Monday, December 12, 2011

Barnes and Noble Book Fair to support UPS Libraries!

On Wednesday, December 14th, the Uxbridge Public Schools will be holding a Barnes and Noble Book Fair to help support our school libraries.  We are continuing to raise money for the purchase of a new web-based catalog for all of the district libraries.  By using UPS vouchers to do some holiday shopping at the Millbury Barnes and Noble store, a portion of the proceeds from your purchases will be donated back to our schools.

No time to stop at the store the day of the fair?  Consider doing some of your shopping online at BN.com.  At checkout, be sure to enter voucher number 10633618 so that UPS receives credit for your purchases.  The online book fair runs all week, from 12/14 through 12/19.

Everything in the Barnes and Noble store is included in the book fair, EXCEPT gift cards.  But toys, puzzles, magazines, cafe items are ALL included, it's not just books!  Enjoy your shopping!

Monday, November 28, 2011

UHS Book Club - December

Our next book club meeting will be Wednesday, 12/21 at 2:00pm in the library.  We are reading and discussing the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.  New members are always welcome :)

A Christmas Carol is in the public domain so a copy can be downloaded for free at this website.  It is available in multiple formats - print it out or read it on your computer or e-reader!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The 2011 Seventeen Magazine Fiction Contest with Figment and Scholastic

SeventeenFigment, and Scholastic are teaming up to bring you this year's fiction contest! One lucky winner will get a $5,000 cash prize, the opportunity to have her story published on Seventeen.com, and a phone call with Maggie Stiefvater, author of the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy – Shiver, Linger, and Forever

To enter, all you need to do is write an amazing, completely original story about absolutely anything, of no more than 500 words. Sounds doable, right?  

All entries must be submitted by December 31, 2011 (at 11:59:59, ET), so don't procrastinate, and get your story in now! Then vote for your favorite stories by "hearting" them — you can heart as many stories as you like, and it's your hearts that determine 50 of the 60 finalists. The top 50 hearted entries, plus 10 wildcards chosen by Seventeen, will be judged by the Editors from Seventeen magazine and Maggie Stiefvater. They'll consider all 60 finalists, and announce one grand prize winner on or around April 1, 2012. Remember, your story can be on any topic you like, so be creative!

Sorry guys, this one is for girls only - contestants must be between the ages of 13 to 21.  Good luck ladies!

Monday, November 14, 2011

November Meeting - UHS Book Club


The UHS Book Club will be holding our next meeting on Wednesday, 11/16 after school at 2:00pm.  We'll be discussing Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.  Uglies is the first novel in a trilogy where the main character works to take down a society created to function with perfect-looking people who never have a chance to think for themselves.  Should make for an interesting discussion!

Please consider joining us for a fun afternoon of book talk and light refreshments.  New members are always welcome!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Daily Lit

Wish you had more time to read?  Want to brush up on some of those classics?  Try Daily Lit, the free service that delivers minutes of great reading to your inbox each day.  A manageable way to squeeze in a few minutes of reading a day!  You can receive short book installments by email or RSS feed and can customize how often and when you want those installments delivered.  From there, you are free to read those installments on any computer or mobile device (iPhone, Blackberry, etc.).

Sign up and give it a try!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

HuffPost High School


The Huffington Post, an Internet newspaper, now has a section dedicated to high school students and teens!

"HuffPost High School is a section on The Huffington Post devoted to teenagers and the issues that matter to them. HuffPost High School features content from some of the nation's top teen journalists and writers and a dynamic group blog where teen bloggers can weigh in on everything from college prep, to high school sports, to comedy, poetry, politics, prom and beyond."

For more news that matters to you, take a look.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October is National Reading Group Month

National Reading Group Month is here again! 

An initiative of the Women's National Book Association, National Reading Group Month fosters the growth of reading groups and promotes a love of literature.  It is an opportunity for reading groups to reflect on their accomplishments and plan for the future — the perfect time to join or start a group.

Click here for the 2011 List of Great Group Reads.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Internet Safety Presentations

The first semester of our new Information Literacy Skills/Reserach Methods class is underway and students have already been creating some amazing work.  Our first major research project was to create a public service announcement to raise awareness about the importance of Internet safety.  Students used the tool Diigo to help gather their research and then Glogster to create their presentations. They were very creative in how they presented their information!

Take a look and have a listen to some of their presentations!


Anyone else interested in learning how to use Diigo or Glogster?  Stop by the UHS Library for a tutorial!

Friday, September 23, 2011

UHS Book Club


The next meeting of the UHS Book Club will be Wednesday 10/26 after school.  In honor of Halloween, we are reading Washington Irving's short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  A copy of the short story can be downloaded here for free!

We'll also be watching the Tim Burton movie version, starring Johnny Depp.  New members are always welcome!

And if you ever find yourself in the metro NY area, The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is a fun place to visit - especially this time of year!  As is Sunnyside, Irving's riverside home in the Hudson Valley.

