Monday, November 23, 2015

Book Review by Ashton Hurst

Every Day is a unique novel written by David Levithan.  I found myself extremely interested the entire time without any dull moments.  This novel is about a character named "A" who is a person without his own body.  He is just a soul who takes over different bodies of the same age just for one day.  He finds himself in many different sticky situations when taking these bodies over.  This leads to "A" meeting the love of his life who,  unfortunately, happens to be in a relationships.  In this novel, you will see how "A" deals with waking up in a new body every day and manages to keep a relationship alive.  Levithan also shows a variety of teen lifestyles with different upbringings and parental behavior.  This book made me feel very emotional towards people with rough lifestyles.  I think teenagers will be able to relate to the love story part of this book because of the many different struggles that came in between them and that sometimes it just doesn't work out.  Parents need to be aware that there are some scenes that may be considered inappropriate for young children; although, I highly recommend this book to anyone.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Literary Circle Reads Bluegrass Nominees in 2015

Literary Circle is enjoying two picks from the Kentucky Bluegrass Nominees for 2015. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is a bestseller that will be a movie in 2016.  It deals with an alien invasion that takes place in waves, killing all but the strongest.  Sounds crazy, but the book has all the good stuff like humor, love and lots of intrigue.  Alternating points of view keep you on the edge of your seat as you wonder what is lurking around the next corner.  Is it a human or an alien who is indistinguishable from a human?  We all agreed that this will be the next Divergent and The Hunger Games when word gets out.

Alternately, our 2nd lunch group has finished The 5th Wave and is now reading If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch. This has been an intriguing and actually uplifting read for us.  The story focuses on 15 year old Carey and her younger sister who have been hidden deep in a national forest by their mentally ill and meth-addicted mother.  The mother comes and goes leaving them to fend for themselves.  The heart of the story is when they are found and taken back to their father who has been searching for them all these years.  It reads like a fairy tale as they must learn to live in a modern world.  Will they be able to trust their father's love after being brainwashed?  What about Carey's younger sister who hasn't spoken a word in over a year?  It is really a lovely read as these girls deal with the past, let go of secrets and learn to open themselves up to love and happiness.

The library has lots of copies of both books, so please stop by and grab one.  And it's never to late to join Literary Circle and be involved in our next great read!


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!