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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Black Out Poetry from our discarded books

Our latest round of weeding has provided us with plenty of books. Many have been donated or given away to students. My art department has adopted some, but I am most impressed with what  Ms. Richie, an English teacher here at Dorman did with her class. I shared with her over the summer some really cool "blackout" poems after seeing some at SCASL Conference in March 2015, and told her/showed her the many pages available! She is having fun with our discarded books. Here is a sampling of the blackout poetry a few from her classes did this week. She tells me there are more to come--the kids keep raising the bar on one another.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

2015 Official Teens Top Ten

First, thanks to any of our teens who took time out to vote in the annual Teens Top Ten YA Books election. YALSA does a great job of pulling together nominees each spring and then soliciting teen votes each Fall, impressively during TEEN READ WEEK! We look forward to seeing what makes the cut for the 2016 nominees.

Here are the winning titles in a countdown from #10 to #1. Following this is an annotated list.

  1. The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic) War is on the horizon in Carthya, and Jaron needs to protect his country. However, the ruler of Avenia has also captured Jaron’s best friend and love, Imogen. Jaron needs to save both his friend and his country, but everything that possibly could go wrong, does go wrong.

  1. I Become Shadow by Joe Shine. (Soho Teen) Ren Sharpe was abducted at fourteen, chosen by the mysterious F.A.T.E. Center to become a Shadow: an unstoppable guardian of a future leader/world changer. After four years of training, she is assigned to protect Gareth Young, one of these future beings, an easy assignment, until a team of trained and armed professionals attempt to abduct him in broad daylight. With nowhere else to turn, Ren breaks F.A.T.E. rules and tracks down the only person she can trust; a fellow Shadow named Junie Miller, and decides that her kidnappers may be able to see the future, but they are unprepared for the killing machines they've created.

  1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. (Simon & Schuster) Lara Jean has a teal hatbox under her bed filled with all her precious things, old feelings, and memories that should be buried forever. In that box, there are letters Lara has written to all the boys she has ever loved with no intention of ever sending them. One day, the hat box goes missing, marking the beginning of a series of confrontations she never thought she’d have to face.

  1. My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak. (Sourcebooks) As the perfect girl who had everything scheduled, always looked nice and studied hard, Jackie couldn't predict her parents’ accident. She also didn't see her future consisting of moving from New York to Colorado and living with twelve boys. How can she cope with her parents’ death, a dramatic change in lifestyle while still being the perfect girl she was?

  1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. (Bloomsbury) Celaena, the King’s Champion, has faced many challenges throughout her life, but none compare to what she must now face. As the King of Adarlan seeks to destroy all that she cares about, Celaena must learn to control her powers while deciding who should fight back: Celaena the assassin or Aelin the Fae princess.

  1. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry) Magnus Bane, the mysterious High Warlock of New York, has been alive for a long time and has a mysterious past unknown to most of his companions. In this thrilling novel, secrets and stories are revealed, of lovers, of adventures, and of friendships.

  1. The Young Elites by Marie Lu. (Penguin/G.P. Putnam's Sons) Adelina Amounteru is a survivor of the plague, a Malfetto, a freak to the rest of society. The treatment of abuse over the years has caused a darkness to brew inside her. She believes there is hope for her yet as there is a group of other Malfettos, called the Young Elites. The Young Elites have not only survived the plague, but have developed unexplainable abilities. Is refuge with these people what Adelina always wanted, or are they just going to end up using her like everyone else?

  1. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. (Macmillan/ Henry Holt & Company) As Lia tries to run from her bounty hunters, she begins uncovering one of her kingdoms deceptive secrets, hidden by the years passed. Meanwhile, she begins falling in love with two men who are not who they seem to be...

  1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. (Simon & Schuster) Emily and Sloane are the bestest friends having an amazing summer, until one day Sloane disappears. Sloane leaves behind a to-do list of 13 tasks Emily would normally never try without Sloane by her side. With the help of Frank Porter, and a few other friends, will Emily finish the list?

  1. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith. (Hachette/Poppy) Lucy and Owen get stuck in an elevator in a New York City blackout. When they finally get out of the elevator, they spend the night looking at the stars. Soon after the blackout, Lucy moves away to Scotland while Owen heads out west. With that night in-grained into their minds, they try to stay in touch with each other while trying to figure out what that night truly meant for both of them.
*Annotations provided by the Teens’ Top Ten book groups.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Teen Read Week 2015

We have some fun activities planned for next week.

