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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

8th Grade DC Photographer Application

It's the time you've been waiting for...

8th grade students, applications are open for DC Photographers!

Would you like to hone your photography skills, document our DC trip and contribute to our DC slideshow?

Sign up by the end of the day on Monday, January 6th!
(Scroll up to the top of the sign up or ask Ms. Valdes or Ms. Ravid for more information)

Next Teen Library Meeting 1/30


By popular request, the next Teen Library Advisory Board Meeting topic is...

Bring your original artwork, writing, costumes, etc. 
about your favorite books, TV shows, movies, anime, etc.

 Thursday, January 30th

Monday, December 2, 2013

Celebrate 50 Years of Dr. Who!

By popular request:

Join us to celebrate 50 Years of Dr. Who!!!!
RSVP by Monday, December 9th! and make sure to hand in a signed permission form!
(Copies of the form are also available in the WMS Library)

When:  Tuesday, December 10th, after school
Where:  Wayland PUBLIC Library
What:  Celebrate 50 Years of Dr. Who!
How:  Use the RSVP form (LINK) to determine your transportation needs
Why:  Um, 50 Years of Dr. Who!

Please note that we will be meeting at the Wayland PUBLIC Library.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mandarin -- Food in Chinese Cultures

First, brainstorm keywords! Think....
  • Names of Mandarin-speaking countries
  • Food and synonyms:  cuisine, dish, delicacies
  • Meal related words:  courses, dishes
  • Holidays and synonyms:  festival, celebration, religion, names of specific holidays
Remember your strategies from 6th grade!

Then go and search individual keywords in the library catalog.

Here are some websites (from WebPath Express):  Click here

Monday, November 4, 2013

Gaming in Your Library Day 11/14/2013!

Get ready for... 
The Wayland Teen Library Advisory Board's 
THIRD International Gaming in Your* Library Day Celebration!

Thursday, November 14th
WMS Library

Be ready to play an assortment of games or bring a game of your own to share or demo! (Let me know to reserve table space for demos...)

WHS students, please see Ms. Schmidt if you will need to take a bus to WMS.

*  well, ok, Gaming in Your Current or Past Library Day!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Spanish-Speaking Countries!

Researching Spanish-Speaking countries?

First thing:  Remember your Information Investigator Skills and GRAPES!
Make a Game Plan!
What question(s) do you need to answer?
What keywords might help you find the right information?
What sources will help you find the information in the most efficient and effective way?

Next:  here are some resources that can get you started:

Encyclopedia Britannica:  Remember "clean glass" of water? This is a good place get enough of a background on your country and to add important words to your keyword list. You'll probably also find some great notes, and don't forget to look at the pictures!

The library catalog:
Use your keywords! Use one in the index, and another on the page! Search for one, then cmnd-F another one in the document!

  • Books will most likely be in the geography section (910's) or history-by-country section (946, 970-972, 980-989), but you will also find good information in science, cookbooks, architecture, arts, ancient history, etc. Some books may be about multiple countries in a region and you will need to use the index or Table of Contents to find yours.
  • Webpath Express is a good place to find websites on your topic that are geared toward students k-12. Remember to try different keywords and to use cmnd-F! It's more efficient than searching the internet, but you do still need to make sure that you can understand the information and that it answers your specific information.

Specific websites:

Links from Sra. DeLima's | Profe. Netcoh's | Profe. Chang's Project Page
CIA World Factbook

When you are looking at a resource, remember to use strategic searching! If a website is about art in all of South America, use ctrl-F (PC) or comnd-F (mac) to find the part of the page with your information.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

10/18: Wayland Teen Library Advisory Group

...and we're back!

It's the first meeting of the year -- YAY!

Join us to celebrate Teen Read Week and the WPL winning the grant for the new Teen Room!!!!
Click to RSVP by Wednesday, October 16th! and make sure to hand in a signed permission form!
(Copies of the form are also available in the WMS Library)

Image used with permission of YALSA

Please note that we will be meeting at the Wayland PUBLIC Library.

We will...

  • Vote on the best teen books of the year (see the national nominations for a list of ideas)
  • Plan the new teen space
  • Plan other meetings for the year (Remember International Gaming in Your Library Day?)
  • Oh, and have snacks!
When:  Friday, October 18th, after school
Where:  Wayland PUBLIC Library
What:  Best Books, New Teen Area, Plan the Year, Eat Snack
How:  Use the RSVP form above to determine your transportation needs
Why:  It's Teen Read Week!!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back, Everyone!

The Book Buzzes have been handed in, the planners are full of assignments, the books are flying on and off the shelves... despite the weather, it feels like we've been back for months, not days!

Without any further ado, here are some of the exciting things on the horizon for this year:

EasyBib subscription:
Okay, it might not sound exciting, but we have a new tool to use to make giving credit to your sources easier. Being more efficient and effective so you are more organized and have more time for other things? Now, that's exciting!

Library Volunteers:
That's YOU! (I hope you think that you are exciting! :-))
Sign up in the library to come in 1/wk to volunteer during study!

More audiobooks!
Need I say more?

Digital Magazines:
For starters, we have electronic (pdf) copies of Calliope, Cobblestone, Dig, Faces, Iguana and Muse. If you need to password, please come to the library.

Teen Library Advisory Club!
Thanks to last year's Teen Library Advisory Group for your input! The next step is helping the WPL make the new Teen Room happen! We'll also do some of our old standby activities, like Teen Read Week, Gaming in Your Library Day and an end-o-year celebration. The rest is really up to you, so come to our next meeting:  Friday, October 18th.

