Helias Library/Media Center

April/May 2018

Where Has This Year Gone?!

I was told today that there are only 17 instructional days left in the year! While the time may drag for the students, I always feel that this season speeds by! The computer lab and library are booked solid most days between now and finals. I love to see the library utilized before, during, and after school! As this academic year comes to a close, I can't help but think about how grateful I am for the opportunity to work with these incredible students every day.

If You Haven't Read This Book Yet, Put It At The Top Of Your List!

I read MANY books throughout the year. While some are classics I like to revisit, most are titles I have had recommended to me by others or from reading/award lists, blogs, or literary reviews. This past year, the buzz in the library world has surrounded the book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I finally got around to reading this novel and was not disappointed. The book addresses the Black Lives Matter movement from various perspectives. It is powerful, relevant, and an incredibly well-written novel. The book left me feeling incredibly uncomfortable--a sign of good literature, in my opinion. ''With smooth but powerful prose delivered in Starr's natural, emphatic voice, finely nuanced characters, and intricate and realistic relationship dynamics, this novel will have readers rooting for Starr and opening their hearts to her friends and family. This story is necessary. This story is important.'' -- (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))