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Let your learners know that they can read Solomon Northrups’ autobiography FREE online.
Many thanks to Sandra Darling, SABES Literacy Librarian, Boston, MA.
Do you need to prepare for the SAT, AP, GRE, ASVAB, GMAT, citizenship test, or a licensing exam, but don’t have the time or money for a prep course? Then LearningExpress Library is the database for you! Available through your library, LearningExpress offers practice tests and eBook study guides for these exams and many others. The database also has tutorials for math, reading, writing, job search and workplace skills, and much more. Just set up a username and password and study as much or as little as you like, any time of day, anywhere you have a computer–and all for free! Just click the “Register” button to get started.
Please note: Home access for this database is available only to Newton residents with a Newton library card number beginning 21323.
From Canada- The Plainer Language series on mental health. These booklets are written in plain, clear language to help anyone learn more about mental health and mental illness. Each booklet is accompanied by an online sound recording and is on a fourth grade reading level. . The books in the series are:
Here to Help is a website of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. They are working together to help people better prevent and manage mental health and substance use problems and live a healthier life.
Many thanks to Sandra Darling, Librarian at SABES Boston, for this information.
For students to watch or to make on their smart phone: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/words-gone-wild-the-student-winners-of-our-15-second-vocabulary-video-contest/?src=twrhp
From the New York Times, 12/19/2013: “Though some of the technical skills exhibited in these videos were extraordinary, our winners based chiefly on how well or creatively the entries demonstrated an understanding of the word and its use in a specific context. We and our partners at Vocabulary.com are word nerds, after all, not videographers.
Fifteen seconds is not a lot of time, but many entries managed to tell a story nonetheless. For example, the video at the top of this post shows how serendipity can change a student’s destiny, while another winning work shows what happens when sleeplessness leads to terrifying hallucinations.We also enjoyed entries, like turncoat and bifurcate, that used literary allusions to get their definitions across, and we were delighted by the number of videos that were simply laugh-out-loud funny.”
While there are myriad websites, teacher resources, and other materials dedicated to teaching about clean energy concepts, applications and occupations, very few of them are geared specifically for adult ESOL and Basic Education learners. Therefore, a key outcome of the ABE Clean Energy Ambassadors Project was to compile relevant resources for adult educators. The guide contains annotated online resources and a collection of lessons, activities and approaches developed by participating ABE Clean Energy Ambassadors, teachers and counselors involved in this project.
The lessons in the resource guide incorporate a variety of online, multi-media, and teacher-created resources and span a wide range of clean energy topics, approaches and student populations.
Table of Contents
Annotated Resources for Teaching Clean Energy
Examples of How Clean Energy Resources Can be Used to Teach a Variety of Subjects
GED Lesson Sequence Examples
ABE/ESOL Lesson Sequence Examples
Advising/Counseling Lesson Sequence Examples Developmental English and College Math Lesson Sequence Examples
Other Approaches from ABE Clean Energy Ambassadors
The document provides descriptions of and links to quality websites including resources for Language, Reading & Writing, Math & Science, Building Home/School Connections, General Education & Information for Parents, Massachusetts Authors & Illustrators, and Places to Visit in Massachusetts.
¡Nunca Más! Novelas
Site includes teacher resources.
The ¡Nunca Más! Novela Health Series follows the lives of the main character Lourdes and her family: Miguel - her husband, Michelle - her daughter, Eugenio - Michelle’s boyfriend, and Sonia – Lourdes’ best friend.
In each episode, the family faces a problem because they don’t use medicines wisely. Watch the novelas and check out the other resources. What lessons do Lourdes and her family learn about medication safety? How do they handle the challenges?
The ¡Nunca Más! Novela Health Series was developed by the FDA Office of Women’s Health to educate Hispanic women and their families about the importance of safe medication use. This education is vitally important because each year thousands of injuries and deaths are caused by improper medication use.
The site has over 750 lessons and 250 videos, covering hundreds of topics and subtopics that tutors and learners will find useful, from job skills to everyday life, math basics, reading, learning English, mobile apps, Microsoft and social media. They also have a Spanish version of the site.
From their website about us page: “GCFLearnFree.org creates and provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life. By delivering over 750 different lessons to millions of people in over 200 countries and territories ABSOLUTELY FREE, GCFLearnFree.org is a worldwide leader in online education.”
Start at our Mango Languages database (you’ll need your library card number or username), and choose Mango Premiere under “Apps.” You don’t need to sign in.
Choose “Engage Mode” to review dialogue, grammar and culture with short lessons and interactive content. Or choose “Movie Mode” for uninterrupted viewing, with subtitles or without, or with dual-language subtitles. Subtitles can also be color-coded for parts of speech if desired. Switch back and forth between modes whenever you wish.
