Helias Library/Media Center

December 2018/January 2019

Happy Holidays!

I am probably on Santa's naughty list this year! I started off the school year on top of this newsletter, the library website, and book processing and then...the students arrived! It has been a wonderfully busy Fall semester filled with lots of collaborating, research projects, paper editing, and club sponsoring. Wouldn't trade it for the world! Hopefully, Santa will take pity and leave a book in my stocking instead of coal!

Favorite Book of the Fall Semester...

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives was my favorite book of the Fall semester. This true story took place in Oakland, CA and involved Sasha, a middle-class white teen who attended a small private school and Richard, a black teen from lesser means who went to a large public high school. For eight minutes each day, their paths overlapped on a bus ride home from school. On one particular afternoon, a single act of reckless behavior ended with Sasha severely burned and Richard facing life imprisonment for hate crime. The novel read like fiction, and I kept having to remind myself that it was all true. This critically acclaimed book was both heart wrenching and uplifting and made me rethink my definition of "justice."