AJHS Library Newsletter

April 2019


Hello again and happy spring! We hope you are finding useful and uplifting information on our pages, and that it inspires you to visit us. Please remember that we enjoy collaborating with our faculty, and that we have many resources that can support the wonderful projects that you are developing for your students. Some examples of our recent partnerships include: providing resources to support a controversial claim, steering students toward evidence that an individual should be considered "Most Productive", providing materials that describe positive and negative aspects of the Industrial Revolution, book selection for "Read Across America Day", and webographies to support analysis of poetry written by African American authors. Please visit us so we can brainstorm new ways to spark your students' interest in reading and research!
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Introducing Ms. Paula Hairston!

If you haven't already, please stop by to meet the newest member of our staff. Paula comes to us from Overlook Elementary, and we welcome her as our new Administrative Assistant. She has two children in the Abington District: Derek, who is an 8th grader in our building, and Dalyce, who is a junior at the Senior High. Paula enjoys baking (she makes beautiful, fancy cookies!), summer concerts, and time with her kids. Please come by to say hello!
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Librarians can offer lessons in using print and digital tools, navigating Google products, instruction on citing sources, book collections, webographies and bibliographies, book talks and more. Stop in, email, or call extension x2218.
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Spotlight on Kelley Stafford~ English Teacher, Uber-Reader, Literary Critic and Librarians' Advisor!

Question:What do you like to read?

KS: I'll read anything, but I mostly read Young Adult and Historical Fiction.

Question: What makes you say never again to an author's work?

KS: If an author is too wordy, or if the plot has holes and doesn't make sense.

Question: How do you find an author, and what makes you keep coming back?

KS:I find authors many ways-- recommendations from others, and articles about new books.I keep coming back to authors who create well-developed plots and characters, and who are good at world-building.

Question: As a reader, what offends you in the story?

KS: Bad plotting, poorly developed characters, unbelievable dialogue, and over-used stereotypes.

Question: What's the biggest influence on what you read?

KS: Probably recommendations from Ms. Perch and Mrs. Snead.

Question: The first book that made you fall in love with reading?

KS : Probably the Nancy Drew series. The books are my mom's from when she was little, but I started reading them when I was little.

Question: If you could be a character in a book, who would it be?

KS: Either Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, or Celaena Sardothien in the Throne of Glass series

Question: Have you considered writing a book?

KS: Yes.

Question: How many hours a day do you spend reading?

KS: Two or three

Question: What is your favorite place to read?

KS: At home, on the couch .

Last Book Read: Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Current Read: Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus and Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Next Book: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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April is National Poetry Month ~ Check out Poetry by Rita Dove, Former U.S Poet Laureate


Former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove was the third African American---and the youngest poet ever---to hold the post of distinction in her field at the U.S. Library of Congress. She has collected numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, 25 honorary doctoral degrees, and several fellowships. In 2014 a documentary film of her life was released.

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