Monday, December 16, 2013

December 16

Image from Wikipedia.

Captains of Industry Essay for Global 8: Use the Libguide to find information.

Library Hours: The library is closed the day of Golden Mass.  

Book Club: Book Club will meet after break.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Reading Friday

What are you reading this week? What books are you looking forward to reading during the break when you have more time to read?

Currently, I'm about 50 pages into Cold Calls by Charles Benoit. One of my librarian friends lent me an Advanced Reading Copy, as the book will not be published until April.

Cold Calls is about three teens. Each one has a secret and each has been receiving phone calls, but the phone number does not show up on the phones' call logs. The phone call is from a voice who tells the teens he/she knows each one's secrets. In order to keep the secrets from being exposed, each teen much complete a set of tasks, which involve bullying kids at their schools.

I really like Benoit's writing style: it is fast-paced. He crafts each chapter in such a way that one has to keep reading to find out what happens. I am not at a point where I know the main characters' secrets, nor do I know the identity of the caller, but I definitely want to find out more.

If you are looking for suspenseful reads, the library media center has Charles Benoit's other YA titles: You and Fall From Grace.

Have a great weekend and Happy Reading!

- Mrs. R

Thursday, December 12, 2013

December 12

photo from Wikipedia

Today is the celebration of the Foundation of the Sisters of Mercy. According to the American Catholic Historical Society, Catherine McAuley professed her vows to become the first Sister of Mercy on this day in 1831.

If you see a Sister of Mercy today, please wish her a "Happy Foundation Day"!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Please welcome our library intern, Colleen Wilson! Ms. Wilson will be helping at the circulation desk and working on long-term projects for the library. Ms. Wilson graduated from OLM in 2008. She will be going to library school in the fall.

Book Club: Reminder--book club is tomorrow! Please RSVP with Mrs. Rouleau by tomorrow at home room.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December 5

Reading Thursday?!

Since school is not in session tomorrow, I thought I would post bits about reading for fun.

Teen Book Festival: The 9th Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival is coming up in 163 days! New authors have been added to the line up, so check out the website here.

Morris Awards: Each year, YALSA, which is part of the American Library Association, has an award for the best debut YA novel of the year. If you are interested to see what was nominated, click here.

What I'm Reading: I am in the middle of Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. I'm really enjoying it. It's a book for older readers. I would highly recommend it if you are looking to read a book that will get you thinking.

Have a safe weekend! - Mrs. R

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Next Book Club Meeting

The next book club meeting will be Wednesday, December 11th, during the lunches.

See Mrs. Rouleau for a pass.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, December 3rd

Interesting article: For those of you who read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, check out this article from today's Democrat and Chronicle about Salva Dut and Water for South Sudan.

Jazzercise on Tuesday: This coming Tuesday, December 10th, there will be a benefit Jazzercise session in the gym. Sign up with your PE teacher by Thursday, December 5th. All proceeds benefit Hannah Metzler, who is fighting brain cancer.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Jazzercise for a Cause!

Senior Richelle Corsi has organized a Jazzercise class in the High School Gym on Tuesday, December 10th, from 3:15 to 4:15. The class is a $10 donation to benefit for Hannah Metzler, who is fighting brain cancer.

Sign up with your P.E. teacher by December 5th to participate in this event!

Happy Thanksgiving from Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Rouleau! Have a safe and enjoyable break.

Monday, November 25, 2013


The library has received new books right in time for Thanksgiving break! Check out the display right inside the library doors to find your new favorite read.

Here's a flavor of what's new:

Allegiant by Vernoica Roth:This book is the conclusion of the Divergent trilogy.

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris: If you enjoy sweet romances, these are the books for you!

The Infernal Devices manga by Cassandra Clare and Hyekung Baek: Manga based on Cassandra Clare's best-selling series.

United We Spy by Ally Carter: The latest installment in Carter's popular Gallagher Girls series.

Reality Boy by A.S. King: Do you wonder what happens to reality-TV stars after their shows are over? King answers this question.

There are many more new books. Come over the Library and check them out.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Passport Volunteer Opportunity

Come ring bells for the Red Kettle Campaign at Macy's at Marketplace Mall on Saturday, December 7th. Sign up below:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

November 14

Fun Fact: The Children's Book Festival is this Saturday, November 16th, at MCC. It runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November 13

Library News: There is NO Book Club today. We will resume with Book Club after Thanksgiving break. Thanks for your patience.

Fun Facts: Do you like Fun Facts? Check out the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival website. Each author has a page of fun facts. Find out about your favorite author or soon-to-be favorite author.

While you are on the TBF website, check out the contest to design a t-shirt or the program for 2014.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November 12

Fun Fact of the Day: Today's date written numerically is 11.12.13.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday, November 8

Library News: Mrs. Vita's French 2 class: here is the link to Animoto.
Please log in with the ID and password that Mrs. Rouleau gave you.

