You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
So you would think with summer and extra time on my hands I would be posting more, but I have not. The good news is that I finished The Truth About Alice it was a great read. I was so impressed with Jennifer Mathieu and the voice of high school students she captured in this book. I've read quite a few others since then so my "bad book streak" is officially finished! I've even made it through a nonfiction read by Brene Brown called The Gifts of Imperfection. Her book talks about living wholeheartedly and the challenges we face in our society. For this perfectionist -me- (gulp!) this book challenged me greatly in good and tough ways. I think I will do some light chick-lit reading next!https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability
Confession #1: I usually read a ton of new books in the summer, but this summer I just can't get motivated.
Confession #2: Since I finished Kiera Cass' The Selection series, I haven't felt drawn to a particular book.
Confession #3: I've abandoned 3 -count them - 3 books so far this summer!
Good News: I finished Corey Whaley's book Where Things Come Back and my faith is beginning to be restored in books. Yes it had confusing chapters with alternating cities and points of view, BUT it turned out to be very delicately woven together.
Confession #4: I am afraid the next book I read won't be so great so to ensure that it is...I am going with a highly recommended mystery.
I'll be reading...The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu. I'll post when I finish. ;)
To end our year, we held a Scholastic Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair! It was a huge success and the kids really enjoyed it! Teachers and staff too. ;-) We couldn't keep some of the most popular books in stock, but we had book deliveries everyday so that helped a ton. Our SBMS family was generous and donated books to help students read for the summer. In SBISD every student has summer reading assignments at the secondary level. So Mrs. Kroger and I worked together shopping at the book fair. Scholastic Warehouse and Katy Budget Books so that our students would have great books to read for their summertime. I am overwhelmed once again with the generosity of our community and so thankful that I have the privilege to be a part of this campus. Some of our most popular requests were The Mazerunner, The Fault in Our Stars, Uglies, Matched, The Selection, and Divergent. Luckily we were able to find copies of these books to share with students. Another great thing we got to do was have lunches every day the last week of school for students to come in to the library, eat, receive a book, and the best part - a cookie! I have never seen so many happy faces or cookie hungry middle schoolers! Thanks to all our great volunteers - Mrs. Kroger for heading up donations, Mrs. Gentry for being book fair chairperson, and Mrs. Bahde for her help here during book fair and lunches!
We have a great community!
On April 26, 2014, I had the privilege of escorting ten of our SBMS students to the Teen Book Con at Alief Taylor HIgh School with the help of Mrs. Cornforth, Ms. Ayala, and Ms. Fontenot. Over thirty authors came ready to answer questions, talk about their books and connect with teens. It was amazing!
Laurie Halse Anderson was the opening keynote speaker and then there were different author panels throughout the day. Matt de la Pena closed everything out with a final keynote and then the teens got in line for author autographs.
Thank you to Blue Willow Bookshop for sponsoring such an amazing event, the incredible authors and chaperons that helped with the event! We had so much fun all together and the students are looking forward to next year. Check out the pictures below for some of the action from our events!
Last week I had the privilege of attending the Texas Library Conference in San Antonio, TX. It was a week full of fun, authors, old friends, and new books! My boyfriend, Rich, was able to come along and talk with authors as he is an aspiring writer.
We had the opportunity to hear James Patterson on the opening afternoon talk about his experiences as a writer. He also expressed his appreciation for librarians, and I truly appreciated that! We visited the exhibit hall and met Kami Garcia, co-author of Beautiful Creatures. She has a new stand alone novel called Unbreakable, and I am excited to read it! We also were able to meet up with our amazing book vendor, Mackin, and their owners treated us to a lovely gathering. Dianne has helped me buy great books for our library over the past two years, and I am thankful to have such great support!
For our closing speaker, we got to hear Henry Winkler, better known as "The Fonz," talk about his childhood as a struggling reader. He has a book series about a character named Hank Zipzer who goes through many similar struggles that Mr. Winkler did as a young student. He read us part of the book and it was so neat to hear him read aloud after so many years of struggling.
