Wikipedia: 10 Great Reasons Not to Cite or Rely on It

29 01 2013

UnknownWikipedia is often the first resource to pop up on a Google search, but is it a great option when conducting research? Sure, some stuff on Wikipedia is scholarly and reliable, but it’s not always easy to tell what is quality and what is junk. This link to the library website findingDulcinia lists the top ten reasons NOT to cite or rely on Wikipedia.



Website updates – Careers & Jobs

29 01 2013

Image by Bearman2007 on Flickr (Creative Commons License)

Please see the new Careers & Jobs page in our resources section.  Free web resources offer information about various fields, careers, and help match skills and interests to potential careers.  As always, we would love to hear about any resources that we may have missed and need to share.

Also, it is now  easier to check availability of BNS/BCS Library books from home with a better search button on this site.  The green Search the Catalog button on the upper just became more user friendly for home use by taking you directly to our library site.  Give it a go…and click on the Catalog tab.

Open House: Tuesday January 29th, 3:30

25 01 2013

Library Open House 1/17/13

Join us in the Library

Now happening twice a month, the library is available for after-school fun

from 3:30 – 4:30 pm for:

  • Read-Aloud,
  • Board Games,
  • Quiet Reading,
  • Homework and more…

Snacks will be available for sale to support upcoming library events.

BNS students can join with their adult. BCS students can join with or without their adult.
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Library Open House 1/17/13

Below are future tentative dates for more Open House events:

  • Thursday February 7 and Tuesday, February 26
  • Thursday March 7 and Tuesday, March 19
  • Thursday April 11 and Tuesday, April 23
  • Thursday May 9 and Tuesday, May 21
We hope to see you soon!

Please Don’t Cheat

18 01 2013

Please Don’t Cheat

Many links, tools for educators, and thought provoking questions for students about plagiarism and digital ethics. Worth a look for educators and students.

Common Sense Media Representative Speaking Tomorrow Night at Brooklyn Friends School

13 01 2013

Jessica Millstone of Common Sense Media will be speaking tomorrow evening on “Raising Kids in Our 24/7 Connected Culture.”

The program will provide an overview of today’s digital media landscape—what’s new about it and how it has influenced the way kids learn, socialize, and play—for better and for worse. The talk offers expert guidance on how parents can help kids to make responsible, respectful, and safe choices in the digital world and beyond. Topics covered include:  Media Usage Statistics, Opportunities & Challenges and  Rules for the Road 

Jessica Millstone (a BFS parent) has spent the past fifteen years thinking, writing, and teaching about the ways new technologies and digital media can transform learning, both at home and at school. She creates outstanding teacher education programs, professional learning workshops for parents and teachers, and online modules on a variety of education- and technology-related topics. Her current research, supported by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, is focused on the use of digital and video games in elementary and middle school classrooms.  

One Mom’s iPhone “Code of Conduct”

10 01 2013

Mom Goes Viral With Son’s Phone Code of Conduct

This is a link to an Associated Press article about Janell Burley Hofmann who gave her 13-year old son an iPhone under the condition that he sign a contract dictating a code of behavior to which he must abide. It’s an interesting perspective that ties into the conversation started yesterday at BNS’ Parents As Learning Partners’ workshop on raising kids in our digital world.

Starting the Conversation: Raising Kids in a Digital World

9 01 2013

Thanks to all of you who attended today’s “Parents as Learning Partners” workshop. The library inaugurated its new SMART Board, unveiled its new blog, and received some amazing feedback from parents on their concerns about their kids negotiating the 21st century media landscape. Please keep your comments coming! Right now, we are busy going through the notes parents provided on their hopes and fears for their kids as they venture online. We are putting up links to Common Sense and other informational sites, as well as the blogs and websites Gbemi suggested on online literature and literacy tools. We are so heartened by the parent body’s engagement on this important topic and are committed to providing support to families and teachers as they cross this challenging digital terrain.


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