Reading Friday: It's a long weekend! What will you be reading? Stop by the library before you leave today to pick up some new fiction.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

100 YA Books That will Make You Smarter

Link to the list:

I can't take credit for this list: it's from the Granby (CT) Public Schools District. I can tell you that we have many of these books in our own library. Check them out here: Follett Destiny

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Election Day!

Susan B. Anthony. Photo from Wikipedia.

Library News: The library will be closed after school today. Please plan accordingly.

Today's Fun Fact: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits anyone from being denied the right to vote based on gender. Although Rochester's own Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton began to champion women's right to vote in the 1870s, the 19th Amendment was not ratified until 1920.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Reading Fri-I mean, Monday

Happy Monday!

Library News: The library is closed tomorrow after school due to a faculty meeting. Please plan ahead!

What I'm Reading: I'm almost done with This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel. This Dark Endeavor is the story of a teen Victor Frankenstein. Victor's twin brother, Konrad, has a disease which is slowly killing him. Victor feels the only way to cure his brother is to turn to alchemy, but Victor knows his father will not approve.

This book is suspenseful and has romantic tension, as Victor and Konrad are in love with the same girl. If you are looking for a book that you have to keep reading to find out what happens, I recommend This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wed. the 30th

First off, I apologize for not posting earlier today. It was quite hectic up here, as author Vivian Vande Velde visited the 6th grade this morning!

Second, there will be book club next week. I will look at the library calendar and post when we will meet.

Fun Fact: Did you know that you can see what new books are in the library by going to Destiny Quest? Log into Follett Destiny and click on Destiny Quest.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tuesday the 29th

Library Announcements: Book club is tomorrow! Yay! Remember, if you are coming up from first lunch, please get a pass from either Mrs. Rouleau or Mrs. Hall.

Vivian Vande Velde will be visiting tomorrow from 9 until 10 a.m. in the library media center. She will be presenting about writing to the 6th grade. Ms. Vande Velde lives in Rochester and writes mysteries and adaptations of fairy tales. Check out her books in the library!

Fun Fact: October 29th is the birthday of actress Winona Ryder. If you are an 11th grader, you probably know Ryder best in her role as Abigail Williams in The Crucible.

Bonus Fun Fact: Did you know The Crucible movie was originally supposed to star Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson?  One of Mrs. Rouleau's professors at St. Bonaventure was an adviser to the the Branagh/Thompson adaptation. Unfortunately, there were problems with this production of the movie. Eventually, the project got a new director and actors and became The Crucible movie that we show in ELA today.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday, Monday

Library Hours: The library will close at dismissal today. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Fun Fact: Today is musician Brad Paisley's birthday. It is also the birthday of Matt Smith, best know as the 11th Doctor on Doctor Who.

Photo from Wikipedia.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thursday, October 24

Carhenge- Photo from Wikipedia.
Library Hours: The library will close at 4:30 tomorrow and will be closed after school on Monday, October 28th. Please plan accordingly.

Book Club: Book Club will meet again during the lunches on Wednesday, October 30th. If you are coming up from first lunch, please see Mrs. Rouleau or Mrs. Hall for a pass.

Fun Fact of the Day: Did you know that there is a full-size replica of Stonehenge in Virginia made out of styrofoam? It's called Foamhenge. There is also a replica of Stonehenge made of car parts in Nebraska called Carhenge.

Fun Fact No. 2: Wonder where Mrs. Rouleau gets her Fun Facts? Check out Now I Know, which sends trivia to one's email inbox every day.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Book Club Tomorrow and Other Stuff

Tomorrow is Book Club. If you are coming up from first lunch, please see Mrs. Rouleau or Mrs. Hall for a pass. If you are coming up from second or third lunches, please let Mrs. Rouleau know, so that she can figure out how many treats to bring. Thanks!

The Greater Rochester Children's Book Festival is coming up on Saturday, November 16th. It's at MCC from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Find out which authors and illustrators will be there.  

NEW BOOKS! Please check out our new book display in the library. We have many new books, including Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter, more books in the Dr. Who series, and other great reads.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Rochester Children's Book Festival

The 17th Annual Rochester Children's Book Festival is Saturday, November 16th, at Monroe Community College, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Come out to meet your favorite author!

Authors appearing this year include Charles Benoit, James Howe, Vivian Vande Velde and many more.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Reading Friday

Welcome to another installment of Reading Friday! We have much to share with you today, so I am just going to make a list:

1. Did you know that you can borrow a Kindle from the library media center? The Kindles are pre-loaded with different authors and titles. You can check to see what is on each Kindle by searching "Kindle" in Follett Destiny. Know that more titles are being added every day, so please keep checking back. Also, if you would like a title that is not on the Kindle, please let me know.

