Pike Library News

September 2013 Library News

25 Book Challenge

Our students have been eager to begin the school-wide 25 Book Challenge for the 2013-2014 school year. The incentives will include free ID and lanyard, a movie at the NHS PAC, dessert and extra time at lunch, an ice cream event, and for the 25 Book Challenge grand prize students will be eligible to attend Main Event in May. Please encourage all students to participate and enter their books into the 25 Book Challenge database on the Gene Pike Library netschool page. Students entered 161 books into the database during September.

September Statistics


  • 99 Classes
  • 388 Students on passes
  • 130 eBooks added
  • 161 Books added to the 25 Book Challenge database
  • 4 day Book Fair


September was a busy month in the library with 99 visiting classes and 388 students seen on passes. The Scholastic book fair was a success with many parent volunteers helping during the sale. The library aides all have Kidblog accounts and are actively blogging. Classes visiting the library were invited to use the hash tag #pikelib while participating in library lessons. Roughly 130 digital and audio eBooks were added to the collection.

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Teen Read Week - Seek the Unknown @ your library

Teen Read Week is celebrated every year in October. This year we will be celebrating TRW Oct. 15th-18th by voting for our favorite books at Pike MS. Please submit awesome titles that you think should be on the Pike's Top Ten list.


Vote for Teens' Top Ten During Teen Read Week

Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Voting will be open from August 15 through Teen Read Week, which is taking place October 13-19 of this year (2013)! The winners will be announced on October 22, 2013, so be sure to check back for the list of winners!


New eBook News For Mobile Devices

Library Technology Club

I have two awesome 8th grade library students who have started a Technology Club during 7th and 8th grade lunches. Hannah and Benji have taken on the the task of helping students and faculty become familiar with our new NISD Education Google accounts. They have a Google site started and will continue to provide more information as the schedule it set.

Breathe: a Ghost Story by Cliff McNish eBook review

Jack, who is asthmatic, and his mother move into an old farmhouse. Jack recently lost his father and the move might be just what he and his mother need in order to cope with the loss. As he entered the house and moved around in the rooms, Jack quickly realized they weren't alone. He sensed spirits in the house of children and a Ghost Mother. It wasn't long before Jack realized the Ghost Mother ruled the house and he was her next intended victim. Can Jack save himself and his mother? Does he know how to save to the ghost children? Read the eBook Breathe a Ghost Story by Cliff McNish.


Ya Booktrailer Breathe: a Ghost Story

Pike's Top 10 Books for September

  1. Matched by Allie Condie
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  4. Oceans by Susan Gray
  5. Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan (now available in eBook)
  6. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  7. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  8. The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
  9. Glacier by Ronald Bailey
  10. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins


Gene Pike Middle School

Sue Fitzgerald, Librarian
Hours 8:40 a.m.-4:40 p.m.
Virtual Hours 24/7