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American Library Association Awards
The ALA presents a number of literary awards annually in January. Following are links to the major awards that may be of interest to our student readers.
The Randolph Caldacott Medal
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards
Designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.  Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social, and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators.
The Pura Belpré Award
The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
The John Newbery Award
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Prinz Award
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.
Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award
(2nd and 3rd grade) Nominees for 2017.
Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award
This picture book award is a reader's choice honor from the Oregon Reading Association
Oregon Battle of the Books
A statewide reading program for grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Oregon Readers' Choice Awards
A joint literacy initiative among OASL, OLA, and ORA
Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Readers Choice Award


Research Links

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 American Library Association's Great Websites for Kids
This Association for Library Service to Children site is a directory of many Internet pages that will appeal to young students.http://gws.ala.org
Librarians answer your questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may chat or email questions to a knowledgeable librarian.
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CIA World Factbook
The Central Intelligence Agency is in the spy business. In order for them to be effective they have to gather information of all kinds on ALL the nations of Planet Earth. If you want to know anything about any country, this is the place to go...more than you would ever want to know. The site also permits you to compare statistics among the countries. 
Columbia Gorge Community College Library
This college library is located in The Dalles with a branch in Hood River.

Columbia Gorge Educational Service District, The Dalles, Oregon
The Columbia Gorge Education Service District (CGESD) is one of nineteen regional education agencies established by the state legislature to provide services to school districts and to promote equal educational opportunities throughout the state.  Providing core and contracted services in the areas of special education, school improvement, technology and special programs to K-12 public schools in Hood River and Wasco Counties of Oregon.

 Discovery Education's Streaming Video Library
Both teachers and students of North Wasco County School District have access to this huge collection of videos tied to and searchable by the curriculum. Do you have to give a speech and need something to complement your words of wisdom? Consider looking here for a short film clip. You will need a username and password. This service is provided by Columbia Gorge ESD.

 Ebsco Host
Ebsco offers information databases on a wide range of topics. Users are able to search all databases or view age level appropriate collections: Searchasaurus for elementary students, Kids Search for middle schoolers, and for high schoolers, the Student Research Center.You will need to login when outside the school's network.
 IPL2's Newspapers and Magazines
This resource offers you print media from around the world, often in the native language. There are many newspapers published in English too. Do you have a favorite Mexican soccer team? Are you curious about the politics in Japan? Maybe you want to know what movies are playing in Egypt? This is the place for you!
Kahn Academy
With a library of over 3,600 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, Kahn Academy is on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
 Library of Congress Digital Collections and Services
Access to print, pictorial and audio-visual collections and other digital services 

 Mirriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus
This online tools even has an audio capability of pronouncing the word for you!

Multnomah County Library Homework Center
Got a homework project? Need to do Internet research or find articles for a school project?
Here's a great place to start. The librarians of the School Corps at Multnomah County Library designed this site to meet the needs of latchkey kids.
Oregon Authors
The Oregon Authors Information Clearinghouse was established to provide access to information and resources about authors living in Oregon. It is maintained by the Oregon Authors Committee, a standing committee of the Oregon Library Association whose charge is to collect and preserve bibliographic data on Oregon authors. Oregon Authors is an annual bibliography of works by authors residing in Oregon. Entries in the bibliography are determined by criteria established by the Oregon Authors Committee, and include full bibliographic data, as well as ordering information, awards, published review sources, reader reviews, reading level, genre, and other information as appropriate.
Oregon Career Information System
Oregon Career Information System (CIS) supports the career development needs of Oregonians. We develop and deliver comprehensive information about occupations and industries, postsecondary programs and schools, and financial aid, connecting career options to the paths for reaching them. Administered by the College of Education at the University of Oregon, Oregon CIS is a self-supporting, fee-based consortium.
 Oregon Live
Oregon Live is the online version of the daily Portland, Oregon newspaper, the Oregonian.

OSLIS, the Oregon School Library Information System
OSLIS is a K-12 web portal providing access to quality licensed databases within an information literacy framework. OSLIS is supported by the . To access the Gale databases outside of school, you will need to login.Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

State of Oregon Official Website
This is your portal to legislative, judicial, and administrative offices in Oregon.

 The Dalles Wasco County Public Library
Serving most of northern Wasco County, the library district offers a wide-range of services for its patrons. http://wascocountylibrary.com/
This link will take you to The Dalles Wasco County Public Library. Scroll down to link to Tutor.com, online help with any homework assignment! You will need your public library card handy to access this site. By the way, while you're here, check out the talking books at Tumble Books and the library of ebooks at Library to Go, all great resources from our public library district. If you don't have a library card, but would like one, visit your school library for assistance.

United States of America's Official Website
This U.S.A. homepage allows you to search all aspects of American government. Use it to write to your Representative or Senator or to find one of the country's dozens of agencies.

 World Book Online
World Book Online is a research tool available to our students and staff by subscription. Please visit your school library for user name and password information. While this is available at school without logging in, you will need to do so when away from the school network.