Thursday, February 12, 2015

Speed Dating With Books

Having a fun day in the library as students speed date with a book!  The students have 4 minutes at each table to get to know a book.  They check out their appearance to  see if they have anything in common.  They read the inside cover to try to get to know them a bit. .Do they want to "check this book out?"  If so, they fill out a worksheet and move to the next table.  At the next table, they might find they want to break up with the first book and get a new date.  Dating more than one book at a time is usually not a good idea.  If they still haven't found a date by table 4, I'll help them find a match or they can get a blind date from the "Blind Date" table of books laying upside down.  When they finish, they should have found their perfect match and can check it out.  Every good date may end with a kiss (Hershey's).  Happy Valentine's Day and happy reading! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Creating a Culture of Reading...One Book at a Time

Junior, Miriah Donelson just finished her first book since 8th grade.  She's on a roll now and just checked out another one.  She loved Hip-Hop High School because it dealt with real-life situations and she could identify with it.  The story is about a  girl from the 'hood  who faces up to her own talent and ambition.  Everyone who's read it so at PT so far has loved it.  We also have more by Alan Lawrence Sitomer so come by and check it out!  Miriah just goes to prove that everyone is a reader...they just haven't found the right books yet.  Glad you've started the journey, Miriah!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

So Long Summer

Summer is almost gone and soon the kiddos will arrive back at PT for the 2014-15 school year.  There are lots of changes in the library with a major construction project going on in the back to clear out the old and bring in the new.  Four boxes of books have arrived over the summer with lots of exciting titles!  Be ready to get hooked up with a book when you come to the library this year because PT is planning to  create a culture of book at a time!  Here's a preview of just a few of the books that have arrived...

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Coach Adams' Students Get Caught Reading

Last week, all of Coach Adam's freshman English classes came into the library to check out books and take AR tests.  Every corner of the library was filled with students actively engaged in reading.   Here at PT, we are creating lifelong learners.

“The purpose of school should not be to prepare students for more school. We should be seeking to have fully engaged students now.” 
 Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

“Failing to graduate a populace that values reading has long-term consequences for everyone.” 
 Donalyn Miller, Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits

It's the Little Things

We just purchased two Kindle Paperwhites for the library.  Now, students never have to walk away empty-handed when they come in for that book they are dying to read. I was also able to purchase a large Amazon gift card for the purchases.  Not sure how we are going to handle check-outs yet but I am open to suggestions. 

And's the little things.  I ran out of bookmarks and bought some colorful ones to give to students.  I'm getting a kick out of how something so small can brighten someone's day.  Hope you'll come in and see what's new in PT's library next week!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Literary Circle News

After another lengthy wait, The Literary Circle finally received our new books.  Next month, we will discuss the first 100 pages in our meeting.  Also next month...we'll take a field trip to visit the author of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet"!  To be eligible for the field trip, you must either be a part of Literary Circle or you must have read two or more of this year's Bluegrass Award Nominees.  Jamie Ford will be speaking to the public on April 8th at 7 pm in Crounse 101 at WKCTC.  He will be speaking to students on April 9th at 11 am in Clemons Fine Arts Center at WKCTC.  

Jamie Ford

International bestselling author Jamie Ford's first novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, became an instant classic and has been on The New York Times bestseller list for over two years, popularized by both adult and high school audiences who keep Jamie on the road for his many appearances.