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!
 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
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
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

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New to UHSL

Looking for the new stuff? It's on display now, and check out the full list with links to the catalog in the New to UHSL tab or on Pinterest.