George Washington’s Bookshelf and the Founding of the Novel

| By Eric Bargeron, Layman Poupard Publishing | President’s Day was established in 1968 to celebrate the birthday of George Washington, America’s first chief executive, hailed for his military leadership and his abilities as a statesman. He was a man of action, but John Adams, a bit of a snob, thought Washington was “too illiterate, unlearned, … Read more

Front and Center: Our Newest Titles

| By Nicole Albrecht | When I heard about the new titles to be published by Gale in the upcoming months, I was geeked. Why? Because I heard that features such as video, printable worksheets, and instructional guides would be integrated into the final product. As a former teacher, I couldn’t wait to get up close … Read more

Gale Researches: A Wrinkle in Time

| By Debra Kirby | I am counting the days until the March release of A Wrinkle in Time, the movie based on Madeleine L’Engle’s award-winning novel. In anticipation of the movie, I decided to spend a little time revisiting the story by checking to see what Gale resources could provide. Like all forays into Gale … Read more

Latinos Need Reliable Health Information to Promote Good Health

| By Jacqueline Longe | Gale Enciclopedia de la Medicina: Edición Abreviada en Español brings health information to Spanish speakers Hispanics make up 17% of the United States’ population. Only a fourth of Hispanics in the United States have a regular primary care physician (PCP) and that’s primarily because Latinos are overall in better health. According to … Read more

Wosets, Wockets and Waskets

| By Debra Kirby |

The wild, wacky and wonderful world of Dr. Seuss has been the salvation of many an exhausted parent who, ready to call it a night, succumbs to their child’s plaintive cry for just one more bedtime story. The easy rhyming flow in Dr. Seuss stories always made it easy for me to read just a little longer.  There’s a Wocket in my Pocket was a favorite of both my daughters, who could recite word for word, page by page well before they were able to read – providing an opportunity for a little fun with unsuspecting relatives and friends who were amazed at how advanced my 3-year-old girls were.

I’ve been fortunate enough to continue to enjoy Dr. Seuss through my grandchildren and various mentoring programs through the years. The student I’m currently mentoring is a second grader who says Dr. Seuss is her favorite author, and Green Eggs and Ham her favorite book, though we recently both found Fox in Sox a little trying.

In honor of the National Education Association’s Read Across America, which kicks off on March 2, and is also Dr. Seuss’s birthday, I decided to learn a little more about the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, whose real name was Theodor Geisel. There are many interesting and some surprising facts to be found in Gale databases. Here are a few:

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Take Your Students on a Virtual Field Trip!

| By Traci Cothran | Last fall, some of our Gale database staffers were invited to participate in creating Digital Adventures—a virtual field trip—with Detroit Public TV, the Michigan Electronic Library (MEL), the Detroit Zoo, the Leslie Nature and Science Center, the Organization for Bat Conservation, area teachers, as well as other industry colleagues.  The … Read more

Mahatma Gandhi and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

| By Traci Cothran | Like many other people, I love to learn new things – with history being my favorite subject.  At Gale, we have a volunteer program at a local elementary school where we are “reading buddies” with kids once a week.  It’s nice to laugh with these youngsters, and it’s fun to … Read more

Caroline County Public Schools Learns the Power of Professional Development eBooks

As a very small district in rural Maryland, Caroline County Public Schools requires administrators to wear many hats while overseeing a tight budget. After hearing an assistant superintendent from another district extolling the benefits of Gale eBooks on GVRL, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Susan McCandless knew her district had to get on board. “I remember looking at my … Read more

Napa High School Embraces Online Resources

| Originally posted on the Napa Valley Register | The school library. For decades, it was the go-to source for students looking for books to research a topic or write a paper. Not anymore. Today, the library comes to the students – on their smartphones, iPads, laptops or other tech devices. At Napa Valley Unified … Read more