Tag Archives: middle school

Up your Research Game with Explora

School’s in session, and that means all sorts of research assignments. Projects and papers abound, and with it comes a need for reliable information sources. What’s fact – what’s fiction? It’s hard to tell these days where to find acceptable online sources for those research projects.

Google just isn’t effective in delivering solid research sources, so those in the know turn to databases. The Explora Secondary Database is designed explicitly for use by middle school and high school students. Your Library card number gets you free access from anywhere. Students can easily look up articles and facts and primary sources for research papers, class projects, or homework from the world’s leading magazines and reference books. Continue reading Up your Research Game with Explora

Young Teen-Older Kid Reads

I was wondering what young teens and preteens are reading and loving lately, so I wandered about the library and asked a few young teeners, both volunteers and well-read “kids” (though they are not exactly just “kids” anymore). The resulting crop of older kid/younger teen reads are here for you to check out.  Enjoy!

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Wonder books

Have you had Wonder in your life? Have you met Auggie yet? R.J. Palacio’s book, Wonder has the potential to change your life. Read it and find out why!

The book is now a movie in the theaters starting November 17, but you might want to check out the book beforehand, or even try one of the condensed versions we have available in the kids area of the library.

Brightly offers a list several other amazing middle grade chapter books that also help us look at our world in a slightly different way. These books, like Wonder, could change the life of the reader.