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Friday, December 3, 2010

Read and Feed Book Club--BYOB

The DHS library, in conjunction with the Spartanburg County Public Library (SCPL), has begun a BYOB club. Students are encouragaed to Bring Your Own Book (BYOB) to lunch in the library on the designated days and eat pizza and dessert and tell about books they've read. SCPL Teen Services Assistant, Tara S., coordinates with Mrs. Dillard to schedule the dates and get the students to come. We have had two BYOB sessions so far, and both have had a great turnout. In November, we had 26 students (all three lunch groups) attend and share their books. In December, we had 23 students. The students have also chosen a book to read as a group. First and second lunch students chose the book Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith, and third lunch students chose Liar by Justine Larbalestier. They will each receive a copy of the book their lunch chose compliments of SCPL.

Here is a list of some of the books that were shared:

Homeboyz by Sitomer
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Vizzini
Enna Burning by Hale
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Goodman
Hidden Talents by Lubar
Evil Star by Horowitz
Raven's Gate by Horowitz
Ashes of Roses by Auch
Up Country by DeMille
Uglies by Westerfeld
Secret Life of Bees by Kidd
Meridian by Kizer
Thirteen Reasons Why by Asher
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Wonder When You'll Miss Me by Davis
The Other Boleyn Girl by Gregory
Cry of the Icemark by Hill
Forest of Hands and Teeth by Ryan
Water Seeker by Holt
Forbidden Game by Smith
Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon by Stroud
Warriors: Forest of Secrets by Hunter
Gossip Girl by Von Ziegesar
Unwind by Shusterman
You by Benoit
Evil Genius by Jinks
The Pact by Picoult

Books Tara shared:

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Ness
The Book Thief by Zusak
Absolutely Normal Chaos by Creech
An Abundance of Katherines by Green
The Gardener by Bodeen
Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by Rennison
How I Live Now by Rosoff
Gone by Grant
X-Isle by Augarde
Rot and Ruin by Maberry

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Book Recommendations

If there are books that you would like to read that are not in our library, you may suggest titles to us (this is for Dorman High School students only--sorry!). To suggest a title go to http://destiny/common/servlet/presenthomeform.do?l2m=Home&tm=Home and click on "Make a Book Recommendation" and fill out the form. Don't forget to submit. Please make sure the books you suggest are appropriate for high school readers.

We have already received two shipments of new books this school year. Make your suggestion today!

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Our Shelfari widgit is not working, so we thought we would help you out with #3 and #4 on your scavenger hunt...

Mrs. Dillard is reading The Condition by Jennifer Haigh and Two Girls of Gettysburg by Lisa Klein.

Mrs. Nelson is reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

You can see other books we are reading by going to Destiny Quest in the DHS library catalog and creating an account. You will need your entire student number to create an account!

As always, anytime you need a book recommendation feel free to ask either Mrs. Nelson or Mrs. Dillard.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Did you know "Scout the Reading Dog"?

Ran across this in the online Spartanburg Herald today, and thought some of our students may be familiar with "Scout the Reading Dog."  Touching but sad story. Here's a clip.  Be sure to follow the link at the end to finish it.  If you ever had an dealings with this iconic dog, and even better have pictures, we'd love to share them here.

Article details:

SMC's 'Scout the Reading Dog' at libraries dies

The Lab helped at schools, public libraries

By Gary Glancy

He brought joy to the old and the young, and everyone in between.

The reading dog
The reading dog

At Spartanburg Methodist College, where he was a beloved fixture on campus the past several years, he was everything from a good luck charm to a “chick magnet.”
“Scout,” the lovable Labrador known around Spartanburg as “Scout the Reading Dog” for his role in reading therapy at local elementary schools and public libraries, died at his home of a massive stroke on Saturday.
Click here to read the rest of this story.

Article compliments of the Spartanburg Herald.
Photo by Mike Bonner

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Last Battle: With ‘Mockingjay’ on its way...

This appeared in my School Library Journal feed, but I think DHS Hunger Games fans will be interested! Check it out!!
The Last Battle: With ‘Mockingjay’ on its way, Suzanne Collins weighs in on Katniss and the Capitol http://bit.ly/9jCyor

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hunger Games Alert--Mockingjay has a book trailer and a Facebook fan page

Also, an official Facebook Fan page has been launched--visit here (from home of course!!) Hunger Games Facebook Page

I know why the vampire sparkles!

