Plan B: Readers Chat with Author Kendare Blake

posted May 9, 2013, 11:47 AM by Jeanie Phillips

20 GMUHS students had the opportunity to connect with Kendare Blake this afternoon.  

It all began when Megan, a ninth grader and avid fan of the Anna Dressed in Blood series, contacted Kendare by email and asked if she would like to visit GM.  Kendare lives in Washington state, and she suggested a visit by Skype might be easier and cheaper.  Technology does have its limitations and after several attempts at video Skyping we had to resort to the audio only version- Kendare's internet connection just wasn't robust enough. 

Students asked thoughtful questions and Kendare's responses seemed to prompt further questions from our attentive audience.  Here are a few of the things we learned:

- Kendare read a lot of Stephen King and Ann Rice as a kid.  She really likes blood and gore.
- She is influenced by everything she sees, reads and hears.  These things show up in her writing in one way or another.  She says, "every observation is a good one- so keep writing them down."
- One of her favorite short stories has never been published.  She wrote this story for a young man who got hit by a train, an accident she witnessed as a kid and couldn't forget.
- Kendare started writing in the 7th grade.  She wrote a "terrible" novel about horses- "it was stupid!"
- When asked where her characters come from she said, "Characters just show up, I don't plan.  I just figure out where to start and go."
- Her advice for writers block: "let it go for a while and it will show up on its own."

A Day in the Life of the Quiet Reading Common OR How do the Chairs Go From Neat and Orderly to Higgledy Piggledy Over the Course of the Day?

posted May 7, 2013, 5:44 AM by Jeanie Phillips

It is an interesting phenomenon in the Library Learning Commons- no matter how nicely arranged the chairs in  the Quiet Reading Common are in the morning, they are rearranged to resemble a college recreation room by afternoon. To satisfy my curiosity I took a time lapse video over the course of one day.  Here it is:

Virtual Author Visit: Kendare Blake

posted May 6, 2013, 11:35 AM by Jeanie Phillips

It is starting to feel like summer reading time...

posted May 3, 2013, 10:46 AM by Jeanie Phillips

Jack the Ripper makes a Guest Appearance...

posted Mar 6, 2013, 12:16 PM by Jeanie Phillips   [ updated Mar 6, 2013, 12:18 PM ]

Or at least the man who wrote a fictional account of Jack the Ripper makes an appearance!  Stefan Petrucha visited with students today and read from his book Ripper.  

Stefan talked about some of the other books he has had published: The Rule of Won, The Timetripper Series, and Split to name a few.  He has also written a ton of comic books- including the Nancy Drew series, the X-Files comics, and even a Spiderman!  

Stefan gave us some background information on Ripper.  Most of us didn't know much about Jack the Ripper.  Stefan has done a ton of research on him and on New York City in the mid-19th century.  Ripper contains some steampunk elements.  Not sure what steampunk is?  Stefan explained: its like science fiction written from an 18th century point of view.  Steampunk often includes technological gadgets that run on steam or clockwork.  Stefan's book includes electric taxis and a pneumatic subway system- both things that existed in NYC at the time the book is set.  

Stefan's reading was followed by questions from students- and they asked a ton.  The event ended with pizza and more opportunities to talk to the author.

Learn more about Stefan and his work by visiting his website: http://www.petrucha.com/.

Congratulations Green Mountain Author Series!

posted Mar 6, 2013, 9:30 AM by Jeanie Phillips

Tom Charlton, member of the Chester Academy,  stopped by the library today to present the Green Mountain Author Series committee with a check for $2,500!  This money will be used to bring more authors, illustrators, and graphic novelists to Green Mountain.  The committee worked very hard to write and present the grant.  Many thanks to the Chester Academy. Congratulations to all of the committee members, but especially to the members who wrote and presented the grant:

Lilith Dyke Gragg, Megan Spinrad, Shane Verespy, Briana Luman, Harlem Geto, and Connor Rose.

February Library Statistics

posted Mar 6, 2013, 5:46 AM by Jeanie Phillips

Ripper author to visit GMUHS

posted Feb 13, 2013, 7:50 AM by Jeanie Phillips   [ updated Feb 13, 2013, 7:56 AM ]

Author Stefan Petrucha will be visiting GM on Wednesday, March 6th from 10:00-11:30 in the Library Learning Commons.  Petrucha is the author of Ripper, a detective story focused on  murders that may have been committed by Jack the Ripper.  Reviews are calling it "gripping", "exhilarating", and "hard to put down".  Sign up for the author talk and pizza lunch by seeing Ms. Phillips or Ms. Hearst.  

A Day at the Dartmouth College Library

posted Feb 7, 2013, 11:34 AM by Jeanie Phillips

Twelve GM students spent the day at the Baker Berry Library in the heart of Dartmouth College.  Librarian Greg Potter gave us a tour of the library which included an enormous mural by Jose' Clemente Orozco:

the Theodore Geisel room:

and the Tower (aka the Harry Potter room)- which is a quiet study area that our students loved!

We had already searched the Baker Berry library catalog and came with call numbers in hand so our next task was to locate the books.  This was a big job- there are a lot of books in this library! 

Now it was time to settle in, read, take notes, and cite our sources.

All of that studying made us hungry so we ventured to the dining hall before heading home.  

Thanks to Mrs. Carafiello for organizing this great adventure and to the students for being fabulous!

Research at Dartmouth College

posted Feb 4, 2013, 6:38 AM by Jeanie Phillips

Mrs. Carafiello's Western Civilization class will be taking a trip to Dartmouth College to visit the Baker Berry Library. They will conduct research on their research topic, tour an art exhibit at the library, have lunch at the dining hall, and take a brief tour of campus.  In preparation they will search the Dartmouth Library Catalog:

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