HHS Library Challenges

All previously posted library challenges are posted below. Use the same Flipgrid or Forms links from the home page to post responses to any previous challenge.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Learn more about fictions, myths, and memes that have spread since the corona virus outbreak.

1. Go to The Coronavirus Collection: Memes and Misinformation website

2. Select one of the articles from the collection.

3. Read the article.

4. Use Flipgrid or complete the Form to respond to the article you selected. Here are some questions to guide your response: What was the myth or rumor? How did it start? How was it disproven? What impact do you think it might have had on readers who believed it was true? How might someone fact check something they read or hear about that they aren't sure is true? 


Tuesday, March 17, 2020 

Do you ever think about what life might be like in places you’ve never been? Do some digging and try to find out!  

  1. Search for and select a news source of a random town or city in any state in the US. Think of somewhere you’ve never been but have always wondered about.  

  2. Go to the news source’s website and explore it to see what that news source is reporting on. Read the headlines, look at the photographs, read an article or two. Get a feel for what’s important in that place at this time.  

  3. Use Flipgrid or complete the Form to respond to what you found. Here are some questions to guide your response (don’t feel limited by the questions):  

  • What town/city and state did you choose? 

  • What was their main headline about? How is that headline different or similar to the main headlines of our local news outlets? 

  • What is an interesting, non-corona virus headline that you saw? Why did that interest you? 

  • What could a person learn about the community, city, or town covered by this news source?  


Can’t think of a town or city to look into? Here are some suggestions: Akron, Ohio; Dickinson, North Dakota; Sitka, Alaska; Bisbee, Arizona; Vicksburg, Mississippi; Beckley, West Virginia; Hindman, Kentucky; Seward, Nebraska. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 

John Green is a name most teenagers know. Maybe you’ve read his books or have seen movies or tv shows made from his books, but you may not know he (along with his brother) has produced an extensive catalog of instructional videos, all available on You Tube! 

  1. Go to the Crash Course You Tube video page:  https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse/videos

  2. Select a video. It can be about something you are really interested in, or if a teacher has assigned the challenge, pick something that aligns with that class’s content. Dig deep; don’t just pick one of the first ones. 

  3. Watch the video. 

  4. Use Flipgrid or complete the Form to respond to what you watched. Here are some questions to guide your response (don’t feel limited by the questions): 

  • What was the video about? 

  • What is one really interesting thing you learned from the video? 

  • What is a question that video raised for you? Or answered for you? 

  • Would you recommend this video to a peer? Why or why not? 

Thursday, March 19, 2020 

While some of you are in the groove of this working-from-home lifestyle, some of you might need a few tips to help you get organized or stay focused. 

  1. Read this article: "17 Working from Home Productivity Tips"

  2. Use Flipgrid or complete the Form to respond to what you read. Here are some questions to guide your response (don’t feel limited by the questions): 

  • What is one tip you’re already doing that is working for you? 

  • What is one tip you need to try? What problem will it solve for you? 

  • Most of the articles I could find were about professionals working from home, but I couldn’t find a good one for students.  What is a tip you would give to students in your situation? What is something that is really working for you that is not mentioned in the article?   

Friday, March 20, 2020 

Ok, to celebrate the end of our first week of working-from-home, today’s post is a silly one. 

Use Flipgrid or complete the Form to respond: 

  • What snack are you hoarding or rationing to try to make it last as long as possible? Tell us what makes that the best snack you’ve got in the house! What are you going to do when you run out? 

In our house, we’re making ourselves wait to open a bag of Boom Chick-A-Pop, the kettle corn kind in the purple bag. Once that bag gets open, we’ll eat it all in one sitting, so we’re making ourselves wait. I may have a bag or two hidden around the house in case of an emergency. ðŸ˜‰  


If there’s a challenge you skipped this week, feel free to backtrack and do one or all of them. You can find them on this page: HHS Library Challenges. Use the same links to Flipgrid or the Form to complete any of the challenges! See y’all again on Monday!  

Monday, March 23, 2020 

This is a great opportunity to explore the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History even though we’re stuck at home!  

  1. Go to Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

  2. Select one of the Virtual Tours from the options on the home page. 

  3. SPEND TIME looking around, at least fifteen minutes. Don’t just take a glance in order to complete the task.  

  4. Use Flipgrid or complete the Form to respond to what you read. Here are some questions to guide your response (don’t feel limited by the questions): 

  • What tour did you select? 

  • What were you able to view in your tour that really stood out to you? (at least two things)

  • Have you ever been to the Smithsonian? If yes, does the virtual tour do it justice? If not, does the virtual tour entice you to go? 

  • How do you think this extraordinary situation we are living through will be depicted in museum exhibits in the future? 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 

Rain, rain, go away! I think this “stay at home” stuff would be so much easier if I could at least spend some time outside. Hopefully we’ll see some sunshine by the end of the week, but meanwhile, we can learn something about the US National Parks system! 

  1. Go to the National Park Service.

  2. Use the drop down menu to explore the monuments and parks in a few different states.  Go to a state’s site--> skim through the list--> visit a few specific websites. 

  3. Use Flipgrid or complete the Form to respond to what you read. Here are some questions to guide your response (don’t feel limited by the questions): 

  • Where are three places you explored?  

  • What did you find that interested you?  What attractions, activities, learning programs, etc. did you come across?  

  • What case do these websites make for the protection of monuments and parks in the United States? (this will not be stated; what is implied?) 

  • Which one of the places you explored is a place you would actually want to visit if given the chance?  

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 

First, a HUGE shout-out to anyone with parents in the medical field or any of you thinking of going into the medical field! With that in mind today, let’s do some research on jobs in the medical field.  


Explore some or all of these websites. Learn about some of the jobs that look interesting or that you’ve never heard of. There are a lot of different opportunities in the medical field that you may not even know about. 


Use Flipgrid or complete the Form to respond to what you read. Here are some questions to guide your response (don’t feel limited by the questions): 

  • What are three jobs you found interesting? (even if you’d never want to do them yourself) 

  • Select one of those jobs to focus on. How does a person get into that job? What kind of college/training does he or she need?  

  • What kinds of day-to-day tasks, duties, responsibilities does that job entail? 

  • How much money does that person make? Are there any other perks that job includes (travel, technology, etc.) 

  • Most importantly, what interaction with patients does that job have? If not direct, how does a person in that job contribute to a patient’s health or healthcare?  

  • Lastly, if you know someone in the medical field, send them a thank you text, email, or voice message for the work they are doing and have always done. ðŸ˜Š  

Thursday, March 26, 2020 

Infographics are one of my favorite things to use when I want to learn fast facts! They provide facts in a visually stimulating way and are often interactive.  


Find an infographic on something that interests you (just Google ______ infographics), or, if you can’t think of anything to look for, Google “cool infographics” and explore some of those. 


Use Flipgrid or complete the Form to respond to what you look at. Here are some questions to guide your response (don’t feel limited by the questions): 

  • What was your infographic about? Please provide a link to it. 

  • What are some pieces of information you learned from it? 

  • What was visually appealing about it? (think about the images, icons, colors, organization, fonts, etc) 

  • Now that you’re done, GO OUTSIDE! It’s a beautiful day!  

Friday, March 27, 2020 


Wow! What a bonkers last two weeks it has been! I hope you all enjoy your spring break! We’ll be back at it on Monday, April 6 with new challenges!  


For today, send me some of your favorite jams! What songs are you enjoying on your break? I am super out of touch with what y’all are listening to these days. Make a list of four or five songs for me to check out.