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GHS Library News - December 2020

Book recommendations for holiday giving and reading

The end of the year brings many "best of the year" book lists that provide great books for holiday giving and holiday break reading. For adults, the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2020 includes many of our favorites. For children and teens, check out School Library Journal's Best Books of 2020 for the best children's books, YA, nonfiction, and graphic novels. We also like Good Morning America's holiday picks. A little closer to home, The Dauntless Chronicals, a novel co-written by GHS sophomore Willow Wren debuted on November 15, 2020 - you can check out a copy in the Media Center! Also of interest, sophomores Madelyn Peele and Skyler Flood interviewed former GHS parent and local author Sarah Darer Littman for Greenwich Library's Authors/Live series about Littman's newest YA novel Deepfake. And of course, you can always ask your friendly GHS librarians for recommendations!.

Greenwich Reads Together 2020 Wraps Up

GHS teachers Kim Steinhorn and Kyaiera Mistretta filmed a class discussion of Just Mercy for Greenwich Reads Together earlier this month with ELL students, watch it for some great insights!

GHS Virtual Book Club

The faculty and staff will next meet on Friday, January 29 at 4:15 pm via Google Meets to discuss A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet. A National Book Award Finalist, and one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2020. A Children's Bible is a "superb novel [that] begins as a generational comedy ... and turns steadily darker, as climate collapse and societal breakdown encrouch. But Millet's light touch never falter; in this time of great upheaval, she imples, our foundational myths take on new meaning and hope." - New York Times Book Review

GHS Library Fall Student Survey

Recently the GHS Library Staff sent a survey to approximately 500 "Frequent Flyers", those students who spent at least 8 blocks on separate days, in the library during the first marking period. The first question required students to rate their comfort level demonstrating library skills such as using the online catalog, finding a book on the shelves using a call number, finding and citing an article, evaluating web sites and solving technical problems. The second question measured the extent to which they were likely to ask for help in these tasks from staff and the quality and effectiveness of that help. This information will help guide the library staff with their yearly goals.

In addition, students were encouraged to provide written feedback regarding the changes made due to COVID-19 restrictions. The majority of students were very happy with the changes, including that the library is far more quiet and academic, commenting, "I feel as though these changes have had a positive effect on the media center due to the fact that I am getting more work done now than ever before COVID." They also indicated the changes, including the use of the QR code contact tracing, helped them feel safe. Generally, the students liked the new culture of the library, even during these stressful times. "I like the fact that we can still use the media center to its full potential and that COVID isn’t taking that away from us".

While many students regretted that food and drink was no longer allowed, most understood the need for these changes but also wanted to "return to normal" as soon as possible. However, with the new carpeting, which garnered rave reviews from the students, food will not be allowed, even after COVID.

A follow-up survey will be administered in the spring. It is the staff's hope that students will help determine a "new" normal for the library.

Food for Thought

Teens in Covid Isolation: ‘I Felt Like I Was Suffocating’ "Without school events and traditions to anticipate, many say they are struggling to get out of bed in the morning."

For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity, Reframing Thoughts Can Help "Psychological research shows that what we think can have a powerful influence on how we feel emotionally and physically, and on how we behave. Research also shows that our harmful thinking patterns can be changed."

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