The Library @PHS

December 2017

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Resource of the Month

Salem Press

Online access to reference articles. Salem Press gives you full access to articles and contents in Literature, History, Science, Health, and Careers. Topics include current events, great lives in history, great events in history, engineering, math, psychology, and behavioral health.

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Take Our Newest Survey

Current Reads Results

Last month we asked what everyone was reading. Here were the results--

Susan Creek-Origin by Dan Brown

Helena Baier-Chaos by Patricia Cornwell

Whitney Goostree-Creative Schools by Ken Robinson

Katie Hickman-Cold Ridge by Carla Neggers

Debbie Miller-The Rooster Bar, John Grisham

Tehra Lynn-A Life Without Limits

Janet Smith-The Storyteller

Michelle Gilliam-Buried by C.J. Carmichael

THANK YOU for all who responded. It was fun to see what was being read and also a good insight for future reads.

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Media Center Events

The Breakfast Club-Student book club

We will meet once a month to read and discuss the following books:

· As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka

· A World Without You by Beth Revis

· Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

· We Were Liars by Emily Lockhart

· Cinder by Marissa Meyer

· Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Students met in the Media Center on December 12 to celebrate a great semester of reading. Students and adults played real life CLUE.

Next meeting will be January 9 @7:30 A.M. in the Media Center

The Dinner Club-Teacher book club

Everyone is invited to join us! You can come and go as you please. You can read one book and not the next. Just pop in when the next book is of interest to you.

These are the books we are reading next—

  • The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
  • Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen
  • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  • Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker
  • Dark Places by Jillian Flynn
  • Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

    • *The group met September 18 (Parent Conference Night). The group had supper and discussed The Life We Bury. It was a great night of socializing and discussions.

      **The group met October 30 at Chilis in Gallatin and discussed Gone Without a Trace.We had fun just talking, eating, and the events of the book.

      **The group met November 28 in the library at 4:00 and discussed The Storyteller. A great discussion occurred while enjoying some good snack food.

      ***December 20 meet for lunch immediately after school lets out at 11:00 at Colorado Grill in White House to discuss Same Kind of Different as Me

      ***January 18 meet at Subway in Portland @4:15 to discuss Orphan Train

      ***February 20 meet in the library (Parent/Teacher night) for dinner around 5:00 and discuss Dark Places

      ***March 19 meet at Panera in Gallatin 4:15 to discuss Half Broke Horses

      ***April 24 meet in the library @4:00 with your favorite finger food to discuss Before We Were Yours

LibraryCon 2017

We hosted LibraryCon 2017 for students. This was our first time to do something like this. We had 10 readers that signed up for this virtual conference. They heard authors, illustrators, and publishers of sci-fi, comics, manga, and more.
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StickTogether is a sticker by number activity. Students had the opportunity to place colored stickers on the board to find out what they were creating. This month they created van Gogh's "The Starry Night". It is hanging in the library for all to see and enjoy. It was great seeing the interaction between different groups of students. There was a lot of collaboration and guessing going on.

November Displays

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STEM in the Library

Students have finished the K'Nex roller coaster in the Library. Stop in and see the coaster in action. (sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't) It is still fun to watch and try.


The Library has a set of Cubelets for robotics. Cubelets are a fast and easy way to inspire kids to become better thinkers; Includes Drive, Flashlight, Distance, Brightness, Passive and Battery robot blocks; Two Brick Adapters allow for connected play with your favorite brick-based construction kits, and battery block provides hours of continuous play.
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New Books

We receive new books every month from Junior Library Guild. These are the new books for December.
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Educator of the Month Bowling Pin

Susan and I would like to thank Ms. Baier again for honoring us with the bowling pin for December. We have it decorated reading "To Kill a Mockingbird".

Stop In and See the Newest Book in Our Collection

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Quote of the Month

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Susan and I are here to help you. We would be glad to help with research, the use of the technology in the library and lab, or to help your students check out books. If you want to do a project that is different, give us the idea and we will help you plan. We are willing to come to your PLCs to show you what is available in the library for your subject area.

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