Monday, September 27, 2010

Celebrate Banned Books Week!


"Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States."

- American Library Association

Visit the UHS library this week and take a look at some of the most frequently challenged or banned books.  You'll find some of these titles to be ones that you are lucky enough to be reading for your classes at UHS.  You may also find some of your all-time favorites on this list!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Feeling overwhelmed in the college application process?

Free Technology for Teachers compiled a list of seven online resources which can help students and parents better manage the college application process.  Whether it be deciding which schools to apply to or how best to keep one's applications organized, each of these sites has something to offer the college bound student.

Check out the article here.

Friday, September 17, 2010

New Nonfiction

New Nonfiction is in at the library!  My personal favorites include Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law that Changed the Future of Girls in America and Rotten English: A Literary Anthology

In 1972, Congress passed Title IX which stated that any school receiving money from the government could not treat boys and girls differently because of their gender.  Quickly, Title IX came to be most well known for its ruling that schools sponsoring sports for boys were required to sponsor sports for girls too.  I can't really imagine what my high school years would have been like without those grueling after school swim practices/meets and the friends I made on that swim team, friends I still have to this day in fact.  Any UHS female athletes should check this book out!

Rotten English is a literary anthology that offers an overview of some of the best well-known English works of literature that were once termed "dialect literature."  Examples of "dialect literature" include slang, creole, and patois.  I am looking for a student to review this, please see me if you are interested!

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice
Chasing Lincoln's Killer: The Search for John Wilkes Booth

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

UHS is starting a book club!

UHS will have the first meeting of its book club after school sometime mid-October.  Any students interested in joining the book club should see Mrs. Fournier as soon as possible so she can determine when the best meeting day/time will be for all.

Our first pick will be Going Bovine by Libba Bray.  There is one copy available in the UHS library and additional copies can be reserved through the Uxbridge Free Public Library.

Please bring your reading suggestions for future books to the first meeting - I'd like everyone to have a turn reading and discussing a genre they enjoy!

Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing program that asks students in Grades 4 through 12 to write letters to authors whose work has made a significant difference in their lives.  It is sponsored nationally by the Library of Congress and Target Stores.  The Massachusetts Center for the Book administers the Massachusetts state program.  An annual awards ceremony is held at the State House for the top honors and honors Massachusetts letter writers in each of three age-level categories.

For more information about the program, please visit the National Letters about Literature website.

To download an application, please click here.  Printed copies are also available at the circulation desk in the UHS Library. 

The deadline for submitting your application is December 10, 2010.

September is National Library Card Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month—the American Library Association’s annual reminder that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

Students who have not already done so should visit the Uxbridge Public Library to obtain their CWMARS card.  This card will grant them access to many of the databases linked to on the UHS library blog.  This public library card can also be used at any public library participating in the CWMARS consortium.

Monday, September 13, 2010

New Graphic Novels are In

Among the latest book order that arrived are some great new graphic novel titles.  I know there are at least a few of you that will want to check these out :)  Here's a list of what we have now, but be aware there are more on the way!

A.D. New Orleans: After the Deluge
The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle
Farenheit 451: The Graphic Novel
Gettysburg: The Novel
NightSchool: The Weirn Books vol. 1 & vol. 2
The Sandman: The Dream Hunters
Spider-man Noir
Stitches: A Memoir
Superman Brainiac (Fans of Smallville may like this one)
Swallow Me Whole
Wonderland
X-Men Misfits

Friday, September 3, 2010

2010 Teens' Top Ten

Voting for the the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Teens' Top Ten is now open!    Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year.  Voting is open through September 17, 2010 and winners will be announced in a webcast at www.ala.org/teenstopten during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23.

To cast your vote, click here.

Several of the titles on the list, are available to you here in the library, so if you would like to check out some books before you cast your vote, stop in!

Voting is open Aug. 23 through Sept. 17, 2010. Winners will be announced in a webcast at www.ala.org/teenstopten during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23.