Here’s what is on the table when AP Chemistry students in Susan Fourness-Ewell’s class are working in the library–laptops, notebooks, textbooks, paper, pens, pencils, and of course, a Titleist hat. They were researching how the properties of atoms change with the atomic number. Need to know more? An example–the radius of an atom changes as the atomic number increases. After the research, students plotted the changes using a spreadsheet and graph to look for patterns.
Just take a look at the way students are using the whiteboards in the Saunders Family Library. You’ll find study notes, illustrations, and doodles for all kinds of classes–everything from APUSH to AP Environmental. These notes were created by a student in Rebecca Hottman’s environmental science class. If you want to understand the hydrologic cycle, now’s your chance.
There are a handful of apps that may help make your Axis 360 ebook experience a pleasant one. You may use the all. You may only use one. Maybe print is your jam, and you won’t use any. That’s ok.
Here is a list of the apps that work with Axis 360 and what each app offers you:
- Blio works on Windows OS, iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), Android OS tablets/phones, and Kindle Fire/Fire HD.
- Blio is great for viewing artwork, maps, and illustrations. Let’s hear it for high resolution!
- Blio has text to speech capabilities.
- Right now you can’t return a book early in Blio, but that feature is coming.
- Adobe Digital Editions works with OS X, Kobo eReaders, Sony eReaders, Nook, and Nook Color devices.
- There is no text to speech capability.
- You can return books early with Adobe Digital Editions.
* You will need to set up a free Adobe Digital Editions account.
- axisReader is for mobile devices only.
- There is no text to speech capability.
- You can return books early with axisReader.
* You’ll need axisReader to read an ePub file. You can link your Adobe Digital Editions account to your axisReader account.
- Acoustik plays downloadable audiobooks (which we don’t have at the moment, but that may change).
- Acoustik is for mobile devices only.
- You can return audio books early with Acoustik.
Do you like to read on your iPad or your Android device? Do you own a Nook or Kindle? You can now check out ebooks through the Saunders Family Library. Our collection of ebooks work with Windows OS, OS X, iOS, Android OS, Kobo eReaders, and Sony eReaders.
2. You’ll see our wall of books. Pick a book you want to read. Check the wall often. We’re always adding new books. Don’t see anything you want to read? Recommend some books by stopping by the library or emailing saunderslib (at) collegiate-va.org.
2a. If there are a few books you want to read, click the “add to checkout list.”
2b. You can check out three ebooks at a time. You’ll have access to the books for 21 days. If don’t need the book for 21 days, shorten the checkout period by clicking on “my checkout list” and moving the slider to mirror your preferred checkout time.
3. When you’re ready to check out, you’ll be prompted to enter your librarycardID and pin. You will create your library card ID and pin.
Your library card ID must begin with SFL (and SFL must be capitalized). We recommend SFLcollegiateusername and your birth month and day of birth for a pin.
So, my library card ID is SFLmbarker. If I were born January 1, my pin would be 0101.
4. You’ll now be asked for more information regarding the creation of your Blio account (Blio is one app you can use to read ebooks through Axis 360). There are also a few other apps that you’ll find handy. Those apps are explained here.
The email address and password you enter here will be the email address and password you use to sign into the Blio app.
5. Once you’ve created an account, check out the book you want. If the book is checked out to someone else, put it on hold. You’ll be notified when it’s ready for you.
6. Log into the Blio app on your device. The books you’ve selected will download to your device.
7. Start reading.
Those are the basics. Stay tuned for more tips and insights for becoming an ultimate Axis 360 power user.
Please see Allen Chamberlain, Melanie Barker, or Ben Lamb if you have trouble creating an account, downloading the Blio app to your device, or want to request books.
To celebrate the new studio and new classes in woodworking, we’ve added some beauties to our collection.
Now who doesn’t love the sweet smell of cedar or the tart smell of pine and the look and feel of fine craft in furniture and lovely boxes? Come on over and enjoy these new additions. And don’t forget–you can always talk “shop” with Ben Lamb, our resident Saunders Family Library woodworker.
If you didn’t make it to the RVA Street Art Festival, well, you missed some crazy wild paint. But there’s always next year, and there’s more to this story. The Festival had an interesting goal of revitalizing the former GRTC property at the intersection of Cary St. and Robinson through public art, murals, sculpture, mixed media installations, and a focus on the future of transportation in Richmond.
It did all that and more. If you look behind the paint, you can see some of the earliest carbarns and shops built by the Richmond Traction Co. for its streetcars. I can’t get enough of old buildings; whether they’re fragile or sturdy, I’m fascinated by them. So after the Festival, I read Rails in Richmond by Carlton Norris McKenney, a great book we have in our Richmond history collection. Another “then and now” favorite is Celebrate Richmond: The Dementi Family of Photographers, a wonderful collection of photographs pairing scenes from the past with what’s there in the present.
There’s a little part of me that still wishes I could hop on Open Car No. 33 for my ride to work.
Behind the Paint
The students in Dr. Ross’s Race, Culture, and Sports class spent time researching the facts and fiction of Remember the Titans.
Their research lead them to contact information for Coach Bill Yoast, who agreed to speak with the class by phone. Based on their knowledge of the film and their research, the students crafted questions for Coach Yoast, and spent their Friday class period talking to him about the film, his experiences at T.C. Williams High School, integration, football, and coaching.
The Sandbox ended up serving as the perfect space for this activity. The room is equipped with a phone conferencing system and several overhead mics. Coach Yoast came through loud and clear. Questions from the students were picked up by Coach Yoast with little to no problems.
Not a bad way to end the week.
This is certainly a signal for the future. Kelly Tracy and her three AP Biology classes visited the library today, working on mathematical modeling to study the evolution of populations. The project was all about harnessing the power of technology to predict the future and more–to organize and analyze data.
The students settled in the center area of the library, working in pairs with Macbooks.
After the first class, Dr. Tracy told us, “I’m noticing for collaborative work this space is great. I can stand back, observe carefully, let students do their own work, and help when needed.” A beautiful combination.
More proof of the success of the project: just look at what’s on the table–textbooks, notebooks, pencils, laptops, and genuine interest in the work.