Monday, September 5, 2011

15 Essential Back to School Podcasts

Mashable, an independent news source dedicated to covering digital culture, social media and technology, recently named their top picks of essential back to school podcasts.  Here are some great ones, including The Math Dude, to add to your iTunes library.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed your summers and are recovering from our recent hurricane.  Please stop by the UHS Library this week when you have a chance.  There are some fabulous new books waiting for you!  You'll see some cover images of a few new ones below.  And of course, new magazines are waiting for you too :)

Mrs. Fournier is also happy to assist you with all of your research needs, don't hesitate to stop by the circulation desk with any questions or to schedule a research tutorial.  Here's to a great 2011 - 2012 school year!



Breaking Night: A Memoir
Beauty Queens
Jasper Jones
Skippy Dies
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder
Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate
Delirium
City of Fallen Angels
Paper Covers Rock


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Calling All Writers!

Are you a teen that likes to write?  Or maybe you have an interest in the publishing industry?  If so, this contest is for you.  A free trip to NYC could be in your future...

For entry guidelines, visit Wattpad.  Check out some of their other ongoing contests as well.  Good stuff!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

2011 Reading Challenge

Are you an avid reader?  Consider joining the 2011 Reading Challenge sponsored by Goodreads.  See how many books you can read and enjoy by the end of the year...

Currently, there are 97,742 people taking the challenge and the average goal for participants is 70 books.  Those are some impressive numbers!

Advanced Reader Copies are in!

The Somerville, MA-based Candlewick Press, a phenomenal publisher of children's and young adult literature has been kind enough to send us several advanced reader copies of titles soon to be released.  This is a great way to preview new books before they hit bookstore shelves.  Please see Mrs. Fournier if you would be interested in reviewing one of the latest titles for the UHS library blog.  Reviews can be short and simple, just a little blurb to indicate what you thought of the book is fine.  But if you'd like to write more, that is great too - the UHS community would love to hear your impressions!
 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Random House, Inc. is now offering all of their high school print catalogs as free downloads!  These are some great resources being offered, click here to take a look for yourself!

Random House has also released their Books for Summer Reading List.  There is something for everyone on this list.  Check out some great book blurbs and decide what you want to add to your "to-be-read" list...summer usually means lots of beach time - don't forget to pack a great book in that beach bag.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April is National Poetry Month!

In 1996, the Academy of American Poets established the month of April as National Poetry Month.  Since then, April has marked the annual month-long celebration of the "art of poetry, living poets, our complex poetic heritage, and poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern."  The idea behind National Poetry Month is to help "increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry's ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated."

Visit Poets.org for a whole section on Poems for Teens.  There is some great poetry to be read and celebrated.

Are you a poet yourself?  If you have any interest in showcasing some of your poetry at the UHS Library or on the library blog, please see Mrs. Fournier.  This is a great opportunity to make your voice heard!  And don't forget to stop by the UHS Library to check out all of the poetry books in the library's collection.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March is National Women's History Month

National Women's History Month traces its origins back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women's Day was later observed in 1909.  In 1981, the U.S. Congress designated the second week of March as National Women's History Week, and in 1987 Congress expanded it to a month-long observance.

Take some time to visit the library and recognize and celebrate women's historic achievements through the years.

The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest

Take part in The Great Scavenger Hunt hosted by young adult author Kay Cassidy and become eligible for lots of free prizes!  Here's how the hunt works:

1. Go to www.kaycassidy.com/hunt and look at the list of participating books

2.  Choose the book you want to read and print off the trivia challenge

3.  Read the book

4.  Answer the trivia challenge questions and give the completed page to your participating librarian

5.  Get at least 8 out of 10 correct and Mrs. Fournier will enter you into the monthly contest

Every month, YA author Kay Cassidy will choose one lucky winner.  If you are the winning hunter, you will receive a $50 gift card to the bookstore of your choice.

Teen Tech Week March 6 - 12

Celebrate Teen Tech Week at your school or local public library.  Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at teens, their parents, educators, and other concerned adults.  The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially the types offered through libraries.

Whether it be on the web, research resources, gaming, or music that you are in search of, your local library is a great place to get connected!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Elevensies 2011 Book Feast Contest

The "Elevensies," a group of authors whose books hit shelves later this year are sponsoring a 2011 Book Feast Contest.  Libraries and readers are invited to enter themselves into the drawing and can pick from a menu of what books they'd like to receive if they win.

Menu items include:

Blue Plate Special: Contemporary and historical teen fiction that keeps it real
Fusion Fare: Feast on fantasy, paranormal and dystopian teen fiction
Middle Grade Sampler: Dig in to debuts just for tweens, ages 8-12

Enter yourself and win some great new books!

City of Fallen Angels Sneak Preview!

