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Teen Choice Book of the Year

Attention all readers! Visit this link to nominate your 5 favorite books of 2011 through TeenReads.com. You can either choose from a list that they've provided or vote for titles not on the list. Nominations are due by January 31, 2012. The five titles that receive the most votes will serve as the finalists for the CBC’s 2012 Teen Choice Book of the Year.

Compose Yourself

The PDF version of the English department's guide to writing, Compose Yourself, has now been added to our website on the Research Assistance page. Click here to get there quicker!

T E X T B O O K         C A R E

    Welcome back everyone!! To start the year off right, here are some tips on how to take care of your textbooks. By following these recommendations, you'll increase your chances of keeping your books in good condition & avoiding fines at the end of the year.

  • Cover your textbooks with thick paper bags from the market, like Trader Joe's. Other covers work okay (i.e. cloth and thin paper covers) but the thick covers are sturdier. Don't know how to cover a book? See our video tutorial below.
  • Report any damage that you notice in your textbooks now. You have the month of September to let library staff know of any damage that you have noted in your textbooks. Most likely, we've already seen it & made note of it in our records, but it's good to be on the safe side.
  • Write your name on the inside of your books. This will prevent unintended book swaps with friends.
  • Never leave your books unattended. Going off campus for lunch? Then leave your books in your locker or take them with you. Don't leave them in a hall or outside of a classroom.
  • If you have an outside locker, take your books home when it rains. Although it's extremely rare, water has leaked into outdoor lockers. If your books do get wet, dry them immediately by fanning the pages out & notify library staff.

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I know many of you look forward to summer vacation so that you have the time to read books of your own choosing! If you're having a hard time selecting a book to read, take a look at YALSA's (Young Adult Library Services Assocation) award-winning and recommended book lists.

Here you'll find the Printz Award Winners (best literature for young adults), Outstanding Books for the College Bound, Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (high interest books for everyone), Great Graphic Novels for Teens, and more. 

In addition, check out TeenReads.com which is a comprehensive young adult book review site that's user-friendly.

The library staff wishes everyone a wonderful & safe summer!

Fine Arts Day - The Library had the privilege of showcasing student art work for Fine Arts Day on Tuesday, March 29th. Beautiful works of art created by WHS students were displayed by Mrs. Posvar throughout the library and enjoyed by scores of students and staff alike the entire day!

Looking for a good book to read??? Check out these book recommendations made by WHS students and staff. Click on the arrow in the Prezi presentation below (created by one of our library aides) to forward through. All of the recommended book titles are either in our library or we can obtain them for you.

Also, NEW written book reviews by students have been added! Go here to view.

We're decorating! As some of you may have noticed, our library's walls are rather bare. Besides putting up student art work, we'd like to put up a few famous quotations regarding reading and research. We've already selected a great quotation about why it's important to ask questions in life, but we need help choosing a quotation on reading. Can you help us? Read through the quotations below & submit your answer. Thanks!


Never again do you have to ask your mom to cover your books! Follow the video above (featuring one of our stellar library aides) and you'll be set for the school year.

We always have plenty of paper book covers available in the library. :)

Save money, take care of your textbooks!

Students, avoid library fines at the end of the year by taking care of your textbooks and library books now. By taking the precautionary measures listed below, you can minimize losses and damage to books. 

1. Cover all textbooks immediately. Paper covers work best. If you do not have paper bags at home, we have some paper covers in the library that you can take.

2. Do not leave your books unattended. Many students claim that they left their books for a few minutes on the ground or on a table and then they disappeared. Books get mixed up all the time! However, you will be responsible for bringing in your copies at the end of the year.

3. During rainy weather, take your books home or keep them in plastic bags in your locker. Rain has seeped into lockers in the past, so be careful. Also, when walking in the rain, keep your books in your backpack not out in the open.

4. Return your books on time. This year, we will be charging late fines on library books since so many of them were turned in late last year. Pay attention to the due date given to you when you checking out books.


Even though many students will be busy taking summer courses & participating in activities, make sure to take the time to read a few good books for fun.

TeenReads.com has a great "Ultimate Teen Reading List" that you can refer to for ideas. The list includes contemporary, popular titles as well as literary and young adult classics.

And while you're reading, you might as well sign up for the Orange County Public Libraries' teen summer reading program. You can earn very nice prizes (i.e. movie tickets, gift cards) just for noting which books you've read & turning in your form! Visit OCPL's website for more details.

Looking for reliable information for research projects? We currently have access to Encyclopedia Britannica's online reference resources. Click on the image below & proceed to the high school level. For username & password information, email me or stop by the library!

We are now back in the Media Center!

Come by and take a look at our lovely, remodeled library.

Here are the results of our THINK question for Women's History Month:
"Is there equality between men & women in the U.S.?"
63% of the students said YES
37% of students said NO

Be sure to stop by the library to vote on our THINK question for Women's History Month: "Is there equality between men and women in the U.S.?" Results will be posted after spring break! Also, take a look at the National Women's History Project's website - an organization that has been working for the inclusion of women's experiences in textbooks and information sources since the 1980's.

February is Black History Month The library has several titles (novels & graphic novels) which are important contributions to American literature and history. Click here to see a partial listing of what we have available and where to find it.