AHS Lib Pano

We are a thriving, busy center for our students and faculty to seek and find materials and resources, to access our computer lab, bring in a class for research, play a game of chess and of course, read a great book.

About the Librarian

Your Library/Media Specialist is Mrs. Deborah Cole --
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Mrs. Cole is the Media and Digital Literacy Facilitator. She has been working in education for the past eleven years. The past five years she was the Library Media Specialist at the Crotched Mountain School. Her educational background is, certification as a K-12 Library Media Specialist from Plymouth State University, a Master of Education in Special Education from Rivier University, and a Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Science from University of Massachusetts. Mrs. Cole has four children and a Carin Terrier. In addition to reading and caring for her plants she enjoys knitting and crocheting.  


Link to our library catalog. (Click on “Alvirne High School”) Our Follett Destiny library catalog allows you to find a book or other media, by keyword, title, author or subject. This link is web-based and can be accessed from any device.
Also, on the homepage of our catalog, is a link to our subscription databases. They are as follows. *Passwords have been given to students/teachers.

EBSCOhost: Username: alvirne; Password: @03051

a powerful online reference system accessible via the Internet. It offers a variety of proprietary full-text databases and popular databases from leading information providers. In the form of Newspapers, magazines, journals and professional articles. 

InfobaseUsername: alvirne; Password: broncos

The databases include:

African-American History - Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History offers a fresh way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture. Includes videos, biographies, speeches, & primary source materials.
American History - A resource that spans our nation’s history; each subject entry includes biographies, primary sources, videos and slideshows, images, timelines, and maps and graphs.
American Indian History - More than 15,000 years of culture and history, covering more than 600 Native American groups, through tablet/mobile-friendly videos and slideshows, images, biographies of key people, event and topic entries, primary sources, maps and graphs, and timelines.
Bloom's Literature - Relevant content on the core authors studied and works and character indexes; resources; and more. Critical analysis of the text, full-length video adaptations, full-text eBooks and poems, essay writing guidance, and general writing help. 
Classroom Video On Demand: Career & Technical Education Collection - A multipurpose tool for vocational and technical high schools, a powerful resource for students learning a trade and preparing for the world of employment. Trades include Automotive,  Building and Technical Trades, Engineering Technology, Information Technology, Technical Communication, and Career Development.
Classroom Video On Demand: Master Collection - Prepare for college with top-quality video across the entire high school curriculum, including life skills and guidance. Oscar, Emmy, and Peabody Award-winning documentaries to A-list performances spanning the arts including Globe Trekker, Live from Shakespeare’s Globe, Job & Skills Evaluation, America—The Story of Us, Filthy Cities, A Concise Biography, and many more!.
Ferguson's Career Guidance Center - Reference database for lifelong career exploration and planning. It offers a wealth of resources for users to assess their career goals and interests, plan their education, learn workplace skills, find apprenticeships and internships, conduct a job search, and much more. 
Issues & Controversies - An alternative to the former Opposing Viewpoints, Issues & Controversies helps researchers understand today’s crucial issues by exploring hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture. In-depth articles—each presenting both sides of an issue clearly, coherently, and without bias—made to inspire thought-provoking debates. Includes key facts, arguments, history, and current context of today’s most important and timely issues makes the database an ideal resource for research papers, debate preparation, and persuasive writing assignments. 
Issues & Controversies in American History - Be at the center of the great debates and conflicts in U.S. and world history, exploring the issues as the key players saw them, or, in some cases, as historians have interpreted them. This comprehensive reference database has been expanded to cover every region of the world from antiquity to the present. A dynamic, concise, and balanced coverage of a broad range of topics, from slavery, empire, and revolution to race, gender, economy, and disease, all over the globe. 
Literary Classics eBook Collection - The fiction collection in the Mid/High School eBook collection.
Mid/High School eBook Subscription Collection - Convenient access to more than 5,200 acclaimed eBooks from the award-winning nonfiction and fiction titles. The collection includes a wide range of subjects—from ancient history and biographies, to mathematics, animals, nature, and more.
Modern World History - A comprehensive look at world history from the mid-15th century to the present. Thousands of subject entries, biographies, images, videos and slideshows, maps and graphs, primary sources, and timelines combine to provide a detailed and comparative view of the people, places, events, and ideas that have defined modern world history. 
Polling the Nations - Online database of public opinion polls. Aggregated from more than 1,000 sources, the polls feature 750,000+ poll questions covering hundreds of breaking-news events, including the 2020 presidential election, COVID-19, climate change, and Black Lives Matter, and thousands of topics, including affirmative action, criminal justice reform, immigration, voting rights, and many more. 
Science Online - A comprehensive overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines. Access the full, updated content of our unique science eLearning Modules, videos and animations, biographies and experiments, activities, and interactives,  which target a variety of core topics and feature valuable Teacher Support materials for seamless in-class integration.
Today's Science - Bridges the gap between the science taught in class and real-world discoveries—giving in-depth explanations of important advances in biology, chemistry, environmental science, space, physics, and technology. Featured articles offer easy access to related content such as crossword puzzles, cartoons, and questions; additional articles that help place news and discoveries in context; and interviews with scientists that bring the research to life. An extensive backfile dating back to 1992 illustrates how one scientific advance leads to another; the stories focus on the questions scientists ask themselves and, in doing so, reinforce science educators’ traditional emphasis on the scientific method. 
World Geography and Culture Online - Every country of the world is profiled in depth, with more than 40 entries and more than 100 statistical indicators covering all aspects of each nation’s geography, history, society, and culture. At-a-glance information, maps and flags, videos, images, audio recordings, gazetteer entries, biographies of famous people, a timeline, and current news supplement each country profile. Information for the U.S. states, Canadian provinces, and international territories is similarly detailed.
World News Digest - An exclusive, authoritative archive of world news coverage, featuring current events along with historical content dating back to the 1940s. A brand-new video feature gives users easy access to extensive historical video footage never before contained in the database, bringing decades of key historic events to life. Thought-provoking new editorials will keep users on top of trending topics, offering broad context and perspective to current and recent news events—and complementing the historical editorials already in the database. Find expanded background information for every country; an enhanced U.S. Presidential Elections guide with election coverage from 1940 to the present; searchable, standalone images; a fully responsive interface; and more.
Writer's Reference Center - A convenient one-stop location for all of the tools necessary to write and research effectively. From the mechanics of writing and grammar to style and research, this indispensable online resource thoroughly covers the fundamentals of quality writing, provides a wealth of vocabulary-building dictionaries, and presents a step-by-step guide to writing a good essay. An in-depth grammar section defines grammatical terms and gives examples of use, while another section explores writing style. Writing resources teach users how best to revise their work, and the intuitive design allows users to find relevant information quickly through customizable searches and browsing.

