Monday, September 28, 2015

MHS Library Orientation 2015

Hey Mepham Pirates! Are you new to Mepham High School? Part of the Class of 2019? Welcome! We are so glad to have you. Click here to view our library orientation video. It is a virtual tour of your fabulous library in just six minutes. Questions? Swing by and ask the librarian!

Friday, September 25, 2015

#bookface is Back!

Ms. Desmond's (formally Ms. Schiulaz) Photography II class came to the library last Friday for a lesson on perspective. See the results below.  Last year, her class took a field trip to the Mepham High School Library in honor of #bookfacefriday. See the photos here

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Who cares about Banned Books?

In recent years, the majority of the most frequently challenged books in libraries have been Young Adult (YA) titles. Six YA titles were on the list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014, according to the American Library Association.
"Young Adult books are challenged more frequently than any other type of book," said Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee. "These are the books that speak most immediately to young people, dealing with many of the difficult issues that arise in their own lives, or in the lives of their friends. These are the books that give young readers the ability to safely explore the sometimes scary real world. This Banned Books Week is a call to action, to remind everyone that young people need to be allowed the freedom to read widely, to read books that are relevant for them, and to be able to make their own reading choices.”
Here is a list of Books Challenged or Banned in 2014-2015. The good news is that we have most of these books right here in your school library for you to check out.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, September 27 - October 3

Friday, September 18, 2015

iPad Reference Bar

Thanks to a generous donation from the Class of 1954 (read all about it here), the school library was able to purchase 6 iPad Airs along with MacLocks rotating and tilting iPad enclosures. We have just unveiled Mepham's iPad Reference Bar. Each iPad is engraved, "Gifted to Mepham High School by the Class of 1954."
Brand-spanking new iPad Reference Bar
Students checking out our new iPads
The purpose of these iPads are to check email, use Google apps for Education, check the weather, look up a word in the online dictionary, quick calculations, and so many other applications. They best part... They are just for you!
Landscape View

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Teachers - They're Just Like Us!

Us Weekly is just one of the many magazines we subscribe to. Us Weekly gives you the latest top entertainment news, fashion tips, and celebrity photographs. One recurring section is "Stars - They're Just Like US," in which celebrities are featured performing everyday activities, from pumping their own gas to grocery shopping.  

Often times when students see teachers in places other than the classroom, they are aghast.  Teachers live outside these walls!?! It's true. And now we have the pictures to prove it. When you are passing by the library, make sure to stop at our bulletin board - "Teachers - They're Just Like US!" 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Welcome Back Pirates!

Mepham's new MakerSpace debuts this year.
Ahoy mateys! We want to extend a very warm Pirate welcome to our new ninth grade students, the Class of 2019! We've been swabbing the deck in the Mepham Library preparing for a fine 2015-2016 school year!

Sail ho! Mepham's MakerSpace is about to debut this year! A MakerSpace is a DIY creation place for a students and faculty to gather, to build, to invent, and to learn. Students and faculty will have access to littleBits3Doodler, a button maker, Cricut Explore, modeling clay, building materials and more. Our Mepham MakerSpace was made possible thanks to two mini-grants (Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District and Long Island School Media Association). 

Shiver me timbers! Have you seen the new layout of our school library? If me hearties are having trouble navigating the waters just ask your cap'n (the librarian!) for help! We'll show you around the ol' poopdeck. The classroom side of the library is currently transitioning into our new Mac lab.
Classroom side of library
The main seating of the library now contains more tables (taken from the classroom side) and houses our Chromebooks. This side, when not being used for classes, is free to be used by students. 
Main seating area side of library
We heard you pirates! Our 17 desktop computers in the reference section are now solely for student use during free periods and lunch. No classes will be allowed to reserve this space. It is just for you!    
Reference section of library
These desktop computers are reserved for student use. 
Something missing arrrrrr? We took out our old photocopy machine. Students can scan in their hard copy document(s) and turn them into PDFs and send the document(s) directly via email or to their My Documents folder via the Black and White Lexmark Scanner and Printer instead. 

Yo-ho-ho! Are you following the school on Twitter? You should be. We are @MephamHS!

Have a great year Mepham Pirates!