  • Green Screen Photo Opportunity any day during lunch - show everyone the best place to "get away."
  • Trick or Treat with books! Come select a Horror, Suspense, or Thriller from our library display. Read one of the books and complete a review letting us know if it is a "trick" or "treat."
  • Drop by to VOTE in the Teens Top Ten annual election--teens only! (Read about the titles here. Checkout the Dorman display of these books.)
  • Try your hand at naming books based on Twitter handles, Twitter avatars, Tweets, and hashtags. One lucky student will win a Regal Cinema gift card. (Guidelines for participation and the Tweets are below.)
  • Thursday morning breakfast drop-in for Library book club members! 

Preview our Trick or Treat Book Display:

Some of the books are strategically covered, asking you to take a chance on an unknown book! Here is the list of those books!

Try your hand at Guessing the titles represented in our "If YA Book Characters Used Twitter" Challenge.

  • Pick up an entry form in the library - or do it online.
  • All entries due by Thursday, October 22 at the end of third block!
  • Feel free to collaborate, research, and work together to discover the title of each popular YA Book. Each student must have their own entry form.
  • Students who accurately identify all the titles or series will be allowed to choose a free book.
  • One name will be drawn from the entries with all titles accurately identified for a Regal Cinema
    Movie Pass.
  • See the "tweets" pictured below.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

#CavaliersRead Book Club - Our September Title and Date

We have set the date for the September #CavaliersRead book club! Stop by the library (or click here) to sign up for lunch and to check out a book. Since the book is short enough to read in just a few days, we are limiting the circulation period to just 5 days.

Sign up!!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Time for the Virtual Book Club

Don't miss!! Wednesday this week is the "Somewhat Virtual Book Club!"

Just who might join us??

In October we are reading and discussing:

Want to know when we meet? First Wednesday of each month - 6PM for us on the east coast!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Welcome Back - its the 2015-2016 School Year!

So glad to have all our students back! We are cranking things up right from the get go!

New books aplenty!
On your first day back, be sure to drop by the library to browse through and maybe check out a few of our brand new books. We have around 300 new books (including Manga for the inner graphic novelists in our midst!)

Cavaliers Read / BYOB Book Club
The library sponsors a monthly lunchtime book club, and there is already a Book Club sign-up for our very first meeting.  We have called it different names but it is all the same club: BYOB Club (Bring Your Own Book Club), the Cavaliers Read Book Club, and the DHS Lunchtime Book Club. You will hear us often refer to this meeting by any of those names, but here is all you need to know. We meet once a month, usually over in the DHS College & Career Center's Career Office, and the library provides lunches and books to the book club. It is very important to sign up, as that is how we determine how many lunches to order. On meeting day, you head on over to the Career Office in the C wing, and we'll have lunch waiting for you. We will spend the time eating lunch, and talking and sharing about books. The first meeting is scheduled for Friday, August 28, 2015 during each lunch. This meeting is a "Bring Your Own Book" meeting, and we'll share a favorite book with the group while we eat lunch. We will also spend some time deciding on future titles for the next book clubs. The sign up is at the very end of this post.

Bring Your Own Book - Our Lunchtime Book Club's first meeting of 2015-2016 is August 28!

It's Voting Time for the TEENS' TOP TEN
Each year an organization known as YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Organization) sponsors an annual list of the top Young Adult books. The voting takes place annually from August through October. In October the top ten are announced.  Teens vote! The nominees are displayed in our library, and we have almost all them. If you are ready to vote, please go ahead! If you want to read some of the nominees, come check them out. You can use your Destiny Quest app to reserve a book from anywhere too. Here are the nominees.

Want to know about the titles? Here is a playlist of book trailers:

Ready to vote? Go ahead! Click this image to open the voting form.

Want to know what to read?
Yes, we have book suggestions. We will recommend some of our favorites, but you can also check the sidebar here to find the top ten books form last school year. The YALSA Teens Top Ten always make for good reads as well. Checkout their Tumbler! You will also find the library has displays of books based on some kind of theme. Right now we have the following displays up: So You Like Urban Lit, Guys Read, Books at the Movies, If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, and more. We even have books suggestions running on a digital frame at the circulation desk. Students can check out up to five books at a time, and the loan period is three weeks. Just be sure to have your student ID on hand when you are ready to check out. We are waiting and ready to check out books on the first day!

Get Connected
How can you stay connected to events, new book arrivals, library programming and more? Just sign up for the Dorman Library's instant message announcements via Remind. Be the first one to find out and sign up for book club meetings! Be the first to get the book club books when they arrive! These are announced via our Remind messages all year long.

