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Website of the Month

December Website

GoGoNews: Big News for Little People!

Gogo News "has provided children with general knowledge, as well as a consciousness and awareness of the world."  This website takes news directly from the headlines and presents it for a young audience.  Subjects range from the political debate on climate change, martian bluberries, an erupting volcano, healthy candy and a Korean speaking elephant.  Also included is a world map, glossary, back to school guide, teaching tools, and jokes. Whether you have a school assignment or are just curious about the world around you, GoGo News is a fun resource for kids!!

Website of the Month

November Website 

The Presidents    

In the past several months of this Presidential election year, we've heard all about Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.  But do you know..... Which president acted in 53 Hollywood films? Which president owned a haberdashery in Kansas City?  Which president was nicknamed "Old Hickory"?  Who was the only president to be married in the White House?  Which president served between two Bush's?  Find the answers to these questions and other presidential facts at www.thewhitehouse.gov.    Also included on this website is information about the First Ladies, Vice Presidents, Camp David, Air Force One, and behind the scenes photos of President Obama in action. Then visit the library to learn more.  Look for these titles:

Website of the Month

October Website

www.storybird.com

Storybird is a website for young authors to exercise their creativity.  Log in to create your very own storybook with a beautiful selection of illustrations and a vast amount themes.  When your story is complete, you can save it, read it and share with others.  There is even an option to have your book printed into a soft or hardcover edition.  You can also enjoy the work of other "published" authors.         

Want to learn more about how books are made, written, and illustrated?  Come in to the library and check out our non-fiction titles, including:

Creative Lettering by Judy Balchin (J745.5 BAL)

I Can Draw Animals by Ray Gibson (J741.2 GIB)

How a Book is Made by Aliki (J686 ALI)

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September Website

Building Big

Building Big is an exciting website based on the PBS series of the same name.  Learn about bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, and tunnels, along with how they are designed and built.  Discover examples of these architectural wonders from around the world, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Pantheon, Eiffel Tower, Hoover Dam, and Channel Tunnel.  In the website's building lab, learn about the forces, materials, shapes, and loads that are involved in these structures.  Meet  professionals from the fields of engineering.  Then test your new found knowledge by completing one of the building challenges.  When you are all finished online, come into the library and check out David Macauly's companion book, Building Big (J720 MAC).

Website of the Month

August Website

The 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES are in full swing and the U.S. athletes are making us proud.  For up to the minute coverage of each event, go to www.teamusa.org.  But does all of the media coverage make you curious about the history of the Olympics? Learn about the ancient olympics at greece.mrdonn.org/olympics.html.  Details include the very first games, athletes, events, and how they compare to our modern Olympics.  In addition, discover mythology, daily life, customs, architecture, government, literature and much more about ancient greek civilization.  Then show off your new found knowledge to your friends during the commercial breaks.  Go USA!!!!! 

Website of the Month

JULY'S WEBSITE

Chillola is a website that offers instruction for young children just being introduced to a foreign language.  English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian is taught through audio and visual tools, along with printable worksheets.  Basic concepts include: the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, animals, food, body parts, time, weather, and more.

For the older child and more advanced conversationalist, try the Mango Language Learning database on the library's website.  Users can choose from over 24 languages.  Lessons are provided to develop grammar and vocabulary skills for everyday communication.  A translator is also included.

Website of the Month

    June Website

Build Yourself Wild is a fun website from the Wild Life Conservation Society.  Create an image of yourself enhanced with a variety of animal features.  When it is complete, you will be given a name for your new creature along with a description of each part.  For example, my creature's is a "Gaz-ossa-bush-ger-tom-lion", which has the horns of a Thomson's gazelle, Fossa ears, Bush Baby eyes, Siberian Tiger paws, Tomato Frog legs, and an African Lion tail.  CRAZY!!  Now you can print it, send it to a friend, or set it to your computer's wallpaper. 

In addition, links to these wildlife centers are provided:  Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo

Global Trek

The school year is starting to wind down and many of us are thinking about getting away.  How nice would a beach vacation be right now?  Well, you can take a virtual trip around the world with Scholastic at Global Trek.  Start by selecting one of the 35 locations then create a travel journal and you're off!  Once you reach your destination, you will learn about the country's history, culture and people.  Details about daily life, holidays, food, sports, school, famous people, geography, and government is provided by actual students as they answer questions from Scholastic users.  When you complete your journey, test your knowledge with Mapman and his trivia games.  Don't wait until summer to take a vacation.

                                                 

Quizlet

Quizlet is a wonderful study tool on the web.  Log onto quizlet.com to create a free account with an email address and password.  Start by creating a list of terms/definitions.  From here, Quizlet will generate printable flash cards, lists, games, and practice tests.  The practice tests are graded, so you can determine whether you have mastered the material or need to study more.  Additional features include, foreign languages, dictionary, images and audio.  Term lists can be saved and shared with classmates.  Access to already made lists are also available by topic.  Each list is filed separately, but can be added to or edited at any time.  Best of all, at the end of the term or school year, all of your work is waiting, neatly typed and organized for those cumulative midterm and final exams. 

U.S. Government Website

We are in the midst of a presidential election. If you want to get your kids interested in this media frenzy, here is a good place to start. At www.kids.gov, elementary and middle school students can learn about how a president is elected, how our government works, and other topics including: the census, FBI, the military, citizenship, maps, history, technology, and the capital city of Washington, D.C. Visitors to this website can play games, listen to audio and watch video. Links to other government related websites, such as NASA, Environmental Protection Agency and the Smithsonian are also available.

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