Write on the walls

Writing on the walls is not normally something you’d encourage students to do, but since adding glass panels to several collaborative spaces in the library, writing on the walls is something we actively had to encourage.  When we renovated the library a few years ago, the students took to writing on the painted whiteboard walls straight away but they rarely wrote on the glass walls. We decided it was time to intervene! At first we just added short messages to the glass walls but soon took to asking the students questions…

IMG_0318 windowand they responded! Without any announcements or encouragement, other than posting the question, the students happily replied. The questions vary month to month, but they all seem to garner lots of responses and promote conversations. The only downside is that we are enjoying this conversational wall too much to leave it clean for students to work on. Fortunately, the collaborative spaces for students also have glass walls; hopefully they’ll write on them!

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2016 PRINTZ AWARDS

Looking for something good to read? Check out the recent Printz Award Winner and Honor titles. Dive into Magical Realism with Printz Award winner Laura Ruby’s novel Bone Gap. Historical Fiction more to your liking? Try Out of Darkness, a Printz Honor title by Ashley Hope Perez. If you aren’t drawn to one particular genre, try Printz Honor book, Ghost of Heavens by Marcus Sedgwick (2014 Printz Award winner for MidWinterBlood), a suspenseful tale of four linked stories that go between historical and science fiction. Happy Reading!

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Movement in the Library

Our library was renovated last year, creating a more user friendly environment. As a result, student use increased and the library became a popular hang out, especially at the end of lunch and after school. While this is what we had hoped for, more students using the library, we didn’t anticipate the great deal of energy the students would bring to the library. Many students, who would normally be running around outside burning off their extra energy from sitting in classes all day, are now running around the library. Wanting to keep the students in the library we decided to investigate seating options that would allow the students to move while working.

The Washington Post had an article recently about a school in Charleston, SC where children are encouraged to be active while they are learning.

In these Charleston, S.C., schools, children are seen, and heard, and always active

And in 2013 Clemson University encouraged students to stay active while studying by outfitting a study hall area with FitDesks.

Why not follow the lead of Charleston and Clemson and add some movement to our library?

FitDeskSo excited for our new addition!

2015 Teen Book Awards Announced

I read teen fiction all year long, sometimes 2-3 titles a month. And each December, I try to predict which of the titles that I’ve read may end up on the Printz or Morris Award lists. ALA just announced the Youth Media Awards this week and I’m happy to say that this year I got two out of ten, both Printz Honor books.  And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard is a fabulous read and This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki is a beautiful and thought provoking graphic novel. Now, I have eight new titles to add to my reading list! FullSizeRender (Missing from picture – Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith)

Be sure to check out the 2015 Printz Award Winner I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson and the William C. Morris Award Winner Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

The Restricted Section is BACK!

Our Upper School Book and Film club, AKA The Restricted Section, had their very first meeting of the school year. The new officers were enthusiastic, there was a great turnout and they had more then enough cookies!!

This club is serious about reading but it’s not your typical book club. They don’t all read the same book and then discuss it. They select a new genre each meeting and then discuss any books or movies that they’ve read/seen that fit the genre. The current genre is Fantasy. They also like to review and recommend books; the advanced readers copies went fast! Check out their tumblr page, Restricted Section

Their first Night at the Library is October 3rd. Although the film is still undecided. The club is evenly split – will it be  The House at the End of the Street or Corpse Bride?

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