September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

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Sep 122017

Did you know that all King’s students are entitled to a free library card from the Cherry Hill Public Library? That’s right. All you need do is bring identification and proof of attendance at our school (a tuition bill will suffice), and you will be given a free one-year membership to the beautiful Cherry Hill Public Library.

Why should you get a public library card? The local public library is an extension of the school library, and we want you to take advantage of everything it has to offer. Not only does a public library have a larger collection of books than any school library, but the public library has databases and other online services that will extend what our school library has to offer. After getting your library card, you can get help accessing Cherry Hill’s services and collection from the MS/HS library here at King’s.

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Sep 012015

Library Card September is ‘Library Card Sign-up Month,’ and we at TKCS would like all of our students to sign up for a free library card from their local public library as well as from the Cherry Hill Public Library.

Did you know that public libraries are a necessary extension of your school library? No school library can compete with a tax-supported public library system in terms of variety and volume of materials. That includes both print and digital resources, such as research databases. All school libraries maintain a healthy partnership with their local public libraries in order to offer the best experience to their students.

Each student at TKCS is entitled to a free library card from the public library in his or her hometown plus, as a student at a school located within Cherry Hill Twp., a free Cherry Hill library card. With multiple library memberships, students will have access to a much broader selection of materials for school work and recreation. So be sure to apply for your public library cards early in the school year, and I will be happy to show you how to use the public library websites to request books, download eBooks, and use their digital resources.

May 022014

Getting more out of GoogleContinuing our discussion of little-known ways we can all get more out of Google, here is tip #2: Searching within a specific site.

Did you know that you can search within a specific website using the Google search engine? To search a specific site, place ‘site:’ before the name of the website you would like to search along with your search term. Every item on the result list will be from the website you named.

You might be asking yourself why you would need to use the Google search engine to search a specific site when most websites already have search boxes built in. The reason is that Google will do a much more thorough search of a website than most built-in search boxes do.

Try this out. Search for the term ‘library’ in our school website using both a Google search box and the search box built into the site itself.

First use a Google search box and type in:  library 

When I performed that search today I retrieved 77 results. You should retrieve a similar number when you try it.

Google site search

Next, visit and type the word ‘library’ into the built-in search box at the top of the screen. When I performed that search today I retrieved a mere 7 results. Big difference!

site search using TKCS search box

What accounts for that difference? Using the Google search engine you will retrieve results not just from the pages of the website but from any documents and pdf’s attached to it. You will even be able to access the site’s archives!

The Google search engine is more powerful than we imagine –we just have to learn how to harness its power!

Mar 252014
Over the next few weeks we will be talking about some of the little-known ways students can get more out of Google!

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The first way–and my personal favorite– is a keyboard shortcut:  Control F

Control + F  (Command + F on Macs) is the most important keyboard shortcut for searching, ever! It creates a Find box on any webpage or document where you can type in the word or phase you are trying to find and have all instances of it instantly highlighted. There are even up and down arrows to help you quickly scroll through the page, stopping at each place your search term appears.

Control + F makes it super easy to find information. This is a tip you should begin using right away!

Feb 142014

…and the Middle School/High School Library has a wide variety of books showcasing the accomplishments of a great people!

Black History Month Exhibit

We have everything from the civil rights movement to sports to politics to the arts, literature, history and fiction. Stop in and learn something you didn’t know! For instance…

  • Did you know that the first person to reach the North Pole might actually have been Matthew Henson, a black man, rather than Admiral Peary? If you didn’t, we’d recommend Onward: A Photobiography of African-American Polar Explorer Matthew Henson.
  • Did you know that Claudette Colvin, a teenager, was the first person to resist bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama – several months before Rosa Park! If not, you might want to read Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.
  • Have you heard that Martin Luther King, Jr. has an autobiography? He does, and you can borrow The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Middle School/High School library.

You might also want to check out We Are Not Afraid, the account of the murder of three college students (James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner) during Freedom Summer in Mississippi in 1964 at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan and the local authorities. Considered one of the best books on the civil rights movement, it inspired the film Mississippi Burning. The ringleader, former preacher Edgar Ray Killen, was finally convicted for his role in the killings in 2005, the 41st anniversary of the atrocity.

Whether you are a student, a parent, or a staff member, we have something for you, and we would love to show you the collection!

In the meantime, we thought you might enjoy these historical moments in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement.

Video #1: Montgomery, Alabama, March 25, 1965
Video #2: MLK expresses his frustration on how hard it is to integrate

Video #3: MLK being stoned in Chicago, Aug. 5, 1966
Video #4: Speech at Western Michigan University Dec. 18, 1963

Jan 052014

Reader beware!

If you have been a reader of the NIV Bible in the past decades, beware that the 2011 version of NIV has parted ways with the 1984 original in a manner that might obscure or change the meaning of the biblical text.

World MagazineThis analysis by  in the online edition of World Magazine provides a clear explanation of the problems created by the NIV editors’ bow to political correctness.

Unfortunately, since the publication of the NIV 2011, the 1984 version is no longer available in digital version on Bible sites such as Bible Gateway. When using such websites, we recommend the ESV translation as an excellent alternative.

We have one online source for the 1984 version NIV and that is David’s Bible Megasite. We’ve added it to the High School page of this website under Bible and Christian Reference.

Oct 082013

Facebook warning
More and more,  college admissions officers are searching Google and Facebook when considering college applications. A recent survey by Kaplan Test Prep revealed that over 25% of admissions officers now include Google and/or Facebook in the applicant evaluation process and 35% say they have discovered information that negatively impacted an applicant’s chances of getting into the school. Admissions officers discovered everything from essay plagiarism to vulgarities in blogs and alcohol consumption in photos. What are you posting online??

Read the full article here.

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