Friday, December 19, 2014

December Newsletter

The December Newsletter is here - check it out!


Featured this month:
  • The 2015 Winter Reading Challenge.
  • What's on display in the library.
  • Book Club's picks for next semester.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Winter Reading Challenge Begins on Sunday!

While we’re all braving the cold, challenge yourself this winter with the Winter Reading Challenge. Beginning on the first day of winter (December 21) and ending on the first day of spring (March 20), the Winter Reading Challenge is a season-long bingo game.

No matter what you like to read, it’s possible to complete this challenge. Cross of squares by filling in what you read during the winter that satisfies that bingo square. In spring, everyone who completed the challenge will be entered in a drawing for the challenge prize.


Bingo cards are available in the library, or choose one from this download.

Monday, December 15, 2014

January 8 Book Club Pick

Book Club's next pick is The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor; all are welcome to join the discussion after school in the library on Thursday, January 8.

From Goodreads: "When Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, must flee through the Pool of Tears to escape the murderous aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carroll, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone will find her and bring her home, but he gets the story all wrong. Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows all too well the awful truth of Alyss' story and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may eventually battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts."

If you weren't able to get a copy of The Looking Glass Wars at the last meeting, stop in the library to pick one up this week. The official website for the book is lookingglasswars.com, and there's a lot of cool extras about this series there.

The books and meetings for the rest of the year have been set, so join us on the following days if you're interested in any of the books we'll be reading later this year.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Club: Choosing Books for This Spring

Today's mission: Choose our books for second semester. Below are links to the Goodreads pages for all the books that have been suggested so far. We'll add any other suggestions you come with this afternoon so we can decide what we'll be reading for the February, March, April, and May meetings.

Book Club Spring 2015 Choices

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
No.6, Volume 1
Sense and Sensibility
The Innocent
The Secret Garden
A Little Princess
Elijah of Buxton
The Maze Runner
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The Princess Bride
Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Part 1
Tiger's Curse
Dreamcatcher
Pet Sematary
Into the Wild
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Call of Cthulu and Other Tales
Let's Get Lost
The Republic


Ms. Charpentier's favorite books »

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Advance Reader Copies Available!


A package of ARCs from Candlewick Press arrived this morning - head over to the UHSL Book Review Blog for more info on these books. They're all available now to take with you and read/review before they're published in the spring!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November Newsletter

The November Newsletter is here - check it out!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1-b2bgGOG2dbWIwZlA1bWlpcnM/view?usp=sharing

Featured this month:
  • More on National Novel Writing Month.
  • Book recommendations from Book Club.
  • What's on display in the library.
  • Some tech for dealing with stress.
  • A preview of the Winter Reading Challenge.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Last Week of NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo is coming to an end - how is your novel going?

If you've discovered that 50,000 words is a tall order for November, the Office of Letters and Light offers a few alternatives:
  • Camp NaNoWriMo, in July, when you won't have to try to balance the challenge with school
  • Young Writers Program, which lets students set their own word count goal to something they feel they can manage during November.
Good luck to everyone still writing! We'll have one more Come Write In tomorrow afternoon, and everyone who began a novel is invited back next Tuesday to celebrate your achievement!

Friday, November 14, 2014

December 11 Book Club Pick

Book Club's next pick is The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, the first book in the epic fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings. All are welcome to join the discussion on Thursday, December 11 after school in the library.

From Goodreads: "In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose."

The next scheduled meeting after that will be on January 8, when we'll discuss The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. If you'd like to get involved in choosing books for the rest of year, join us for the December meeting or give your suggestions to Ms. Charpentier.

Book Club Readalikes

If you enjoyed Book Club this month or enjoy stories about survival and the wilderness, here are a few suggestions like My Side of the Mountain.

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ready for NaNoWriMo?

If not, never fear. We're having a Kick Off and Planning Party today after school in the library. Can't make it? Let Ms. C know and she'll get you all the information.

