Thursday, July 19, 2012

Read Like a Winner

One of the things that the Instructional Resources Center strives to do at Waggoner Library is be a place where the very best books that are offered for children/teens can be found. One of the ways we do that is by paying attention to the books that are awarded honors every year. This year we are proud to have all of these award winners as part of our collection. Come check them out!

Newbery Medal for outstanding contribution to Children's Literature:
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children:
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:
Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

The library is full of outstanding and award winning literature!

Monday, July 16, 2012

A Place in the Library

Waggoner Library makes a great effort to provide for student’s needs.   A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education entitled At Libraries, Quiet Makes a Comeback is a reminder that one of those needs is to have a quiet place to study.   Students will find spaces in Waggoner where they can work side by side with others in the computer services area accompanied by clacking computer keys and humming printers.  There is a room where students can snack, chat and/or study.  And there are plenty of study rooms where students can collaborate with classmates.  But, in Waggoner Library students can also find plenty of spaces where they can have Quiet.  

Thursday, July 12, 2012

  Summer means vacation!  The best kind of vacation involves seeing nature’s wonders, and in the United States, one should visit a national park.  The first national park in the world was Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872.  Today, there are almost 60 National Parks in the United States (see Worldbook Encyclopedia,  But don’t stop there:  the national park system includes national monuments, national memorials and national historic sites.  There are hundreds of places to visit.

          If your travel time is limited, you can read a book or view a DVD about the national parks.  A couple of good ebooks are available at Waggoner:  take a look at The Great American Wilderness: touring America’s national parks by Larry Ludmer, or you can look at a specific state in The Green Guide, Florida: a travel guide to national wonders.
          Rather watch a video?  Ken Burns’ video series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea is available for viewing over the Internet via streaming video through Waggoner Library’s Films on Demand service.  Whether you’re planning a trip or just want to do some armchair traveling, Waggoner Library has resources for you!  Visit