TCPL @Home: episode #5

my name is Jessie I work at the Thomascrane public library I've spent hours of the last four weeks immersed in JKRowling's mystery series featuring Iraqi war veteran and a beauty cormoran strikeand his assistant turned partner Robin Ellicott whose wholesome good looks andsolid middle-class background by her own dramas said in London the first cormoranstrike installment titled Cuckoo's calling introduces us to strikeillegitimate son of a legendary rock star and his groupie girlfriend thefamily friends and lovers who surround strike and Robin and a satisfyingmystery involving the death of a famous and troubled young model the second bookthe silkworm takes us into the fascinating and sometimes repellantworld of the London literary set as strike and Robin unraveled the death ofa highly unlikable writer while the third book career of evil plunges uswith more detail than I would have liked into the worlds of three villains fromstrikes past one of whom is a serial killer the fourth book lethal whitewhisks us out of the gutter and into the houses of parliament as strike and Robintracked down someone much more dangerous than the blackmailer they've been hiredto stop written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith the ear for dialoguethe close observation of human relationships the shifting sands offriendship and the unexpected terms that accompany personal growth that made JKRowling's Harry Potter such a classic find expression here toothe mysteries are solid and complex but it's the chemistry between strike andRobin and the author's tangible delight in hercharacters and in London itself that has me reaching for the audio version when Igo out for a walk or wash dishes and for the book when I head for bed at nightdefinitely read these in order and for those of you who can't put thesemysteries down cormoran strike book five is due out in September 2020 you canfind this series in eBook and eat audio through the library's website have yourlibrary card ready and look for the titles on overdrive enjoyhey everyone Shane here reference librarian at the Thomas crane libraryand today on Shan suggestions I'll be talking about Joe Allen's powerful workof historical true crime people wasn't made to burn a true story of housingrace and murder in Chicago recounting a long forgotten episode in Chicagohistory mr.

Allen's book tells the story of James Hickman who in 1947 shot andkilled his landlord whom he believed was responsible for the apartment fire thattragically took the lives of his four youngest children as news of Hickman'smurder case broke to the public an incredible grassroots defense campaignformed one that was not only able to expose the systemic racism and povertythat led to his crime but also helped him win his freedom throughout the bookof vivid picture the racist policies of 1940 Chicago are portrayed most notablyin the housing where families of African Americans were forced into overcrowdedand dilapidated tenement buildings with no electricity no running water andinaccessible fire escapes and locked exit doors caused the loss of manyinnocent lives with corruption and greed leading such conditions to continue itwas inevitable a desperate man such as James Hickman would end up taking thelaw into his own hands as both a suspenseful true crime storyas well as a thoroughly researched history of the urban living conditionsafrican-americans continue to face people wasn't made to burn remains atimely reminder that as the more things change the more they remain the same welcome my name is Amanda and I'm one ofthe children's librarians from the Thomas crane public library in QuincyMassachusetts this video is part of our DIY children's program resources formore program resources as well as ebooks streaming movies TV music and much moreplease visit Thomas crane library org today we're going to do some colorchromatography now don't be intimidated by the word chromatography it's a fancyword for separating out a mixture of things scientists can do chromatographyin lots of different ways but we don't need fancy machines or chemicals to tryout a simple version ourselves what can we separate marker ink all we need forthis activity is coffee filters white will show the colors best that any sortwill do washable markers a cup or other container with a little bit of water init and a pencil and some tape let's get everything together let's get startedyou can see I have all my materials together now we have our coffee filterswhich I've then cut into some strips kids you may want your parents to helpyou with this I have a glass of water only about half an inch of water in thebottom you don't want too much and then I have a whole bunch of markers I havelots of different colors to choose from and I even have one extra black penyou'll see why in just a moment first we're going to start with blue andred take one strip of your coffee filter you're going to draw a line just aboutan inch from the bottom you don't want it at the very bottom because you don'twant the marker to actually touch the water in the glass this is why you don'tneed too much water in there if the marker actually touches the water in theglass instead of just the paper touching itthen all of the ink will wash out into the water and you won't get to see thechromatography happen I've drawn a line of red exactly over the line of blue sothey're in the same place sort of looks black but they'll separate in the waternow take your tape and tape