Helias Library/Media Center

October 2016

Do high school students still read books? They do at Helias!

Research shows that for many students, the motivation to read decreases with age. Giving students a choice in what they read, particularly at the high school level, is a great way to reignite an interest in literature. Our teachers understand that and promote that in their classrooms! Our circulations have increased 27% over the same period of time since last year and 50% over the same two year period of time. Nothing makes me happier as a librarian than seeing a student reconnect with books. After I recommended a title to a freshman a few weeks ago, she came back in to get the rest of the books in the series. She told me that she didn't think she really liked reading but this book had changed her mind.

Gateway Award Reader Challenge 2016-2017

I am in the process of getting multiple copies of all of the titles of the nominated books. English teachers, I have a video presentation ready for all of your classes if you would like for me to do a presentation. The challenge with prizes and drawings will officially kick-off at the end of October! Last year, nearly 40 Helias students took part. I'd love to double that number this year!