If you need inspiration or are wondering what tools are out there to help you, check out the UHSL's NaNoWriMo Pinterest board for tons of links.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October Newsletter

The October Newsletter is here - check it out!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1-b2bgGOG2damk2N2lvVUxGTDg/view?usp=sharing
Featured this month:
  • National Novel Writing Month events at the UHS Library.
  • What's on display in the library right now.
  • Book recommendations from Book Club members. 
  • Apps and websites to help writers plan and stay motivated during NaNoWriMo.
  • More info on upcoming Book Club meetings.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month. Every year, the Office of Letters and Light hosts NaNoWriMo, a challenge for all the writers out there: write an entire novel during the month of November.

If you're interested in learning more about NaNoWriMo events or already know you want to take up the challenge, come to the library after school on Tuesday, October 28 for a Kick Off and Planning Party. We'll go over how to register, answer any questions about NaNoWriMo, work on planning our novels, and kick off NaNoWriMo with some writing games and exercises.

Questions? Talk to Ms. Charpentier.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Book Club Read Alikes

We had a great Book Club meeting yesterday - The Boy in the Striped Pajamas seems to have struck a nerve with you. If you're looking for books about WWII and the Holocaust or books that make the reader piece together the story the figure out what's going on, check out some of the recommended books over on Pinterest. Right now, they're also on display in the library.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

November 13 Book Club Pick


Book Club's next pick is My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George; all are welcome to join the discussion on Thursday, November 13 after school in the library.

From Goodreads: "Every kid thinks about running away at one point or another; few get farther than the end of the block. Young Sam Gribley gets to the end of the block and keeps going--all the way to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. There he sets up house in a huge hollowed-out tree, with a falcon and a weasel for companions and his wits as his tool for survival. In a spellbinding, touching, funny account, Sam learns to live off the land, and grows up a little in the process. Blizzards, hunters, loneliness, and fear all battle to drive Sam back to city life. But his desire for freedom, independence, and adventure is stronger."

We'll also be discussing The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien on December 11 and The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor on January 8. If you'd like to get involved in choosing books for second semester, join us for the December meeting or give your suggestions to Ms. Charpentier before that meeting.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 21 - 27 is Banned Books Week


What if more than the cover was hidden? What if you couldn’t see what’s inside the book either?

Every book on the front display in the library has been banned or challenged somewhere in the U.S. - that is, someone has formally asked that it be removed from a library because of the content of the book. Scan the QR codes on the front covers to find out what ideas in these books have been challenged, and celebrate your right to explore tough ideas and questions through reading.

Visit the Banned Books Week site for more information and videos from this year's virtual read out, and check out the American Library Association's banned books site for more statistics on frequently challenged books.

Friday, September 19, 2014

September Newsletter

The September newsletter is here - check it out!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1-b2bgGOG2damk2N2lvVUxGTDg/edit?usp=sharing
 Featured this month:
  • Where to find the library online (other than here, of course).
  • Borrowing eBooks and audiobooks from the public library that you can download on your iPad or smartphone.
  • More books to try if you liked your summer reading pick.
  • Some useful and interesting government websites and apps.
  • Book Club's picks for first semester.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

If you liked the book you read for summer reading ...

If you liked the book you read for summer reading, there's more where that came from. Stop by the library or visit uhslibrary1 on Pinterest to check out the display of books you might like if you enjoyed summer reading.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

October 16 Book Club Pick

Join Book Club for the first discussion of the 2014 - 2015 school year at 2:00 on Thursday, October 16. We'll be discussing The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.

From Goodreads: Berlin, 1942. When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

Copies will be available in the library beginning next week. If you have any questions about Book Club, talk to Ms. Charpentier.

Doesn't sound like the book for you? We'll also be discussing My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George on November 13, The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien on December 11, and The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor on January 8. If you'd like to get involved in choosing books for second semester, join us for the December meeting.

Book Club: First Meeting Today

Book Club is back for the 2014 - 2015 year. Today's mission: Choose our books for first semester. Below are links to the Goodreads pages for all the books that have been suggested so far. We'll add any other suggestions you come with this afternoon so we can decide what we'll be reading for the October, November, December, and January meetings.

Sense and Sensibility
The School of Night
The Looking Glass Wars
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Marked
City of Bones
Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss
Elijah of Buxton
The Maze Runner
Just Listen
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
If I Stay
My Side of the Mountain
Neuromancer
The Fault in Our Stars
A Discovery of Witches
The Old Man and the Sea
The Prisoner of Zenda
Orange Is the New Black
Pet Sematary