your piece of paper onto your pencil so that theend of the paper is going to just touch in the water then take your pencil andlay it across the top of your glass so that the paper hangs down and the bottomof it just touches the water what will happen now is that the water will getsoaked up onto the paper and as it soaks up the water will start to carry the inkfrom the marker with it as you can see the water has hit the ink and isstarting to go because we're using washable markers the ink will dissolvein the water and be carried along as the water moves up the paperalready you can start to see the red ink from the marker and the blue starting toseparate now this wouldn't happen exactly this way if we used purplebecause purple ink from a marker is made in a different way than we normallywould make purple paint by mixing red paint and blue together you can see theink starting to separate out this takes some time though so let's try adifferent one while we're waiting now you can see why I'm using black I havetwo different black markers one is a felt-tip pen and one is a black magic markerboth of these are water soluble which means water will wash them away butthey're made by two different companies using two very different types of inkwe're going to use our black pen to suspend our black ink test strip overthe water once again I'm going to use your tape and fold yourpaper over your pen and tape it down so that it will stay in place if you'recareful and don't let them touch you can use the same glass of water for twostrips now let's see what happens when the water starts to hit that black inkdo you think they'll look the same or will they be different look at the water starting to hit thatink they definitely look different now but how different will they be in theend the magic marker seems to be much darker and look it even has a little bitof color in it whereas the pen just still looks grey now again this is goingto take a little bit of time so we'll let these sit and come back to them injust a moment here we can see some of these tests that we already did thathave had time to really soak up a lot of water you can see on this one the blueink and the red ink are still a little bit mixed together but they've separatedout quite a bit if we were to let this one keep soaking eventually the redwould end up being near the bottom in the middle and the blue would be carriedall the way up to the top companies that make marker ink use different pigmentsto do it these are different chemicals that show up as different colors thosepigments are going to land in different places the black ink that we tried youcan definitely see a difference now the felt-tip pen stayed gray and just fadedas it soaked up onto the paper whereas the washable marker separated into abrown and a green one of the reasons why it was carried upso far is because the washable marker is made to be washable it was made todissolve in water so it's easier for the water to carry it whereas the felt tippen was made to be something we could wash but probably not something that wasmeant to be washed out quite so easily now this took time but let's see it spedup a little bit try testing different inks you may havein your house different markers in different brands will behave verydifferently when you test them this way see what you can do and then use them asbookmarks when you let them dry thanks for watching and we'll see you next time my name is Eileen I'm one of the Thomascrane librarians and I'm here today with Kerry our teen librarian she's gonna betalking with us about the teen summer reading program it's gonna be happeningshortly hi Carrie hi Eileen how are you good good glad youcould join us thank you for having me so why don't you tell us a little bitabout how teen summer Eddie's gonna work this year with all the things that arehappening in the world yes so our teen summer reading program like in yearspast is what we call a reading incentive based program that means that you readbooks and log them on our software and you attend activities and you earnraffle tickets for each of those things that can go towards our summer readingprizes that we'll be giving away at the end of summer and so there's two waysthat you can earn raffle tickets the first way is by reading and completingsquares on our bingo card we've traditionally had a 16 square bingo cardin the past that we've asked you to read books and review this year we'veexpanded it to 25 and done away with the reviews so all we're gonna do is askthat when you log your book you give us one thing in the activity track that youliked or did not like about the book and that's all you have to do to earn araffle ticket and the bingo squares can be anything from read a book with themale main character to a fantasy book to a book recommended to you by a librarianso you have a lot of flexibility in the books you can choose you just have tofind a way to justify it being in that square and you're good to go and thesecond way that you can earn raffle tickets we are going to be doing someonline programs this summer with anything going on we won't be able to doin-person programs that we will be doing a number of programs online we'll behaving some digital escape rooms we are going to be doing some food challengesand trivia nights as well in addition to that we're going to have some activitiesfor you to kind of complete and do on your own at home or outside in yourneighborhood so those are the two basic ways that you can