2. Did you catch A.S. King speaking at the library this past Tuesday? Reality Boy, her new book, will be on sale starting this Tuesday at a bookstore near you. The audience for this book is readers who are 15 or older.

3. Book club will be during the lunches this coming Wednesday. Please RSVP with Mrs. Rouleau if you plan on coming. If you are coming from first lunch, you must get a pass from Mrs. Rouleau or Mrs. Hall.

4. What I'm reading: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger. According to the book jacket, "Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than in proper manners...Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly they learn the fine arts of dance, dress and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course."

This book is available in our library.

What are you currently reading?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thursday, October 17

Book club is cancelled today. We will meet on Wednesday, October 23rd. Please see Mrs. Rouleau for a pass.

Fun Fact: Herman Melville's Moby Dick was first published as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London (Wikipedia) on October 18, 1851.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Because the school is on a special schedule tomorrow, the library will close at noon.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Come to the Barnes and Noble in Pittsford this Saturday to meet author A.S. King. She will be presenting and signing books at 7 p.m.

While you are there, shop for books and support the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Today's Trivia Tidbit: John Lennon, former Beatle and solo artist, was born on October 9 in Liverpool, England. The Beatles started as a band called The Quarrymen, which played a type of music known as skiffle.

Do you want to learn more about John Lennon? We have books about Lennon and The Beatles in the library.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Book Club Tomorrow!

We will have book club during the lunches tomorrow, October 9. Please see Mrs. Rouleau for a pass if you are coming from first lunch!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Support the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival!

As you already know, Saturday, October 12th is our annual TBF Read-a-Thon where about 75 or so teens will gather at Barnes and Noble to read and raise money for TBF.  Each year we also have a B&N Book Fair.  Everyone who makes a purchase at any B&N on October 12th…and who presents a TBF voucher…will be helping out TBF.  A portion of all of those sales (including any at the cafes in B&N) will go to TBF.  All money raised will go to the fundraising challenge.  If we raise $9000 by April 1, 2014 (in celebration of our 9th year) I and several TBF Committee members will have to dress Steampunk Style for TBF. 

This year, we also have a special event planned around the RAT.  TBF Alum and Award-Winning author, A.S. (Amy) King will be helping us kick-off the TBF fundraising year AND our annual Greater Rochester Teen Read initiative, now in its fourth year.  Celebrated during Teen Read Week, each year our community is encouraged to all read the same teen book.  This year the theme is bullying and the selected book is Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King.  Amy will be at B&N at 7pm for a special presentation and book signing.

Here are the book fair vouchers in case you have some shopping you can do on the 12th (the Holidays are right around the corner!).  You can also shop online for several days following the 12th…just enter the book fair voucher number online during checkout. You can also get a book fair voucher from Mrs. Rouleau.

As always, thanks for your support of TBF! 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Reading Friday!

We will take our Friday posts to talk about what we are reading:

Mrs. Rouleau: I plan on reading Daughter of the Centaurs by Kate Klimo and This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel. Although it's supposed to be a rainy weekend, I don't think I will get both read.

Mrs. Hall is reading The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King, who is the featured author of the Fourth Annual Greater Rochester Teen Read.

What are you reading? Leave a comment and let us know :-)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Chess Club

Chess Club will meet tomorrow from 3 until 4 in the library media center.

Want to know about the history of chess? Check out this article on Wikipedia:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Next Book Club!

Our next book club meeting will be during the lunches on Wednesday, October 9th. If you have first lunch (middle school), you must see Mrs. Rouleau or Mrs. Hall for a pass.

Book club was a lot of fun today! Thanks to those who attended.

-Mrs. R

Myths and Folklore Project Link

Quick link to the project for Mrs. Decker's 10th grade ELA:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Book Club and Support the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival!

Image from Pinterest.

Book Club is tomorrow, 10/2, during all three lunches. Please see Mrs. Rouleau for a pass to come to Book Club. Please bring your lunch and Mrs. Rouleau will provide a healthy dessert and a not-so-healthy dessert.

Remember, you need to RSVP to Mrs. Rouleau BEFORE coming to Book Club and you need to get a pass from her!

In other news, the Read-a-Thon (or RAT) for TBF is coming up on Saturday, October 12th, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Barnes and Noble in Pittsford. See Mrs. Rouleau or Mrs. Hall for a folder to participate in the RAT.

Happy Reading!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Chess Club This Friday

Please join us in the library from 3 pm until 4 pm this Friday for Chess Club.

No experience needed--just show up and have fun.

--Mrs. Rouleau

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Banned Books Week

September 22nd to the 28th is Banned Books Week. Check out the website to see the most frequently challenged books.