For those of you that are fans of Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series, you'll want to check out the sneak preview of the latest installment, City of Fallen Angels.  Each day during the week of February 14th, various blogs will be previewing different versions of the same chapter.  It's up to you to visit the blogs and piece together the full chapter.  This is the only preview of the book that will offered until its scheduled release date of 4/5. 

And don't forget to read the review of the series one of your classmates has written.  You'll be racing to the library to check out the books for yourself!

Monday, February 7, 2011

February is African American History Month

Stop by the UHS Library and celebrate Black History month.  We've got some great books on display that you may interested in.  Be sure to check out the Library of Congress website as well in celebration of African Americans through the generations.  This year's theme "African Americans and the Civil War" was chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and honors the efforts of people of African descent to abolish slavery and inaugurate universal freedom in the United States. 

Monday, January 31, 2011

2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults List Announced

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2011 List of Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA).

This year's list includes:

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
Trash by Andy Mulligan
Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
The Things a Brother Knows Best by Dana Reinhardt
Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Saenz
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick



Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Revolution
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Ship Breaker
Finnikin of the Rock
Trash
Bamboo People
The Things a Brother Knows
Last Night I Sang to the Monster
Revolver

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Interview with author David Yoo


At our last meeting, UHS Book Club students read and discussed Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before by local author David Yoo.  David was kind enough to allow all of us to interview him for our blog - for a glimpse into the life of a published author, read below!

1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

Not really, though there were a few bursts throughout my childhood where I felt the urge to try to write a novel. For a few months when I was in fifth grade, for example, I used to have my mom buy me a five-subject notebook at the grocery store every other week, and when we got home I'd rush up to my room and carefully tape white paper to the front and draw the cover (usually involving really big bees) and then write an 'about the author' profile on the back cover, then painstakingly number each page, but then I'd write maybe a page or two of the actual story before losing interest. Otherwise I wanted to be a pro tennis player, a dream that died sometime in high school when I realized I was a classic choke artist (and that I couldn't volley to save my life.)

2. Where did you go to school and what was your major?

I attended Skidmore College, where I majored in Government and English Lit with a concentration in creative writing. At this point I don't know why I majored in government. It sounded good to my parents, I guess. Afterwards I went to grad school at CU-Boulder, focusing on writing fiction. Which didn't sound as good to my parents, truth be told.

3. Do you have any other jobs in addition to your writing career?

I teach creative writing at Pine Manor College as well as online fiction workshops at the Gotham Writer's Workshop, and I have a little column in Koream Journal, a monthly magazine. Prior to that I had a thriving temp career (my specialty was answering phones and sorting junk mail) and before that I excelled at flower delivery.

4. Did you base any of your novel Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before on your own life?

I worked at an inn one summer when I was a teenager, the same one Albert Kim works at in the novel. My buddy Joe and I worked as maintenance, and we were probably the worst maintenance crew, ever. As in the novel, we ruined the brass fixtures in the hotel by cleaning them with 409 and we burned the new sod in the back of the hotel and at one point we spilled a cart full of paint cans all over the parking lot. We never got fired, I think because each time we messed up our boss mistakenly assumed the worst was over.

5. Where did you get the idea for this story?

I wanted to write an unorthodox love triangle, set at the aforementioned inn I worked at when I was a teen.

6. Are you already working on your next novel?

My next novel is coming out this June. It's called THE DETENTION CLUB (Balzer & Bray), and it's my first middle grade novel. Meanwhile, I'm currently revising my first collection of essays for adults, HONORABLE MENTION (Grand Central), due out in April, 2012.

7. When do you do most of your writing? Do you set aside different times of the day to devote to your writing?

Now that I have a child (Griffin, 8.5 months old), I write at night and on weekends, and at random moments throughout the day when the baby's either asleep or out with his mother. Prior to his birth I wrote 5 days a week, yet surprisingly, I probably get the same amount of work done each week because I have no choice but to be focused when I sit down to write. My freecell and spider solitaire playing, on the other hand, has suffered greatly, however.

8. When you sit down to write, how much do you usually write at one time?

It varies. When I'm writing the rough draft of a novel, I try to write 5 single-spaced pages a day. Sometimes I come away with 0 pages, but when the writing's going well I can churn out upwards of 20 single-spaced pages in a day. 19 of them horrible, mind you...sigh.

9. How long does it take you to complete a novel?

Again, it varies, but a rough draft usually takes me between 3-5 months. To actually complete it takes another year or so of revising.

10. What was your own high school experience like?

Confused, for the most part. Alternately fun/hectic and utterly boring/dissapointing.

11. What advice do you have for high school students that have aspirations of being a published writer some day?

Read A LOT. The best education you can give yourself regarding the craft of writing is to read as many stories and novels as you can. And write a lot, of course. I also watched a ridiculous amount of movies since a young age, and that, too, was a big influence on me. And if you really want to pursue writing, do really poorly in school so there's no pressure to enter another field because you're clearly unqualified to do anything else. Actually, scratch that last part...