National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for middle and high school students. Each year more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers, participate in the contest. This year students will choose a research topic related to the theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in History,” and the statewide contest will be at UMaine, Orono, on April 12, 2014. Individual students, or teams of 2-5 students, can choose to enter the competition in one of five categories (documentary video, performance, website, exhibit, or paper – individual only) and are judged in Junior (grade 6-8) and Senior (grade 9-12) divisions.
To learn more contact State Coordinator John Taylor (Margaret Chase Smith Library) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-474-7133, or visit the
For Everyone, For Free, Forever.
Unite for Literacy has just launched its digital library of picture books at http://uniteforliteracy.com.
Our goal is to leverage fast growing mobile networks to provide “book abundance” for families everywhere who wish to promote literacy in their homes and schools. The books may be enjoyed on computers, tablets and most smartphones. There is nothing to buy. Thanks to sponsors, this is a free service for anyone, worldwide that has Internet access.
Our books were created for home use by parents (and teachers) of preschool and primary children and by ELL teachers and their students and ELL families with preschool children. Second language students will also enjoy them of course. Our first books are 100 simple picture books for read-alouds and for the youngest / newest readers. Written in English and narrated (on demand) in English and in 15 other world and indigenous languages, we are reaching out to nearly 3 billion potential readers and their families.
In collaboration with cultural institutions in the US we are adding new books with rich content and new languages every month. Eventually our books will be written in many languages as well.
You are invited to visit and enjoy the library and of course to share it with your children, friends, colleagues and students. Feedback from LRA colleagues will be deeply appreciated. We’re new, so your generous assistance in finding and fixing any glitches will be essential for creating a robust library for children around the globe.