Blogs

Taking a Step Forward in ESL/ELL Instruction!

Are you a literacy tutor working with an ESL student? Would you like the opportunity to learn new ways to work with your student on his/her goals? The Literacy Resource Office at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries is offering an ESL workshop, Taking a Step Forward in ESL/ELL Instruction.

Best of the First Readers

Theodore Deisel Award

The Geisel Award is given to the best books for those kids just starting to read on their own, sometimes called “First Readers”, “Step Readers”, or “Emergent Readers”. These are books with lots of pictures, simple words, and few words on a page. Most of us know of these from some of Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) books such as “Hop on Pop” and “The Foot Book”. This year’s winners were announced in January. See this year’s winners at:
http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/geiselaward
 

I Need To Replace The Starter In My Truck, But The Chilton's Manual For My Vehicle Is Checked Out. Do You Have Another Way I Can Find Auto Repair Instructions?

Yes, the library has a database called the Auto Repair Reference Center that provides repair information from the Chilton Total Car Care Series. It covers vehicles from 1945 to the present, both domestic and imports. This info includes repair instructions, wiring schematics, technical bulletins, and labor time estimates. You can access the ARRC in our Research & Learn section via the Alphabetical List of Databases.

State of the Union Action Items... the Library can Help

save the middle class

Last night was the State of the Union Address... it was President Barrack Obama's fifth State of the Union. A large focus of this year's speech was on the middle class -- " But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class."

Happy Books by Cindy Hulsey

I’ve been thinking about the concept of happiness quite a bit lately.  Maybe it’s because I’m growing older and wondering what it’s all about, or because I lost my father-in-law this year, or because the world becomes more complex and demanding by the minute.  The good news is that science has revealed that we can actually change our brains, making happiness attainable.  Two good books about how our brains adapt are The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr, whi

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