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TEN POINT WEBSITE EVALUATION CHECKLIST

(Developed from the system of the Poynter Institute)
● AUTHORITY: Is this a recognised expert, or a body with a known reputation?
● AFFILIATION: Is the site connected with a reputable person or organisation?
● ACCURACY: If you can spot mistakes while reading the site, then start worrying.
● APPEARANCE: Is the site well put together? A reliable site may look old-fashioned, but a
sloppy or amateurish presentation could indicate an individual, or some flyby-
night operation.
● COMPREHENSIBILITY: Does it make sense? (But remember: people writing in a second
language may be less clear than native speakers.)
● CURRENCY: Is it up-to-date?
● LINKS: Look at respected sites on the subject: do they link to the one you are
examining?
● PAGE RANK: If you use a Google Toolbar, it will offer a 1-10 rank on how a page is
regarded on the web. Several other search services offer such rankings.
● OBJECTIVITY: Are there signs of bias?
● CREDIBILITY: A simple test: do you believe it? Does common sense tell you it is true?
Don’t feel you should use these criteria every time you check out a site; just be aware of the
pitfalls.

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Design a jacket for next(?) HP book

A competition on designing a book jacket for the next Harry Potter book conducted on 30th July 2008 in the library as part of Harry Potter birthday celebrations. 31st July happens to be Harry’s birthday.

A Harry Potter trivia Quiz with a short introduction to the books was held in the morning assembly on 31st July, 2008

The Competition

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Harry Potter Birthday Celebrations

