We just added the following titles to Gale Virtual Reference Library.
These multi-volume eBooks are the same as you would find in a physical library’s reference shelf.
Many of these have also be added to the Middle/High School Homework website.
Go ahead & remove the reference books!
To support your health programming strategy, here are October health programing ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale’s Health and Wellness Resource Center.
More than 3.5 billion prescriptions were dispensed by doctors in the United States in 2007, and an estimated twenty percent of patients admit taking prescriptions for non-medical reasons. Prescription drug abuse is now the drug problem with the fastest growth rate in the United States. It is considered an epidemic among both adults and adolescents.
Because so many teens and adults do not realize the dangers and prevalence of prescription drug abuse, raising awareness is the first step to solving the problem. Find ways to talk about prescription drugs at your library this October with these resources and with information from Gale’s Health and Wellness Resource Center.
- Quick and Easy: printable coloring pages for children and helpful print-ready information for adults.
- Featured Resources: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
- Book Club: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
- Tie Ins: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
- Community Resources: local agencies to contact
- Publicity Resources: free resources to help you publicize Talk About Prescriptions Month at your library through social networking sites or traditional printed materials
- Fun Stuff: links to interactive websites and apps
Quick and Easy
- Coloring Book: Dougie the Drug Dog
- Coloring Pages: Dougie the Drug Dog
Trustworthy Online Resources
Identical by Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Shuster, 2008)
From the publisher:
“Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella, identical twins, live in a posh California neighborhood. Their father is a well-known district court judge and their mother a politician. On the surface they are the perfect American family, but beneath the façade lies a damaged family. Raeanne is the aggressive twin, the one who is sexually promiscuous—giving sex in return for drugs; she craves sexual attention from anyone, including her father. Kaeleigh is the quiet one, the one most like her mother, and the victim of her father’s sexual advances. Haunted by this, Kaeleigh has difficulty letting any boy close and deals with her pain by cutting. Torn apart by a tragic event, the twins’ parents hardly speak. Their mother spends her time on the campaign trail; their father lives at home where he drinks, abuses Oxycontin, and controls his daughters’ every move—from the clothes they wear to the places they go. Both girls have an eating disorder, and as they spiral into more dangerous depths, the story takes a surprising twist. One twin will need to step up. But who?”
Tie Ins – Teen Time
Teen Night / Teen Art, Writing, or Drama Club
Halloween / Teen Writing, Film, CSI, or Drama Club
Teens create a gory “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” or other similar TV episode involving prescription drug abuse. Practice and perform to parents, classrooms or other teens and each other at a Halloween party at the library.
Get ready for mid-terms by learning how to de-stress naturally with yoga, another form of exercise, sports, dance, or more.
Find a professional to speak at your library or find help for your library customers.
- The American Medicine Chest Challenge:
- Prescription Assistance Programs
Use these free publicity resources alongside your library’s October programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or fliers – to promote Talk About Prescriptions Month at your library this October.
- The National Council on Patient Information and Education
- Archive of material from past Talk About Prescriptions Months: 2000-2011. Includes radio and tv public service announcements, press releases, ideas, educational resources, posters and brochures in both Spanish and English.
- Scholastic and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Add these interesting and helpful interactive links to your library’s website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:
Here are a few tips and ideas about making eBooks a part of your students’ everyday life:
- In-Class Usage: We’ve seen a number of schools begin to use eBooks into their daily reading. Teachers no longer have to worry about students disturbing the class by getting up and going to find a title at the physical library as the digital titles are right at their fingertips. We also have Reference Books available to all students through our Gale Virtual Reference Library. Students can download the mobile app Access My Library to their tablet or smartphone to access this collection along with all the Library’s Gale databases.
- Social Networks: We have a blog dedicated to eBooks and eAudio books called eRead Me Vegas. Here students can find book reviews and help with getting started with downloading eBooks. You might have your students create fun videos about how to use our eMedia Catalog downloading service for daily morning announcements. (If you do let us know as we would love to post them on the Library’s YouTube Channel). Numerous school libraries have also created Facebook pages to better connect with their students and provide updates about new available titles in our eMedia Catalog. Students can also use the social media tools in our eMedia Catalog to share on Facebook or Twitter books they enjoyed or discovered in our collection.
- Digital Book Reports: Many schools are now offering students extra credit if they do book reports on titles they’ve read from our eMedia Catalog. While providing extra credit for additional reading is a long standing tradition, by having the students report on digital titles, they become that much more comfortable with incorporating them into their daily studies.
- Special Needs Classes: Perhaps the most inspiring (and my personal favorite) stories involve the use of eBooks and eAudio Books among schools with Special-Needs students. These students have been able to better comprehend materials and gain an early passion for reading because they can follow along with a novel while listening to an audiobook.
Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish festival of dedication and lights that takes place in December. This year, the eight-day festival began, Tuesday December 20, 2011 at sundown with the lighting of the first… Read More in Credo Reference Online…
Also see Gale Virtual Reference Library the Encyclopaedia Judaica, for in-depth articles on Hanukkah.