We hope you've had a wonderful and relaxing summer and are ready to grow more this year as a reader, as a learner, and as a person. We've done some rearranging in the library, so look for the minor changes and seek out the new books! Here are some celebrations to plan:)
August 9 - 13: Perseid Meteor Showers August 15 - 25: Little League World Series
August 14: National Navajo Code Talkers Day August 15: Best Friends Day
August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day August 18: Bad Poetry Day
It's a Writing Opportunity
NPR and Kwame Alexander are doing a Haiku story and want to include your memory. If you like to write, especially poetry, give haiku a try. Use the information to the left to get more information! Be sure to click the "play" button to hear Kwame.
I am reading Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson. This is the Pentathlon novel for this year, so I am reading it. This author is always worth reading, so I'm looking forward to it!
I am listening to A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro. This novel is #4 in the Charlotte Holmes series. These are really for grades 7 and above. Charlotte is a descendant of Sherlock Holmes and Jamie Watson is the descendant of Dr. Watson. Each book has a mystery to solve although their relationship and their families are as much of the plot as the murders. I find them delightful!
Book Trailer Highlight: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Here is a trailer for a fantastic series that is complete! No waiting! There are seven books in all, including one that has a series of short stories telling about Celaena's past before Throne of Glass. Personally, I suggest reading the books in the order they were published. This is a great summer series to sink your teeth into!
Author Profile: Sarah J. Maas
I've had the pleasure to be in sessions at the Texas Library Association where Ms. Maas discusses books and what she's thinking while writing and what she thinks teens are interested in reading. She is no wilting flower or geek. She has a great sense of humor and offers wicked dialogue showing her intelligence.
Because you haven't lived for many years, you can't possibly know what you don't know. I thought I would offer some classics that people (often adults) discuss and are then amazed you have no idea what they are talking about.
A famous comedic skit involves Abbott and Costello. Abbott tries to introduce the names of the baseball team to Costello, but Costello thinks Abbott is purposefully not answering him. Costello feels this way because the names aren't real names in his opinion. It's a classic! It's an older video so don't expect crisp edges--it's fuzzy visually.
Courts have ruled that this skit is in the public domain. The Supreme Court refused to hear the case, so the lower cases opinions stand.