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** AASL Standards 
for the 21st Century Learner **

Mission Statement: The mission of the School Library Media Program is to ensure that students and staff have access to, and are effective users of ideas and information, and to cultivate life-long learners. (Information Power: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs (AASL 1988) p. 1.)

This mission is accomplished:

  • by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats.
  • by providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas.
  • by working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.
  • by using technology as an important tool for learning, communicating, and sharing knowledge

Thank you to all who came out to support Salt Point Center at the Barnes & Noble Bookfair on Friday, April 8th. Our students participated in a “Tournament of Champions Spelling Bee,” poetry readings, and children’s story time. Student artwork was on display, and local author MG Wells came to sign copies of her new book. Over $2000 worth of books were purchased in support of our school, netting a $300 gift card to be used on new materials for the Salt Point Library Media Center. We had a great time and your support was much appreciated!

Newly Acquired Books from the BookFair Part 1 / Part 2

Whats going on in the library?

Local Author MG Wells Visits Salt Point Center


The BIG READ comes to Salt Point Center - Check out our students' silhouette production of "A Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe

Salt Point Center's Subject Scope and Sequence


Web 2.0 Tools to Support the Curriculum

Successful Class Projects in the Library Media Center

Check out the Daily Morning Video Announcements

Great Resources to Support the Curriculum on my Delicious Page


Library & Curriculum Room Newsletter Archives

Poughkeepsie Public Library District

Dutchess BOCES School Library System

Mid-Hudson Library System Kid's Catalog

Mid-Hudson Library System Catalog

NYS Learning Standards & Core Curriculum

School Library Media Specialist: Matthew LaBrake 

Contact me:

Library Telephone: 845-486-8004 x430

About Me: Check out my Glog!

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Class Projects

Career Exploration Glogster Project


"US Presidents" Blabberize Project


Author Laurie Keller Videoconference


"About Me" Wordle Activity


Civil Rights WebQuest


Website Evaluation


"Moby Dick" Glogster Project


"The Mitten" Videoconference Project

State Research Project


Create your own SuperHero


Web Scavenger Hunt

"About Me" Wordle

Create a personalized “Word Cloud”

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The more times a word appears in your text, the larger it appears in your word cloud. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.


Directions for activity:

The first thing you need to do is complete the “Word Cloud” handout. Make sure you come up with the five words that are most important to you, and as many words that mean something to you as you can think of. The more words you include in section C of the handout, the cooler your word cloud will look.

Once you complete your handout go to the Wordle Homepage:

Once you are at the homepage click on “CREATE” on the navigation bar on top of the page. You will see a box that says “paste in a bunch of text.” This is where you will enter in the information from your handout.



On your handout there are 3 sections: A, B, & C

Enter your name from section A 4 times

Enter the five most important words from section B 2 times

Enter the rest of the words from section C 1 time

After you are finished typing hit “GO.” Your personalized word cloud will be generated. You can check out all the different styles available by clicking RANDOM or you can customize your word cloud using the simple text editing toolbar at the top of the page. Once you are happy with your design click “PRINT.”


"Moby Dick" Glogster Project



1) Read “Moby Dick

2) Discuss the components of literary elements

3) Create a Glog (interactive poster) displaying six elements

     a. Required:

               i. Point of View

               ii. Characters

               iii. Setting

               iv. Plot

     b. Choose 2:

               i. Foreshadowing

               ii. Figurative Language (imagery, metaphor, simile, hyperbole, etc.)

               iii. Tone/Mood

               iv. Theme

4) Use text, web, and multimedia resources in your Glog

     a. To find videos:

               School Tube

               Teacher Tube

DEMO GLOG: The Three Musketeers - Literary Elements

Glogster Project Rubric

Glogster Project Organizer

Teacher's Guide



Year 2 Completed Glogs (Same project but with "My Side of the Mountain")

"The Mitten" Videoconference Project

The Project

Additional Resources



1) Read "The Mitten" by Jan Brett (AudioBook)

2) Print out the "The Mitten" cut-out pages (Animals.pdf, Mitten.pdf, Mitten Reverse.pdf)

3) Decorate the cut-outs

4) Learn More about each animal in "The Mitten"

5) Choose an animal for your class to describe to another class

6) Write clues about your animal to give to the other class


Videoconferencing Agenda (40 Minutes)

1) Welcome and Introductions (5 Minutes): Each class shows where they are on a map and introduces themselves in some way

2) Each class shares their favorite part of the story and why (5 Minutes)

3) Presentations (20 Minutes):

          Classroom A: Description of the animal (5)

          Classroom B: Guess the animal (5)

          Classroom B: Description of the animal (5)

          Classroom A: Guess the animal (5)

4) Closing (10 Minutes): Classes share their mittens and ask each other questions


Videoconferencing with

A 2nd grade class from Stratford Elementary School in Garden City (Long Island), NY 

Wednesday, February 2nd, at 9:30am

Student Teams / Animals to Research

Madison & Lakoya / Mole & Snowshoe Rabbit

Malachi & Peter / Hedgehog & Owl

Shaun & Christian / Badger & Fox

Cameron & Josh / Bear & Meadow Mouse

ASK Author Videoconference

ASK Author Interview with Laurie Keller

Birdy's Smile Book

April 12, 2011, 1PM

Connected with author along with classrooms from Pennsylvania, Kansas, & Texas

Round robin with other classrooms asking questions

ASK (Authors Specialist and Knowledge) is an organized process that provides students with the opportunity to interview an author or a subject specialist in the topic they are reading about in a novel. The program uses excellent literature, journal writing and interviewing to promote reading for understanding. Here is a link to a new wiki that contains a video of the ASK process and a page of preparation resources -

Questions Developed


A. Where did you get the idea for the book?

B. Where did you come up with the idea for the character Birdy?

C. Who is your favorite author?

D. Why do you think the mirror at the end of the story is important?

E. What’s your favorite smile?

F. Where is your favorite place to write?

G. What was your reaction after you wrote the book?

H. Why can’t you smile when you eat broccoli?


A. Why is your book all about smiling?

B. What are your favorite books?

C. Where did you get the ideas for the characters?

D. Why did you name the dog French Fry?

E. Are you currently writing any more stories?

F. How many books have you written?

G. Describe your favorite part of the book?

H. In the book how did you come up with your jokes?


A. How did you come up with the names for your characters?

B. Describe your favorite characters?

C. Would you explain George Washington’s teeth? (Hippopotamus, ivory, and cow teeth)

D. Which do you enjoy more, writing or drawing?

E. How did you learn to draw?

F. What part of the book was the hardest to write?

G. Why did you want to become an author?

H. If you could rewrite the ending what would you change?




Career Exploration Glogster Project

1) Pick a Career that you would like to learn more about..

2) Complete the "Career Research Guide" using the library databases and the following resources:

3) Create a Glog (interactive poster) that expresses what you learned in your research

Make sure you express at least 6 out of the 8 prompts in the ORGANIZER

Make sure you include all of the requirements as shown in the RUBRIC

DEMO GLOG (Musician)




Create a SuperHero

Create your own SuperHero

Complete the following writing prompts:

What’s your secret identity?

           “My Superhero’s name is…”

What can your Superhero do?

          List and explain your super powers…

What do you look like?

          Describe your physical appearance...

          What kind of costume do you wear?

Who are you really?

          What is your Superhero’s alias?

          What does he or she do when not in costume?

          Why did your character become a Superhero?

 Create your world!

           Name the city or places your Superhero lives…

           List and describe your Superhero’s villains and archenemies…

           List and describe your Superhero’s friends…


Now create your Superhero


State Project

Use the resources below to complete the "State Report Booklet"



Start with the atlases located in the reference section of the library!



Full-text for more than 50 popular, elementary school magazines, 100 student pamphlets, an encyclopedia, an atlas, and a dictionary!

All Databases


Online Resources:

Other educational websites for you to use!

Explore Your World

Online Atlas

Fact Monster

National Geographic

How Stuff Works

E-Reference Desk (US State Timelines)

When did my state join the union?


US Presidents Blabberize Project


1) Pick your President

2) Research President using databases and other resources

General Biography Resources


3) Format research as first person narrative

4) Find picture of the President

5) Record audio clip of student presentation and save as a file (30 seconds max)

6) Upload picture to Blabberize

7) Upload sound clip to Blabberize

8) Generate final product



FINAL PRODUCTS (Sheehan) 2011

FINAL PRODUCTS (Sheehan) 2012



FINAL PRODUCTS (Fitzpatrick)

Website Evaluation Lesson Plans


• Students will understand that not all information they find on the Internet is true.

• Students will understand why it is important to evaluate websites before using the information in them.

• Students will be able to evaluate websites on their own for credibility, reliability, authenticity, objectivity, currency, and purpose.



Step One:

o Go over the definition of evaluation, the importance of evaluating websites, and things to look for when evaluating a website.

o Materials: PowerPoint presentation and “5 W’s Handout

Step Two:

o Have students divide into groups of two and evaluate a selected website designed for this purpose

o Materials: and “Website Evaluation Form

Step Three:

o Go over “Website Evaluation Form” as a class, explain the hoax, re-emphasize the importance of evaluating all Internet sources


Lesson Plans

Other Hoax Websites




Designed specifically for elementary school libraries, Searchasaurus and Kids Search contain full-text for more than 50 popular, elementary school magazines. Full-text is also available for over 100 student pamphlets, an encyclopedia and a dictionary. Full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).

The New Book of Knowledge is for elementary schools and higher. It includes literary selections, a time line, projects and experiments, news, homework help and more.

From one easy-to-use website, TeachingBooks makes instantly available original, in-studio movies of authors and illustrators, audio excerpts of professional book readings, guides to thousands of titles and a wealth of multimedia resources on children’s and young adult literature. Our hope is that by utilizing TeachingBooks’ multimedia resources, educators will better understand the spirit and personality behind books and discover exciting ways to share these insights with children and teens.

56 professional development eBooks titles from the Association for Supervision
and Curriculum Development

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.


