Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MSLA 2016 Bookmark Design Contest

This year's Mass School Library Association's Annual Bookmark Contest is taking submissions! The theme this year is "My school library is awesome because ..."

Traditional and digital art entries are both accepted. The 1st place prize winner receives: 50 bookmarks of their design for themselves and 200 for their school, an enlargement of their design, a bookstore gift certificate, a certificate signed by the contest judges, a commendation from a legislator, an invitation to an awards ceremony at the State House, and a State House tour.

You can pick up an entry form with all the rules in the library, and all entries should be submitted to Ms. Charpentier by Wednesday, January 13. As a school, we can only submit three entries, so if we receive more than that, we will vote on three to send in at the Book Club meeting on Thursday, January 14.

Last year, UHS junior Krysten Boyer was the Division IV First Place winner - check out her bookmark design to the right and pick up a bookmark in the library!

Friday, November 13, 2015

December 10 Book Club Pick: Some Assembly Required by Arin Andrews

The next Book Club meeting will be held on Thursday, December 10, to discuss Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews. Copies are available in the library.

From Goodreads: "Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning memoir. Arin details the journey that led him to make the life-transforming decision to undergo gender reassignment as a high school junior. In his captivatingly witty, honest voice, Arin reveals the challenges he faced as a girl, the humiliation and anger he felt after getting kicked out of his private school, and all the changes, both mental and physical, he experienced once his transition began. Arin also writes about the thrill of meeting and dating a young transgender woman named Katie Hill and the heartache that followed after they broke up. Some Assembly Required is a reminder that self-acceptance does not come ready-made with a manual and spare parts. Rather, some assembly is always required."

The next scheduled Book Club meeting is a discussion of Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett on Thursday, January 14. If you want to help choose the books for February - May, come to the December meeting with your suggestions!

And if you enjoyed the last Book Club pick, check out some read-alikes on Pinterest!