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Archive for August, 2008

Fun with Wordle!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on August 29, 2008

Can you say "simple?" Wordle has simple down to an art form. I only wish that my wordle was just a little bit larger here so that you could so how beautiful it is. You don't even have to register or log in to use Wordle. All you have to do is go to Wordle, click on "Create," and, as they say, "paste in a bunch of text." Click on "Go" and voila, you have your own Wordle. Not happy? Click on "Randomize" to get a whole new look. You can randomize all day long if you have the stamina. You can print, save, and EVEN POST ON WORDPRESS!!!!!! Easily! Although it is tiny. Maybe it went on a diet somewhere in cyberspace between Wordle and WordPress. It is still fun!

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PollDaddy Rocks!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on August 29, 2008

Have you tried PollDaddy? PollDaddy is a cool Web 2.0 tool that lets you quickly and easily create polls and surveys to post online on your blog, website or social networking site. PollDaddy has cool skins for your surveys, or you can create your own skins in CSS. You can get advanced online reporting of your results in real time as your data is collected. There are eleven question types for surveys that you can choose from, so you and your readers won’t be bored even when you become PollDaddy-addicted, like Ms. Hamilton. With the new advanced survey editor, you can easily create multi-page, multi-question surveys. You also get unlimited free polls, fourteen poll skins, and you can view results online, as XML, CSV, or subscribe to them via RSS. You can even add text, video, or pictures to your polls. There is full foreign language support, and you can block repeat voters by IP address or cookies and block fraudulent voters. You just have to try PollDaddy today to get started on your own polls and surveys!

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s The Big Read!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on August 20, 2008

The Big Read and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer are coming to Cherokee County, courtesy of The Towne Lake Arts Center and the Sequoyah Regional Library System. Mark Twain, also known as Kurt Sutton, will be visiting schools in February and March 2009 for free assemblies and to distribute free books to students. Teacher guides, reader guides, CD audio guides, posters, and bookmarks are available courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest. Free tickets will be available to attend a live performance of the play version of Tom Sawyer at Towne Lake Arts Center in March. For more information, visit the Towne Lake Arts Center’s website.

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Learn to Love Yourself!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on August 14, 2008

Our friends at readergirlz are supporting Love Your Body Day 2008, which will be celebrated on October 15. You can find out more about this day on the Love Your Body website. Eighty percent of women are dissatisfied with their appearance due to low self esteem caused by impossibly high standards represented in print ads and television. Visit the site to find out what you can do to create positive images of girls and women and to learn how to treat your own body with respect.

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Move Over, Harry Potter! Researchers Are Developing an Invisibility Cloak

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on August 10, 2008

Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley, funded by the United States military, have developed a new material that can bend light around objects, making them virtually invisible. The scientific breakthrough could make not only humans, but almost anything, including tanks and ships, disappear. The technology is still years away from realization, but it is still exciting! It is based on earlier research with microwaves at Imperial College London. The research by both groups is based on the theory an object can be hidden by bending light around it. The lead researcher, Xiang Zhang, said: “In the case of invisibility cloaks or shields, the material would need to curve light waves completely around the object like a river flowing around a rock.” Someone who looked at the cloaked object would only see light from behind it — making the object seem to disappear. For more information about the invisibility cloak, you can read an article at FoxNews.

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Looks Like We Made It!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on August 8, 2008

Mrs. Beasley, Mrs. Hamilton, and I have been reading our little brains out over the past school year or so, and we just reached our 100th book, which we added to our media center LibraryThing account! Click here to see all the books we read! You can get some ideas of good books you might want to read, many of which are available in the Creekview Grizzly Unquiet Library. You can also go to Library Thing and quickly and easily set up your own account. You can also click here to figure out how to set up your account. Use your LibraryThing account to keep up with all the books you read throughout your high school career. You can even check your LibraryThing account from your mobile phone while you’re at the library or book store to make sure a specific book isn’t already on your list before you check it out or buy it.

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Dawn Has Broken!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on August 4, 2008

Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn

At long last, Breaking Dawn, the fourth entry in the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, was released Saturday, August 2. The media center used some of our money from Governor Sonny Perdue to purchase four copies for the library. Be sure to stop by to check out a copy if you haven’t purchased one for yourself already. If you aren’t one of the first four, you can reserve a copy to be next in line. Visit Stephenie Meyer’s website for more info about the book, the series, and Ms. Meyer.

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