ILHS Media Center

Literacy, Technology & Community

Fall into a Good Book

The Fall semester brought many new students and many new books into the Media Center. Teachers kicked off the year learning about Lancaster County's Google Education accounts and our new web provider, SharpSchool. Freshmen visited the Media Center on their half day and also learned about the Teen Library Advisory Board, TeenLAB. Students viewed the orientation video during first block the first week of school. Classes began research projects within the first few weeks. Circulation records: August 264 items; September 633 items; October 722 items; and November through the 18th 225 items.

Banned Books Week

ILHS TeenLAB covered books that have been challenged somewhere in the US in the past ten years. Students asked a lot of questions which sparked discussion about intellectual freedom.
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Fall Festival

The IL Rotary Club sponsored a Fall Festival at the City of Light on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The ILHS Teen Library Advisory Board had a fundraising booth for the Alice K. Howey Memorial Scholarship and the ILHS TeenLAB YALL Fest field trip. The day was a great success thanks to festival attendees who purchased homemade goodies from the club and donated funds.

Former Library Club President, Fred Witherspoon, stopped by the tent and reminisced about his involvement in the club under the direction of Mrs. Howey. Mr. Witherspoon is the Executive Director of the Hi Kee Summer Enrichment Program at Steele Hill AME Zion Church.

The Alice K. Howey Memorial Scholarship is offered to one ILHS Senior who plans to pursue a degree in Library and Information Scholarship and/or who has participated in the ILHS TeenLAB.

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Teen Read Week: Dreams Turn Into Reality @ your library

New Book Party

The ILHS Media Center hosted its first new book party of the year on Thursday, October 23. 2014 as part of Teen Read Week. Students were encouraged to "check-out" new books.


Seven ILHS TeenLAB members attended the YALL Fest in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Club members listened to panels of YA authors and had books autographed. Over 65 Young Adult authors spoke at the festival. James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner series, and Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent series were among them.

We traveled with students and chaperones from Andrew Jackson High. Thank you to Caitlin Creagan, AJHS Media Specialist for collaborating with Mrs. Bryant, ILHS Media Specialist to make this a celebration of literacy! Also, special thanks to Christine Velez, Marissa Velez, Cheryl Coombs & friend Carrie, and David Bryant for chaperoning and Bill Ford for driving the bus!

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