Monday, October 29, 2007

What is Web 2.0 Anyway?

Web 2.0 refers to web-based communities in which collaboration is facilitated and sharing between users occurs. This takes place with wikis, blogs, social bookmarking, and similar online resources. The concept of Web 2.0 began with a 2004 conference brainstorming session between publisher Tim O'Reilly and MediaLive International. Some of the buzz words associated with Web 2.0 are "social networking" and "user-driven content." Some websites that have been considered Web 2.0 worthy are Wikipedia, flickr,, Google Docs, and this blog.

Image taken from Wikipedia

Monday, October 22, 2007

William S. Christy Memorial Library

Many people are not aware that the Mepham High School Library is actually named the William S. Christy Memorial Library. There is a plaque in the library that reads, "William S. Christy Memorial Library - In grateful appreciation of his dedicated service to Central High School District No. 3." According to his granddaughter, Pat Christy '44, he was serving as the clerk of the board of education at the time of his death in November 1935 and was very involved with the planning and building of Mepham. He passed away just before the completion of the high school. The library was dedicated in his honor to recognize his community involvements and his many civic activities. Thank you Mr. Christy!

The first edition of The Buccaneer, our school's newspaper, on the very first page has an article entitled "Library Serves as Christy Memorial." Read it below.

"Library Serves As Christy Memorial." The Buccaneer [Bellmore] 14 Oct. 1937: 1.

Monday, October 15, 2007

LOL @ your library® during Teen Read Week™

LOL! @ your library®! October 14-20, Boost your endorphins, lower your blood pressure, and improve your immune system by stopping by your school library during Teen Read Week to laugh with a humorous book! Stop by today and see what’s funny at your library, and pick up a page turner that you can read or listen to just for the fun of it!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Mepham High School Online Resources

We have updated the usernames and passwords for using online resources (databases) for the 2007-2008 school year. Stop into the library and pick up a new password handout today!

We also have a few new databases this year. If you are looking for current information about any of the countries of the world--check out CountyWatch! If you need critical commentary on your favorite authors or novels, you'll want to look at Galenet's Contemporary Literary Criticism! Of course, we still have your old favorites like, Opposing Viewpoints, NoodleTools, and Britannica Online.

All of our online databases can be found at: Mepham High School Online Resources.

Image taken from CountryWatch

Monday, October 1, 2007

Celebrating the Freedom to Read

This year marks the 26th anniversary of Banned Books Week. It is celebrated from September 29 - October 6, 2007. This annual American Library Association event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. Come into your school library and check out a book today. Free People Read Freely ®