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.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Good Times in Literary Circle

Our Literary Circle just finished reading "Every Day" by David Levithan.  "Every Day" was nominated for The Kentucky Bluegrass Award this year, and it seemed like a perfect fit for a book club.  It didn't disappoint.

The main character "A" isn't a boy or girl.  " A" just wakes up in a different body every day.  Always 16, always for one day.  He tries to live the day without messing up the life of that person while dwelling there.  It could be a male, female,any ethnicity, gay, straight, skinny or obese. The conflict comes when A falls in love for the first time. Can you truly love someone no matter what they look like?  The story gets crazy and confusing but it will also take your breath away.  No matter what our opinions of the book, we all agreed it was a great read and quite unforgettable.


Cassie, Meg, Elizabeth and James

Here are some photos of our fun group of teens.  We have coffee and doughnuts and try to get in as much discussion as possible before the morning bell!  Hope you'll join us or offer suggestions for our next great read!

from left to right:  Elizabeth, Briana, Ashlee, Palmer, Tristen, Lily, Maddie and James

Monday, September 23, 2013

Celebrating Our Freedom to Read (September 22-28, 2013)

It's Banned Books Week at Paducah Tilghman and all across the nation as we celebrate our freedom to read (sponsored by the American Library Association).  Every year, libraries and bookstores around the country use the week to highlight censorship by displaying books that are challenged or banned and hosting events.

The ALA promotes the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular.  Stop by the library and check out our Banned and Challenged Books display!

Friday, August 23, 2013

I Love Weeding!

"Weeding" is a library term for discarding books that have become obsolete, torn, ripped or
 otherwise irrelevant to the collection.  Mrs. Adams and I started the process this past spring and weeded the biography section of many old books making it much fresher and relevant for our students.  Since becoming the librarian, I have been continuing the process and I actually find it enjoyable.  I love how the books look when the old is gone and the new books look fresh and accessible.  I also love finding those books that are so old and dated they make me laugh out loud.  It's a long process, but one that I will relish.

I have found that people are very sensitive about getting rid of old books.  They suggest they have historical value or that they once cost lots of money.  This is true, but people must understand that a high school library is not an archive to preserve materials for the ages.  It makes no sense to keep books about medicines that were once popular but are no longer safe or how man will one day go to the moon.  If we need to look back in history, the internet is full of articles and databases to find what you need.  Our job is to collect and provide access to accurate information.  

I found this blog post by Julie Goldbert about weeding to be exactly the ticket.  She states, "People who protest to me and other librarians about the abomination of libraries throwing out books imagine themselves as heroes in a story about book burning, maybe Fahrenheit 451, or the destruction of the library of Alexandria.  Maybe they are the monks saving civilization from the barbarian hordes, and I the Visigoth throwing out a third copy of The Thorn Birds.  Whenever teachers or students in my current school library see the withdrawn volumes filling up a few recycling bins, some of them ask me, in tones of outrage, what they believe is a rhetorical question: How can you, a librarian, possibly throw out books?  It takes a long argument to explain that it is precisely because  I am a librarian that I throw out books.  A librarian throws out books because no one else dares to do it.  And it must be done."

For your pleasure, I've saved some of my favorites weeds from the week.  Was I wrong in believing they were no longer relevant for today's teens?  You decide. :)