March 5 – 39 Clues Reading Club – Decoding History

39 clues field trip

In just a few days, your students will take a behind the scenes tour of The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History with bestselling The 39 Clues author David Baldacci.
Prepare students with the Building Background pre-virtual field trip handout

Review the technical tips for broadcasting the field trip

Tune in at

Common Core aligned post-virtual field trip classroom materials will be available on
March 5th.

*Have scheduling difficulties? The virtual field trip will be available for full replay any time starting March 5, 1:00 pm ET/ 10 am PT.

The 39 Clues books can be found in our Library Catalog.

How to Download eBooks 101 – Revised

ilovetoread_posterWith our new eMedia Catalog, the procedure for checking eBooks and eAudio Books out has changed along with adding new features, so we have updated our eBook Downloading 101 – 2013 workbook. These directions are for all devices with the exception of iOS devices. iPad, iPhone, iPod users need to continue to use the eBook Downloading for iOS Devices.

In addition, this week we will have a new log in method. You will no longer need to select the Library District. You will just enter your Library Card number and  zip code. We hope this makes it easier to access your eMedia Account especially on mobile devices.

Oregon’s Sleeping Giant

newberry volcanoHidden in plain sight, Oregon’s massive Newberry Volcano is the largest volcano in the Cascades volcanic arc and covers an area the size of Rhode Island. Unlike familiar cone-shaped Cascades volcanoes, Newberry was built into the shape of a broad shield by repeated eruptions over 400,000 years. About 75,000 years ago a major explosion and collapse event created a large volcanic depression (caldera) at its summit. Newberry last erupted about 1,300 years ago, and present-day hot springs and geologically young lava flows indicate that it could reawaken at any time. Because of its proximity to nearby communities, frequency and size of past eruptions, and geologic youthfulness, U.S. Geological Survey scientists are working to better understand volcanic activity at Newberry and closely monitor the volcano for signs of unrest. Read more in Newberry Volcano – Oregon’s Sleeping Giant.

To learn more about volcanoes see our Hot Topic – Science – Earth Sciences

Crime on the Rise What Works to Reduce It?

crimeWith crime on the rise, law enforcement and local government are looking for solutions. One site they can turn to is This agency reviews and rates programs around the country. They use easily understandable ratings based on the evidence that indicates whether a program achieves its goals: (Program Review and Rating from Start to Finish)

  • Effective effective icon
  • Promising promising icon
  • No Effects no effects icon

For additional resources see Hot Topic – Crime and What to do about it

Gun Control Debate – Lesson Plan

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English: This is a box of “COP Killer” ammunition often talked about in the liberal media to facilitate further gun control measures. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Students will form a position about arming teachers in schools, write their local representatives about the gun control debates and conduct a survey of their community regarding gun control issues.

View the video Gun-Control and the White House by the Guardian

Discussion Guide

Lesson Plan 1- Teachers and Guns

Objective:  Students will form a position on the issue of arming teachers and write a persuasive essay

Lesson Plan 2- Gun Control and Congress

Objective:  Students will write their local representatives about the current gun control debates

Lesson Plan 3- Conducting a Survey

Objective:  Students will work in groups to create survey questions, conduct survey and track results

21st Century Core Content
Government and Civics

21st Century Themes
Global Awareness
Civic Literacy

21st Century Skills
Think Creatively
Work Creatively With Others
Make Judgments and Decisions
Solve Problems
Communicate Clearly
Collaborate with Others
Access and Evaluate Information
Use and Manage Information
Be Flexible
Work Independently
Be Self-directed Learners
Interact Effectively with Others
Work Effectively in Diverse Teams
Produce Results
Guide and Lead Others
Be Responsible to Others

Additional Resources:
Gun (National Rifle Association)
Gun Control by Fox News
Gun Control by State by USA Today
International Gun Laws by PBS

Additional Library Resources: