March Library News

What's happening in the library this month?

Welcome to March

It's that load road before spring break, but we in the library are here to help you through it! Whether that means a candy pick-me-up or a new book to read! Here's what's going on in the library this month!

March Events

If You Liked. . . .

This is a pretty simple concept for a display but could be very powerful to help guide students to their next favorite book. This will be in our main display from March 1st to March 17th. Students will see popular books in the library and suggested books if they enjoyed that one. We will feature favorites such as The Martian, Miss Peregrine, and Looking for Alaska and suggestions for books students may enjoy if they liked those ones.

Fractured Fairy Tales

In our Fractured Fairy Tales display, we will feature a new trend on young adult literature, the twisting of classic Fairy Tales. From the Dorothy Must Die series to the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, etc.) to Gregory Maguire's perennial favorite Wicked, We hope to feature an engaging display for students to find a new genre to explore.

Tech Tip on the Month: Anyone Can View Extension.

This is a simple extension you can add onto Chrome to make life a little easier. It's called AnyoneCanView. This extension allows you with just a click of a button to allow any Google Tool that can be shared (Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc.) to have their sharing settings changed to "Anyone With a Link Can View" by just clicking on the extension instead of having to go through multiple clicks and screens in the sharing settings menu. PLUS, when you click it, a copy of the link is automatically copied to your clipboard. It's a simple extension that can save you time! Check out the video below for how it is used.
AnyoneCanView Chrome Extension

Books to Watch

Young Adult Book to Watch: The Hate U Give

This book has created a lot of buzz in the YA book community, and we're excited to see it released and find some excited readers in our library. It has already optioned for a movie before it even releases.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Nonfiction Book to Watch: The Secret Life of Henrietta Lacks

While this book came out in 2011, there is buzz around it again as an HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne is set to come out very soon. See the trailer that was just released below.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Official Tease (HBO)

Nonfiction Book to Watch: Loving Vs. Virginia

With the film Loving coming out and receiving so much buzz, we thought an excellent nonfiction addition to the library woulds be the nonfiction young adult version of the story.

From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.

February 2017 Library Statistics

Total Number of Circulations this month: 1,230

Total amount of books circulated this month: 651

Number of patrons through our doors: 14,495

Average number of patrons per day: 805

Top 3 Books in the Library February 2017

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