November in the Library
Spotlight on: National Novel Writing Month!
On display for the month of November were books, both fiction and nonfiction, that celebrated writers, writing, and the difficulty writing can bring! Outside the library, a bulletin board of inspiring quotes from authors greeted potential writers.
Young Writer's NaNoWriMo
At our last meeting students read aloud sections of their finished novels.
The winners! These students managed to complete their novels in the month of November.
They may not have finished their novels in November, but they're close and will continue writing!
Coming up in December - Mousebots!
Ms. Lechan on Dedham TV
Classes in the Library
In Library research this month, students concluded their research on The Boston Molasses Flood. Students used Haiku Deck to create a presentation on an individual from the flood, and then edited their annotations and submitted their final annotated bibliographies.
The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
Arthur is given a rickety shopping cart and a list of the Seven Most Important Things: glass bottles, foil, cardboard, pieces of wood, lightbulbs, coffee cans, and mirrors. He can’t believe it—is he really supposed to rummage through people’s trash? But it isn’t long before Arthur realizes there’s more to the Junk Man than meets the eye, and the “trash” he’s collecting is being transformed into something more precious than anyone could imagine. . . .
Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton. -From Goodreads.com
Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum
The Stonewall Inn.
History walks through that door.
In 1969 being gay in the United States was a criminal offense. It meant living a closeted life or surviving on the fringes of society. People went to jail, lost jobs, and were disowned by their families for being gay. Most doctors considered homosexuality a mental illness. There were few safe havens. The Stonewall Inn, a Mafia-run, filthy, overpriced bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village, was one of them.
Police raids on gay bars happened regularly in this era. But one hot June night, when cops pounded on the door of the Stonewall, almost nothing went as planned. Tensions were high. The crowd refused to go away. Anger and frustration boiled over.
The raid became a riot.
The riot became a catalyst.
The catalyst triggered an explosive demand for gay rights.
Ann Bausum’s riveting exploration of the Stonewall Riots and the national Gay Rights movement that followed is eye-opening, unflinching, and inspiring. -From Goodreads.com