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:

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! or

Hacked! Ransomware Infection Hits Computers in 99 Countries

According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Massive Ransomware infection hits computers in 99 countries

Hospitals and other organizations have been hacked for money. Please take a look at video hosted by the BBC about a British guy who couldn’t get his surgery done because the hospital had been hacked. He is waiting for the systems to come back online. What do you think of these events? How can organizations protect themselves? Do you think that they should pay outrageous sums of money to get their systems back online? Comments?

Library Students…I want to hear your thoughts. Please read the above article from the BBC about the Ransomware. Please blog by providing 3 points from your reading and experiences.

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Brown
Teacher Librarian

The Age of Misinformation article by JONATHAN ZITTRAIN

“Facebook’s campus in Menlo Park, California” Found the Atlantic 7, May, 2017, The Age of Misinformation.

Hello Students,
I saw this article that one of my previous professors posted that was in the Atlantic journal regarding Technology and I read it. Then, I thought perfect timing. We are overwhelmed by information everyday and how do we decide what is good information from bad information. This article made me pause to ask who is responsible? Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, the gullible public, etc.

I used the CRAAP Test with some classes this school year to help evaluate websites and to get a handle on false and inaccurate information online. What are your thoughts? Do you think Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Microsoft has a place in helping us to recognize real facts versus false information. Please read this article by Jonathan Zittrain and let us know your thoughts….

Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft must recognize a special responsibility for the parts of their services that host or inform public conversation according to JONATHAN ZITTRAIN. Do you think librarians and teachers can help?

I want to hear from you! Library students need to have a minimum of three points in your response to this post.

Thanks for blogging with me this school year…

Ms. Brown, Teacher Librarian

MAY DAY History Lesson

Good Morning All,

According to World Book Online, May Day has historical significance in terms of the Labor Movement and Springtime festivities. Please read:

What is May Day? “May Day (May 1) is celebrated as a spring festival in many countries. It marks the revival of life in early spring after winter. May Day celebrations may go back to the spring festivals of ancient Egypt and India.”

“In 1889, a congress of world Socialist parties held in Paris voted to support the United States labor movement’s demands for an eight-hour day. It chose May 1, 1890, as a day of demonstrations in favor of the eight-hour day. Afterward, May 1 became a holiday called Labor Day in many nations. It resembles the September holiday in the United States (see Labor Day). Government and labor organizations sponsor parades, speeches, and other celebrations to honor working people. The holiday has had special importance in socialist and Communist countries.”
Thank you for supporting our students by forming a line of support and strength! We all make a difference!

Santino, Jack. “May Day.” World Book Student, World Book, 2017, Accessed 1 May 2017.
Santino, J. (2017). May Day. In World Book student. Retrieved from

Respectfully submitted,

Ms. Chappell-Brown, Teacher Librarian

Celebrate EARTH DAY April 22 and everyday! Plant a tree or flowers…

According to World Book Online, Earth Day was started in the late 1960s to bring awareness to people about our impact on the environment. On Saturday April 22nd, there were celebrations all over the world regarding Earth Day. In addition, the Science Community marched in protest of the Trump’s Administration stand in not supporting science research and cutting programs that support scientific inquiry and discovery. Do you agree with President Trump that Global Warming is a myth and we don’t need to protect the environment? or Do you think that we need to pass laws to help protect our environment? What are your views on off shore drilling for example? Do we need safety standards to prevent air pollution? Do you think Businesses will do the right thing to protect our environment without laws to protect us? Please post your views.

Read more about the World Book Article on Earth Day and its history…

Earth Day is an annual observance, held on April 22, to increase public awareness of environmental issues. Each year on Earth Day, millions of people throughout the world gather to clean up litter, to protest threats to the environment, and to celebrate progress in reducing pollution.

Earth Day began in the United States. In 1969, U.S. Senator Gaylord A. Nelson suggested that a day of environmental education be held on college campuses. The following year, the lawyer and environmentalist Denis Hayes, then a recent graduate of Stanford University, led hundreds of students in planning and organizing the observance of Earth Day on April 22, 1970. About 20 million people participated in this celebration.

The observance of Earth Day in 1970 helped alert people to the dangers of pollution and stimulated a new environmental movement. That same year, Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency to set and enforce pollution standards. Congress also passed the Clean Air Act of 1970, which limited the amount of air pollution that cars, utilities, and industries could release. Other new environmental laws soon followed.

See also Environmental pollution; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Denis Hayes, J.D., President and CEO, Bullitt Foundation.
How to cite this article:
To cite this article, World Book recommends the following format:
Hayes, Denis. “Earth Day.” World Book Student, World Book, 2017, Accessed 23 Apr. 2017.
Hayes, D. (2017). Earth Day. In World Book student. Retrieved from
Hayes, D 2017, ‘Earth Day’ , World Book Student, World Book, Chicago, viewed 23 April 2017,

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April is National Poetry Month! 1st Annual Poetry Slam was a huge success on April 13th in Library

Winners of the Poetry Slam were: 1st Prize Diego Paredes, 2nd Place Moses Harvey, 3rd Place Alan Reyes, and 4th Place Ruben Gomez.

Congratulations to all the winners and participants! A special thank you to the SUHI judges: Ellen Schreier, Martha Juarez, Ashley Fysh, Krista Burnett, and Jennifer Kendricks, from Follett School Solutions. You ladies rock! Mrs. Brown

At SUHI we are going to have our first Annual Poetry Slam. It will be held on Thursday, April 13th after school in the Library and students must enter in advance to participate. You might ask what is a Poetry Slam? Here goes…it is another type of competition. Contestants in a Poetry Slam each have three minutes to read a poem of their own creation. Judges award points both for the poem and the recitation, and audiences are encouraged to respond with cheers or boos to the poem, the poet, or the score awarded by the judges. A National Poetry Slam is held in the United States annually. Poetry Slams also take place in Australia, Canada, India, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and many other countries of the world.

Hope to see you at the Poetry Slam! There will be a few prizes for the winners and lots of fun and school spirit!

According to World Book Poetry is a type of literature. It involves using language in a way that is different from everyday speech. Throughout history, poetry has been used for many purposes. People have used poetry in religious rituals, to praise and celebrate remarkable individuals, and to express intense emotions, from love to rage. Various social groups have also used poetry to record events and stories containing lessons that are important for the group to remember and pass down from generation to generation.

Click this link to read more about Poetry and types of Poems.

Don’t forget to check out Poetry from our Library’s Collection. We have great books of Poetry to inspire us to read more!

Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Madelene L’Engle, Jacqueline Woodson, William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, and many more.

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Brown
Teacher Librarian SUHI