Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Do you know about our Wiki?

That's right, there's Wikipedia, and then there is the Burbank Public Library's Ask Wiki! The definition of a wiki is:
A website developed collaboratively by a community of users, allowing users to add and edit content.
In the case of our Wiki, it is developed by our librarians (one in particular, reference librarian Triste Longcore) for our patrons. I am talking about it today because I want to draw your attention to all the resources Ask Wiki provides for you, the teen / student.

A page has been created called "Student Stuff," and on it you can find such things as sites from which you can download free e-books (Are all our copies of The Great Gatsby checked out? Read it online for free!), free printable flash cards, and phone apps to help you study. There are tools to help you generate bibliographies and citation cards. You can link to free online college courses, or rate your professors online!

But there's a lot more to our Wiki:

Books and reading: Book lists, E-books, what to read next...
Local: Burbank events, Burbank history, classes and education, jobs and careers...
Consumer information: Business, internet, travel...
Kid Stuff: books and reading, fun and games, homework help...
Law and government: City, county, state, federal, voting, immigration...
Fast Facts: dictionaries, calculators, maps, statistics...
And a whole bunch of other information, searchable by subject.

Bookmark Ask Wiki and remember to check there when you need a reputable source of information!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Valentine Craft February 8!


On Friday, February 8, at 3:30 p.m., bring your creativity and your lovelorn list to the Buena Vista Library community room for a TEEN CRAFT: You can make a Valentine's Day card for your sweetie or your secret crush (or your best friend, tutor, mom, grandma, librarian...), using our supplies--doilies, stickers, rubber stamps, colored markers, calligraphy pens--or you can fold an Origami Heart as a Valentine's Day treat!


And you might also want to think about special "themed" valentines and plan ahead to bring along some of your own props to combine with our materials, or about some unconventional ideas you could try, like...

USING A PROP TO GOOD ADVANTAGE--TIRE TRACKS!

THUMBPRINTS TURNED INTO CARTOON CHARACTERS!

DOILY SKIRTS ON DRAWN VALENTINE FAIRIES...

BRING ALONG PHOTOS TO PERSONALIZE!

We hope to see you there! (Please note that this program is for TEENS ONLY--grades 6-12.) (Yes, if you are 11 or 12 and in 6th grade, you can come.)