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A New Year in the Library

by Miriam Downey 8. September 2014 11:33

I want to welcome new students to the library of Free World U. Every week or so, I will post an article about books that I consider to be significant or important for students to read. I will also include websites that will be of interest as they relate to subjects in the curriculum. Two years ago, I spent three months working with a group of librarians creating a list of 3000 books that we all considered to be the best books written for children and teenagers. This year, I will continue to highlight those books in my blog postings. Stay tuned for some delightful books, old and new.

I though it might be helpful at the beginning of another school year to remind us all about where the suggested library books are on the FWU website.

Over the past several years, I have added books in two kinds to the library--books that can be found on the Internet and books that can be purchased or found at your local library. The two categories are Online Books and Other Great Books. The books that will be found online are primarily the classics. Copyrights generally last for 75 years. That means if your eight grader wants to read Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief, which was published in 2006, he/she is most likely not going to find it on the Internet. If it can be found, it is probably a pilfered or pirated copy of the book, and it will be taken down from the Internet as soon as it is discovered by the author or the publisher. You can buy the paperback at the bookstore, purchase the e-book, or visit your local library to check it out.

On the other hand, if your child wants to read Aesop's Fables or Anne of Green Gables, both of these are available online since the copyrights have expired and the books are in the public domain. These classic books and many others can be read online from Project Gutenberg or downloaded free to your computer, Nook, Kindle, o other device. You can find more information about downloading free books on my blog posting, which can be found here.

The third part of the library website includes Research Resources, a listing of websites that can help students with research questions. It includes links to the websites. Like the library books, this resource is fluid, and websites are added and subtracted as necessary.

I welcome your comments and your questions. As the librarian, I am here to help with book questions, comments about blog postings, and references for research. I have 30 years of experience in K-12 libraries, and I love to be of help to the students and parents of Free World U.



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