Don't forget to sign up for our August 28 book club meeting! August 20 is the deadline for signing up tog get a lunch.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Wicked Will Rise - yes, we have it

Doesn't it figure!!? Almost the very day we begin advertising for our April Lunchtime Book Club title, Dorothy Must Die, its sequel comes out. Many of our students have already read the book, and are already asking if we will be getting the sequel and the novellas. We were pleased to see the newest installment of the series come in today!!

And now, hot of the press, the sequel has arrived at DHS!! Let the reserves begin. Don't forget you can place a hold on a book right through your Destiny Quest app!

Dorothy Must Die Lunchtime Book Club - April 29

Don't forget to sign up for the book club meeting April 29. We have our books ready to checkout to students who have signed up. Still need to sign up? Click here.

March Madness 2015

Today brings to a close our annual March Madness in the Library. Annually we set up a 16 bracket tournament, pitting the top 16 circulating books for a physical year--March through February, using the single elimination process. Our books move through our brackets with student voting.

Here is how the weeks have gone down through March:

After round one, we were left with our Elite Eight:

After our second Week, we were left with our Final Four:

And for Week 4:

We kept out voting open through this morning, as we had a tie Friday when our winner was to be announced. By a very small margin, our winner was:

I am sad to report not a single student finished with a perfect bracket.  Here is our final wall display:

Friday, February 27, 2015

March Madness 2015

 I put up our Library March Madness Brackets today.  I will put up more Monday, including a Bracket Challenge, a Title for this display, and how the books made it into the tournament. I don't necessarily need it, though, as MANY students who passed as I was putting this up today asked me when the tournament started and how they could participate, so the word is out and my students are expecting it! We will post results each Friday during March, so students will have Monday through Thursday to vote a book through the tournament.

How did we choose the books?
We ran a Destiny report on the top circulating books from February 2014 to February 20115, and then created a true 16 bracket single elimination tournament, with the seeds matched up accurately.  Starting Monday, students can drop by to vote their favorite books through. We will tally votes Thursday after school, and reveal the next round (Elite Eight) Friday at lunch time.

What Made the Tourney? We are proud to present the following titles as our Sweet Sixteen. Some of these are book club titles (which could have given them an inflated status) and three of them are from our Manga and/or Graphic Novels collection, a very popular section in the library. This year is the first time we've had more than one graphic novel in our tournament.

What books made the tournament?
Our Sweet Sixteen are as follows:
  • #1 - Bleach 55 (Manga) vs #16 The Fight (Drama High)
  • #2 - Butter (Lange) vs #15 Back Stage (Manga)
  • #3 - Naruto 1 (Manga) vs #14 Blue Plate Special (Kwasney)
  • #4 - The Fault in Our Stars (Greene)  vs #13 Thirteen Reasons Why (Asher)
  • #5 - If I Stay (Foreman) vs #12 Lockdown (Smith)
  • #6 - If I fall (Oliver) vs #11 Homeboyz (Sitomer)
  • #7 - Allegiant (Roth) vs #10 Champion (Lu)
  • #8 - House of Hades vs #9 Mocking Jay (Collins)
How do the books advance?
We will begin with a bracket challenge, allowing students Monday through Thursday to predict the total tournament results.  Each Thursday during lunch we will invite students to make predictions bracket by bracket by having them vote. We will set up our voting in a Google Form, and encourage students to vote. After lunch on Thursday we will tally and move the winners forward. We will name the following each Friday:
  • February 27 - Sweet Sixteen
  • March 6 - Elite Eight
  • March 13 - Final Four
  • March 20 - Championship Round
  • March 27 - Tournament Champion
Students, you are welcome to vote using this form.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

What's coming your way? January - March 2015

Library activities at DHS for January, February and March!
January 26 - Feb 14
Blind Date with a Book: Select and read a surprise/secret book for a “blind date with a book.” Read the disguised (wrapped) book and complete a book review. After reading the book, write a review and submit (paper or online). All entered book reviews will receive a $2.00 coupon good for the cafeteria, Coffee shop, or CavsExpress Store.

January 13 - February 21
Oscars contest: Seen a good movie lately?
Oscars contest: Predict the winners of the 2015 Oscars and win a movie pass valued at $25. Open to students and teachers.

February (end of month) - SCYABA Voting drop-in breakfast

March all of March!
Library March Madness: Helps us in to identify the best circulating Library book from data representing February 2014 - February 2015 by voting weekly throughout the month of March 2015. This will be a tournament style contest, and all entires go in a drawing for Dorman coupons; one winner will win a movie pass valued at $25.