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  • A parent's and educator's guide to media literacy and fake news

    Posted by Julie Horwat on 5/10/2017

    This site is excellent for parents and educators; download the PDF and check out all of the wonderful resources and information to help you combat the problem of wide-spread media illiteracy!

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  • Dyslexic font and Speechify! Accessibility add-ons

    Posted by Julie Horwat on 3/30/2017

    Download the Dyslexic Font plug-in so that all text on the web can be adjusted to Dyslexic font ANYTIME! 

    Click here to see a quick tutorial!


    Download the Speechify plug-in so that all text on the web can be read aloud! 

    Click here to see my tutorial!


    P.S.  I recommend using the Chrome browser to be able to watch the tutorials. 

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  • Click here!

    Posted by Julie Horwat on 2/8/2017

    Entrance to some cool e-books!


    Click here to see some other great e-books (including graphic novels) that you can read right from your computer!  When you get in, choose "All Resources" on the right, and a list of everything you can read is right there.  Enjoy!

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  • Featured e-book, MS & HS

    Posted by Julie Horwat on 2/8/2017

    What are my rights?


    This book is amazing, and you can read it from your computer!  If you're on a school computer, the link above will take you right to the e-book.  If you're looking at it from home, the username is either hphs or hpms and the password is the same password we use for databases. 

    This book answers 106 questions teens have about their rights, such as "Are my parents allowed to force me to go to church?"  The author answers in a straightforward way about what the law says about that.  I learned a lot, and so did my son! I highly recommend this, and we also have a print copy to loan at both the MS & HS libraries.  Enjoy !

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  • Another Contest

    Posted by Julie Horwat on 1/3/2017

    "Family Life" Essay Contest:  You could win gift certificates and a dinner gift certificate!

    Contest Period: 

    The contest period will end on Friday, March 10, 2017.


    Beginning in 1970, technology began making huge strides in our family lives.  Cellular phones, personal computers, and home video entertainment systems, just to name a few, became available for our use and enjoyment.  Discuss and give examples of the effects that these new technologies have had in your own family life. 


    All essay submissions must be postmarked no later than March 10, 2017.  Submissions postmarked after March 10, 2017 will not be accepted.  Essay submissions must be complete and mailed to: 

    Scottish Rite Essay Contest

    Utica Masonic Building

    251 Genesee Street

    Utica, NY  13501-3401

    Length of Essay: 

    Grades 4-6:  150-200 words     Grades 7-12:  200-350 words


    Essays for all grade levels may be typewritten, printed, or neatly hand written iin blue or black ink, double-spaced on plain or lined paper, by the applicant.

    Cover Page:

    A cover page MUST be secured to the essay and contain the following information: 

    • Student's last name, students first name
    • Name of teacher (or librarian)
    • Teacher's contact email address
    • Teacher's phone number
    • Teacher's original signature
    • Name of School
    • School Address
    • Student's grade


    Work must be original.  Plagiarized material will be disqualified.  Research and a bibliography are not required.  However, supportive facts, statements, or data must be footnoted.  All essays will be judged by a panel selected by the Committee. 


    To print this information and to get a fill-in-the-blank cover page ticket, click here.

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  • OVERDRIVE! Borrow e-books and audiobooks for FREE!

    Posted by Julie Horwat on 11/10/2016

    Borrow e-books and audiobooks from your school library!


    Over 6,000 titles await!  Go to your OPALS catalog and click on the Overdrive icon (like the one above).  Select your school, and you'll need to login.  You will need to get your login credentials from your librarian or teacher.  Once you have that, browse all of the books and audiobooks you can borrow!  You can borrow these books for 21 days and then they will disappear from your device, so no need to worry about returning the books.  

    Reasons to check this out! 

    • Carry multiple books on one device!  You can listen to or read books on any device you already own (Kindle, Nook, iPod Touch, iPad, iPhone, Android, a desktop computer, etc.) and you don't have to worry about losing your books. If you don't have a device, you can BORROW ONE FROM YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY!  Woot!  
    • Adjust the size of the text, use the built-in dictionary feature of the books!  
    • Listen to audiobooks wherever you are, whatever you're doing.  Long car-ride but reading in the car makes you ill?  No problem!  Audiobook! Listen while doing chores, running, etc. 
    • Overdrive has some books that we don't have in our school library. 

    So, be sure to get your login information from your teachers or your librarian (you can email me at and search, browse, etc.  If you are struggling with any part of this process, please come see me and I will help you.  



    UPDATE:  This wonderful tutorial page has videos that will guide you through the process of borrowing books from any device.  When it's time to find "your school ibrary," from the "Add a library" part of the process, you are looking for Oneida Herkimer Boces. 

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    Posted by Julie Horwat on 10/6/2016

    Letters About Literature Contest:  Grades 4-12


    Fan Art Contest!

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  • Welcome Back!

    Posted by Julie Horwat on 8/30/2016

    Middle school and high school students.  Welcome back to school!  Please make visiting your school library a priority right away.  We have new books and new activities.  Looking forward to seeing old students and meeting our new ones! 

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  • FANart contest at Utica Public Library!

    Posted by Julie Horwat on 5/31/2016

    Fanart contest flier  contest rules

    For more information, check out Utica Public Library's linke above! Let's represent Holland Patent at this exciting Fandemicon event, whether or not you enter the FANart contest!

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  • Book recommendations

    Posted by Julie Horwat on 5/25/2016

    Reader's Advisory:  Looking for that just-right book for yourself or your child (or someone else's child?) 

    I just discovered this website, and I love it!  Here is Brightly's mission (according to their site):

    "Founded in 2014 by a small team of passionate bookworms and parents, Brightly is a resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers. Launched in partnership with Penguin Random House, Brightly features book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more."  I love their lists of books and links. You can navigate by age level, too! 

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