Exhibition of Harry Potter Books

30th July to 01 August

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NCERT Journals

Online NCERT Journals

Filed under: New Periodicals,

More Jokes

What did one book say to the other one?
I just wanted to see if we are on the same page
(Thanks to Anonymous)
Why didn’t the burglar break into the library?
Because he was afraid he’d get a long sentence.
(Thanks to West Leeman
Why do authors always get good marks on tests?
They know how to copy-right.
(Thanks to Nancy Schimmel)
Where was the librarian when the lights went out?
In the dark!
(Thanks to Marlin Day)
What does the librarian say when she has to leave?
Time to book!
(Thanks to Marlin Day)
What did the book called “Chills” say to the other book?
“I feel chills running down my spine!”
(Thanks to Anonymous)
What is a book’s favorite food?
A bookworm.
(Thanks to Cody S., age 10)
What do the library computers like to eat for snacks?
Chips.
What do you get when you cross an elephant with a computer?
A lot of memory.
What part of a computer does an astronaut like best?
The space bar.
Why did the computer sneeze?
It had a virus.
Where do computers take their pets when they get sick?
To the Intervet.
What is a computer’s favorite kind of music?
Disk-o
What did one math book say to the other math book?
“Do you want to hear my problems?”
What do planets like to read?
Comet books.
How do librarians file melted marshmallows?
According to the Gooey (Dewey) Decimal System.
What did the spider do inside the library computer?
It made a Web page.
When the cold wind blows, what does a book do?
It puts on a book jacket.
(Thanks to Walter Minkel!
Why does the dragon keep turning around in a circle?
He wants to read a long tale.
(Thanks to Walter Minkel!
How do you catch computer fish?
Two ways: on line or in the Net.
(Thanks to Walter Minkel!
What does Hagrid use on the 18th hole of the Hogwarts Golf Course?
His Harry Putter.
(Thanks to Walter Minkel!
Where do sticks of chewing gum go when they go online?
On the Mint-ernet.
(Thanks to Walter Minkel and Emi Kafton-Minkel!
When the squirrels sneak into the library to use the computers, where do they go?
On the Inter-nut.
(Thanks to Walter Minkel and Emi Kafton-Minkel!
What do you call a campground for spiders?
A Web site.
(Thanks to Matt Willette, age 8!
Where are there more nobles than in the royal court?
In the library. All the books have titles.
When a knight read a book, who was always at his side?
His page.
(Thanks to Walter Minkel!)
What do you do if a dragon bites your library book?
Take the words right out of his mouth.
When spiders go on the Internet, what do they visit first?
Charlotte’s Web site.
What’s the difference between an accountant and a dectective solving the Case of the Stolen Book?
One’s a bookkeeper and one’s a bookcaper.
Why did Dr. Jekyll cross the road in front of the library?
To get to the other Hyde.
(Thanks to Kate Booker!)
Why did the librarian slip and fall on the library floor?
Because she was in the non-friction section.
(Thanks to Alan Mandel!)
Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Cardigan.
Cardigan who?
Oh, no! I went to the library and forgot my card-igan!
Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Snow.
Snow who?
Snow better place to hang out during the winter than the library!
Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Clothes on.
Clothes on who?
The library’s clothes on Thanksgiving, but we’ll be open again on Friday!
Why did the vampire check out a drawing book?
He wanted to learn how to draw blood.
Librarian: Knock knock.
Student: Who’s there?
Librarian: Winnie.
Student: Winnie who?
Librarian: Winnie you going to bring back that overdue book, hm?
What does a library book wear whenever it leaves the building?
A pager.
Why was the T-Rex afraid to go to the library?
Because her books were 60 million years overdue.
Why is that library book you’re trying to find always in the last place you look?
Because once you find it, you stop looking.
Why does an elephant use his trunk as a bookmark?
That way he always nose where he stopped reading.
(Thanks to Emi Kafton-Minkel!)
How can you tell if an elephant checked out a library book before you did?
When you open it, peanut shells fall out.
Why does the ghost come back to the library every day for more books?
Because she goes through them too quickly.
Why did Silly Willy wait until summer to take back his overdue books?
Because that’s when the fine weather is.
Why didn’t the skeleton come back to the library with an overdue book?
He was too gutless.
(Thanks to Thomas A. Brown!)
Why don’t elephants ever pay overdue fines?
They always bring their books back on time. An elephant never forgets!
(Thanks to Emi Kafton-Minkel!)
What did the detective do when he didn’t believe the librarian’s story?
He booked her!
(Thanks to Millie from Northern California!)
Do you know how many librarians it takes to screw in a light bulb?
No, but I know where you can look it up!
What king of medieval England was famous because he spent so many nights at his Round Table writing books?
King Author!
What reference book should you put on your head to keep off the sun and rain, no matter where you go in the world?
A hat-las (if you like, you can call it your “map cap”).
What reference book should you use when you forget your shovel?
The dig-tionary.
What reference book is the best to use when you want to travel?
The bicycle-opedia!
Librarian: Knock knock.
Kid: Who’s there?
Librarian: Winnie Thupp.
Kid: Winnie Thupp who?
Librarian: He’s in the juvenile fiction, and so is Piglet!
When a goose goes to the library, what books does she look for?
Peoplebumps books!
If you travel to Eastern Europe, why won’t you find any books in Prague’s public library?
They’re all “Czech”ed out!
How do you make a library float?
Get a million gallons of root beer, two scoops of ice cream, and add one library!
(Thanks to David Boe!)
Who writes invisible books?
A ghost writer!
(Thanks to Carolyn Gray!)
Part 1: What building has the most stories?
The library, of course!
Part 2: If a student goes to a seven-story library and checks out seven books, how many are left?
None. The library had only seven stories!
(Thanks to Christine Talbert!)
Where does a librarian sleep?
Between the covers.
When a librarian goes fishing, what goes on her hook?
A bookworm, of course.
What does a librarian eat dinner from?
A bookplate.
Jim said, “My dog tried to eat my library book.”
“What did you do?” asked the librarian.
“I took the words right out of his mouth.”
(Thanks to Leo MacLeod!)
What does the skeleton do when she goes to the library?
She likes to “bone up” on her favorite subject (and we’re not ribbing you, either).
What does a librarian use to keep his pants up?
A book-kle.
What does the mummy do when he goes to the library?
He gets all wrapped up in a good book.
What do you call a person whose library books are overdue?
A bookkeeper.
What did the book called “Chills” say to the other book?
“I feel chills running running down my spine.”

Filed under: library Jokes & Cartoons,

Jokes

Why did the librarian slip and fall on the library floor?
Because she was in the non-friction section.

Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Clothes on.
Clothes on who?
The Library’s clothes on Thanksgiving,
but we’ll be open again on Friday!

Why did the vampire check out a drawing book?
He wanted to learn how to draw blood.

Librarian: Knock knock.
Student: Who’s there?
Librarian: Winnie.
Student: Winnie who?
Librarian: Winnie you going to bring back
that overdue book, hmm?

Q. Why was the T-Rex afraid to go to the library?
A: Because her books were 60 million years overdue.

Q. Why is that library book you’re trying to find always in the last place you look? A. Because once you find it, you stop looking.

Q. Why does an elephant use his trunk as a bookmark?
A. That way he always nose where he stopped reading.

Q. How can you tell if an elephant checked out a library book before you did?
A. When you open it, peanut shells fall out.

Q. Why does the ghost come back to the library every day for more books?
A. Because she goes through them too quickly.

Q. Why didn’t the skeleton come back to the library with an overdue book?
A. He was too gutless.

Q. Why don’t elephants ever pay overdue fines?
A. They always bring their books back on time. An elephant never forgets!

Q. What did the detective do when he didn’t believe the librarian’s story?
A. He booked her!

Q. Do you know how many librarians it takes to screw in a light bulb?
A. No, but I know where you can look it up!

Q. What king of medieval England was famous because he spent so many nights at his Round Table writing books?
A. King Author!

