Sunday, October 22, 2017

Website Review: Quick, Draw!

QUICK, DRAW! is a crowdsource project intended to help a neural network learn to recognize doodles.
An artificial intelligence project from Google, this fun, crowdsource project allows the public to help with machine learning research. Users are asked to draw a picture while the computer tries to guess what’s being drawn.
Librarians will find this website to be an excellent way to introduce youth to principles related to artificial intelligence, machine learning research, and crowdsourcing.
To visit the website, go to

Friday, October 20, 2017

Digital Spotlight: Nuremberg Trial Project

The NUREMBERG TRIAL PROJECT features thousands of primary source documents from the trials of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany.
Contents: This open-access collection includes both images and full-text versions of thousands of objects including trial documents, evidence file documents, trial transcripts, and photographs. In addition to search tools for locating specific documents, resources related to the Nuremberg trials can also be accessed by trial issue, people, and evidence files.
Classroom Connections: The collection would be a valuable resource for teachers exploring the topics of history, ethics, genocide, and war crimes. Ask students to examine a particular defendant or witness to gain insights into a particular incident.
To visit the collection, go to

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Digital Spotlight: Colonial North American Project

COLONIAL NORTH AMERICAN PROJECT shares archival and manuscript materials related to the 17th and 18th century in North America.
Contents: With over five thousand items, this digital collection includes primary source documents related to social life, education, trade, finance, politics, revolution, war, women, Native American life, slavery, science, medicine and religion. The collection also provides essays related to specific people, documents, and themes such as politics, and female laborers.
Classroom Connections: Integrate this collection into the history curriculum. Connect specific documents with thematic student inquiries such as slavery, war, and education.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Website Review: Roadside America

JOHN MARGOLIES ROADSIDE AMERICA PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVE from the Library of Congress includes thousands of photographs from across America.
Contents: This large digital collection explores life in post World War II America. From drive-in theaters to old gas pumps, the photographs span the second half of the twentieth century.
Classroom Connections: Because there are no rights restrictions, students can use the works in their online projects. Students are sure to find a variety of interesting photos featuring roadside oddities. Ask students to write a short story based on one of the fascinating photos from this collection.
To visit the collection, go to,

Friday, October 13, 2017

Website Review: Kids Cook Monday

THE KIDS COOK MONDAY is a website that encourages families to cook and eat together as a family.
This website contains resources for both adults and children. The About section features ideas for cooking as a family. The Resources area includes school program ideas, toolkits, and downloads to start a program. The Recipes section provides simple family recipes along with the opportunity to submit ideas. Finally, the News area features ideas and resources.
Librarians can use this website as the basis for an engaging library program, learning center, or display. Download the starter materials for lots of ideas. Build a healthy meals display that incorporates website materials along with cookbooks.
To visit the website, go to

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Website Review: Global Gender Gap Report

The GLOBAL GENDER GAP REPORT BROWSER tells an interactive story based on an award-winning data visualization from the World Economic Forum and Two-N.
Users scroll through recent global data showing gender equality data by nation. The story of gender issues is told through a series of compelling, interactive charts and graphs. This easy-to-use tool allows students to explore particular areas of interest such as regions of the world and changes over time.
Librarians will find this engaging tool to be useful in teaching concepts related to data literacy. Involve youth in using this dynamic tool to address their “big questions” related to gender equity. Of particular interest is the ability to visualize data by country.
To visit the website, go to

Monday, October 09, 2017

Website Review: XYZA News for Kids

XYZA: NEWS FOR KIDS is a news website and app designed for children.
This attractive current events site contains easy-to-read news articles organized into categories including world, government, arts, science, sports, technology, fun, and entertainment.
Librarians will find this website to be a useful resource for informational reading across the curriculum. The short articles, interesting topics, and colorful photographs are sure to attract student attention.
A subscription-based program is available that allows users to customize their news page and participate in the Junior Reporter Program that encourages youth to submit their own articles, interviews, reviews, and more.
The resource is also available on iTunes as an app.
To visit the website, go to

Friday, October 06, 2017

Digital Spotlight: Echoes of the Great War

ECHOES OF THE GREAT WAR: AMERICAN EXPERIENCES OF WORLD WAR I from the Library of Congress tells stories from the Veteran’s History Project.
Contents: A companion to a larger “Experiencing War” project, this website contains three sections: Arguing Over War and Over Here, Over There, and A World Overturned. Each part includes an introduction, then connects users to specific narratives from the large digital collection. Primary source materials include audio interviews, photos, diaries, letters, and other materials.
Classroom Connections: Teachers will find this project useful in connecting the experiences of individuals to the larger war effort. Ask students to explore a narrative and compare their story with others.
To visit the collection, go to,

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Book Review: The Treasure Box

THE TREASURE BOX by Margaret Wild tells the moving story of a boy and his father who save a book after their library is destroyed during war.
This poignant story traces the life of a boy who helps save a book from destruction and later places the book in a new library.
Librarians will find this hopeful story to be useful in discussing topics related to war, emmigration, and cultural heritage.
Published by Candlewick Press on April 25, 2017. ARC courtesy of the publisher.