Thursday, December 8, 2011

Happy Holidays

This time of year is a wonderful time to curl up with a good book. We have recently added hundreds of new books to our collection that all AR quiz ready. Consider stopping by the library to check out on of these great books. Here are some examples:

Set in Stockett's native Jackson, MS, in the early 1960s, this first novel adopts the complicated theme of blacks and whites living in a segregated South. A century after the Emancipation Proclamation, black maids raised white children and ran households but were paid poorly, often had to use separate toilets from the family, and watched the children they cared for commit bigotry. In Stockett's narrative, Miss Skeeter, a young white woman, is a naive, aspiring writer who wants to create a series of interviews with local black maids. Even if they're published anonymously, the risk is great; still, Aibileen and Minny agree to participate. Tension pervades the novel as its events are told by these three memorable women. Is this an easy book to read? No, but it is surely worth reading. It may even stir things up as readers in Jackson and beyond question their own discrimination and intolerance in the past and present. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/08.]-Rebecca Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Starred by PW and SLJ! Now in paperback, Rachel Ward's gripping debut psycho-thriller that pairs futuristic sci-fi with a tender, touchingly real love story. Includes a teaser to the sequel! Ever since the day her mother died, Jem has known about the numbers. Numbers that pop into her head when she looks into someone's eyes. They're dates, the numbers. Dates predicting with brute accuracy each person's death. Burdened by such horrible knowledge, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. Maybe they can find happiness together, if only in the brief time that remains before his expiration date. But on a trip to London, Jem foresees a chilling chain of events: The city's a target. The clock's running out. The countdown is on to a blowup!

This latest novel in the Gossip Girl series finds everyone who's anyone in New York City suffering from cabin fever after finishing their college applications. Now it's time for the teens of New York's wealthiest private school to run a little wild.

Not so very long ago, Eragon-Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider-was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances. The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alaga sia? And if so, at what cost? This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Welcome Back to the 2011/12 School year!  We have many new and exciting new opportunities for learning and fun in the library this year.  We have added a huge audio book collection through the library website at  Simply go to the left of the screen and click on Audio Books Online

We also continue to offer access to the University of Delaware's Library Search program, a huge database of research materials. Also we are starting our free SAT prep class on September 19 at 6 PM.  This class will meet every Monday and Wednesday from 6-8 and help students improve their SAT scores significantly.  If you'd like to preview the materials, go here

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

BookBox: embed book widget, share book list

Check out these great reads!  I highly recommend them and they all have AR quizzes available.  Click on the image to read a review on Amazon.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Be the star of your own READ poster!

We are currently making READ posters in the library.  Please stop by and pose for yours.  Share your love of reading with the rest of our learning community. 

Mrs. Fleming and Mrs. Hiligoss have shared their love of reading.  Will you be next?  Mrs. Fleming posed with the wonderful novel The Kite Runner, a gripping tale about growing up in Afganistan before during and after the Sviet invasion of the 1980s. Sad, powerful, and gritty, this story stays with the reader long after the final page is read. 

Mrs. Hiligoss posed with a Picoult novel called the Tenth Circle. When freshman Trixie Stone accuses her ex-boyfriend Jason Underhill of raping her, everyone is quick to take his side when he claims their intercourse was consensual. Trixie's parents, Daniel, a mild mannered comic book artist from a harsh background, and Laura, a college professor sleeping with one of her students, become involved.  Jason, whose life is supposedly ruined, leaps from a bridge. Although first presumed to be suicide, Trixie is suspected of pushing him, and so she flees to the Yup'ik region of Alaska where her father grew up, and Daniel and Laura follow.  The resolution of this mystery turns out to be both shocking and satisfying. 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dresscode: Vital Tool of Discipline or Destroyer of Individuality? You Decide.

Feel free to use the comments section on this post to discuss what you think about the proposed dress code at Milford High School. Consider these questions:

1. What are the positive effects? Negative effects?

2. What schools around us do this?

3. What would this look like in our school?

4. How can we convince the school board that this a good or bad idea?

Just click on the word "comments" to post your opinion.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I Love Sports!

As you know, I coach basketball. As we are on our way to the playoffs this year, I thought that I would highlight some great sports authors and books. If you love sports, try these out.

Mike Lupica: He is a sports reporter who has written nearly a dozen books now. The center on basketball and baseball and the library owns nearly all of them. He is consistently one of most popular authors, so put one on hold if you can't find his books while you are here.

Tim Green: A new author in the past few years, Green has written several books about Football and Baseball.

John Dygard: Although his writings are little old, they are well done and still cover issues that affect students today. All center around sports with issues like competition, first love, friendship, and growing up as central themes.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I Love Harry Potter!

Those that know me know that I love the Harry Potter series.  It is, in this librarian's humble opinion, the most important series written in the last fifty years.  Part Dickens, part CS Lewis, all awesome, the series has made JK Rowling a billionaire.  But what was she like before she became the wealthiest woman in Britian?  Enter the Internet and it's eternal memory.  Recently an interview with the author that occurred when she was writing Azkaban has surfaced.  In the video, our then scarlet-quaffed scribe discusses her writer's block and modest success (She sold 30,000 copies of the first two novels) while ordering a coffee anonymously at a cafe.

Double click the video to go full screen.

Double click the video to go full screen.