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All library books are now due back to school.  Please return them for inventory. 




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Please remember to turn in library books weekly.  Students that have books out from last year, must return books before they can check out new books.  Students who have come from other schools have informed us of overdue books at their school.  Those students will not be able to check out new books until their overdue books are also turned in.  Thank you for your help.   






  Our library could use someone to help take care of it.  If you would like to volunteer please call 584-7200.  We need people to help shelve books, straighten up shelves, and do general library housekeeping.   Any help would greatly be appreciated by students and teachers.  _________________________________________________________


Search engines – Yahooligans          


                            Ask For Kids         


                            Fact Hound             


Remember that when you look for information on the Internet, the information might not be totally up-to-date.  It might not be as accurate as the information you get from encyclopedias and books from good publishers (where lots of people check the information before the book goes into print).  Remember also that free information is often paid for with advertisements – but that doesn’t mean you have to buy the stuff!




OPAC  Search the Sewell Library Computer Catalog


You can search the Sewell book catalog (OPAC) from any computer in TUSD.  Next year we are told that there will be some changes and then you will be able to search our catalog from your computer at home (or any computer in the world, for that matter!)


Here’s How to Get Information from the Catalog


Log on from a TUSD computer

Click on Internet

Zap the address field and type in these nine letters




The welcome page of our catalog should come on your screen

Type in your search term

Click on Author, Subject, Title, Series – whatever is appropriate


Hints:  Type the author’s last name first

             Don’t type “The” or “A” if that is the first word of the title.

            Computer lists are alphabetical, so the first word is often enough by itself.





Favorite Authors


Click on these websites to get information about some of your favorite authors:

 * Jan Brett   -Jan Brett is the author and illustrator of many gorgeous picture books.

 * Marc Brown  or

  *Meet Arthur’s author at this website

  *Christopher Paul Curtis


  *Dan Gutman


  *Pam Munoz Ryan   -Pam Munoz Ryan has written many great picture books as well as chapter books.  She won Arizona’s Judy Goddard Award for her historical fiction novel Esperanza Rising

  *Seymour Simon   -Seymour Simon is popular with a lot of students who like to read science books with great photographs.

  *Dr. Seuss -What could I say in a few words about this giant of children’s literature!

  *Conrad Storad   -Conrad Storad is a professor at ASU.  He won the Judy Goddard Award in 2001 for his wonderful picture books about the Arizona desert, and desert animals.