Looking for great, new middle grade fiction to use with book discussion groups or literature circles? Check out these videos created by Multnomah County Library School Corps librarians. Featured books for 4th-8th grade students were published in late 2014 and early 2015, and each title includes discussion and extension ideas. In addition to use in book groups and classrooms, these titles are great to recommend to individual children and young teen readers. The videos are best viewed on desktop or laptop computers. You can also find a list of the featured titles in the library catalog. Happy reading!
Attention educators! Are you tired of using the same old books with your students every year? Attend one of our summer educator workshops to learn about the latest and greatest materials to use in the classroom.
Gotta Read This: New Books to Connect with Your Curriculum
Come to this workshop to learn about new books you might integrate into your language arts, social studies, math, science and arts curriculum.
For K-5th grade educators:
- Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2-4:30 pm, Central Library U.S. Bank Room, 801 SW 10th Ave. Register by July 31.
For 6th-12th grade educators: Gotta Read This! online workshop
- Select the subjects of greatest interest to you. Register by July 31, and we’ll notify you when this online workshop is available.
Novel-Ties (for 4th -8th grade educators)
- Discover hot, new fiction to use in book discussion groups and literature circles. Register by July 31, and we’ll notify you when this online workshop is available.
Contact School Corps with any questions!
Attention middle and high school educators: are you looking for good, new books to use in the classroom? Watch these videos, in which librarians from the Multnomah County Library School Corps introduce recently-published titles to use in the curriculum. We've broken them down by subject for convenience in viewing. Feel free to share the videos with other educators, too! Here’s the complete list of titles from this workshop.
If you missed our in-person summer educator workshops, the reading lists are now available in the library catalog!
Gotta Read This: New Books to Connect with Your Curriculum for Grades K-5: Learn about new books you might integrate into your language arts, social studies, math, science and art curriculum.
Novel-Ties: New Fiction for Literature Circles: Do you lead book discussion groups or literature circles for students? Here's a list of hot, new, discussable fiction for grades 4-8.
So you've been trying to use primary sources in your research. Maybe you found some great historical documents or speeches. But now you'd like to include some historical images and articles. Read on! (If you need more background about primary sources, start with our blog post Help! I Need to Find Primary Sources!)
There are many places to find historical newspaper and magazine articles. The Historical Oregonian has local newspaper articles from 1861-1987. You’ll also find all the advertisements, photographs, and other images that appeared in the newspaper’s pages. This allows readers to see what life was really like in a certain time period, from world events to the cost of groceries. The New York Times Historical is another good source for U.S. and international news articles. The National Geographic Virtual Library has articles, maps, images and ads from National Geographic magazine, covering the years 1888-1994. All three of these resources require a Multnomah County library card number and PIN.
If your library card’s gone missing, you can find articles from other newspapers in Oregon by searching Historic Oregon Newspapers or newspapers from around the country at the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America site.
One thing to keep in mind when looking for primary sources: these materials come from different time periods, and they reflect the attitudes and language used at the time. Articles, images and advertisements from the past may use stereotypes or words that are now considered offensive. And sometimes primary sources may use out-of-date words: cars may be called automobiles or glasses may be referred to as spectacles, for example.
Still have questions? Contact a librarian for help!
Have you been told to use primary sources in your research? Read on for some suggestions!
What are primary sources, anyway?
A primary source is one which was created during the time period being studied. Examples could include documents, speeches/interviews, images, articles (written during the time period), and even artifacts. So, if you are studying the Holocaust, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank is considered a primary source. Someone researching the Civil War could use Matthew Brady’s battlefield photographs. And President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Day of Infamy” speech is a great primary source for those studying the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Where can I find them?
A great place to begin your search is American Memory, a “digital record of American history and creativity.” It contains documents, audio recordings, images, videos and maps from the Library of Congress. Here you can listen to former slaves tell their stories, watch video clips from the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, or view maps from the American Revolution.
The National Archives also has a large collection of primary source materials for students and educators. They are arranged by time period and are keyword searchable. Would you like to see President Kennedy’s academic record at Harvard? Or view a handwritten copy of the Oregon Treaty that set the boundary between the U.S. and Canada? You’ll find them here.
The Masterfile Premier database contains the text of thousands of primary source documents. To find them, once you are in the database, click on the Advanced Search link. Then enter your search terms in the box at the top, and make sure to choose Primary Source Document in the Publication Type box before you click on Search. You'll need your library card number and PIN to search Masterfile Premier.
For historic photos, a great place to look is the LIFE Magazine archive (no library card required), which spans the time period from the 1860s and 1970s.
Are you looking for primary sources specifically about Oregon history? The Oregon Digital Library searches the collections of libraries around the state to find both documents and images. The Oregon State Archives also has some web exhibits about Oregon history that incorporate primary resources; topics range from the creation of the Oregon constitution to Oregonians’ experiences in World War II.