Cengage-Gale Databases available through NOVELNY:

  • Academic OneFile (NEW)- The premier source for
    peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and
    reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology,
    medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects,
    Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive.  Includes full-text
    coverage of the New York Times back to 1995.
  • General OneFile (NEW) - A one-stop source for news
    and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current
    events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies,
    humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports,
    technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles,
    many with images.
  • Health Reference Center Academic (NEW) - Multi-source
    database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals,
    plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in InfoTrac’s
    award-winning Health Reference Center. All in a single, easy-to-use database,
    the material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes
  • The Twayne Authors Series - Contains the full
    text of the Twayne Literary Masters books which provide biographical and
    literarary criticism information on a wide variety of World, US, or English
  • Info Trac Custom Newspapers - This full-text
    newspaper database has several New York Newspapers including the New York Times
    from 1995 on, and over fifty national and international newspapers.
  • New York State Newspapers - A subset of
    InfoTrac Custom Newspapers, this database includes the following full-text
    newspapers from around New York State: Albany Times Union, Buffalo News, New
    York Times, New York Post, New York Observer, Syracuse Herald American, Syracuse
    Herald-Journal, and Syracuse Post-Standard.
  • National Newspaper Index - Provides indexing
    (1977 to present) of America’s top five newspapers: The New York Times, The
    Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and The
    Washington Post
    . Indexing only.
  • Encyclopedia of World Biography - A
    complete collection of the Encyclopedia of World Biography


Library Calendar

MG Wells Author Visit

On Monday, March 28, local author MG Wells came to visit Salt Point Center.  Students in grades 5-8 had the opportunity to meet MG as she read the first two chapters of her new YA fantasy book, LightMasters Number 13, and allowed the students to ask her questions about the story, the writing process, and the life of an author.

MG also donated 2 signed copies of her book to the Salt Point Library.  Thank you MG for your time and inspiring words.

My Glog

Student Work

Sheehan Famous African Americans "Blabberize" Project


The Big Read 2010

DiBartolo "Moby Dick" Literary Element Glogs

Sheehan US Presidents "Blabberize" Project

Felipe US Presidents "Blabberize" Project


Fitzpatrick Famous Americans "Blabberize" Project


Morning Video Announcements


Mauer's Moment - Holiday Show 2010 Intro


Fiumarello Career Exploration Glogs


DiBartolo "My Side of the Mountain" Literary Element Glogs

Big Read 2010

The BIG READ comes to Salt Point Center - Check out our students' silhouette production of "A Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe


 The BIG READ comes to Salt Point Center - Check out our students' creative retellings of "El Dorado" by Edgar Allan Poe

 Download PowerPoint HERE

DiBartolo "Moby Dick" Literary Element Glogs

Mrs. D's Glog



Jt H

Ju H







DiBartolo "My Side of the Mountain" Literary Element Glogs







Felipe US Presidents "Blabberize" Project

JB - Barack Obama

CB - George Washington

CS - Ronald Reagan

JT - John Adams

JC - James Monroe

LB - Abraham Lincoln

SD - Franklin D Roosevelt


Fitzpatrick Famous Americans "Blabberize" Project

CP - James Bowie


DM - Amelia Earhart


JA - Robert E Lee


JM - Dwight Eisenhower


KH - Meriwether Lewis


KL - George Washington


SL - Teddy Roosevelt


MV - Barack Obama

Fiumarello Career Exploration Glogs







Sheehan "US Presidents" Blabberize Project








Sheehan Famous African Americans "Blabberize" Project












Web Tools

NoodleBib Express - Individual citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian format

NoodleBib MLA Starter - Simple MLA bibliography tool for our youngest scholars (grades 1-5, ESL)


Glogster - Create interactive multimedia posters

Animoto - Create a free 30 second video

PBWorks - Create a collaborative workspace (wiki) to encourage student-centered learning

Wordle: Untitled

Wordle - Generates "word clouds" from the text you provide, giving prominence to words that appear more frequently

Blabberize - Got a picture?? Blabberize it!

Museum Box - Provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box.

Audacity - Free open source software for recording and editing sounds

Google Earth - Fly anywhere on earth!

CamStudio - Free screen recording software

Jing - Take a screen shot or short video of your computer monitor - Free image and photo editing software (like Adobe Photoshop)

Skype - Free video calling - video conference with another class

Delicious - Social bookmarking

Flickr - Online photo management and sharing application

Pixton - Make and share comic strips for free

Voki - Create personalized speaking avatars - Free brainstorming application - create colorful mindmaps

Voicethread - Transform media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting

Pivot - Create unique stick figure animations

Survey Monkey - Create and publish online surveys in minutes

Timeline - Generate descriptive timelines

Zoho - Create, edit, and share presentations

Open Office - Free productivity suite (like Microsoft Office)

Google Books - Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide

Googe Docs - Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere

Google Sites - Free and easy way to create and share webpages

EduBlogs - Easily create and manage student or teacher blogs

Scribus - Open source desktop publishing (like Microsoft Publisher)