Q. What reference book should you put on your head to keep off the sun and rain, no matter where you go in the world?
A. A hat-las. (If you like, you can call it your “map cap.”)

Q. What reference book should you use when you forget your shovel?
A. The dig-tionary.

Librarian: Knock knock.
Kid: Who’s there?
Librarian: Winnie Thupp.
Kid: Winnie Thupp who?
Librarian: He’s in the juvenile fiction, and so is Piglet!

Q. When a goose goes to the library, what books does she look for?
A. Peoplebumps books!

Q. If you travel to Eastern Europe, why won’t you find any books in
Prague’s public library?
A. They’re all “Czech”ed out!

Part 1: Q. What building has the most stories?
A. The library, of course!

Part 2: Q. If a student goes to a seven-story library
and checks out seven books, how many are left?
A. None. The library had only seven stories!

Q. Where does a librarian sleep?
A. Between the covers.

Q. When a librarian goes fishing, what goes on her hook?
A. A bookworm, of course.

Q. What does a librarian eat dinner from?
A. A bookplate.

Jim said, “My dog tried to eat my library book.”
“What did you do?” asked the librarian.
“I took the words right out of his mouth.”

Q. What does the skeleton do when she goes to the library?
A. She likes to “bone up” on her favorite subject
(and we’re not ribbing you, either).

Q. What does the Mummy do when he goes to the library?
A. He gets all wrapped up in a good book.

Dear Readers: I copied these jokes from the following site:
http://www.multnomah.lib.or.us/lib/kids/jokes.html
Go there to see the rest of them.

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Harry Potter Book exhibition

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Da Vinci Code

Dawn Brown

(Now in our Library)

Spinning a Thriller From the Louvre

By JANET MASLIN

The word for “The Da Vinci Code” is a rare invertible palindrome. Rotated 180 degrees on a horizontal axis so that it is upside down, it denotes the maternal essence that is sometimes linked to the sport of soccer. Read right side up, it concisely conveys the kind of extreme enthusiasm with which this riddle-filled, code-breaking, exhilaratingly brainy thriller can be recommended.

That word is wow.

The author is Dan Brown (a name you will want to remember). In this gleefully erudite suspense novel, Mr. Brown takes the format he has been developing through three earlier novels and fine-tunes it to blockbuster perfection. Not since the advent of Harry Potter has an author so flagrantly delighted in leading readers on a breathless chase and coaxing them through hoops.

The first book by this onetime teacher, the 1998 “Digital Fortress,” had a foxy heroine named Susan Fletcher who was the National Security Agency’s head cryptographer. The second, “Deception Point,” involved NASA, a scientific ruse in the Arctic and Rachel Sexton, an intelligence analyst with a hairdo “long enough to be sexy, but short enough to remind you she was probably smarter than you.”

With “Angels and Demons,” Mr. Brown introduced Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor of art history and religious symbology who is loaded with “what his female colleagues referred to as an `erudite’ appeal.” No wonder: the new book finds the enormously likable Langdon pondering antimatter, the big-bang theory, the cult of the Illuminati and a threat to the Vatican, among other things. Yet this is merely a warm-up for the mind-boggling trickery that “The Da Vinci Code” has in store.

Consider the new book’s prologue, set in the Grand Gallery of the Louvre. (This is the kind of book that notices that this one gallery’s length is three times that of the Washington Monument.) It embroils a Caravaggio, an albino monk and a curator in a fight to the death. That’s a scene leaving little doubt that the author knows how to pique interest, as the curator, Jacques Saunière, fights for his life.

Desperately seizing the painting in order to activate the museum’s alarm system, Saunière succeeds in buying some time. And he uses these stolen moments — which are his last — to take off his clothes, draw a circle and arrange himself like the figure in Leonardo’s most famous drawing, “The Vitruvian Man.” And to leave behind an anagram and Fibonacci’s famous numerical series as clues.

Whatever this is about, it is enough to summon Langdon, who by now, he blushes to recall, has been described in an adoring magazine article as “Harrison Ford in Harris tweed.” Langdon’s latest manuscript, which “proposed some very unconventional interpretations of established religious iconography which would certainly be controversial,” is definitely germane.

Also soon on the scene is the cryptologist Sophie Neveu, a chip off the author’s earlier prototypes: “Unlike the waifish, cookie-cutter blondes that adorned Harvard dorm room walls, this woman was healthy with an unembellished beauty and genuineness that radiated a striking personal confidence.” Even if he had not contrived this entire story as a hunt for the Lost Sacred Feminine essence, women in particular would love Mr. Brown.

With Leonardo as co-conspirator, since his life and work were so fraught with symbols and secrets, Mr. Brown is off to the races. Google away: you may want to investigate the same matters that Langdon and Agent Neveu pursue as they tap into a mother lode of religious conspiracy theory. The Priory of Sion, the Knights Templar and the controversial Vatican prelature called Opus Dei are all invoked, as is the pentacle, the Divine Proportion, the strange sex rites glimpsed in the film “Eyes Wide Shut” and the Holy Grail. If you think the Grail is a cup, then Mr. Brown — drawing upon earlier controversial Grail theories involving 19th-century discoveries by a real Saunière — would like you to think again.

As in his “Angels and Demons,” this author is drawn to the place where empirical evidence and religious faith collide. And he creates a bracing exploration of this realm, one that is by no means sacrilegious, though it sharply challenges Vatican policy. As Langdon and Sophie follow clues planted by Leonardo, they arrive at some jaw-dropping suppositions, some of which bring “The Da Vinci Code” to the brink of overkill. But in the end Mr. Brown gracefully lays to rest all the questions he has raised.

The book moves at a breakneck pace, with the author seeming thoroughly to enjoy his contrivances. Virtually every chapter ends with a cliffhanger: not easy, considering the amount of plain old talking that gets done. And Sophie and Langdon are sent on the run, the better to churn up a thriller atmosphere. To their credit, they evade their pursuers as ingeniously as they do most everything else.

When being followed via a global positioning system, for instance, it is smart to send the sensor flying out a 40-foot window and lead pursuers to think you have done the same. Somehow the book manages to reconcile such derring-do with remarks like, “And did you know that if you divide the number of female bees by the number of male bees in any beehive in the world, you always get the same number?”

“The Da Vinci Code” is breezy enough even to make fun of its characters’ own cleverness. At one point Langdon is asked by his host whether he has hidden a sought-after treasure carefully enough. “Actually,” Langdon says, unable to hide his grin, “that depends on how often you dust under your couch.”

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Young World Quiz

By V.V. RAMANAN (The Hindu)

QUESTIONS

1. In which sport is Ivan Lendl an icon?

2. Which fruit is also called Ananas, Nanas or Pina?

3.Which highly endangered carnivore’s diet is 99 per cent bamboo?

4. Which of these composers was not an Austrian: Mozart, Vivaldi and Brahms?

5. In Scrabble, what colour is the square that triples the letter score?

6. Alba is the Gaelic name for which European country?

7. According to the nursery rhyme, how much did the crooked cat cost the crooked man?

8. In Tom and Jerry cartoons, name the attractive female, white cat who is Tom’s usual love interest.

9. John Wilkes Booth was the assassin of…?

10. Name Bart Simpson’s paternal grandfather?

11. The Tupolev Tu-144 was the world’s first…?

12. What type of snake is usually shown on a pharaoh’s crown?

13. If you were in Tallinn, in which European country would you be in?

14. Where in the human body is the Girdle of Venus?

15. In chess, what is a ‘Adjust’?

ANSWERS

1. Tennis
2. Pineapple
3. Giant Panda
4. Vivaldi
5. Dark blue
6. Scotland
7. A crooked sixpence.
8. Toodles (Galore)
9. Abraham Lincoln
10. Abraham J. Simpson
11. Supersonic
12. Cobra
13. Estonia
14. Palm of the hand
15. Touching a piece without the intention of making a move

Filed under: Young World Quiz,

E-Quest

Questions

1. Peter Oppenheimer is the CFO of…?

2. Which media giant has filed a $1-billion copyright claim against Google and YouTube, a fact that has been publicly ridiculed by Google’s CEO?

3. The video portal from NBC Universal and News Corp. is called…?

4. Name the studio responsible for a movie like ‘Dirty Dancing’ and TV show like ‘Weeds’ that has signed a revenue-sharing deal with YouTube.

5. Which cyber-giant’s social-news site is called Propeller?

6. According to the ‘US Search Engine Performance Report: Q2 2008’ released recently, how much of every new dollar spent on search in Q2 2008 versus Q2 2007 went to Google?

7. What does ‘SaaS’ used as a model of software deployment stand for?

8. After which Spanish city was AMD’s first quad-core server processor named?

9. What was ‘The Last HOPE’ that was held recently?

10. With which famous TV brand has Amazon signed up to offer 40,000 movies and TV shows for a price?

Answers

1. Apple

2. Viacom

3. Hulu

4. Lions Gate Entertainment.

5. AOL

6. $1.10

7. Software as a Service.

8. Barcelona

9. It was the much touted seventh Hackers On Planet Earth conference!

10. Sony Bravia.

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