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Recognize Propaganda & Faulty Logic.  How do you tell if something you read is trying to manipulate you through reason or emotion to persuade you to change or create new ideas that may not be true/real? This resource can help.
Find Books.  Search for books in our library and in other Cassia County school libraries.  
Our library name is DHS Library and there is no password.
Find Articles.  Search for encyclopedia, newspaper, magazine, and other articles using the LiLI Databases.
Save.  Sign up for free data storage using Dropbox.
Find eBooks.  Search for and download free eBooks from Project Gutenberg.
Find eAudiobooks.  Search for and download free eAudiobooks from Audio Books @ Project Gutenberg and/or
Find Great Books Online. Bartleby publishes literature, reference and verse books and information on the web.
Prep for PSAT / SAT.  Online resources include pre- and post-tests, tutorials, practice tests, and eBook study guides. Located in the LearningExpress Library in the LiLI Databases. All DHS Sophomores and Juniors are taught how to use this resource.
Cite Your Work.  Learn how to and see examples for creating your list of works cited from the Purdue OWL. Or have them created for you using EasyBib. (There's also an EasyBib app for you smartphone!)

Got Fines?  In addition to cash, the library accepts the following items to pay for overdue fines:
  • Box Tops for Education - $0.10/each
  • Unexpired canned fruits or veggies - up to $0.50/can
  • Unexpired canned proteins or soups - up to $1/can
  • Coats or blankets in good repair - up to $5/each
  • K-12 books in good repair - up to $1.00/book
  • Library clean-up - $0.25/shelf 

Senior Project Research Information
Research Presentation Day 1 - Print Books & Reference Materials
  1. General Encyclopedias
  2. Subject Area Encyclopedias
  3. Books in our library
    • Recommended Series:
      • Opposing Viewpoints
      • Compact Research
    • How the Dewey Decimal System works
      • At DHS, welding books are located at 671 (Metalworking, actually 671.5 Joining and cutting of metals)
      • You will find other books on welding at:
        • 670-679 (Manufacturing, within 10)
        • 660s (669 Metalurgy, previous 10, more general. Books on two subjects are usually placed in the first Dewey number area)
        • 680s (682 Small forge work, blacksmithing, next 10)
        • 600-610 (Technology, base 100, very general-subject area encyclopedias)
        • 500-510 (Applied Science, previous 100, EXTREMELY general-subject area encyclopedias)
  4. Books in other libraries
    • Use the Union Icon (Green Earth) in our OPAC to search other CCSD libraries
      • Fill out Request Form
    • Burley Public Library is a limited option 

Link for Mrs. Heward's Juniors from Mr. Cole (Nov 2016)
NOTE: To access the file you will need to be logged into your email.
Then, you will need to select "Make a Copy"
Satire Links for Mrs. Heward's Juniors from Mr. Cole (Feb 15, 2017)

The Onion Article: Books Don't Take You Anywhere

WASHINGTON, DC—A study released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education revealed that, contrary to the longtime claims of librarians and teachers, books do not take you anywhere.

A sampling of the Department of Education study's findings.

"For years, countless educators have asserted that books give readers a chance to journey to exotic, far-off lands and meet strange, exciting new people," Education Secretary Richard Riley told reporters. "We have found this is simply not the case."

According to the study, those who read are not transported to any place beyond the area in which the reading occurs, and even these movements are always the result of voluntary decisions made by the reader and not in any way related to the actual reading process.

Phoenix-area 11-year-old Jennifer Gleason, who did not move in more than two hours of reading The Wizard Of Oz.

"People engaged in reading tend to be motionless," Riley said. "Not moving tends to make it easier to read."

In various field experiments, the study found that young readers are particularly susceptible to the reading-travel myth. One test subject, 11-year-old Justin Fisher of Ypsilanti, MI, began reading a fantasy novel by C.S. Lewis under close observation. After 40 minutes, the only trip Fisher took was to the bathroom, a journey he himself initiated because he "had to go." Further, at no point did Fisher's voyage to the bathroom involve evil witches, messianic lions or closet portals to other universes.

"I just stayed in my chair without moving that much," Fisher said. "I think I scratched my head a couple of times."

Another case documented in the study was that of San Diego 13-year-old Liz Kent, who read Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Over the course of more than three hours reading the pirate-adventure tale, at no point did she make a new friend or travel to a distant land.

The study did note one exception to the findings, citing situations in which people read on buses, cars, trains or planes. Even in these cases, however, the reading-travel link is tenuous at best.

"Many people enjoy reading while traveling," Riley said. "But it is important to note that the traveling always results in the reading, and never the reverse."

As a result of the study, it is expected that many young people will call into question what Riley termed "the empty promises of library posters and other pieces of pro-reading propaganda."

"I hate it when you get excited about a place and then you don't go there," 10-year-old Ashley Brandes of Atlanta said. "Reading sucks."

Top Books @ DHS, 2015-2016

  • 1. Thirteen Reasons Why

    by Jay Asher Year Published: 2008

    When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

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  • 2. Deadline

    by Chris Crutcher Year Published: 2007

    Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life's purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide.

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  • 3. Lockdown : Escape from Furnace

    by Alexander Smith Year Published: 2009

    Furnace Penitentiary is the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, Alex must either find a way out or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world.

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  • 4. A Child Called It

    by Dave Pelzer Year Published: 1993

    The true story of a child's abuse at the hands of his alcoholic mother.

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  • 5. Solitary : Escape From Furnace #2

    by Alexander Smith Year Published: 2010

    Alex's escape attempt only lands him deeper in the guts of this prison where a whole new struggle begins...

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  • 6. Divergent

    by Veronic Roth Year Published: 2012

    On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

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  • 7. Crank

    by Ellen Hopkins Year Published: 2004

    Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the "monster," the highly addictive drug crystal meth.

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  • 8. I Am Legend

    by James Matheson Year Published: 1954

    Robert Neville is the lone human in a world overrun by vampires.

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  • 9. The Burning Bridge : Ranger's Apprentice #2

    by John Flanagan Year Published: 2006

    Bracing for a final clash with the evil warlord Morgarath, the Rangers rally the kingdom's allies.

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  • 10. Before I Fall

    by Lauren Oliver Year Published: 2010

    Samantha dies in a terrible accident one night. However, she still wakes up the next morning and relives the last day of her life seven times, until...

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