Wednesday, March 28, 2012
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
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
Blue Plate Special
Claire de Lune
Eli The Good
Five Flavors of Dumb
The Ghost and the Goth
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Jackie Morse Kessler
Walter Dean Myers
Orson Scott Card
Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Prisoners in the Palace
The Sky Is Everywhere
Something Like Hope
Sorta Like a Rock Star: A Novel
Elizabeth C. Bunce
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
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
The Crazy Horse Electric Game
Ironman: A Novel
The Sledding Hill
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
PS-- here is Cathy's pic!!
Friday, March 16, 2012
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!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
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.
Cathy Nelson, NBCT, Teacher Librarian
Dorman High School