Please go read this post on another blog that was shared with me  today, as I really think DHS students could appreciate it as well!! It came from a blog title "Science in My Fiction" and is very tongue in cheek, though the observations and conclusions make prefect sense to me!!

Of the contributors , Kay Holt is the actual author, and I'm hoping she is okay with my sharing the post here on our own school library/reading blog!  If you feel adventurous, pop on over to the original post and leave a comment! Visit anyway to read the comments already there, as some of the many comments left add to the post. Below is an excerpt! Be sure to visit and read the whole thing!! 


I know why the vampire sparkles!

I finally read Twilight, and after hours of internet research, I’ve found a solution to a major problem I had with the story. I know why the vampire sparkles!

Of course, innate body glitter is just the latest thing wrong with vampires at large, so I’ll start with the broader picture and work my way to the answer to that new riddle.

First, I assert that vampires must be giant, highly evolved insects. That makes sense because most of the hematophages in the natural world are bugs.
The rest can be read at the original blog post here!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ypulse Toolbox: Online Teen Writing Communities To Know

YPulse has highlighted a few of the teen online writing communities that celebrate, workshop and occasionally even publish teen writing in print. Of course, this is only a small handful of what's out there, so feel free to add more great suggestions in comments! (Either here or over at Ypulse, since I have copied their material here, all in the name of increasing readership in both places.)

Here are their suggested sites:

InkPop – This site makes my former teen self and her novel-in-progress green with envy. Launched last year by HarperCollins, the online teen community and writing platform offers aspiring authors more than just the support and feedback of fellow, young writers. Invaluable as that is, what makes the space stand out is the involvement and interactivity of real editors and authors. And not just because of the promise to potentially get published (although that doesn't hurt), but also for the chance to get a glimpse (and a voice) in the world of professional publishing.

SMITHTeen – For weeks after my visit to the SMITHTeen office, I couldn't stop thinking of my own six-word memoirs. The exercise (as self-explanatory as it sounds: a six word autobiographical story) is totally addictive and oddly cathartic, so it's easy to see how that simple prompt keeps the small, but devoted international network of teens who frequent the site coming back for more (sometimes multiple times per day!). 800 of these were curated for the anthology "I Can't Keep My Own Secrets" last year, but with daily submissions pouring in, there are sure to be more to come.

Teen Ink -  Ypulse Youth Advisory Board Member Caro summed up her love for this site (which also publishes a national arts magazine and book series) in a post a while back and I don't think I could say it better myself. So in her words: "One of the reasons I liked it so much was that contributors were encouraged to do whatever they wanted artistically (within reason) in a safe environment. Also, artists and writers are able to get others’ opinions and possibly have their work appear in print! And while adults are involved – articles by teachers and librarians are featured in the magazine as well— in the end, Teen Ink's voice is the teenagers'."

Latinitas – Recognizing the need for a publication that focused on the experiences of Latina youth, back in 2002 two students – Laura Donnelly and Alicia Rascon – decided to take action and transform a class project into a monthly webzine especially for Latina girls. These days the outreach program has grown to include magazine writing, photography, web design, editing and film production, to further its mission of supporting teen journalists, and also cover the shrinking, but persistent gap in teen media coverage.

Teen Voices – As many longtime Ypulse readers know, this is where Anastasia got her start working with teens. Helping girls to amplify their voices and create social change through media, today Teen Voices continues to pursue their mission of turning young socially conscious activists into proficient journalists as well as a means to "achieve personal and community transformation by providing them with the tools needed to articulate what they know, want, need, and deserve." Here, here.

gURL – One of the original ezines, gURL has impressively managed to maintain its edge and signature style over the years, even as they've changed hands and evolved to keep up with a rapidly changing new media landscape. A safe, often snarky space, there's good reason girls are still drawn to gURL not only as a creative outlet where they can post their pictures, comics and stories, but also as social hub for shout outs and advice on everything from body image to sex ed to everything else.

