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December 2015 - Staff Edition


In honor of the traditional holiday song "The 12 Days of Christmas", I have a list of 12 books for adults that have been recommended by fellow librarians across the state. Since I am so focused on young adult literature, I never know what is trending for the adults. As the last 12 days of school rush by, maybe you'll see something on this list that you would like to read or perhaps share with a friend.

***If you are interested in our top 12 list of books for kids, let me know and I will be happy to pass them on to you.

(Sing with me...) "For the first book of Christmas, a good friend gave to me..."

12. Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral by Mary Doria Russell

11. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

10. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

9. Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta

8. Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

7. The Martian by Andy Weir

6. The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

5. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

4. The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey

3. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


1. One Second After by William R. Forstchen



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Our professional library is being updated. Several new titles have been added and are ready to be checked out. I will showcase a few titles each month for the rest of the school year. These books were selected based on the survey results from earlier in the year. I hope each of you may find something in the professional library to enjoy. If you are unsure where the professional library is located, come on down to the library and ask for a tour.

Let's start with the following titles for the month of December...

50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom

Alice Keeler and Libbi MIller have provided a thorough overview of the Google Classroom App. Complete with screenshots, this book gives ideas and step-by-step instruction to help teachers implement this powerful tool.

Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education

Recharge the optimism that made you an educator in the first place. School is where students and staff should feel safe, engaged, and productive - and choosing optimism is the first step toward restoring healthy interactions necessary for enacting real change. In this book, learn to implement the Five Principles of Deliberate Optimism.

Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon

Two hours to cover 26 miles and 385 yards. It is running's Everest, a feat once seen as impossible for the human body. In this spellbinding book, journalist Ed Caesar takes us into the world of elite marathoners: some of the greatest runners on earth. Caesar traces the history of the marathon as well as the science, physiology, and psychology involved in running so fast for so long. It's about talent, heroism, and refusing to accept defeat.



Do you need to purchase a new washing machine? Are you in the market for a new tablet or eReader? Do you wish you could find reviews in Consumer Reports, but you don't want to purchase the magazine? Look no further than our own INSPIRE database! You can access back issues and their yearly Buyer's Guide for free. Yes, FREE!!

Click on the "Reference INSPIRE" icon on your launcher and then choose "Publication Search". Type in "Consumer Reports" and then search for your item. If you have any questions, please let me know.



You've got to hand it to creative teens. Check out this link for a creative way to put up a Christmas Tree. Don't forget to watch the Stormtroopers in the background! Maybe your students or family would like to do something like this with your tree in the classroom or at home. Star Wars: Episode VII will be in theaters on December 18!

Stormtroopers Assembling a Christmas Tree


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