Available for selected languages only, but check back for new additions!
Learn on the go with Mango Mobile apps!
Go to Mango Languages (you’ll need your library card number or username to log in), create an account, then download the free “Mango Languages Library Edition” app for your iPhone/iPad, Android device, Kindle Fire, or Nook. Find these in your app store.
Mango is available from your computer, too. Dozens of languages, plus placement tests, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and cultural notes. Log in to keep track of your progress, or just explore!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people.
Are you in the midst of preparing a paper or thesis, a journal article, column or essay? The Chicago Manual of Style Online can help!
Thoroughly modernized, the 16th edition covers not only grammar questions, but also organization and proofreading requirements of electronic publications. You’ll also find updates on fair use and electronic rights information, how to cite electronic sources, a glossary of terms, an expanded chapter on bias-free language and even foreign language transliteration tables.
Available remotely with a Newton Free Library card or in the Library. Check out our other databases, too!
From the Man Booker Prize Website:
“The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world’s most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers. Eleanor Catton was announced as the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries on Tuesday 15 October.”
Links to the Minuteman Catalog records of the winner of the 2013 prize and the books on the shortlist are below.
This was a great read. The author brings the reader into the book almost immediately. Amazingly much of the action could happen today, who knows? I don’t want to give away the story so it is up to you to give it a read.
RATING: * * * * * One of the best
Reviewed by: pfh
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I had listened to Mrs. Pollifax’s 6th adventure (Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station) and liked it enough to try this third installment, originally published in 1971. Mrs. Pollifax is off to Bulgaria for another secret mission for the CIA, smuggling eight false passports in her specially constructed new hat. Gilman really captures the sense of dread and foreboding that was life in many ways behind the Iron Curtain before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Spies, secret police, underground patriots and overbearing government employees abound in this story but Mrs. Pollifax, aided by an American flower child and the Bulgarian underground pulls off her assignment and more. I listened to the book on CD and the narrator, Barbara Rosenblat, really created radio theater with her excellent performance.
RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: kh
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Sign up for the opportunity to receive free job search support made possible by MIT-based research and career coaches and counselors who have agreed to volunteer their time. As part of research focused on effective job search strategies and support, a number of experienced career coaches and counsellors have volunteered to provide for free the same job search support that often costs amounts not affordable to many unemployed job seekers.
Job seekers in the greater Boston area are encouraged to sign up if they fit the study’s focus on:
– workers who are unemployed at least 6 months,
– white-collar workers (broadly defined, to include anyone would might work in an office, from administrative assistants to executives, to engineers or managers), and
– workers between 40 – 65 years old
Please sign up even if you are not sure you “fit” the study’s focus. Please also note that while we seek to provide free support to as many job seekers as we can, due to the number of available career coaches and counselors not all job seekers who sign up will be able to receive support. Everyone who signs up will receive a response, and if they wish, will be on a list to receive preliminary findings as they become available on the most effective job search strategies.
The sign up process should take approximately 10 minutes . The sign up and the research will adhere to the highest standards of confidentiality.
To sign up please click on the following link:
Alternatively you sign up by going to the Institute for Career Transitions website: instituteforcareertransitions.org
If you have any questions please contact us via the ICT website.
MIT Sloan School of Management
Institute for Work and Employment Research
100 Main Street, Bldg E62-340
Cambridge MA 02142-1347
“The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. The Hugo Awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), which is also responsible for administering them.” The 2013 Hugo Awards will be presented at: LoneStarCon 3, San Antonio, Texas, August 29-September 2, 2013. A short list of some of the nominees is listed below along with links to their records in the Minuteman Library Network’s Online Catalog, the full list can be read at http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2013-hugo-awards/.
Best Novel (1113 nominating ballots cast)
- 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
- Blackout, Mira Grant (Orbit)
- Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
- Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, John Scalzi (Tor)
- Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW)
Best Graphic Story (427 nominating ballots cast)
- Grandville Bête Noire, written and illustrated by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse Comics, Jonathan Cape)
- Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks, written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
- Saga, Volume One, written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
- Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (Hypernode Media)
- Saucer Country, Volume 1: Run, written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton and Goran Sudžuka (Vertigo)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (787 nominating ballots cast)
- The Avengers, Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)
- The Cabin in the Woods, Screenplay by Drew Goddard & Joss Whedon; Directed by Drew Goddard (Mutant Enemy, Lionsgate)
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, Directed by Peter Jackson (WingNut Films, New Line Cinema, MGM, Warner Bros)
- The Hunger Games, Screenplay by Gary Ross & Suzanne Collins, Directed by Gary Ross (Lionsgate, Color Force)
- Looper, Screenplay and Directed by Rian Johnson (FilmDistrict, EndGame Entertainment)