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Library Learning Commons Newsletter- October 7, 2016

The construction on the new Dan and Frances Street Learning Commons is well underway!

The construction for the new Dan and Frances Street Learning Commons is moving along beautifully. Read the construction blog and see time lapse videos here.


THE SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 14TH-18TH. The book fair will be held in Alumni Hall. Hours are 7:45-3:45 daily.
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Ben Hatke Visit

Thanks to Carmichaels Kids, Ben Hatke visited Collegiate on September 27th. He spoke to the 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. He is an illustrator, author and graphic novelist.


No doubt: the popularity of graphic novels has skyrocketed in the last decade. Is it a legitimate genre of literature? We’ve been investigating!

A brief history of the graphic novel includes its evolution from the cartoon or comic book. The comic format has a long history, but the first time the comic became more like a novel started in the mid- 80's with the publication of Art Spiegelman's Maus series and Neil Gaiman's Sandman series. Until the early 2000's, however, it remained a male dominated genre, and more cartoon and action hero than literature with a message. Japanese manga soared in popularity during the 90's and then in the early 2000's, writers and artists like Marjani Satrapi entered the scene. She created the graphic novel Persepolis (2004), a memoir about growing up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. American Born Chinese (2006) by Gene Luen Yang* was another seminal publication in the genre, depicting what it is like to grow up in America as a second generation immigrant. As interest grew, classic literature was published in graphic novel form, from Treasure Island to The Odyssey. The format has always appealed to the young reader, therefore publishers such as Capstone Press created a series called Graphic Library that published non-fiction in graphic novel format. Writers and illustrators such as Shannon Hale, Brian Selznick, Jeff Kinney, Dav Pilkey, Kazu Kibuishi, Jeff Smith, and Lincoln Pierce have contributed to the growth and popularity of the genre combining the image with a story that appeals to children. Two authors, however, stand out today, having propelled the genre into a true art of storytelling: Raina Telegemier and Jennifer Holm (and her brother Matt Holm). Raina Telgemier, artist and writer, has skyrocketed into the world of children's literature with her books, Smile, Drama, Sisters and now Ghosts. Jennifer Holm and her illustrator brother created the popular Babymouse series and last year published Sunny Side Up, a memoir of growing up in the 1970's. Both of these artists have created graphic novels that entertain and educate children about poignant life experiences as every children's author is expected to.

*Currently the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

When browsing for a book to read often we are drawn to what is familiar. However, that doesn't necessary lead us to learning about others or ourselves. Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature has issued a challenge to students, educators, and parents to; read a book about a character who doesn't look or live like you, read about a topic you don't know much about, and read a book in a format you don't normally read for fun (a chapter book, a graphic novel or a book in verse for example).

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National Book Award 2016 Longlist Announced

We're always excited for book awards season! The Longlist for the National Book Awards has just been announced, and we're thrilled to see some old favorites and new talents on the scene.

The National Book Awards includes an award for the best in Young People's Literature, and it's a great place to find recommendations. Check out all the titles at nationalbook.org, and stop by the Library to request the books!

MS Drop Everything and Read Blog Now Published

We're a community of readers, and we want to celebrate that! The Drop Everything and Read program in the Middle School gives students the independence to choose reading material on their own, and to dive in head first during the first 20 minutes of every study hall. At the start of the year, the MS/US Library was buzzing with students choosing independent reading books!

To start up conversations about books, to share what we're reading and to give kids a taste of what's new in the Library and the reading world, we've now started a DEAR blog! We're asking MS students to get creative and start submitting projects and reviews. MS faculty and the Librarians will be adding new content regularly as well.

Check it out, and see what's trending!: dearatcollegiate.blogspot.com

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Ms. Franks Recommends: Adult Books for Young Adults

Even though these titles were written for adults, they offer wonderful writing, great insights into growing up, and plots that will keep readers of many ages interested. Grab a couple of copies and read them in tandem, teens and adults!

Scholastic Book Fair is coming!

We will have a book fair the week before Thanksgiving from November 14th-18th. More details to follow.