Welcome to the Thomas J. McDonnell

    Memorial Library


    Come in to read, research, listen and learn!



    Online Public Access Catalog

    Locate materials held by our library system including books, periodicals and audio/visual materials. 


    Click here to search the OPAC/Library Catalog (at school).


    Are You Having Trouble Deciding What to Read?


    Try the following sites for suggestions...



    Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love.


    In our annual summer books poll, we ask you — members of the NPR Books community — to share your favorite titles within a certain genre. Here are your recommendations.

    Teen Reads

    Find out about the newest books, what's popular and what other teens are reading.



    Electronic Sources Case sensitive usernames and passwords are available here.


    Gale Databases
    Covering all core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more, this portal provides a premium selection of reference material including thousands of full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary sources, creative works, e-books, video and audio clips as well as podcasts.  Through an intuitive, easy to use interface, students have immediate access to a wide range of materials twenty-four hours a day.  No password is necessary at school.  


    World Book Online Encyclopedia

    A great place to start, especially if you don’t know much about a topic and want a general overview before your in-depth research.  It’s also great for narrowing down a topic.


    PBS LearningMedia


    Your destination for easy, instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives perfect for the Interactive Whiteboard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans. The resources are aligned to the New York State core curriculum and Common Core standards for grades K-12. You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia is free for educators. Register today!


    Core Curriculum Content Videos

    The district has purchased a web site with videos in numerous subject areas that are available for streaming.  They are perfect for use on white boards, but we should also be able to set them up to be displayed on a screen or TV.   The videos include a teacher's guide, student activities, and multiple choice questions which are available online or as a hard copy.  Take a look and see if there is anything you can use to enrich your curriculum.




    EngageNY is an evolving, collaborative platform for educators. As the Regents Reform Agenda moves forward across the state, we want you to be able to access and share resources that work for you.  This page was designed specifically with teachers in mind.  Use it to share resources and get information and help implementing New York’s Common Core standards and the other tenets of the Regents Reform Agenda.


    Khan Academy

    With a library of over 2,600 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 233 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.  All of the site's resources are available to anyone.  It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology.  The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.



    Helpful Links


    BPS Desktop (Remote Access)

    Keep up with schoolwork from the convenience of your home. Log in from anywhere at anytime just by simply using the Internet. BPS Desktop gives you remote access everything you can at school including your H drive/network storage, Microsoft Office tools (Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.), and other applications. BPS Desktop Installation Instructions


    Buffalo & Erie County Public Library


    The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University

    Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.


    MLA Sample Paper

    Sample MLA paper that adheres to the 2009 updates.


    In-Text Citation Tutorial Video


    KnightCite Citation Service

    Online citation generator service provided by the Hekman Library of Calvin College.


    Citation Machine

    Interactive web tool designed to assist high school, college, and university students, their teachers, and independent researchers in their effort to respect other people's intellectual properties.



    College Board

    Non-profit organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Their mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity.


    You are discovering (or will discover soon) that although many things about college classes and coursework are pretty similar to high school, there are still BIG differences. Explore this site to learn more about what is involved in transitioning to college.



    Network for Good

    Find volunteer opportunities that match your interests and geographic location.


    Health Related


    Center for Young Woman's Health

    The Center for Young Women’s Health (CYWH) is a collaboration between the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine and the Division of Gynecology at Children’s Hospital Boston.



    Young Men's Health

    A website for teen guys & young men featuring state-of-the-art health information. The mission of is to help teen boys improve their understanding of normal health and development, as well as of specific diseases and conditions. We want to empower teen boys and young men around the world to take an active role in their own health care.



    We're a safe, private place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life. TeensHealth is accessible 24 hours a day so you can get the doctor-approved information you need to make educated decisions — or help a friend who needs advice. There's a lot of confusing, misleading, and just plain wrong health information on the Web. Our mission is to tell it to you straight.


    Brave Kids

    Medical Information and Resources for Children.  Search for help by zip code.



    PatientsLikeMe is committed to putting patients first. We do this by providing a better, more effective way for you to share your real-world health experiences in order to help yourself, other patients like you and organizations that focus on your conditions.


    Health & Safety Guide for Teens

    Teenagers have a number of issues that can affect their overall health and safety. As adolescents mature, both physically and emotionally, they often encounter a multitude of challenging situations. Parents can help teenagers navigate adolescence successfully. Providing ongoing support and sharing relevant information are two keys to parenting teenagers.

     Mr. Lepo's Class


    Fun Places


    Convert just about anything to anything else.


    GO Bike Buffalo

    Working to create healthy, environmentally sustainable, community friendly transportation options in the City of Buffalo.



    Last Update: May 31, 2016

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