earn tickets for thissummer reading so have you decided on some dates yet or is it still planningyep so we're gonna be kicking off on July 1st that's when you can officiallybegin to start logging your books and then the program will wrap up on August28th and that's when we will be doing the drawings the digital drawings forthe raffle tickets for the summer reading prizes this summer andregistration will begin about the middle of June so you'll have a couple weeksahead of time from when you register to when the program actually starts and sowe're using bean stack again this year so some people might be familiar withthat and the digital tickets that you guys are going to be doing yes so we'veused bean stack for the last few years for our summer reading program so if youhave an account from years past it'll work again this year and last year wasthe first year that we were able to do digital raffle tickets and years pastwe've always had physical ones but this year with everything going on we'regonna really take advantage of those digital tickets and the way it works isthat whenever you create or check off that you've done something on theactivity track you will earn raffle ticket for that so you'll be assigned araffle ticket and then you will be able to take that raffle ticket in youraccount and enter it into the raffle baskets that we're going to be givingaway at the end of the summer and so just a clarification about how you'reusing the bingo cards you can't really use one book for two squares is thatright that is correct so for example if Irecommend to you a fantasy book you can't use that same book forboth the recommended by a librarian and the fantasy square you have to use twoseparate looks good to know so and they find out where your online programs aregoing to be so they can find them on our website they can also find them on ourteen Instagram page the handle for that is teens Act II Cpl that has all of themost up-to-date information on our programs it has all of the links to theonline events the day of the event as well but that link will also be in ourcalendar of events that you can find on our web page well good so you sound likeyou might have a recommendation or two for us can you get us started on thatsure so the first book that I'm going to recommend today is a great middle gradebook it is a story called Tristan strong punches a hole in the sky and it iswritten by Kwame Amalia um he is writing and publishing under the Rick RiordanDisney presents imprint so if you're familiar with Rick Riordan and you haveread any of his Percy Jackson books or his Magnus chase books what you'llnotice is that these books are adventure quest books they're all very similarTristan kind of falls right into that same sort of genre the book is about ayoung boy named Tristan strong who loses his best friend Eddie in a bus accidentand he has to be shipped off to his family his grandparents farm down inAlabama and he's not handling it very well and it's late at night and thesemythical creatures kind of break into his room and steal Eddie's journal andhe goes off in a chase they get into a fight and in the midst of this fight hemanages to punch a hole into the sky and it releases all of these sort ofmythical creatures what I really liked about this book is that we're you knowat this point pretty familiar with Greek mythology and Roman mythologyand even some Egyptian mythology Kwami and bhayya is from West Africa and soall of the mythology interest and strong is actually West African mythology sowe're being exposed to this whole new universe of characters and gods it'sfast paced it's an adventure story there's quests friendships some humor inthere it's a great read and it's the first in a series so if you like itthere is much more after this that's coming well that sounds reallyexciting and I would like to read that myself actually so I have one as well itis a fantasy book probably much like your pick and it's called strange thedreamer by Laini Taylor it is a book that's a little bit late for more maturereaders but it is so it's probably one of the best fantasy books I've ever readand I've read a lot of fantasy books it's about an orphan and a librariannamed Lazlo Strange and he has a lot of dreams about this mythical city namedweep and a lot of people don't believe that it existshe believes that it's out there somewhere so he decides to leave hiscomfortable little job in the library to go and find weep and gods who supposedlyhave lived there so it's it's very exciting there's a little romancethere's a great villain who's like a child I don't want to spoil too much butit is very fascinating and one thing I really like about it is that Lanie'swriting style it goes so quickly there's no flag or anything I inhaled this bookwhich is kind of a bigger book so don't be afraid of that but I inhaled thisbook within a few days there's a huge cliffhanger at the end that you're notgoing to believe but it's full of adventure a great magic worldand definitely check it out it's part of a duology she wrote music musicnightmares that came out last year and they're both on Libby a book andaudiobook so definitely check both of them outyou just go right into making use of nightmares which is also really wraps itup really well definitely highly recommended and she have another onecarry for us um yeah I have a one more I'm actually currently listening to thenew Suzanne Collins book the battle ballad of songbirds and snakesso if you were a fan of