The LMC will be hosting Café Read a Latte in celebration of Read Across America from March 5th - 9th. As in years past, we will be offering food and beverages for sale. Breakfast items from Blue Moon and Dunkin Donuts are always a favorite, as well as many donated items from families and volunteers. I am looking forward to a great week!
With the temperatures in the negative digits, what could be a better time to stay inside and with a hot chocolate and a good book? Two books are making the list of top books for 2017 and both are available in the LMC (when they aren't checked out) Little Fires Everywhere and Beartown are must reads!
The Richardson family lives in the planned community of Shaker Heights, Ohio—a place of wealth, comfort, and stability—and they are a clan that embodies those traits. But when Mia, a single mother, and her fifteen year old daughter, Pearl, rent a house in the area, their very different lives will merge with those of the Richardson family. The plotting and pacing are nearly perfect, the characters believable and real. (Amazon)
In Beartown, a family is pulled apart by an act of violence. It’s a coming-of-age story for a young woman who must choose to speak out or keep silent. (And a young man, too, actually.) It’s a cautionary tale of small-town thinking…yet at the same time celebrates how a handful of people can change a tight-knit community.
As the town’s finances decline, small, scrappy Beartown hunkers deeper into itself, proud only of its white-hot junior hockey team led by a coach whose hard-driving mantra is, simply, “Win.” Seizing the upcoming hockey championship could lure a new hockey academy their way and jump start the local economy. But the exposure of a hidden crime sweeps the hockey club into its vortex and fractures the town and longtime friendships, even as it welds together new, unlikely alliances. (Amazon)
Several students from wellness classes have come into the library after learning that reading relieves stress. The students have busy schedules and need the time to relax and read. How can reading help to reduce stress? It forces a person to slow down. Reading, even for ten minutes helps a person to relax. It's a way to escape. When a person is in the middle of a stressful situation, sometimes all we need is to step away for a few minutes. It's a chance to unplug. Students spend so much time on their electronic devices and reading gives them the opportunity to take a break. Lastly, it lets students use their imagination to visualize the characters, setting, etc.
A study by The University of Sussex found that reading reduced stress levels by 68%. Reading silently for six minutes slowed down the heart rate and eased tension in the muscles. In comparison, listening to music reduced stress levels by 61%, having a cup of tea or coffee lowered it by 54%, taking a walk by 42%, and playing video games by 21%.
Check out the faculty's Pinterest page to see what the staff is reading.
I recently emailed information about two free infographic sites to the faculty. They are called venngage and piktochart. Students create visual images such as a chart or diagram to represent information or data. They are great for group projects or just a different way to present research. Mrs. Buckingham recently used infographics for a couple of her classes doing research on Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna. I was pleased to see the students using their creativity and research skills while working on their infographics in the library.
Have you heard about Flipster? Located on the library homepage, Flipster gives you access to magazines online from home and in school. The login and password are the same ones we use for databases. See the library staff if you need this information. I currently subscribe to Consumer Reports, Health, The Atlantic, Wired, Time, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Money, and Foreign Policy online. I also have print copies of many other magazines in the library. Take a look!
Welcome back to faculty and students. It's great to see the number of students taking online classes in the LMC again this year. Students enjoy taking many classes not offered as part of the regular high school curriculum. Some of the classes students are taking are Italian, homeland security, criminology, and astronomy.
The humid beginning to the school year has also brought many students and classes to the LMC to enjoy the air conditioning. Anywhere between four and five classes may be working in the library at one time.
With Café Read a Latte behind me, I have begun working on a couple of other projects. I have purchased some items for my maker space. So far the students have enjoyed coloring pages, a puzzle, a brain teaser, and origami books and paper. I have plans to expand the area next year.
I also now have a Technology corner. Neal Sonnenberg, our tech integration specialist, made book recommendations to purchase for faculty. I have labeled shelves for faculty and student resources and will continue to add books to this area.
Who would have ever predicted a snowstorm in April? Café Read a Latte started off with a great turn out on Monday and then school was cancelled on Tuesday due to the snow. Luckily, I was able to accomodate the Tuesday classes later in the week and I didn't have to turn anybody away. I can confidently say, "A good time was had by all."
There are so many people who make this event possible. Thank you so much to the parent volunteers who donate their time to work during the event as well as those who donated pastry, beverages, and fruit. The students enjoyed seeing their parent(s) in school.
Several local merchants donated to Café Read a Latte as well. I would like to thank Blue Moon, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Roche Brothers, and Shaw's for their generous contributions.
Lastly, thank you to the entire staff at the high school for participating in Café Read a Latte. In additon, a special thank goes out to Dawn Lavallee, our food service supervisor, who contributed fruit cups, donuts and muffins prepared in our very own kitchen. I also want to thank our custodial staff who had a little extra cleaning to do during this event.
Medfield High will be recognizing Read Across America with a week long celebration March 13th-17th. During our fourteenth annual Café Read a Latte the Library Media Center will be transformed. We will create the atmosphere of a coffee shop inside a book store. Students can purchase coffee, hot chocolate, juice, snacks and cold drinks. All students will have a chance to browse for books during their English classes.
This year we welcome back Medfield Public Library's teen librarian Erica Cote. Last year Erica's display was a hit with the students. A new addition this year is guest author Paul Tremblay. His book, A Head Full of Ghosts captured the Mass Book Award for fiction this year.
Last week the LMC hosted the Hour of Code. Neal Sonnenberg and several students conducted various activities during period 5 reading. Teachers signed up their classes to take part. The students experienced coding using Arduino, Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, Makey Makey, Swift and Robotics. In addition Mrs. Cowell came over from Dale Street to introduce the students to Dash, Dot, and Probots which were a huge hit. The week culminated with class of 2010 graduate Logan Thomas speaking on Friday. Logan works for Cakewalk, a company that develops computer software for recording and making music, digital audio workstations and innovative virtual instruments.