Graphic Arts Campus Library

December 2015

Best Books of the Year

This is the time of year when all the "best of" lists appear. The New York Times Notable Children's Books is divided by age group, including titles for teens. The New York Public Library just released their list of 50 Best Books for Teens. The list created by the website Goodreads is the only "best of" list decided by readers, not by professional reviewers. The NYC READS 365 list was curated specifically for New York City students by their school librarians. Finally, Amazon has a top list for almost every genre and age group selected by their editorial staff. Stop by the library or check out our online catalog to see if we have the title you are interested in reading next!

Adopt-a-School author visit

Author Gerard Koeppel spoke to Mather HS students on Dec. 16th about his latest work and the details of being an author and historian. His book, City on a Grid: How New York Became New York explores how New York’s city streets came to form the rectilinear grid that millions of people walk through every day. Koeppel's visit was sponsored by the American Association of Publishers whose Adopt-a-School program pairs authors with schools across NYC. This is the second year Mather has been selected to host an author.

T.R.A.I.L.S. : Tool for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills

T.R.A.I.L.S. is a web-based tool to used measure the information literacy skills of high school students. This site was developed to provide an easily accessible and flexible tool for school librarians and teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students. Created by Kent State University, it is made available at no cost to users. Join me on January 12th at 7:45 a.m. for an an overview of the T.R.A.I.L.S. site and a discussion of how you can implement this assessment in your classroom.

Campus Book Club: Encourage your students to join!

Encourage your students to join our Campus Book Club, which meets once a month at the Columbus Branch of the New York Public Library. Our next read is Blankets by Craig Thompson. We will meet on Tuesday, February 2nd to discuss the book. See Ms. Randorf for a copy of the book.