826 Valencia and Girls Write Now – So these final two might be cheating a bit since most of the writing action takes place offline, but both mentoring organizations do an incredible job of spreading the empowerment that comes with creative writing on the ground, so I figured they deserved a mention. Through all in-school and on-site tutoring programs, 826 Valencia (now replicated in centers across the country) gives students the opportunity to publish their writing in an array of publications ranging from smaller chapbooks and ‘zines to professional-quality books with a national audience. And if you've ever stopped by one of their storefronts that house the tutoring projects like the Pirate Supply Shop in San Francisco, the Superhero Supply Shop in Brooklyn) that they do so with a healthy dose of irreverent charm. Meanwhile, a slightly more traditional set up, Girls Write Now has its heart in the same place, offering one-on-one mentoring to at-risk high school girls with dedicated mentors and volunteers includes sophisticated female novelists, poets, novelists, playwrights, journalists, essayists, and educators.

Tired of losing your flashdrives?

I am here to recommend DropBox as the perfect solution for anyone who needs to access files form multiple locations! If you have a connection, you have your files. Visit DropBox today and set yourself up an account. This is a perfect solution for students who cannot seem to keep up with small flash drives.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty

Break out your best Taylor Swift "boy hater" anthem, and prepare for the ultimate revenge against that guy who thinks he's all that!

Another Hunger Games Book Trailer

Hunger Games

I love what one colleague said about this book! It's like Survivor on Steroids. A fast paced novel that is amazing and a book you will NOT want to put down! DHS has the sequal Catching Fire and will order the third in the series due out this Fall (Mockinjay.)

SCYABA Nominee: All We Know of Heaven

Okay yes I enjoyed the story. Just like the quote about the program Law and Order, ripped right out of the headlines. It feels dirty to know though that an author is capitalizing on this tragedy by making a fictional story based on the tragedy. I know, there have been similar tragedies. I did enjoy the story (does that make me morbid or maybe akin to an ambulance chaser or sensationalistic reporter?)

Let's talk. What did you think of the book? Many of the kids at my school have been reading it and say it is good. I did find myself tearing up quite often in the book.

Trailer for ALL WE KNOW OF HEAVEN - The most amazing videos are a click away

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Reading 2.0

This slideshare is from a presentation given at the Pennsylvania School Library Association that was held recently.  Dorman's library blog is represented!! Thanks Joyce Valenza for using us in your examples!

Monday, April 12, 2010

National Library Week at Dorman

Ok, Cavaliers...time for some give-aways! But first, you have to come to the library to get a book! Wha???? A book, you say??? Yep! Check out a book any day (or every day) this week, and your name will go in a drawing for free Dorman t-shirts and caps. We will give away three items each afternoon this week! So Cavaliers, READ and WIN!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April is Poetry Month!

And the winner is....

Friday, March 12, DHS students participated in a statewide election on the SCYABA of the year. OUr students selected Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why as our school winner, though it was not the only title receiving votes. I am happy to report that our votes were sent in to be added to all the rest of the students voting in this annual election, and the title that won for our school ALSO won for the state of South Carolina.To read more about the title, click here.  It is available at your Dorman High School Library Media Center.

Awards for this book also include:
Other Noteworthy Recognitions:
Some of the information from this post came for the Wikipedia article for Thirteen Reasons Why.
Picture attribution is also from Wikipedia.

Friday, January 29, 2010

2010-2011 SC Young Adult Book Award Nominees Powerpoint

Thanks to Frank Moore, North Myrtle Beach High School, for the powerpoint.

2010-2011 South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees

The new list of South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees was released last week. Luckily, we have at least one copy of all of them in our library. You should check them out! I started reading them last week, and I have gotten through two of them already. I read All We Know of Heaven and Artichoke's Heart. Both books were more chick lit than for the males. Here is the list:

All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supple
Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gerhman
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Defying the Diva by Anne D. Love
The Devil's Paintbox by Victoria McKernan
The Devouring by Simon Holt
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
How to Build a House: A Novel by Dana Reinhardt
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork
My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger
Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Something Wicked by Slan Gratz
Sunrise over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
Two Girls of Gettysburg by Lisa Klein

Friday, January 15, 2010

January LIbrary Contest

Name the Title

This is the form to submit for the January Book Swap Contest! Entry deadline 9:00PM Wednesday, January 25, 2009. NOTE: Your timestamp will be set when you enter "submit."

I know some students will "Google" the answers but that is okay since the purpose is to expose you to popular or quality literature, and Googling for the answers just MIGHT make you find a book you want to read.

This is a mixture of characters from current and more traditional works of literature. Name the title (and SPELLING counts.)