...and, finally... Yearbook Photography!
Help take pictures for the yearbook and get your work in print! Bonus:  Starting last year, members of the Yearbook Club got to layout pages themselves. Bring your sense of style to meetings with Ms. Galvani!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Summer Reading 2013

Can you believe that it is already summer?

WMS reads all year 'round.

Information about Summer Reading and Book Buzz forms can be found on the school website.

Click here for this summer's list of book suggestions to get your started!

The library has collected this list of recommended summer reading from current nonfiction and fiction titles as a collaborative effort with Pam McCuen, the head of Youth Services at the Wayland Public Library, and in consultation with Departmental Faculty.

You'll notice that you can click on the tabs to access the list in alphabetical order by author, title or genre.

Remember that you also can click on the Reading link above for additional booklists and award-winners.

Also, don't forget that the ebooks and audiobooks available via our library or the WPL from anywhere with an internet connection.

Finally, you can use your WPL card to use NoveList K-8 for recommendations.

We wish you a fantastic summer full of wonderful books and look forward to sharing in the fall!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

TH 6/13 = Last Teen Library Advisory Meeting of the Year!

Time flies!

Join us at the last Teen Library Advisory Meeting of the year!

When:  Thursday, June 13th, after school
Where:  Wayland PUBLIC Library
What:  Movie and snacks!
How:  Use the RSVP form below to determine your transportation needs
Why:  It's almost the end of the year!

Click to RSVP by Monday, June 10th! and make sure to hand in a signed permission form!
(Copies of the form are also available in the WMS Library)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Body System Breakdown

Here are resources for Body System Breakdown poster projects:

Some of these you will also find on your class slideshow.

If you can't find anything, change up your keywords. (or brainstorm more using the generator)
If you can't understand it, you can't put it in your own words.

Library Catalog -- books and WebPath Express (click on Middle School, if needed)

KidInfoBits and InfoTrac Junior -- especially for newspaper and magazines (think Current Events!)

Frequently used websites:
  • NIH -- National Institute of Health -- Health Information
  • WHO -- World Health Organization -- Health Topics
  • CDC -- Center for Disease Control -- Diseases and Conditions
  • Mayo Clinic -- Diseases and Conditions
  • -- Use the kids or teen section

Need more complex information? Try:
National Center for Biotechnology Information

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tues. 4/23: Library Advisory Group-Anime Club Special Meeting!

Remember when our last meeting got snowed out?

Come to the rescheduled Library Advisory Group-Anime Club Special Meeting!

Join the Teen Library Advisory Group and the WMS Anime Club for a special joint meeting!

We will meet in the WMS Library to share book recommendations and help the WPL shape the Manga collection for the new Teen Library Area!

Save the date:

Teen Library Group & Anime Club Meeting
Tuesday, April 23rd
WMS Library

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Africa Resources

These resources are for the 6th grade Africa Projects.
(If you take French in 7th grade, you may want to remember them for Francophone Country projects! :-))

Before you start, remember that it is always useful to come up with some keywords.
Even if you don't know anything about your country, you can probably come up with some keywords just by looking at its location on the map and thinking about your prior knowledge about Africa.

Clean Glass of Water:
Trustworthy Information
  • Use the catalog to find books about your country, continent, or other keywords connected to your prior knowledge. We also have some other books borrowed that aren't in the catalog.
  • Need more of an overview? Need more keywords? Encyclopedia Britannica for you! (also for images!)
  • CIA Fact Book
Garden Hose:
Might have an opinion or point of view, depending

Friday, March 8, 2013

3/19: Library Advisory Group-Anime Club Special Meeting!

Join the Teen Library Advisory Group and the WMS Anime Club for a special joint meeting!

We will meet in the WMS Library to share book recommendations and help the WPL shape the Manga collection for the new Teen Library Area!

Save the date:

Teen Library Group & Anime Club Meeting
Tuesday, March 19
WMS Library

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Access the WMS Library on the go!

Are you in class with an ipad? At home with a phone?
Ask an adult about using an app to access the library catalog!

Available in iOS and Android formats!
The URL to access our catalog is

Image at used with permission.

Monday, February 25, 2013

8th gr: Want to be a DC Photographer?

Hey, 8th grade,

The time has come... we're gearing up for our trip to DC, and one of the parts of this experience is selecting students to help document it for the slide show.

Are you interested in being a DC Photographer?

If so, read on for the job description:

  • Participate in training classes and online activities to learn about photography (during study, lunches and at home).
  • Help your HR select a homeroom song to be included in the slideshow.
  • Take photos in DC of everyone in your group, including teachers. (School cameras are available.)
  • Take care of all equipment loaned out to you.
  • Actively work during 2-4 periods (or after school times) during the week of April 22nd.
  • Sort photos and select the best 32 that both includes everyone and tells your HR story. 

Look good?

Fill out the form by the end of the school day on Tuesday, February 26th.

We will let you know about selection by Friday, March 1st.
If you are selected, you must attend an introductory lunch meeting on Tuesday, February 5th.

Looking forward to DC!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

And the winner is...

If you haven't yet seen the list, this year's ALA Youth Media Awards were announced earlier this week!

Click to see if you agree with the judges' opinions for this year's winners!

For lists of recommended books, you can always click on the "Reading" link on the toolbar at the top of this page.