Books about Ships and Pirates

Know a student interested in pirates or shipwrecks? Check out these fiction and non-fiction titles: Bailey, Linda Seven Dead Pirates. Barry, Dave. Peter and the Star Catcher. Believe It or Not! Ripley’s Twists: Pirates. Brewster, Hugh. 882 ½ Amazing Answers to your Questions about the Titanic. Broad, Michael. The Pirate Curse. Bunting, Eve. Voyage of…

Best Young Adult Graphic Novels

Abouet, Marguerite. Aya. Aguirre, Roberto. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak. Bagieu, Penelope. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. Bashi, Parsua. Nylon Road: A Graphic Memoir of Coming of Age in Iran. Brosgal, Vera. Anya’s Ghost.   Brosgol, Vera. Be Prepared.   Bui, Thi. The Best We Could Do. Chanani, Nidhi. Pashmina….

The Process of Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking An introduction to the process of disciplined thinking What is Critical Thinking? Insight & analysis Let’s be reason-able: Assessing a problem. Critical thinking is looking at a problem, situation, or concept from all sides, studying the possible outcomes, and ignoring personal bias when choosing a stance. Critically Greek. Critical thinking is a Greek…

An Introduction to Credible Sources

What is a good source? Good sources: Books Journals Newspapers Letters Diaries Almanacs Government documents Encyclopedias Interviews Subject guides or Libguides Unreliable sources: Social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) Various websites (.com, .org, .net) Blogs Movies Hearsay/Rumor   Where do you get them? The library – This is where you get your physical sources, AKA books….

An Introduction to Writing a Paper

Expository Writing An introduction to the process of writing a paper Pick a Topic Make it interesting. What do you like? Choose a topic which interests you. If you like what you’re writing about, it makes it easier. Stay within the parameters of the assignment. Obviously the topic you choose should fall within the confines…

Draw a Bust

Draw a bust of someone you love – sketch out the details of their face and shoulders.


Use these words in your story, poem, or journal entry: haircut regurgitate happening ephemeral


Moue : a little grimace : pout   “Moue.” Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2019. Visit Merriam-Webster dictionary online.

The Influence of Paul del Rio

Paul del Rio was a Venezuelan painter and sculptor who used social commentary in his work. Explore his work and let it inspire you. How do you want to draw after seeing his paintings? Do you want to try and replicate one or does it drive you in another direction?


Lugubrious 1. mournful 2. dismal   “Lugubrious.” Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 8 Jan. 2019. Visit Merriam-Webster dictionary online.

Using Dungeons and Dragons in the Library

Have you thought about using Dungeons and Dragons in your library or with your kids? The pencil and paper RPG is a lot of fun for students, even if they only set up a character on a character sheet. You can purchase the player’s manual and dungeon master’s guide, start with a few students, and…