Offer a Unique Perspective on the World

Posted on March 11, 2016

The National Geographic Society is synonymous with exploration, photography, maps, and rethinking the world as we know it. From the iconic National Geographic magazine to the popular National Geographic Traveler and hundreds of books, maps, videos, and images, there is simply no substitute for the depth and quality of National Geographic Virtual Library.

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Flit, Float, Fly Away

Posted on March 3, 2016

By Candy Jones-Guerin

Spring is on the way and we can’t wait to start exploring outside. There are a lot of fun ways to help quench spring fever in your classroom and on March 14th you have the perfect opportunity with ‘National Learn About Butterflies Day’!

Does your school have a butterfly garden? Are there opportunities to watch a butterfly emerge from his chrysalis in your classroom? Do you use butterflies to talk about the life cycle? We have a collection of Gale titles for grade school and middle school classes to help get you going. Take a peek and let us know how you will be integrating these resources and more in your classroom.

Butterflies and Moths, 1st Edition
This book describes and compares the physical characteristics, habitat, behavior, life cycle, diet, and reproduction of these amazing insects.

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Five Reasons to Save Big Cats – According to Kids

Posted on December 9, 2015

National Geographic offers great resources for the classroom. Here is a recent example from their Weekly Warmup.

While you are taking a look, why not check out our National Geographic Virtual Library and let us know how you use it in the classroom.

Happy Big Cat Week!

This year, instead of telling your students why big cats are important, why not let them tell you?

Several years ago, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, renowned wildlife filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, started a program called “Letters to Lions” asking children to write letters explaining what lions mean to them.  The letters were delivered to African leaders in charge of policy decisions about conservation. I chose the top five reasons that the children gave to save the lions.

Lions should be saved because:

1) “They are Just like us. We live in families and they live in prides.” (Jaiden E.)

Great point, Jaiden. Humans have the goal of survival just as lions do.
The primary difference between humans and lions is that humans have the
ability to make far-reaching decisions that impact all sorts of animals,
lions included. Lions can merely react when they are unable to find
food or when something threatens their territory, so it is our
responsibility to make good decisions to ensure that lions and all the
other species in the wild will survive and flourish.

  • Learn all about lions with our collection of resources—from videos to activities to maps.

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Summer Reading Programs and Your Gale Resources

By Anne Nagrant and Vanessa Craig

Summer and reading go hand in hand. From books for the beach to bestselling paperbacks, adults take advantage of longer days and vacation time. Children are encouraged to read for fun and to combat the “summer slide.” Public library summer reading programs provide fun motivation for both adults and young people to read, read, read.

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Complement Your May Programing with Product-Related Posts

By Gale Customer Care

It’s always fun to find and share obscure holidays. You never really know what you could be celebrating before you do a little research. And what better place to research than the library!

We encourage you to have a little fun with some lesser known holidays in month of May and give a sneak peek of eResources while you’re at it.

We’ve got equal parts National Geographic Virtual Library and Artemis Literary Sources to post on social media or share in your newsletter. Please feel free to pick and choose and use the images and copy provided below… or use it as inspiration. Show your followers what you have to offer in your digital collections and tell them how to access.

May 1: Mother Goose Day

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GVRL Pleases Patrons, Young and Old, in Santa Clara County Library District

GVRL eBook Success Story

Lora Cokolat is a Collection Development and Reading Librarian for the Santa Clara County Library District, working in the District’s Services and Support Center in

Campbell, California. Lora purchases e-books, DVDs, book club kits, and e-magazines to support patrons who use the district’s seven libraries and two bookmobiles. Part of the District’s mission is to provide diverse resources on a wide variety of subjects and viewpoints, and to help people use those resources — a task right up the alley of GVRL eBooks.

“We are committed to offering a variety of subject areas, topics, and viewpoints,” says Lora. “Providing electronic versions of reference sources can be more cost effective than print copies at multiple locations.”

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Videos Added to National Geographic Kids

We’re thrilled to announce that videos, the item most requested by our customers, have been added to the multimedia mix in National Geographic Kids. With 92 videos, each tailored to be accessible and understandable to young learners, the resource has become even more engaging.

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Did You Know: Just Bark Out the Command

Did you know…dogs not only point themselves, they also do it when humans point.  Whichever way their person directs them with a hand gesture or point that’s the direction the dog will go. Learn more about dogs, how they communicate with us, and what they try to tell us with their moves and expressions in National Geographic Kids How to Speak Dog: A guide to decoding dog language.Check it out or call your rep for more information.

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Updates to National Geographic Products: ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology added, Term Clusters upgraded, and more

We are pleased to announce the release of the following enhancements to the National Geographic Virtual Library (NGVL) and National Geographic Kids. The following upgrades went live in both products on November 3, 2014:

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Celebrating Amelia Earhart with the National Geographic Society

By Anne Marie Houppert

Amelia Earhart is in the news again amidst reports that wreckage originally discovered two decades ago does, indeed, belong to her missing plane. Rather than focus on the mystery of her disappearance, we’d like to celebrate this discovery by paying homage to the aviator’s many accomplishments.

For instance, did you know Amelia has a connection to the National Geographic Society? Not only was she awarded the Special Gold Medal by the Society, but she also authored a May 1935 National Geographic magazine article, “My Flight From Hawaii.” The article recounts her preparation for a solo flight from Honolulu to San Francisco, starting with the voyage from Los Angeles to Hawaii with her Lockheed secured on the aft tennis court of the ship Lurline—photos included! On January 11th, 1935, the weather conditions were deemed favorable enough and she took off:

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