Welcome to the MA Library
This year we have a NEW collection of eBooks and audiobooks for your reading enjoyment! You can read or listen on your Chromebook or get the MackinVIA app for your home device. Login with your school Google account to check these books out.
Here are some of Ms. Grosso's picks from our eBook & audiobook collection.
The grade levels are just suggested, feel free to read anything that appeals to you on these shelves!
How to Access eBooks & Audiobooks
How to Put Library Books on Hold
for WIN Delivery
for WIN Delivery
Through the Huntingdon Valley Library system, you can access audiobooks, ebooks, and more.
Libby is a free app that helps you borrow ebooks and audiobooks from the public library.
All you need to get started is a device and your HV library card.
You can find Libby in the app store, or from your Chromebook at libbyapp.com
More Audiobooks & eBooks
Visit https://soraapp.com/library/lmtsdpa for summer reads available through August 20th! Try Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron, We Are Not Free by Traci Chee, The Year Shakespeare Ruined my Life by Dani Jansen, and the graphic novel Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.
Murray Makers // Making at Home
You can submit your design solution for their monthly contest by following the build guidelines and requirements in the challenge.
To be eligible for prizes, share your creation on social media using the hashtag #FluxSTEAM and tag @fluxspace_io
Most challenges have no restrictions on what to use, each challenge is open to use whatever you have laying around the house :)
The creators of the Maker Faire and Make: Magazine, the leading publication for adult makers, are hosting an ongoing, family-friendly Maker Camp! Keep an eye on their upcoming events tab for live-streamed making events, like marble runs (!!!) and paper flowers.
Visit their project library for instructions to build:
Try these free Stay Home Mad Libs!.
Mad Libs is a game where players generate a list of words to fill in the blanks in a story template before reading it aloud. The results are hilarious!
Some of the included templates:
Goofy Mad Libs
Crazy Crafting Mad Libs
Dog Ate My Mad Libs
Game Over! Mad Libs
90s Mad Libs
Happily Ever Mad Libs
Ninjas/Pirates/Spy Mad Libs
Check out the STEAM Challenges at Maker Maven.
22 different projects are available, most using only materials you have in your house right now! Many challenges are appropriate for all ages, so ask your siblings to solve them with you.
Here are our top five picks:
Can You Fit Through an Index Card?
Who Can Fly the Most Cargo?
Design a Paper Plate Marble Maze
How Far Can Your Straw Rocket Travel?
Can You Build A Bridge Using Only Pennies?
Jarrett J. Krosoczka (aka JJK) wrote and illustrated popular graphic novel series Lunch Lady and award winning Hey, Kiddo.
Each weekday at 2pm, JJK will host a new live drawing lesson. Click on the video to start on day one, or visit his YouTube channel to watch any days you may have missed!
First Second Books, makers of many of our favorite graphic novels, have a new YouTube series called #SketchSchool.
Each episode features a new illustrator sharing their process and techniques to create comic art. Featuring:
Ngozi Ukazu for CHECK, PLEASE
John Patrick Green for INVESTIGATORS
LeUyen Pham for BEST FRIENDS
Graham Annable for PETER & ERNESTO
Lucy Knisley for GO TO SLEEP (I MISS YOU)
Use TinkerCAD to Design in 3D
Go to TinkerCAD.com and click "SIGN IN" and use your school Google account to begin.
Try the tutorials to learn the moves, then create a new design!
(Your design will stay safe in your account until we get back to school to print it!)
An art teacher favorite, Art Assignment episodes are just 5-15 minutes long, but this series leaves an impact! Try the assignment Make a Book with Meat (or other atypical materials) or the similarly foodie episode BUTTER + EGGS = ART, sometimes or stretch your brain with Creativity is Overrated or redefine it with The Definition of Art or The Case for Video Art.
Explore video topics from How the food you eat affects your brain to How to stay calm under pressure or have you ever wondered How short selling works or Why the ancient Greeks couldn't see blue or maybe consider Why are we so obsessed with memes? or why not check out The monster duel riddle or perhaps How is your phone changing you? or even Who decides how long a second is?
Short, beautifully illustrated and animated videos explore topics in science and medicine, in our past and our futures. Kurzgesagt, which translates to "in a nutshell" in German, covers topics like black holes and wormholes and questions as mind-blowing as How do we know reality is real? and Will we eventually be able to upload our brains? and Can we cure aging?
Did you know that we've sent 12 people to the moon, but only 3 people to the deepest part of our oceans? Technically 95% of Earth's ocean remains unexplored by humans. Follow this link to embark on a scrolling adventure of the deep sea from the comfort of your Chromebook.
If you've enjoyed our Breakout box experiences at Murray Avenue, check out Breakout Live, now archived so you can play whenever you'd like! No login is required to participate in these digital breakouts!
Or follow this link to see the LIVE Skype events happening every week, or scroll to the bottom to watch prerecorded sessions like "Astrophysics and the Perseid Meteor Shower" with Dr. Nathalie Ouellette or "Squid are Basically Rockets" with Dr. Diana Li.
Tessellations are patterns resulting from arranging, or tiling, shapes without any gaps. You can see this in the front of a brick house, the tiles on your bathroom floor, or the repeated pattern on your favorite clothing. Learn to create your own design to cover any surface with pattern.
Take a Virtual Field Trip
If, like me, you just miss being surrounded by books, take this 360-degree tour of Harvard's beautiful 105-year-old library. You can almost feel the cool marble and smell the old books!
Tour Arconic’s Advanced Manufacturing hub in Alcoa, Tennessee to learn how robotics and digital technology impact the skills needed to succeed in Advanced Manufacturing.
Virtually Visit an Art Museum
Visit an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including clothing from the colonial and Revolutionary eras and a collection of artwork from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.