Do you have old books in your house that you will never read again? Books from your kids that you keep moving around the house? Bring them to FHS. The book and writing clubs are collection old books. The children's ones will be donated to Gifts to Give to be passed on to needy kids, while the adult books will be donated to Friends of Millicent Library to be sold as a fundraiser for the Millicent Library. Drop them off in the library or Ms. Cordeiro's room.
Better Late than Never
On Monday, November 20, we sponsored the first reading party at Fairhaven High School. Part of our core mission here in the library is to build a community of readers. This doesn't just start in grade nine. This is something that must be cultivated, which we can do by creating a fun environment around reading. Both the writing and book clubs helped run an afternoon party for kids from ages 4-7. We read Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Pig a Party.
Kids read the book, made pig puppets and bookmarks, colored, wrote stories, and enjoyed a bunch of treats. It was a great time had by all who attended, including our high school kids.
Interested in some spooky short stories for October? Here are some great ones.
"The Monkey's Paw" ~W.W. Jacobs
"The Tell-Tale Heart" ~Edgar Allan Poe
"Was it a Dream" ~Guy de Maupassant
"The Most Dangerous Game" ~ Richard Connell
"The Cask of Amontillado" ~Edgar Allan Poe
"The Fall of the House of Usher" ~Edgar Allan Poe
"The Night the Ghost Got In" ~James Thurber
"The Pit and the Pendulum" ~Edgar Allan Poe
"Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" ~Oscar Wilde
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" ~Washington Irving
The Raven"~Edgar Allan Poe
"The Wives of the Dead" ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
It has been far too long since I have updated you about what is going on down here. We are focusing on books, books, and more books. At the end of last year, we got a huge shipment with some requested books from students and all of this year's summer reading books. So, that was great to fill out the shelves.
At the beginning of the year, we ran a TON of book speed-dating sessions with all of the freshmen classes as well as some of the senior and junior ones. That seriously depleted our stacks. BUT, no fear! The books have been coming back quite regularly. Also, there is another shipment coming in a week or so with some requests, more graphic novels (which have been a hit), and a bunch of new titles. I can't wait.
I've been buying some here and there, as well. So, if you're in the Book Club (or want to be) (They meet again on 10/23) and are reading The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. We now have a copy, come on by.
The last few months have been a flurry of activity. The entire fiction section has been re-grouped and re-catalogued to make it easier for you to find books that appeal to you. So, even if you don't know titles or authors, you can more easily look for books like the ones you've read previously.
Stop by and check it out!
It’s been a busy couple of weeks down here in the library.
We've had two great chats with fantastic authors--Hillary Jordon (Mudbound and When She Woke) and Kristy Acevedo (Consider and soon-to-be-released Contribute). Next week, Reade Whinnem (Utten and Plumley and The Pricker Boy) will be in.
In addition, the new books are all wrapped and waiting for release. As soon as we can get them cataloged in the system, the shelves will be teeming with some great reads.
When November, in addition to other things, is National Novel Writing Month. It's a month where people all over the world set out to write a 50,000 word novel. Confronting a daunting 1,667 word a day goal, aspiring writers get up early, go to bed late, or cram in writing when they would have been on Twitter. Could you do it?
The NaNoWriMo competition does not expect a perfectly done manuscript but more of a mess of words that has some semblance of a story. Since getting ideas on the page is the hardest part of writing, they encourage writers, young and old, to jump in and get it all down, even if it doesn't make sense. So, why not jump in?
There are some reference books in the library on how to approach different genres (memoirs, mysteries, etc) or you can pick up a couple of novels to read in order to celebrate.
In addition, the book and writing clubs will be hosting three chats with writers to discuss their process, what they like to read, and what is most rewarding about writing.
November 7 - Hillary Jordan, author of When She Woke and Mudbound
November 14 - Kristy Acevedo, author of Consider
November 21 - Reade Whinnem, author of Utten and Plumley and The Pricker Boy
Did you know that FHS has a collection of vintage and rare books?
Did you know that we had a signed copy of Mark Twain's Following the Equator?
It is a travel log of his trip around the world performing stand-up comedy to get himself out of debt. He went on this trip not long after becoming friends with our own Henry Huttleston Rogers. Rogers could have paid off his debt, but Twain's wife , Livy, insisted that his reputation would be better if he worked his way out of his money issues.
Over the past couple of weeks, several of the departments have been coming down to help weed out books that are no longer relevant. Each has been tasked to consider, "What is relevant to our kids? What will help them become readers? What is essential to our library?" Many have left with books that students will be using right in their classes and some are being donated. This is all to help make room for a bunch of books waiting in the wings. Check out the last books just waiting to be shelved!
Like being scared? Interested in ghosts? Want to learn how to draw vampires?
Come by and check out our collection!
We have everything from Stephen King to V.C. Andrews to R.L. Stein. We also have some great one-shots and are looking into growing our collection even more. If you have a favorite horror writer or favorite creepy stories, stop by and let Mrs. Whinnem or Mr. Constant know. We are always looking for great new books.