Book club will meet this coming Wednesday, October 2nd, during lunches. Middle school students, please see Mrs. Rouleau before Wednesday at lunch to get a pass for book club.

The library is closed Tuesday, October 1st, after school due to a faculty meeting.

Have a good day!

-Mrs. R

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


The library media center will not be open after noon dismissal on Spirit Day, this
Friday, September 27th.

We hope you have fun this Friday!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Field Day and the Library

The library will be closed after the Field Day festivities this Friday.

Enjoy Spirit Week!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Chess Club

 Photo from Wikipedia.

This Friday, September 20, will be the first meeting of the Mercy Chess Club.

Join us from 3 until 4 if you would like to play chess and meet new friends.

Hope to see you this Friday.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September 17

Today is the birthday of Gail Carson Levine, the author of Ella Enchanted and Fairest.

Both of these books are modern adaptations of fairy tales. Ella Enchanted is a retelling of Cinderella. Fairest is a retelling of Snow White.

Both books are available in the library media center, if you would like to check them out.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Book Club is Wednesday!

The library will kick off Book Club this Wednesday, September 18th, during lunch!

How Book Club works:

1. Bring your lunch with you to the library. I will provide a healthy dessert and a not-so-healthy dessert.

2. Talk about what you are reading for fun. We all don't read the same book! Book club works because it allows readers to connect with each other and suggest books.

3. Be prepared to meet new friends!

Please RSVP with Mrs. Rouleau or Mrs. Hall if you plan on attending.

Friday, September 13, 2013

What I'm Reading

On cold, rainy days like today, I would love to sit in the corner of the library and curl up with a good book.

Currently, I'm reading The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle. Published in 2011, this ghost story is a prelude to Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.

I recommend it to readers who like ghost stories or gothic novels.

What are you reading right now? Please leave a comment.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Do you love the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival?

If you love the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival and want to support TBF, consider participating in the Read A Thon on Saturday, October 12, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pittsford Barnes and Noble.

At 7 p.m., author A.S. King will join the readers for a special presentation and book signing.

To learn more about TBF, visit the website here.

If you would like to participate in the RAT, please see Mrs. Rouleau for a packet.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Today is Patriot Day

As Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Chains and Speak,  tweeted this morning, "Today is the day for finding extra kindness in your heart and sharing it."

Image from Wikipedia.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Fun Fact for September 9

On this date in 1956, Elvis first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

The library has Elvis Presley: with Profiles of Muddy Waters and Mick Jagger , as well as books on rock n' roll.

Photo from Wikipedia.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Welcome to the Library!

The library media center will open to students before and after school on Monday, September 9th. Our hours are 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. We will open to study halls starting Wednesday, September 11th. We look forward to meeting you! Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Rouleau

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How to Cover a Book

We prefer you cover your textbooks with paper bags, as the book sox tend to destroy the book spines. Thank you :-)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Welcome back!

The library media center will be open next week for textbook pick-up at the following times:

Monday, August 26 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Tuesday, August 27 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. AND 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Wednesday, August 28 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Thursday, August 29 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. AND 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

We will be closed Friday, August 30.

See you soon!

-Mrs. R

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Summer Full of Free Audiobooks?!

Download free audiobooks this summer through SYNC. SYNC is an initiative by AudioFile Magazine to interest teens in audio books. Each week, you can download a classic work of literature and a contemporary novel.

Check it out here:

-Mrs. R


I will be using the blog to keep in touch with resources, links and fun stuff related to books.

Please check back frequently.

-Mrs. R

Friday, April 12, 2013

Celebrate National Library Week!

April 14-20 is National Library Week! The library media center will be celebrating with give-aways.

Please stop by the library next week to enter to win gift cards and pick up a token of appreciation from our librarians.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Teen Book Festival blog

If you are looking for book recommendations, check out the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival (TBF) blog. Elizabeth and Miranda post book trailers, author interviews and reviews of TBF stuff.

Next book club

The next book club for third lunch will be Thursday, March 21st. Please let one of the librarians know if you will be attending, so I can plan to bring treats,

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The library and advisement

On Advisement days, the library is a quiet place to get your work done. You must sign up with Mrs. Rouleau or Mrs. Hall ahead of time.

Mrs. Zumchak will be in the library during advisement for students working on the 9th grade research papers or 7th grade independent reading projects.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Volunteer for Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival

The Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival or TBF will be held on Saturday, May 18th, from 9 until 5 at Nazareth College. The event is free to attend and runs so well because of the many people who volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the volunteer form.

Book Club This Thursday- 3rd Lunch Only

Book Club will be this Thursday, March 14th, during third lunch.

Don't worry, my first and second lunch friends--I'll schedule something soon.

Reinstating the blog

I am reinstating the library blog, as I feel it will be a good place to share information. So, look for future posts!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013