Monday, October 20, 2014

 

In honor of Halloween being right around the corner, I took a survey in the library this evening...

 



What is the scariest book you have ever read?


The Bodyfinder - Becca Willis

Jaws - Zach Coffey

Peeled - Nathan Bargman

Goosebumps - anonymous, but there were a few of you!

1984 - Khyli Brown

The Twilight Series - Abby Caron

Pet Cemetery - Mrs. Gold

Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys - Maya White & Brooke Thon

And Then There Were None - Anastasia Momoh -
                                                - Solomon Kim     
                                                - Peter DiFrancesco

Farenheit 451 - Alexander Connor
                       - Ryan Scerbo

Carrie - Mrs. Thon

Through the Looking Glass - Nathan Bargman

In Cold Blood - Jess  Swindell

Gone Girl -Eleanor Su

Fight Club - Helen Shi 

The Invisible Thread - Peter Brandli

Shutter Island - Maddy Quinlan
                         - Duncan  Binnie

Deliverance - Mrs. Masterson

Dugun Dernek - Emir Karaoglu

My Soul To Take -  Alvaro Martinez


So, if you are DYING to read something to get you in the mood for 

All Hallow's Eve, come check one of these thrillers out!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Junior History Paper : Libguide

For those juniors who have yet to conduct your thesis interview with one of the librarians (or juniors who have had the interview, but need a little more guidance), here is a little tutorial on the Libguide Junior Research Paper : Step 1.

Let's Get Started




From the library home page, http://research.govsacademy.org/home

I like to say that this particular LibGuide is the Pesky librarians' ultimate and curated gift to the junior class. The site houses almost all that you need to achieve that elusive A on your research paper. Just add historic curiosity, the craft of writing and voila!

This LibGuide :
  •  provides NoodleTools access
  •  highlights our best US History databases  
  • recommends academic approved websites
  • provides entry to JSTOR, the mother ship of academic articles.

If you are not familiar with NoodleTools, it's time you should be. NoodleTools takes so much tedium out of the research process, leaving you more time to grapple with that topic you are so passionate about! This application can take an ISBN number and turn it into an instant Chicago style citation for your bibliography and offers a user friendly note card program.
NoodleTools makes older folks reminisce (and gripe) about what it took for us to annotate on a typewriter. After we walked both ways uphill in a snowstorm to school, of course!
Really though, NoodleTools is not to be overlooked as your new favorite app....at least until your research paper is over and done with.

On the right side of the guide, you will see a box titled U.S. History Databases. These are databases that we subscribe to and pay for. We highlight four of the more general databases for US History research, but there is also a link to ALL of our current databases. For future reference and research, take a look at all of the other resources offered here, such as :

African American Experience  - The history and culture of African Americans, as well as the greater Black Diaspora.

Boston Globe - Comprehensively indexed (different sections of the paper, companies, people, products, obituaries, etc.).

Science Reference Center - Books, magazines, academic journals, and newspaper articles on topics in science.

Sharpe Online Reference - Encyclopedia articles, an image gallery, primary documents, foreign perspectives on the United States, web links, and teacher’s resources on early America, economic history, Ancient and Modern worlds, conflicts, global history, terrorism, and world trade.


In terms of just using better search engines, we suggest some of our favorites in the Web Search box.
If you are most comfortable with Google, that's fine, but maybe kick up the intellect a notch by trying "advanced Google". This way you can search for information by a specific domain, such as .edu, .mil or .gov.

Of course, all great presents must have a finale of sorts, and thus we give you....JSTOR! Your online virtual archive of millions of scholarly journals, articles and books. I recommend mentioning your regular use of JSTOR in any college essay, because it is a very impressive and scholarly thing to do ;)
Once you have registered for your BPL ecard, the knowledge at your fingertips is infinite with JSTOR. Be warned, however, that the archives can overwhelm even the most adept researcher. JSTOR is sometimes best for those who may have a topic that is more heady or obscure.

We have been impressed with the personal approach so many of you seem to be taking with the research this year and look forward to helping you in any way that we can. We also very much enjoy when you bring your grand opus back for us to read, for it is such a rite of passage for you to complete such an academic undertaking. Good Luck and keep us up to date on your progress!


Thursday, October 09, 2014

If a mural paints a thousand words...









As we head into Parent's Weekend, I started to conjure up the ideas and ideals Govs' parents must have of where their children live and go to school during this magical time of their lives. The images that kept popping up in my mind, however, happened to be the actual images that were painted right above my very head. The Governor's Academy Mural is an amazing portrait of the values,  leaders and environs that Govs is, and stands for. The library's mural was commissioned in 2012 for the 250th anniversary of the academy and co-created by David Fitcher and Joshua Winer.

Theophilus Parsons, one of Dummer's first students



Yu Kil Chun, Korean educational reformer
Carrie Knight Ambrose, from the first class of female students, 1872






As soon as a parent hears of the tradition of jumping the graduate stone wall, how do they not envision their child in white cap and gown, hurdling over in his/her own fashion?







Is it remotely possible for a parent not to be overwhelmed by the beauty of the natural surroundings on campus? Our environs include acres of salt marsh, which is one of the most productive ecosystems in nature. The Parker River provides pristine coastal habitat for over 300 species of resident and migratory birds in addition to insects and mammals! The mural depicts the red winged blackbird whistling its' quintessential song, a monarch feeding on milkweed and a painted turtle basking in the sun.












And the little red schoolhouse?! It is more than just an icon of Govs history, it serves as a beacon for the school, commemorating the legacy of the academy through the ages.


