Georgia Peach Book Award Winner/Honor Books Announced

2013-2014 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Winner and Honor Books Announced

For immediate release 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014



Kathi Vanderbilt


Georgia Peach Book Award Committee

KENNESAW—Members of the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers announced the Winner and Honor Book recipients during a luncheon presentation at the Kennesaw State University Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults Wednesday afternoon. The Georgia Peach Book Award works to promote reading and literacy skills in teens. Each year, a committee of school and public librarians reads widely to choose a list of 20 nominated titles. Then young adults choose books from among that list to read and rate. The books that earn the highest number of readers and ratings become the Peach Award Winner and Honor Books. This year’s winner of the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (soon to be released as a feature film).  The two honor books are I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga and Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

The purpose of the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers is to highlight and promote the best current young adult literature for Georgia high school age students, to encourage teens to read, and to promote the development of cooperative school and public library services for young adults. Teens vote for their favorite books out of the year’s top 20 nominees either online, at their high schools, or at their local public libraries.

The goals include encouraging teens in grades 9-12 to recognize and read quality literature appropriate to their needs, interests, and reading levels; honoring outstanding works in young adult literature; recognizing authors in the field of young adult literature; and developing cooperative school and public library services to teens.

For more information, and to see the current list of Georgia Peach nominees for 2014-2015, visit Also, please visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @GAPchBookAward.


GALILEO Elementary is Live

Announcing GALILEO Elementary
You may have missed the opportunity to preview the new GALILEO Elementary website, but you can check it out now by clicking the “GALILEO Kids” link at the bottom of page in the GALILEO Scholar, Library, High School, or Teen user views or by visiting GALILEO Elementary, designed with user input by Georgia elementary students, includes many features to make the site usable and appealing to younger researchers. Features include:

  • Easy-to-use search box that retrieves content specifically targeted to an elementary user group. On the results page, students will find articles from magazines and reference sources, images, and other features available through EBSCO Discovery Service, the service that powers the Discover GALILEO search in the other user views.
  • Links to best databases for elementary research. Database links are based on an institution’s subscriptions, so users will only see databases they can access. Descriptions hover over database links to make it easy for students to decide which database to choose.
  • Responsive web design. GALILEO Elementary provides an optimal viewing experience on any computer or device screen. The GALILEO Elementary interface, the search results, and Britannica resources are optimized for smartphones. Other resources work well on tablets.
  • Links to special content for educators.

Preliminary feedback has been very positive with users finding the new design “kid friendly” and “much easier for young students to navigate.”

Please Contact Us if you have questions or comments or if you need to report problems.

GALILEO Support Services
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

A Redesigned New Georgia Encyclopedia

New Georgia Encyclopedia
Take a look at the redesigned site of the New Georgia Encyclopedia! More than two years’ worth of researching, planning, designing, and legwork have gone into producing the next generation of the NGE. The technology and design upgrade ensures that the encyclopedia’s 2,000-plus articles and 6,000-plus images remain available and accessible to users.

Originally launched in 2004, the NGE is the first state encyclopedia to be conceived and designed exclusively for publication online. This authoritative resource contains original content and helps users understand the rich history and diverse culture of Georgia’s still-unfolding story.

The NGE is a project of the Georgia Humanities Council in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, and the Office of the Governor.

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Please Contact Us if you have questions or comments or if you need to report problems.

GALILEO Support Services
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Preview GALILEO Elementary

Announcing GALILEO Elementary

GALILEO Elementary is the newest user view designed for Georgia’s younger users. The website features a targeted Discovery search, links to databases that are great for student research, and an engaging interface. The design and navigation were developed with feedback from Georgia elementary school students and incorporate best practices in usability for children. GALILEO Elementary replaces the GALILEO Kids Page, which has been in production since 2002.

Use the preview link below to take a look at the new site, which will go live on August 26. While you’re there, run a search from the search box to see the fun, age-appropriate results returned by EBSCO Discovery Service, the same service that powers the Discover search in other GALILEO interfaces. Also, check out the site from your smartphone or tablet. GALILEO Elementary was developed with responsive web design to make viewing optimal on all devices.

All GALILEO communities will have access to GALILEO Elementary, although different groups will see different sets of databases presented, based on their subscriptions. Click on the Preview link below for more information.

Your feedback is welcome, of course. Follow the links below to find out more about GALILEO Elementary, to preview the site, and to provide feedback.

Preview GALILEO Elementary
Provide Feedback

GALILEO Support Services
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Britannica School Enhancements and Training for GALILEO K-12 Schools

Georgia schools will see a new Britannica when they return from summer vacation. The new Britannica School rolled out new engaging interfaces for elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as advanced interactive features and easy access on any device. To help educators become familiar with the changes, Britannica has scheduled webinars that include overviews of the features and navigation and information on ways Britannica School can help educators integrate the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards into their lesson planning.

Elementary – Tuesday, September 10 @ 3:30 PM
Middle School – Wednesday, September 11 @ 4:00 PM
High School – Thursday, September 12 @ 3:30 PM

New Features
New features in Britannica School include My Britannica and the Lesson Plan Builder. Teachers can create, save, and share interactive activities with other teachers and students. Learning games, animated lessons and study guides offer more opportunities to connect with the content.

Responsive Design
Enjoy the same viewing experience on a tablet, smartphone, laptop, desktop computer, or any Internet-connected device with a Web browser. Retrieve and explore content anytime and anywhere … classroom, library, home, or on the go.

New Encyclopedia Names
Britannica School Elementary (previously Britannica Elementary)
Britannica School Middle (previously Compton’s)
Britannica School High (previously Encyclopaedia Britannica Online High School)
Britannica School (high-level page for choosing level, previously Encyclopaedia Britannica Online School Edition)

Please Contact Us if you have questions or comments or if you need to report problems.

Welcome back to school!

Karen Minton
GALILEO Support Services
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia