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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Poetry Month Scavenger Hunt

April is National Poetry Month, and we have created a scavenger hunt we would like for you to try your hand at completing.  You can come into the library, check out an iPad and use your knowledge of poetry and library skills to find the answers to our questions.  There are only five questions...The questions are very easy...You could win a prize!  Prize?  Yes, I said prize!  All of the entries will be evaluated, and those with the correct answers will be eligible for coupons or gift certificates.  You can complete the scavenger hunt alone or with your friends (but please remember to keep your voices down in the library). Happy Hunting!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Coming in April....

April is National Poetry Month! Dorman is planning some weekly activities, and here is one that is EASY to prepare for!  Just have a "poem in your pocket" April 26, 2012 during your lunch block, and get discount coupons for lunchroom goodies (the Cavalatte, ice cream, or anything sold in the cafeteria!)

What else is planned?
Week of April 9
Library Poetry Scavanger Hunt - Visit the library and use the ipad and its Apps in the library to answer a few questions.  The scavenger hunt calls for doing screenshots, answer questions in a form, and even using QR codes!

Week of April 16
Spine Tales and Title Talkers (Poems or phrases made from the spines of books!)

Week of April 23
Poem in Your Pocket Day - have a poem in your pocket during lunch Thursday, april 26, and win a coupon for the cavalatte or cafeteria ice cream store; be entered into a drawing for Barnes & Noble gift cards. Reciting a poem earns a "better" coupon (could mean FREE stuff instead of discounts!!)

Other than the "on the spot" awards for "Poem In Your Pocket," all award winners will be announced on Monday, April 30 at a National Poetry Month Drop-in Breakfast.  Secure your invitation by participating in our activities during this month of fun while we celebrate poetry.

(This is last year's Spine Tales and Title Talkers.)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

2012-2013 Cavaliers Read! (SCYABA) Nominees

The 2012-2013 SC Young Adult Book Award Nominees (SCYABA) have been announced, and we are excited to say that we have all of the nominees in our library.  We are calling this program "Cavaliers Read!" in hopes of getting all students on board to read these books and choose their favorite to be the next SCYABA winner!  Feel free to stop by and "check them out!"

Priscilla Cummings

Blue Plate Special
Michelle Kwasney

Claire de Lune
Christine Johnson

Eli The Good
Silas House

Sophie Jordan

Five Flavors of Dumb
Antony John

The Ghost and the Goth
Stacey Kade

Heist Society
Ally Carter

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Lish McBride

Jackie Morse Kessler

Walter Dean Myers

Ally Condie

Orson Scott Card

Please Ignore Vera Dietz
A.S. King

Prisoners in the Palace
Michaela MacColl

The Sky Is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson

Something Like Hope
Shawn Goodman

Sorta Like a Rock Star: A Novel
Matthew Quick

Star Crossed
Elizabeth C. Bunce

Kathy Reichs

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bragging--Not Something I Like To Do!

I just had to brag a little...at the South Carolina Association of School Librarians conference last week, I got the privilege of listening to (and getting a picture with) Chris Crutcher (I'm sure Mrs. Nelson got a picture with him as well).  Crutcher is a youth advocate and author of young adult books (some of which are very controversial).  One of my favorites is Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes.  I also enjoyed reading his autobiography, King of the Mild Frontier.  If you are interested in learning more about him and his work, check out his website http://www.chriscrutcher.com/.  We have the nine of his books in our library: 
King of the Mild Frontier
Angry Management
The Crazy Horse Electric Game
Ironman: A Novel
The Sledding Hill
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
Whale Talk
Athletic Shorts

PS-- here is Cathy's pic!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

A New Name and a New Look

Our blog is undergoing a name change and getting a new look.  Mrs. Nelson and I have decided to rename our blog Cavaliers Read! in hopes of bringing more readers to our site.  We came up with the name after a disappointing voter turnout for the SCYABA books.  In case you don't know, SCYABA stands for South Carolina Young Adult Book Award.  Each year, a committee (made up of South Carolina librarians) chooses 20 books as nominees for our young adult book award.  Students across SC vote in February/March for their favorite.  So, the award winner is actually chosen by students.  In an effort to get more students on board with SCYABA, Mrs. Nelson and I changed the name (just for Dorman High School) to Cavaliers Read!  We want our Cavalier students to stop by the library and check out (literally) these book award nominees and vote next year.  We have a table set up with the nominees for the 2012-2013 school year right across from the circulation desk (where you check out your books).  So, please stop by and check them out!  We are hoping to add a twitter account soon to keep you informed of what is going on in the library.  So keep an eye out for that!

Friday, March 9, 2012

A "Somewhat Virtual Book Club" connects with TFIOS

This week, Dorman participated in a (so-named) "Somewhat Virtual Book Club." We had five anxious and excited teens from Dorman, Tara Smith, teen librarian from the SCPL Westside Branch, and myself to join up in our library this past Wednesday evening to connect via Skype with six other high schools from across the US.  Our plan was to discuss the John Green novel, The Fault in Our Stars. I must say while some of the schools in the virtual group experienced serious technical glitches, we seemed to have very few. We could hear and we could see.  There were times where feedback from some of the groups was a problem--not sure who--but overall our experience was good. Also at times our individual groups all talked simultaneously, and it became impossible to tell who was speaking to everyone and who was speaking to just their own site group. Yikes. Using a mixture of texting/chatting to let the group know when our DHS students wanted to comment or pose ideas and interpretations, we were able to share some great insights about the book, the title, its parallels to real life, parallels to other literature, the writing style, and more.

Our kids made some solid contributions to the discussion, and I must say that Tyler, Tabitha, and Mitchell just amazed me with their interpretations and connections with this novel. We were slightly disappointed that the author was unable to join. There was a true effort on the part of all the host librarians via twitter and other social networking avenues to talk him into joining us.

Here is one shot of our group (from behind of course.) Sorry about the bad quality photo--I was trying to hurry to get a photo using my iPhone and get back to helping facilitate.  I must thank my school and Sam Vezina, our technician who got us all squared away for this evening. Even though yesterday had me worrying (and overreacting), I had access to Skype as needed for the virtual get together. I am very thankful and lucky to have such supportive coworkers and colleagues!!  Team effort for sure!

Special thanks to Shannon Miller of Van Meter Schols in Van Meter, Iowa who using her Premium level Skype account, orchestrated the pulling in of all the groups--seven in all from the following schools:
  • Dorman High School, Roebuck, SC
  • Van Meter Community Schools, Van Meter, IA
  • New Canaan High School, New Canaan, CT
  • Mira Costa High School, Manhatten Beach, CA
  • Springfield Township High School, Springfield Township, PA
  • James Caldwell High School, West Caldwell, NJ
  • and one more--oh YIKES, apologies friends but I have no where the other group was from! It will probably come to my mind as soon as I post.
See our photo set:

Cathy Nelson, NBCT, Teacher Librarian
Dorman High School