Edward Hopper said “If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” I don't think any student, teacher or alum could ever put the entirety of the Governor's experience into words, but our commemorative mural conveys so very much of the historical and day to day life of the academy and community. It's worth a long take in, by a dreaming parent, a studious pupil or a prospective family.










Wednesday, October 08, 2014

No Time To Read?!



 

No Time To Read?

 We've all said it, but could it really be true?


The average 15-24 year old American spends almost 2 hours each day watching TV, but only 7 minutes of their leisure time reading. (YIKES!)
So, don't be average, you're a part of the Gov's community! Next time you hear yourself saying you don't have time to read, come on over to the Pesky Library and peruse our Graphic Novel section. Graphic novels can be fiction, non-fiction, history, fantasy, or anything in-between. And in case you still don't understand what a graphic novel is, here is a graphic - 
 

 



We have quite a selection of GNs and you can find them in the glass room at the back of the library. It's painful to hear that high school students feel that they have little to no time for pleasure reading, so next time you are on the verge of saying it, think Graphic Novels!
      




Thursday, October 02, 2014

Object of the Week

 

OBJECT OF THE WEEK

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Every Friday, the students in Introduction to Fine Arts are given an ordinary, everyday object and asked to transform it into a work of art. Come on over to the library each week and check out examples of the metamorphoses. 


This week, plastic soldiers take stage.

   

                                                                     



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The Artists

Josh Cerniglia

Mia Corrado

George Deng

Sorieba Fofanah

Ben Ginsberg

Maggie Harrison

Gaele Henry

Collethea Lambert

Joshua Monroy

Lily Nishan

Hannah Walsh

Nastasya Woodcock

 

Thank you! We love having your creativity on display!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Intergalactic Journey and Life Lessons







 



I have a new favorite philosopher, who is not a philosopher at all, but an astronaut actually. His name is Chris Hadfield and last week he addressed a 5-year old Canadian boy who couldn't sleep because he worries about the fate of the Interstellar spacecraft, Voyager. The young Timur asked questions like, "What if something goes wrong? What if Voyager gets lost or broken and nobody is out there to help?"








To this, Mr. Hadfield, replied, "The real question, Timur, is whether Voyager is happy."
Hadfield went on to explain that he imagines machines to be happy or sad depending if they are performing to their potential. He recounted his youth on a farm and how the plows seemed to be at their best after they plowed a field, tractors and combines too. Because Voyager has gone farther than any other spacecraft, Hadfield believes that Voyager is very happy, in addition to being brave and tough. And certainly not lonely, because he calls home all the time! "Voyager is actually lucky to be going where no other machine has gone before," he continued. There is a whole universe to explore, so it never gets lonely. Above all else, Voyager is living its' true purpose in life - discovery.

The anecdote went on to imply that a journey, like life, is not about the beginning or the end or worrying through the whole thing. It's the middle of the journey that counts and being joyful throughout.

As I listened to this profoundly optimistic, intelligent and curious astronaut comfort a child, I wondered if Govs students could learn a thing or two from listening to this sweet and poetic Q&A on a spacecraft, and in turn, the meaning of life.

 http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/popupaudio.html?clipIds=2530849070

Are you living your life at Governor's with passion and purpose? Could you spend less time worrying about getting lost or broken in the interim? Are you a happy and fulfilled machine?

Also, if you are inspired by this blog post or need information on the following, come on over to the library stacks and check out :

Space Exploration in the 629's
Great Philosophers start in the 100's
Self Help in the 150's




Thursday, September 25, 2014

 

Be grateful.  Be respectful.  

Be responsible.  

Be kind. 

 



Ed Gerety's inspiring talk yesterday seemed so timely as we are heading into the third week of school. Before you know it, we will be saying those cliche, but true things like "Wow, has this semester flown by!" which got me to really thinking about the perspective of time and how it can get so easily skewed as a young adult. As faculty and staff, we know that one of the best ways that we can prepare you for the real world is to help you better understand and implement time management. This seems like a ridiculous and oversimplified statement, but no matter which way you slice it, there are 24 hours in the day! And now that we realize we need to be allotting way more time for calling our moms and dear ones, we have a bit less of the precious commodity to focus on the day in and day outs of managing our studies. Which in a school like Governor's, is one of the key components of success. Today is September 25, which is exactly 35 days (840 hours) away from the end of the first quarter and 62 days (1,488 hours) away from the deadline for rough drafts of junior thesis!



I truly am not trying to load more stress onto the daily lives of our students, but I guess what I really am trying to get at is, "Juniors, get your respectable selves to the library and sign up for your thesis interviews!" (That is both an exclamatory and imperative sentence by the way.) We are now booking appointments for you that will help you refine your proposal and get an idea on what types of resources are available on the topic. We have set up a lib guide which will walk you through the early steps of the research process. By the end of the meeting you will have a better understanding of how and where to access the resources you will need and I guarantee, just by putting this appointment on the top of your agenda, you will be much better off in managing the rest of your time in this project. Not to mention the stress relief you will feel, just by having a clearer direction for your thesis and approach. Think of this as an essential appointment in the success of your junior year as well as a cathartic, yogic experience with one of our friendly librarians. :)



And speaking of tackling your studies with gusto and a new perspective of gratitude and time management, check out this amazing infographic from mashable. Do you remember how your math teacher in fifth grade taught you those critical math rules like "a number is divisible by 3 if the sum of its digits is divisible by 3"? Well, in the information below you will learn the Google rules you should have also learned in fifth grade! Take note and consider this a librarian act of kindness!