Ridley High School Library

February, 2018: News & New Books!


Virtual Author Visit with Victoria Aveyard!

On Wednesday, January 31, Ridley High School students had an opportunity to Skype with bestselling author Victoria Aveyard. She is the author of the Red Queen fantasy series, which will conclude in May with a fourth and final installment, War Storm. Red Queen depicts a world divided by blood: commoners with Red Blood serve the Silver-blooded, magical elite. As a commoner, Mare shouldn't have any special abilities ... but when her latent powers manifest in front of a noble court, she is forced to assume the role of lost princess before risking everything to help a growing rebellion.

From her home in California (and with a guest appearance by her dog Indy), Victoria chatted with students about how she was inspired to write the Red Queen series, the joy of plot twists, how she tackles the problem of writer's block, and the challenges of writing a four-book series without leaving any plot holes. Our students came prepared with thoughtful questions and enjoyed Victoria's insights into the career of a full-time, professional writer.

Extra thanks to Ms. Monte, Ms. Koszarek, Mr. Breckenridge, Ms. Pena, and all of the student participants for contributing to this successful event!

Big image

New Items for Black History Month!

The library has three new documentaries on DVD that are available for teachers to check out for classroom use:

  • The Children's March (2005 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short)
  • Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot
  • A Time for Justice: America's Civil Rights Movement (1995 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short)

These DVD's were generously provided to Ridley High School by Teaching Tolerance (a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center). Each one includes a Teacher's Guide with lesson plans, discussion questions, and enrichment activities based on the film.

News Worth Checking Out!

Weekly posts on the Ridley High School Library Blog feature new books, tech tips, library events, and fundraisers.

Subscribe to the Blog to stay up to date on all the library news worth checking out!

NEW BOOKS FOR COOKS: Perfect for Keeping New Year's Resolutions!

Stuff your OverDrive app with eBooks to read in the New Year!

We’ve just added THIRTY brand new titles to Ridley High School’s OverDrive collection, including the newly crowned National Book Award winner, two uniquely wonderful graphic novels, new books by favorite authors Miranda Kenneally and Joe Hill, and so much more:

  • Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  • Far from the Tree by Robin Benway (winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature)
  • Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home by Nicole J. Georges
  • Hooper by Geoff Herbach
  • Now Is Everything by Amy Giles
  • Odd & True by Cat Winters
  • Strange Weather: Four Short Novels by Joe Hill

Visit rhslibrary.lib.overdrive.com to browse, sample, and borrow our available eBooks and audiobooks! And while you’re there, check out the Collections link with handy shortcuts to popular genres and categories, including Hip Historical Fiction, Good Sports, and “Crossover” Novels! For information on student and staff usernames, please see Ms. Pickett.

Big image

Ridley High School Library

The Ridley High School Library is open from

7:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.