The Library @PHS

September/October 2018

Resource of the Month

Testing and Education Reference Center-If you need to practice for a test, look here first. There is a wide variety of tests from ACT, careers, AP, general skills, etc. This is a resource worth taking a look at.
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Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Media Center Events

The Breakfast Club-Student book club

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

Zenter, Jeff-The Serpent King

Garber, Stephanie-Caraval

Thomas, Angie-The Hate U Give

Green, John- Turtles All the Way Down

Doller, Trish-In a Perfect World

Buxbaum, Julie-What to Say Next

Next meeting will be November 16 @7:30 A.M. in the Media Center. We will discuss "The Hate U Give".

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. We have a bookshelf in the periodical room with book club books-past and present. You are more than welcome to check it out at any time.

These are the books we are reading next—

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

Camino Island – John Grisham

The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena

Tangerine – Christine Mangan

Seeing Red – Sandra Brown

I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

One Thousand White Women – Jim Fergus

The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn

The 19th Wife – David Ebershoff

The Female Persuasion – Meg Wolitzer

The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson

Eunice – Ellen McNamara

To set your calendars, here are the dates to discuss-

Thurs., Aug. 23 Camino Island

Mon., Sept. 17 The Couple Next Door (get dinner and bring it to the Library…this is Parent Conference night)

Tues., Oct. 16 Tangerine--Meet at Chef's Market

Mon., Nov 12 Seeing Red

Thurs., Dec 20 I Am Malala (lunch at Milo’s Coffee Shop on Main Street…this is the half day before Christmas)

Thurs., Jan 17 One Thousand White Women

Tues., Feb 19 Woman In the Window (get dinner and bring it to the Library…this is Parent Conference night)

Tues., Mar 19 The 19th Wife

Tues., Apr 16 Female Persuasion

Fri., May 24 The Devil in the White City (brunch somewhere…this is the 2-hour last day)

Sometime in June Eunice (another trip to McKay’s with lunch)

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Library Scrabble

Students have been playing "Library Scrabble" this month to learn about the genres in the library. Students receive candy for each word they make. The student with the highest point value word for the day chooses a book. The student with the overall highest word for the month will receive a gift card to a local restaurant. Encourage your students to come play!

**Congrats to Hannah Young and Stanley Zhao for making 30 point words. Both received gift cards to McDonald's.

Genrefication of the Library

The fiction section has a slightly new look. The books are still in Dewey order, but we have placed stickers on books by their genre. Now anyone can scan the shelves to find a certain type of book they like.

The new genrefication stickers are:

-Science Fiction


-Historical Fiction

-Realist Fiction







-Graphic Novels


Teen Read Week 2018

It's Written in the Stars-READ! The theme this year is to encourage students to be life-long readers and lovers of the library.
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The library has makerspace items anyone can use. We have the following items:

  • Dot and Dash robots w/accessories (robotics)
  • Cubelets (robotics)
  • Items for Circuits
  • K'nex
  • 3-D printer
  • Keva planks-wooden blocks for creating original works of art or cleverly designed contraptions


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.