“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
― Mark Twain
Wow- just finished listening to the audiobook Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff. What an action packed thriller! Young adults (and adults) will love this book. All of those readers that couldn’t get enough of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series can move on to this new series. The second book, The Lost Mission, is set to be released in 2014. I’ll be anxiously awaiting!
Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff
“Boy Nobody” is a teen assassin. He receives orders from “the program” on his targets. He receives everything needed for the job. He seamlessly fits into his new community, befriends his target and then kills the family making it look like natural causes. He then moves on to the next assignment. But his latest assignment is the mayor of New York and his daughter throws a kink into “Boy Nobody’s” plans. Sam makes him rethink his mission and place in “the program.”
I would rate this one 9th grade and up. (Violence, language and sex)
The book has already been optioned by Sony Pictures!
The library has been hopping this October! Thought I would post a few photos of displays and bulletin boards.
A cauldron full of books!
Annette participated in our homecoming week by dressing for spirit days! I failed to snap any photos, but we had lots of fun that week! The photo below is her “normal” dress for our October display.
Annette participating in the current book display.
Spooky skeletons hang from the ceiling above our “scary” books.
Countdown to fall break.
The school climate committee asked us before fall break if we would host the annual chili cook-off. Usually it is a tailgating party before a football game, but they changed up the format this year and had it during the school day. Our principal’s chili won first place!!
“If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.”
― Benjamin Franklin
I always enjoy bringing attention to Banned Books Week. This year the official week is September 22nd-28th. I usually leave up the displays for several weeks. The banned books displays always lead to lots of interesting conversation with students as they bring up books asking why they have been banned. I keep the ALA publication http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=2931 at the desk and let them look up the book in question. This year, I made some shelf talkers and tagged certain books describing why they had been banned. I have no doubt that this will increase their circulation when the students see the reasons they have been banned!
Shelf talkers grab student’s attention as soon as they enter the library
The shelf talkers were created with an Ellison Press, but could easily be replicated without one.
Our teacher resource center has a speech bubble press that I have used numerous times.
James’ practicum student, Amy, from Eastern KY University assisted in creating the bulletin board and displays.
Amy was thrilled to learn about our district teacher resource center.
I have our student aides pull hundreds of banned books and we put them all on display around the library and on book carts. I use “caution” or “danger” tape around to bring attention to the items.
I use caution, danger and high voltage tape all around the library!
I place a banned books bookmark in each book’s pocket. You can find these from Upstart, Highsmith or ALA. When a student brings up a book with a bookmark, they receive a button. I purchased some of the buttons and had our resource center make some for us. Our kids love these buttons. I give them away various times throughout the year to celebrate occasions. I see them on lots of book bags as they go down the hallways!
Free button give away when students check out a banned book!
I always do some type of trivia or game to promote the student’s interest. I found some banned books t-shirts on clearance this year from Highsmith. I stocked up! I usually give away 3 to 5 per year. I purchased one for myself a few years ago and always wear mine during the week too. Of course, Annette, is sporting one during the week to help us promote the freedom for all to read.
Annette wearing one of the banned book t-shirts.
This year I decorated the library bulletin board in celebration of the week.
Found this idea on Pinterest and had to replicate!
“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”
― Abraham Lincoln
We opened the library this year with a 50′s theme decor. The idea came from our chorus teacher asking us at the end of last year if we would like her leftover decorations from a performance. She didn’t have the room to store the items. We didn’t know how we would use them, but we took the items from her and stored them over the summer. With some help from fellow LM-NET librarians, our theme became Rock and Read in the new year at OCHS. The few items she gave us were inspiration and we purchased the rest from Windy City Novelties (online company).
We offered a free photo booth during the first week of school as well. We rocked out to 50′s music all day!
Our library hosted a 50′s themed photo booth during the first week of school. A couple of soon to be OCHS Colonels took a drive before heading to OCMS!
Annette helped us with our decor in her poodle skirt.
We had our sign out advertising the photo booth on the first day of school!
We decorated Ms. Glover’s desk too!
Christi and Jennifer cruising.
James gazing at Annette.
Our great Social Studies teachers were the first to come down during their planning!
“Once again…welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula
James and I have a couple of hours with new staff every year. During our little orientation session we give them a tour of the library, instructions on our copiers, technical assistance concerning our network etc…
Orientation days, both with staff and students, are some of my favorite days! It’s always wonderful to meet new faces, many being first year teachers on the staff day! I always put together “goodie bags” for new staff as a way of introducing them to the library. I’ve attached a photo of the bags.
“I look for a sign. Where to go next. You never know when you’ll get one. Even the most faithless among us are waiting to be proven wrong.”
― Jillian Lauren, Pretty
I kept seeing these awesome signs on Pinterest and decided to make some for the OCHS library. I started by selecting some very light weight plywood at Home Depot. I wanted to be able to hang them with hot glue, so I chose the material based on that decision. My husband and daughter cut and sanded the arrows of varying length.
Roger and Allie cut the arrows and sanded them.
The next step was spray painting them. I made the mistake of not doing both sides. My arrows hang over a little on the ends and I regret that I didn’t take the time to do the backside!
I decided on the colors of the arrows by using up old cans of spray paint from previous projects!
I invited a co-worker and friend, Heather Dotson, over to assist with the lettering and painting. She came with her iPad loaded with fonts that fit with the fictional locations I had sent her. I chose to use – Pooh’s Corner, Whoville, Narnia, Battle School, Hogwarts, Neverland, Camp Half-Blood, Ember & District 12. Heather is a talented painter and added the honey pot and Cheshire Cat. She also burned Ember into one of the signs.
Heather free handed the letters and my daughters assisted in the painting.
My husband used a blow torch and burned the edges of Camp Half-Blood and Ember.
Roger burned the Ember and Camp Half-Blood sign to give them something special.
I used Mod Podge on the Hogwarts sign.
I decided to Mod Podge newspaper on the Hogwarts sign. I think it would be neat to Mod Podge tissue paper on the signs too! We used acrylic paint and Sharpie pens to letter the signs. Heather and I decided after the painting was complete, they needed a layer of spray acrylic clear coat (purchased at Walmart) to finish them off and give them a nice sheen.
School begins next week in Oldham County. I can’t wait to see if our students enjoy guessing the fictional locations and books!
The KASL 2013 Summer Refresher was a great day of professional development. Thanks for attending our sessions, and if you couldn’t please take a look our presentations and let us know if you have any questions.