    Links to excellent websites, reviewed and authoritative:

    Library of Congress - The Library has in its collections well over 100 million items, in hundreds of different languages and virtually every format--not just books and journals, but also prints, drawings, government documents, photographs, microforms, films, sound and video recordings, manuscripts, and other formats. As large and diverse as the Library's collections are, it does not have every book ever published. While virtually all subject areas are represented in the collections, the Library does not attempt to collect comprehensively in the areas of clinical medicine and technical agriculture, which are covered by the National Library of Medicine and the National Agricultural Library, respectively. Researchers should also note that the Library of Congress is distinct from the National Archives, which is the major repository for the official records of the United States government.

    The Encyclopedia of Earth - The Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE) is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The EoE is a free, expert-reviewed collection of content contributed by scholars, professionals, educators, practitioners and other experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The content is presented in a style intended to be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.

    50 Core American Documents - Access to the Declaration of Independence to Martin Luther King Junior’s, “I Have a Dream” speech. All available to use as primary documents.

    Poets/Poetry - Find poems and poetry at a site that is one of the best.

    Science Sites:
    UC Berkely - UC Berkeley's Understanding Science
    Top YouTube Videos for Science and Math Students and Teachers

    Links to help you create work cited pages for research:

    Monday - Friday 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Rodgers Memorial Library is also available to students and is located on the opposite side of Alvirne's main parking lot.

    Supporting Documents

    Library Orientation Slideshow (1 MB)

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