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

Great Reads

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Check out some of the latest titles

vigilanteThe Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer- realistic fiction, a plot to destroy a reality TV show, and a heroic gerbil named Baconnaise

crash__spanCrash and Burn by Michael Hassan – fast paced realistic fiction



they allThey all Fall Down by Roxanne St. Clare –  psychological thriller full of drama and mystery

splintered book cover2Splintered by A.G. Howard – a warped up wonderland where it’s hard to determine fiction from reality



evenEven in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot – “The Great Gatsby meets Looking for Alaska”


evilEvil Librarian by Michelle knudsen – Horror, humor, romance, and a demon librarian




gloryGlory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King – Described as magical realism, science fiction, and fantasy, all in one


monumentMonument 14 by Emmy Laybourne – “Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.”


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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Library Re-envisioned

Over the past year we brainstormed and discussed how to re-create spaces in our library to better fit the needs of the students. They wanted areas to collaborate with their classmates, spaces to hide away and study, comfortable spots to chill out, and more.  In order to make this happen we had a little rearranging to do; thousands of books were moved (unfortunately, most were moved more then once), and the Learning Lab (technology) was moved into the center of the library.

We are into week two of the school year and although we are still working on a few small snags, things seem to be going well.

A few photos of our new space..

The Commons

The Middle

The Source

The Hive

The Think Tank

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Just days after we finished adding the short story stickers we had three 10th grade English classes visit. Their assignment? To find and read a short story! The books were ready but where were the signs?

Time to improvise! Within minutes Traci, our Assistant Librarian, created this


and the students LOVED it. The sign was simple and to the  point.

All the SHORT STORIES clearly marked shortstory

and they were browsable by GENRE.






The Full Story


Reason to Celebrate

Genres Finalized

After weeks of deliberating we settled on our genres. We ordered tinted color label protectors from Demco to help color code the genres: FantasyScience FictionComedy & HumorAction & AdventureRealistic FictionMysteryThriller & SuspenseHistorical FictionSports FictionRelationships & RomanceLiterary FictionMulticultural, and Graphic Novels g

We added additional labels on the book spines to identify Short Stories and books written in Verse within each genre.




We now have a cleaner collection!!! Yes, we did loads and loads of weeding, but analyzing the collection allowed us to find (and if needed fix or weed) titles that were miscataloged, and incomplete series (sometimes we only had #3 or #6, did we ever own the complete series?). And by going through the collection to add the new color labels, shelf reading happened. You know that thing you never have time for.  I fully realize how unimportant this may sound to non-librarians, but for my librarian friends you know how AWESOME this is. I’m talking double high-fives, break out the champagne soda celebration!! I know, I know, this will not last, but for the moment we will enjoy knowing that the books (even if only for a few hours) were all in order.

 For the Full Story