the Hunger Games if you really loved the world that shebuilt there this is President Snow's origin story so this is the story thatreally delves into how Caronia Cornelius snow became who he was in The HungerGames he is from the Capitol and he is going to be a mentor towards one of thetributes in that year's Hunger Games this brings us right back into thatworld that we love we get to see a whole new cast of tributes he is going to bementoring someone from district 12 so you do be yet a nice strong female leadthat we saw with Katniss Everdeen and we get to see some characters from theseries that we had seen in previous books we do get to see tigress in herconnection with Cornelius I'm not going to tell you too much about the story butit is available to listen right now on hoopla and it is available as an e-bookand overdrive I do know there are holds on it so if you want to get your hotlittle hands on it now I would recommend taking it for a listen on hoopla wellyeah that's definitely one that's gonna be very popular in the coming weeks I'msure so thank you Carrie for joining us there's a number of ways that you guyscan reach us ask questions get recommendations join us at Thomas cranelibrary dot or you could call us at six one seven three seven six one one zeroto follow us on Facebook Twitter or Instagram YouTube and especially theteen Instagram can you give us that handle onetime carry yeah sure it is teens Matt tcpo okay so that's where you're gonnafind that most the most stuff that you can well and thank you carry thank youvery much thank you for having me thank you hi I'm a stander I'm the librarian overat the point Webster middle school and today I'm going to show you how toaccess and use the biography and contacts database to find informationabout people so we're going to start out at the Thomas crane library site it'sThomas crane library org as you can see up here we're going to come over towhere it says research and then databases I'm here we can searchdatabases by subject go to biography and then biography in context all the incontext databases work pretty much the same way we'll go through starting withbiography here so if you know the person's name you're looking for you canjust enter them right here in the search box there are different ways to browseand search for people I will let you explore those on your own now if westart with somebody who is very well known let's go as those because we cannow there's a lot of information on David Bowie so at the top they give youthis bar about him they're giving you blurb from one of thearticles they give you the quick facts then if you scroll down a little nowit's showing you there's featured content and usually the featured contentit's something from there that makes it into this overview block the biographyis in this case it says there are nine of them but it's only showing us 30 sonow we can click through there and up up at the top right now we've selected justbiographies but you can also find things out of magazines out of newspaperssometimes video sometimes audio like record interviews and things like thatso you can take a look through right now I'm just sticking with biographies nownext to each one there's a symbol with a content level and the more stars it hasthe more complex it is so you can filter your results to just certain contentlevels if you want you don't need to so now when you find an article that youwant you can just go right into it and I'm going to use this one because it's aslightly shorter one now it gives you the title of the article when it waspublished where it was published and some information about it you can havethe article translated into many languages whenever is easiest for youyou can enlarge you can change the font size put that back and you can listen toit it is just text-to-speech you need to stop that because I don't want to listento it now you've got the whole text of the articlebibliography down here at the bottom there's the option for the sourcecitation you can just copy and paste this right into your report and not haveto worry about did I cite it properly did I set it up properly now across thetop here you also have a cite button and that does the exact same thing at themiddle school level we mostly use MLA but check with your teacher to see ifyou should be citing in MLA style APA style or Chicago style you can have thearticle sent directly into your Google Drive or you can email it to yourselfyou can download the article you can print it out and you can get what'scalled a permalink now this is a link where whenever you use this particularlink it will take you to this article nowhere else if you use the URL up herein the address bar it will not to this article again this is what'sknown as a dynamic URL so now if we were to look for somebody who is perhaps alittle less famous let's go with James Prowler he's a writer he has written foryoung kids and Tino dances now it brings up a screen like this andwe just go straight into the biographies everything else here works pretty muchthe exact same way so this is just a very quick overview of how the biographydatabase works and how you can get into other parts of it now you can digthrough and filter your results and things like that again all the incontext databases work pretty much the same way and if you have any questionsplease by all means get in touch with either the local library or your schoollibrarian thank you.

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