Friday, January 6, 2017


When deciding which databases to purchase in June for the following school year, we always seek input from teachers are students alike. This past year we had a specific request for BrainPOP
"In classrooms, on mobile devices, and at home, BrainPOP engages students through animated movies, learning games, interactive quizzes, primary source activities, concept mapping, and more. They cover topics within Science, Math, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Music, Health, Reading, and Writing. The content is carefully mapped to the Common Core, aligned to academic standards." This database (like all our databases) does require a username and password. Come get the handout or speak to a librarian.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Seeking Participants

The Bellmore-Merrick Writers Festival will take place on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Brookside Auditorium. Please consider participating by reading an original piece of writing. Thank you in advance for being a part of this wonderful event!
Guidelines For Registration:

  • All staff and students are invited to read.
  • It is $3 to read (All money will be collected at the festival).
  • All work must be original, can be of any genre, and may not exceed two minutes in length.
  • Register to read by emailing Ms. Serpe at with:
    • Reader Registration (written in the subject line)
    • Name
    • Grade (if you are a student)
    • School
    • Email address
    • 3-4 sentence biography
    • Your original work as an attachment if it is completed
  • Deadline for registration is Friday, January 13th, and the deadline for submission of all work is Friday, January 27th.
  • Your work will become a part of an anthology that is available for purchase at the festival.

    All proceeds will go toward the creation of a book section in the Bellmore-Merrick Community Cupboard as well as Dolly Parton's Imagination Library which provides books to young children of low-income families.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Thursday, December 22, 2016

TEDxWCMephamHigh: Grey Matters

Remember when W.C. Mepham High School hosted their first ever TEDx? Hope so. It was just a little over a month ago. TEDxWCMephamHigh (the very first TEDx event at a public Long Island high school) showcased a variety of speakers. One of our many talented speakers, Alex Schmelkin, spoke about a matter very close to my heart (and my career as your librarian)... the grey area between right and wrong as it relates to technology. Take a look at the video below. These are certainly "ideas worth spreading."

About Alex:
Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Cake & Arrow
An impassioned digital leader who shares his insights with clients and the industry, Alex Schmelkin has been helping companies build their businesses online since 1994. As Co-Founder and CEO of New York-based customer experience agency Cake & Arrow, he's created an award-winning, results driven agency that is also a three-time recipient of Crain's Business and Advertising Age 'Best Places to Work' awards.

Monday, December 19, 2016


According to Oxford Dictionaries, "After much discussion, debate, and research, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is post-truth – an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’." You can read more about it here

From year's past Oxford's Word of the Year (US):
2015 - ???? ‘emoji’
2014 - vape
2013 - selfie
2012 - GIF (verb)
2011 - squeezed middle
2010 - refudiate
2009 - unfriend
2008 - hypermiling
2007 - locavore
2006 - carbon-neutral
2005 - podcast
2004 - chav

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Literary Circle Book Club

Join us as we discuss Jon Krakauer's National Bestseller, Into the Wild, on Wednesday, December 14th at 2:30 pm in room 232. This is an ELITE event. Sign up by clinking on this link.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Mepham Gives Back

Thank you to all the students who attended yesterday's MakerSpace ELITE event, Crafting Holiday Cards in the library. The beautiful cards that you made will be distributed to the families at Mercy Haven, a non -sectarian, non-profit organization located in Islip Terrace that offers assistance to over 3,000 Long Islanders, approximately half of which are children. Mercy Haven’s mission is to acknowledge the dignity and potential of people who are homeless, living with mental illness, or living in poverty by providing housing, advocacy, education, and life skills development. Mercy Haven operates dozens of residences throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. For some, the housing is temporary. For others, it’s a permanent alternative to living on the streets.

Students in Ms. Geller's Leadership Class attend Mepham's MakerSpace event: Crafting Holiday Cards.
Thank you for crafting these beautiful cards.