Archive for March, 2011

Dear Diary: ‘The Last Survivors’ series

Check out the shelves at the end of the fiction section for books written in journal format.  One of the books is Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.  In it, Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor pushes the moon closer to the earth, setting off tsunamis, earthquakes and snowstorms.  If you enjoyed that book, we just got the companion books: The Dead and the Gone (which recounts the disaster, devastation and despair from the point of view of Alex in New York City) and This World We Live In (in which we return to Miranda and her family — and a few surprise visitors — in Pennsylvania).  Find them with the other new books (we have nearly a dozen!) on top of the reference shelves.  Happy reading!


READ poster winner

Congratulations to this year’s READ poster winner!  The poster will be hung on the library wall in the coming weeks.  Thank you to everyone who participated in Read Across America.  The contest drew 19 creative entries.  I hope everyone will enter again next year!

Vote for your favorite poster!

Last week, students posed with books for the Read Across America poster contest.  The prints are displayed above the reference books with voting cups. Stop in the library to vote for your favorite.  The winner will be enlarged to a poster and hung in the library!

Click the link below to see an Animoto video of the photo entries.

READ poster 2011

Happy Teen Tech Week!

Happy Teen Tech Week!  Check out the book display in the library entryway for some tech reads. Look around the library for blue posters with the Teen Tech logo for ideas on how to celebrate Teen Tech Week:

  • Check out an audiobook and load it onto your iPod or mp3 player.
  • Visit our library’s website:
  • Blog about your favorite books. Sign up for a free blog at or
  • Try a book-centered website:, It’s social networking for bookworms.
  • Create a soundtrack for your favorite book and upload the playlist to your iPod to listen while you read.
  • Ask the librarian to recommend a nonfiction book on an area of technology that interests you.
  • Add something to an article on Wikipedia. (Make sure to check your facts!)
  • Many authors welcome e-mail from readers, and some even have their own MySpace and Facebook profiles. Why not send them a message? Ask the librarian to help find an author.
    Learn about HTML (and practice it) with W3School’s tutorial:
  • Create a video (“book trailer”) about your favorite book and upload it to YouTube.
  • Read a newspaper article from the day you were born in the InfoTrac Newsstand in the POWER Library.
  • Volunteer to help clean the computers and media in the library. (Miss Huth will appreciate it!)
  • Search in a database for an article about your favorite musical artist. Or try:
  • Start a Delicious account to keep track of your favorite websites:
  • Comment on this blog! 🙂

Meet the new librarian

Miss Huth

Miss Huth will be filling in for Mrs. Busch this spring.  Miss Huth recently earned her master’s in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh and is certified to teach K-12.  She completed her practicum at Leechburg Area Jr./Sr. High in Leechburg, Pa.  She also has experience in public libraries.  She has an undergraduate degree in journalism from Penn State University and has worked as a copy editor at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for two years.

Miss Huth is eager to help students and teachers with research projects.  She also loves talking about and recommending young adult books.  Stop by the library to meet her!