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Introducing Sora, a new ebook app

Introducing Sora, a new ebook app

the logo of the ebook app SoraExciting news! Overdrive has a new app just for schools called Sora. Sora makes it easier than ever to browse, download, and read books from our digital library. The best thing about Sora is that your librarians can create collections of books with you in mind! We have collections of everything from books your librarians especially loved to retold fairy tales to John Green read-a-likes.

Click here to see a page on how to get started with Sora. You can also click here to visit Overdrive’s Help Center, where you can watch device-specific videos that will help you check out books for the first time. If you have more questions, see our ebook FAQ page or come in to talk to your librarians!

 

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New Database: EBSCO!

New Database: EBSCO!

We’re always on the lookout for resources to help you tackle those research projects, and this year we’re adding EBSCO’s Academic Search Complete database for you! A complete index of included journals can be found here.

EBSCO says about this database:

A leading resource for scholarly research. It supports high-level research in the key areas of academic study by providing journals, periodicals, reports, books and more.

Content Includes

  • Nearly 6,600 active full-text journals and magazines
  • Nearly 6,000 active full-text peer-reviewed journals

Subjects Include

  • Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Ethnic and multicultural studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Pharmaceutical sciences
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religion and philosophy
  • Technology
  • Veterinary science
  • Women’s studies
  • Zoology

Click here to try out Academic Search Complete, or go on over to our database page to see what other databases we offer!

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#BooksOnBreak

#BooksOnBreak

a picture of a pineapple on a blue background with yellow text that says Books On BreakAs we start the summer, don’t forget that the library is here for you! We have an amazing selection of ebooks and audiobooks on our Overdrive, for all your vacation reading needs. Check out our Pinterest page and our newly updated Recommended Pleasure Reading List.

Happy reading!

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The Joy of Ebooks

The Joy of Ebooks

Text: The Joy of Ebooks over a picture of a rainbow and the link https://baislca.libraryreserve.com

Summer’s approaching, classes and final projects are wrapping up. We know that you’re worried how you’ll survive without the library this summer. But never fear! We have a huge ebook library online just waiting for you. You can access it online anywhere: at home, at camp, in the car. Ebooks are super easy to pack; you can pack 10+ ebooks in your suitcase, and the suitcase won’t get any heavier. You don’t need wifi to read an ebook; you can easily download ebooks onto your phone or computer and read them offline.

Recently, our ebook library merged with other Bay Area schools, so there are even more options than before, including books and audiobooks. Have you discovered the joy of audio books? They are a wonderful way to pass time on a long road trip or plane flight.

There are so many books available in the ebook library, you won’t know how to decide between the numerous possibilities. But we’ve got your back! The librarians are more than happy to give recommendations for good ebooks or audiobooks available.

-Ella H. ’19

 

Header picture: “Last Minute Rainbow” by Andrew is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Middle School Book Review Blog

Middle School Book Review Blog

The Middle School’s book review elective has started a book review blog!

Called To Read or Not to Read, the blog features reviews of books from different genres, written by the members of the elective.

Check it out!

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Society of Young Inklings Writer’s Circles!

Society of Young Inklings Writer’s Circles!

The Society of Young Inklings is offering Online Writer’s Circles for young writers! From their website:

Join a small circle of dedicated writers who will encourage, provide specific feedback, and inspire you. Your group will be facilitated by a pro-writer and mentor through an online video chat. In each session, you will:

  • play games and do activities that will help you develop your characters, the world of your story, and your plot
  • share and discuss pieces of your writing project
  • look at the writing of your peers and share what you love and what you wonder
  • build close reading skills, and learn to discuss creative work in a way that supports another writer while also helping you to grow your own skill set
  • discuss and explore at least one practical strategy to strengthen your writing craft

Click here for more information and sign ups!

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