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Yes!  It’s back!  There are more!  In case I didn’t charm and amaze you last time, here’s another round of spectacular and FREE resources online!  This time around, our recommendations are for those of you with pesky questions while you’re on-the-go.  What does “circumnavigate” mean again?  What’s the second book in the “Millennium” series?  Should my 9-year-old be listening to Carly Rae Jepsen?

Grab your iPad or smart phone and check out these goodies:

  • Wordnik – This attractive and informative “wiki” dictionary will define any word or phrase you can think of.  (I dare you).  After you’ve got your definition, check out etymologies, examples, and related words – including a reverse dictionary.  Circumnavigate: v. To proceed completely around: circumnavigating the earth.
  • KDL What’s Next – This quick and easy series discovery tool from the Kent District Library in Michigan will answer your series question in seconds flat.  Search by author, title, or series name and get a simple, enumerated list.  Exactly what you wanted!  Larsson, Stieg; Millennium Series; 1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2. The Girl Who Played with Fire, 3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
  • Common Sense Media – This professional and not-for-profit resource helps mediate between parents, teachers, and young people on the biggest questions in today’s media world.  Get reviews written by parents and kids – and then summed up by professionals.  “Call Me Maybe” (CD Single):

    What parents need to know

    Parents need to know that Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian who has gotten publicity through Justin Bieber‘s public support, not to mention a spoof video featuring Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Tisdale. The song is clean and pretty harmless, but the overall message of “waiting (and waiting) on a guy to call” might not be the best for young girls.