Reading on the Subway

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Subway Reader

Everybody is reading the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. On my weekend trip to NYC I snapped this photo (with permission) of a subway rider reading the second book, Catching Fire. WHS teachers and students alike are reading or listening to these titles, too. Mr. Zakian, Humanities teacher, asked me to buy the audio versions of the sequels for the Media Center. He said that he preferred listening to the books after enjoying the first audiobook. I agree.  I’ll listen to them next!  While I was in NYC I also saw three Broadway shows (two were great – Merchant of Venice and Brief Encounter and one was not – Women on the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown) and two terrific art exhibits at the Whitney (Edward Hopper and Lee Friedlander).

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Book Club

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The Book Club thoroughly enjoyed The Red Pyramid by Rick    Riordan. Students liked the humor, adventure, and focus on  Egyptology.

For the next discussion we will be reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Pi Patel, having spent an idyllic childhood in Pondicherry, India, as the son of a zookeeper, sets off with his family at the age of sixteen to start anew in Canada, but his life takes a marvelous turn when their ship sinks in the Pacific, leaving him adrift on a raft with a 450-pound Bengal tiger for company (from the Media Center Library catalog).

Pick up a copy of the book in the library. All are welcome to join us on Wed., December 15th in the library after school.

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Book Club

Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Book)

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You had me at hello…no, at the dedication really, “To all my librarian friends, champions of books, true magicians in the House of Life. Without you, this writer would be lost in the Duat.” Yes!

The Book Club selected The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan for their next read. You may recognize Riordan for his book The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson series). Copies are available for checkout and the discussion will be on Wednesday, Nov. 10th after school in the Media Center. All are welcome to attend!

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Freshmen Library Orientation

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All freshmen have now visited the Media Center for an introduction to resources within the library and beyond. Students participated in activities to familiarize them with the physical collection and space as well web and electronic resources on the website. In addition to this, students completed an online information literacy skills assessment (25 questions) which will help Media Center staff plan future instruction. Media Center staff encouraged students to use library services throughout their high school career and pointed to research (13,000 Students Can’t Be Wrong) that shows students who do so are more successful. It was a pleasure to meet the freshmen class!
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Banned Books Week Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the Banned Books Week Contest winners Jackie Hoenisch and Caitlin Pierson who won Dunkin Donuts gift cards. Jackie wrote about why she was happy to have had the freedom to read Winnie the Pooh (and said that all children should have this book read to them) and Caitlin wrote about Lord of the Flies. Way to go, girls!

Jackie Hoenisch

Jackie Hoenisch

Caitlin Pierson

Caitlin Pierson

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The Hunger Games (Book Review)

Hunger Games CoverI’m sure I’m not the last to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, but it feels that way. A movie is already in the works and while there aren’t many book-to-movie adaptations that I’ve really liked, I have my fingers crossed for this one. What a great story! I listened to the audiobook and it grabbed me from the start and didn’t let go until the end. There are two more books in the trilogy (Catching Fire and Mockingjay). I overheard some students talking about them in the library. One student was lending her copy of Mockingjay to another and she was told that “it wasn’t as good as the first.” I’ll have to see about that.
Anyway, the story is about sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen who competes in the annual Hunger Games where twelve districts are required by the Capitol to participate. Youth between the ages of twelve and eighteen are selected by lottery and Katniss takes the place of her younger sister, Prim. It’s a fight to the death that is aired on live TV. It’s kind of like the movies Gladiator and The Truman Show combined.

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Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

Pick up a copy of Twisted in the Media Center for our next Book Club meeting on Thursday, Oct. 21st.

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