Books Talks in iMovie


Each book talk should contain a short introduction, the reading of a passage from the book, and an explanation as to why you chose that passage.

The passage you choose can be one that you find particularly interesting, well written or a good representation of the book as a whole. The passage should take between 45 seconds and a minute to read.

The introduction of your book talk should explain a bit what the book is about and help to set the scene for anyone who listens to your talk.

The final section of your book talk should explain why you chose that passage.

Recording a book talk in iMovie:

The link below has step by step directions on how to create an audio book talk file using iMovie.
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Once your book talk is recorded it will be posted on the library book talk blog.

I-Search Resources

One of the most important aspects of the I-Search Process is how you organize yourself as you conduct your research. Taking a little bit of  additional time to get set up will save you an immense amount of frustration later on.

The documents you need are all stored HERE. But each document is also linked individually below.  Please click “CONTINUE READING –>” to access those links as well as additional tutorials and resources you may need.

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CEMS Spelling Bee!

Congratulations to the 2015 CEMS Spelling Bee Champion Raina Sparks (pictured right) and Runner Up, Lila Gaudrault (pictured left). Good luck to both competitors as they prepare for the County-Wide Spelling Bee at Falmouth Middle School on February 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm.

CEMS Bee Winners 2015

CEMS Spelling Bee!

We hope you can join us on January 8th at 2:30 PM in the CEMS LLC for our annual Spelling Bee!  Please visit the LLC to pick up your practice word list.  You can also email Mrs. Kozaka (akozaka@cape…) or Mr. Werner (jwerner@cape…) with any questions!


Need a Great Book? Try an Award Winner!

If you are looking for a great Independent Reading Book at the CEMS LLC, here are two places you might look:

1. Newbery Medals & Honors

The Newbery Medal and Honors have been given every year since 1922 to honor “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”

Click here to check out the list of medalists and honorees.  Look for the “John Newbery Award” spine label and/or the gold or silver medal on the cover.

2. Maine Student Book Award

You may also want to take a look at the Maine Student Book Award website for other great titles.  That list is available HERE and we have a big display of them right inside the front door.  You can also scan the QR codes you see on the Digital Picture Frames to learn more about the MSBA titles.

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NEW Databases at CEHS!


The CEHS Library and Learning Commons has just subscribed to 4 new databases through ABC CLIO. These databases have both primary and secondary sources and can be searched together or individually.

The databases are:

  • American History
  • The African American Experience,
  • The American Indian Experience, and
  • World Religions

Please come down to the library with any questions!

A book shelfie!

This interactive book shelfie was created by smashing some iPad apps. Here’s how:

1. Take a selfie with a book using the camera app. Consider hiding your face if you will share the image publicly.

2. Import the photo into an Explain Everything slide, then edit the image and add text.

3. Save and export the final slide to the camera roll.

4. Using the ThingLink app, select the slide from the camera roll and add tags.

5. Grab the link or the embed code and share your interactive book shelfie!

Now it’s your turn. What book do you recommend?