Monday, January 30, 2012

The Power of Books

After watching the short animated film "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," I was reminded of the power of books.  Books can transform lives, and make us feel like we are not alone.  Many students here at Homewood just need to find that one, right title to inspire a love of reading to last a lifetime.  My brother was never a reader in high school, but then someone gave him Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. He couldn't put it down.  He now reads voraciously, and things that I would never in a million years think that anyone would want to read, like the History of Railroads in the United States.  He needed his trigger.  Your reluctant readers all need a trigger, and we can help them find that book.  There is something in our library for every type of student.  If you have struggling reader, try to find out what they are interested in, and then recommend a book that would fit that interest, or send them to us to recommend a title.   My trigger was Nancy Drew.  From her, I went straight to Stephen King, and never looked back! 

This short film was just nominated for an Oscar.  It's worth a look.  What was your trigger?  Share it with us, and share it with your students, and inspire a love a reading that can last a lifetime.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Book Club Spring Semester Dates and Themes

Tuesday, January 31:

If you can dream it, you can read it!  Read any fantasy fiction title to share with the group.  Subgenres include urban,  fairy tale, dark, and epic.

Tuesday, February 28:

All Read!  We will be discussing racism in the Jim Crow South through two novels: The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and Mudbound by Hillary Jordan.  Pick one or read both!

Tuesday, April 3:    

The Hunger Games!  To celebrate the new movie, we will discuss The Hunger Games trilogy and other dystopian novels. 

Tuesday, May 1:     

Books into movies end of the year party!   We will discuss movie adaptations of popular books and view excerpts from some of your favorite films.

All meetings will be held in the library from 3 to 4 PM.  We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Library Calendar is here!

The Library is now using Google Calendar for scheduling time collaboration with teachers - both in the library and in your classrooms. Calendar is one of the menu items in the black bar. Click it and you will be taken to a view-only version of our calendar.

Choose the time you'd like to schedule and email us at to request a booking.