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 One of my librarian friends lent me an Advanced Reading Copy, as the book will not be published until April.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.
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"!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.