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Life & Learning with Hank & John Green

the fault in our starsI recently came across an article from a 2013 issue of School Library Journal, Hank and John Green: Using Their Powers for Good, and discovered some wonderful web resources created by the two brothers. Now, if by chance you don't have any teens at home, or never visit the library or a bookstore, or never go to the movies, then you may be unfamiliar with John Green. John is the author of several well received teen novels, including the wildly popular, "The Fault in Our Stars." 

Together, the brothers have three YouTube channels that present videos on a range of topics. Take a look and see if you (or your teen) might enjoy them.

CrashCourse: 8 classroom courses including history, psychology, and literature.
SciShow: Exploring science news, concepts, and history.
vlogbrothers: Random musings on a variety of topics.

Log Books for SRP 2014 until Saturday, August 9th

KIDS, there are only a couple of days left to finish reading books for this years Summer Reading Program. If you haven't registered, you still have time to register and log everything you read between June 4th and August 9th.

Digital Media Catalog (OverDrive) Update

digital media catalogIf you download eBooks, audio and more from the HCPL Digital Media Catalog (OverDrive), be aware that the notification hold time is now four days. What does that mean exactly? Once you receive the email notification that a title you have on hold (request) is available, you now have four days to log in to your account and borrow/checkout the title.

23 Mind-Blowing Animal Pictures

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Oh, this is not going to end well. Check out 23 pictures of animals and insects both adorable and downright frightening. View the original website or try out StumbleUpon, a web discovery tool that helps you find websites related to your interests.

Free YA Audiobooks from SYNC

sync posterGet two free audiobook downloads every week this summer from SYNC. That's right, FREE! Today is the last day to download the first two titles, WARP: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Once downloadeddded the audiobooks are yours to keep forever.iobooks are yours io thed 

From SYNC:  "SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads–a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title–each week to listeners ages 13+ while SYNC is in session each summer.

Titles are delivered through the OverDrive Media Console.  You can prepare for the program by downloading the software to your desktop and whichever device you anticipate listening on."

TED Talks

ted logoStarted with a focus on technology, entertainment and design (TED), TED Talks (or presentations) now encompass a variety of subjects and topics by innovative, forward-thinking speakers who share their ideas with the world.

View more than 1500 talks that can spark ideas and start a dialog at work, school or home.

No Excuse List

no excuse listStart the new year by learning something new with the NoExcuseList free resource directory. Take a free online class from Yale or Stanford (no credit), learn how cook from the Reluctant Gourmet, build a bookshelf and more with Instructables, or write computer code courtesy of Codeacademy. Visit the NoExcuseList and discover more than 50 free online resources.

 Remember, it's all FREE. So, no excuses, it's time to get started.

Name that Tune!

tv pictureDo you ever find yourself watching a television show when suddenly you hear a great song playing in the background or you hear a new song on the radio and you keep driving around the block to discover the artist?

Well, the next time that happens, check out a few free apps and websites that will find the song and artist in just a few clicks. You can even find songs you hear in advertisements.  

 

Safe Sleep for Baby

According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, "On average, almost 400 Texas babies die in their sleep each year - suddenly, unexpectedly, and without a clear explanation or due to accidental suffocation or strangulation. That's why it is so important to always give babies "Room to Breathe."

There are several simple steps that parents can take that will help ensure the safety of their infant. Additional information can be found on the links below.  

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