

NPR’s Book Concierge has a list of their NPR Book Concierge best List 2017 reads
Publisher’s Weekly Young Adult Best Books by Publishers Weekly of 2017
NYT 10 Best Books of the Year list NYT
School Library Journal Audiobooks Picks 2017 http://www.slj.com/reviews/reference/Reference

Cynthia Hand author of Aterlife Retelling of the old favorite “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens & Review by Shelley Diaz

“Charles Dickens’s holiday classic has been adapted for the stage and big and small screens multiple times. The author of the “Unearthly” series has reimagined the well-known tale of Scrooge the miser for a modern audience. In her The Afterlife of Holly Chase (HarperCollins), Hand gives readers a prickly heroine who gets another chance at redemption when she fails to change her mean ways after visits from ghosts on Christmas Eve. The author talked to School Library Journal (SLJ) about what inspired her to revisit the beloved story and why we all deserve second chances.”

Happy Holidays to you your family! Take the time to enjoy your family….they are important, too!

Mrs. Brown
Teacher Librarian

Thanksgiving is almost here! Don’t forget to give thanks and do some leisure Reading to relax!

During this holiday season remember you have access to eBooks 24/7, anytime, anywhere!Overdrive and DestinyDiscover/GoFollett (two platforms) to select a great book to read. We also have preparation test books like the ASVAB and SAT practice tests online. Look under GoFollett. If you have any questions, please stop in the library so we can show you how to access these great resources that are FREE to you!

SUHI Library eBooks

Happy Holidays!

Mrs. Brown, Teacher Librarian
Mrs. Nuno, Library Media Technician
Note: You’re invited to attend the SUHI Book Club on Thursdays during lunch. Currently, we are reading “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. You can find a free copy online (Overdrive). All you need is your school identification number and your 8 digit birthday to check out this title. It is easy to join our group and we serve snacks during lunch, too. See you there!


SUHI Library eBooks



Top 5 Costumes per Google for Halloween 2017. See results: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/31/googles-top-five-halloween-costumes-this-year/




Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 “Shaping the Bright Future of America” Sept. 15 – Oct. 15

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year (September 15 through October 15th) to commemorate the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua). It is also a time to celebrate the rich Hispanic culture in our communities. We are planning a celebration in the library on Friday, October 6th.  Please stop by to see the displays completed by our students and enjoy our SUHI celebration.  Viva Mexico!

Also stop by the SUHI Library to learn about famous Latinos around the world or go online to read stories about this rich and beautiful culture. We also have books in Spanish as well as English for your reading pleasure. Take a look at the Latino Book Lists under the Resources tab on the left for suggested titles. Ask if you don’t see something that you’re looking for and we’ll be happy to help you. ¡Feliz lectura!

Mrs. Brown, Teacher Librarian


IT IS THIS TIME OF YEAR TO STAND UP TO READ BY CELEBRATING BANNED BOOKS WEEK SEPT. 24 – SEPT. 30. WE HIGHTLIGHT THE 2016 MOST CHALLENGED BOOKS IN THIS POST. LET’S CELEBRATE YOUR RIGHT TO READ BY READING!!! STAND FOR THE BANNED IS THIS YEAR’S THEME. Note this is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. A challenge is an attempt to restrict materials based upon objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. According to the American Library Association Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view, rather, they are attempting to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access to others. As such they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

Who should decide what you read? You or someone else?

What is Digital Citizenship?

The ALA Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report states: “Information literate people know how to find, evaluate, and use information effectively to solve a particular problem or make a decision. . .” Information literacy skills allow individuals to use the power of the Internet to help answer their informational needs; the lack of such skills leaves library users without the ability to navigate the vast resources of the Internet in efficient and effective ways. Although we live in the “information age” and children seem “connected” from birth, research has shown that people need education in developing skills that will help them use the Internet effectively. Libraries can serve as primary training providers to help meet this need.”

According to Leslie Preddy, AASL President 2015-2016,

“In layman’s terms, Digital Citizenship is the norms of responsible
and appropriate interaction with technology. It requires
a critical understanding that our responsibilities are
no longer just the immediate, face-to-face community
in which we live, but also include our ever-expanding
digital communities. It also encompasses the world as we
access global communities online. Digital citizenship
requires that we update the more-traditional critical
skills with an eye toward the digital as new tech tools
are added at an alarming rate. These skills include
plagiarism, copyright, and the increasingly complex
source evaluation in ever-expanding formats, as well
as the tools necessary to ethically and morally navigate
cyberbullying, digital etiquette, security, safety, hacking,
social networks, open source, knowledge sharing/
communication, e-commerce, and technology balance
(in daily life). This is not an all-inclusive list, as
technology continues to evolve, and digital citizenship
themes will need to be adapted as new technology uses
bring up issues unknown to us today.”

Over the next several weeks we’ll explore your thoughts on Digital Citizenship. I’ll ask questions and please post your comments. Students, teachers, administrators, and parents are welcome to comment. We will learn together and hopefully make us all safer online. Thanks! Mrs. Brown, Teacher Librarian

Welcome Back! Check out Google Maps Street View & More

There are great free websites to try this school year. Search under Resources on the left navigation pane. There are websites that you can explore to assist you with your classwork and research. For example, WorldBookOnline is a vetted resource with lots of great information with citations built in at the end of the page. WorldBookOnline has articles in Spanish, too! Look under Estudiantil Hallazgos. Check out Ebsco Explora for high school research. It is excellent! Calisphere has over 900,000 images, text, and audio clips that help you discover California. Google Maps Street View can take you anywhere in the world. How cool to study a place and actually be able to see it online! Please visit the library with your class or individually to learn about how to research and get you ready for college or career! See Mrs. Brown, Teacher Librarian for research questions! Go explore!


Summer Reading Program is going on now… Read what you like and enjoy it!

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Overdrive is one of our online platforms. There are popular books and audiobooks for our students, teachers, and staff to check out and read.

Patrons can read and listen to books through their

· Browser

· Apps on Google or Apple (phone, laptop, desktop)

· Kindle

Sweetwater High School’s Overdrive page: http://sweetwaterschools.lib.overdrive.com

DestinyDiscover is another platform that we use. DestinyDiscover also has a great selection of popular titles and audiobooks to check out. The infinity symbol means that multiple users can access the same title at the same time. Highlighting and Note taking features, too!
https://www.gofollett.com/aasp/ui/pick/picked or