I truly felt appreciated as a librarian, teacher, and educator. I am so blessed that my campus provided the opportunity for me to go. I didn't worry about the library at all because Ms. Ayala did a great job keeping the library in shape! I'm looking forward to next year's conference in Austin!
A lot of great things have been happening at SBMS this spring! We had a Chick-fil-A Spirit Night on March 31st and it was a huge success! We broke the records of all schools who have hosted spirit nights at the Silber location. And of course, we had to have the dancing cow! Thank you to all who came out and supported! All the money raised will go to the F.O.R. Club as we start reaching out to the community.
We also had a special guest speaker on Friday, April 4th! Ben Glenn, the Chalk Guy, came and spoke to our sixth graders. He shared his struggles with dyslexia, being labeled in school, speaking negatively of himself and others. Then he did an amazing chalk drawing for us and the best part is, we get to keep it!
And of course, in the middle of all this fun I have been reading! Right now, I am mostly excited for tomorrow when I get to travel to San Antonio for the Texas Library Convention! Author talks, library workshops and books, books, books!!
I am currently reading Quiet by Susan Cain and it is an interesting book! It is nonfiction and talking about the power of introverts. As a bit of an introvert myself, I find it very interesting. I tend to read more fiction than nonfiction, so this is a big change for me. Reading nonfiction is so much different, but I am learning a lot!
The two young adult books I have finished recently were AMAZING! The first was False Memory by Dan Krokos and the second was The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. Two totally different books! While False Memory took me on a sci-fi adventure and left me waiting for the next book, The Impossible Knife of Memory was realistic fiction and so well done! It talks about the hard life of veterans and their families. It really opened my eyes to see how much these brave men and women endure as they serve, but also as they come home. I would highly recommend both of them!
First off - check out Emery Lord's website - very cool! It's at http://www.emerylord.com/.
Emery Lord will be attending Teen Book Con this year on April 26, 2014 and I am excited to meet her! This story is a great one - a hopeful and beautiful read. I really enjoyed the main characters - Reagan, Dee and Matt. The best thing about this book is that the characters are not perfect, but they still learn to love and be vulnerable with each other.
If you want to read about an unusual and fun summer road trip between friends, then check out this book! I give it 5 out of 5 stars!
It was like Christmas in the library last week as we unpacked and prepared 7 boxes of new books for the library! We had so much fun and are so happy that all the books are out and ready for students and teachers to read. Besides the tables above, we have two other carts full of new books and more boxes on the way!
The first book I picked to read was Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz. I know they say "Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover" but honestly I do. I chose it because of the unusual cover. I wanted to find out what the Zebra Forest was...and I did. It's a haunted, spooky forest behind the house of a family. Behind the Zebra Forest is a prison and one night there is a prison breakout where almost 50 prisoners escape! The family's life changes when one of the prisoners comes into their home and barricades himself for almost a month! It's a great book of relationship, suspense, and
One of the greatest things I have had the opportunity to do is work with the SBMS Writing Club. We meet every Tuesday and the students come ready to share ideas, write stories, and talk about contests. It has been a blessing for me and hopefully them too! Last night, three of our Writing Club members were awarded certificates at the Scholastic Awards Ceremony. It was a pleasure to be there.
As a special treat, Scholastic brought in author, Jennifer Mathieu, to speak to the students. She has a novel coming out in June and it looks like a great one! I have posted the cover above this post. Most of all, I enjoyed Ms. Mathieu's advice to writers: 1) Read everything you can. 2) Observe the world around you and put down your phone. 3) Write, write, write. It was very encouraging for the students and me to hear. Hopefully Ms. Mathieu can speak at our writing club very soon!
Last fall, I had the privilege of meeting MIndy McGinnis in Austin at a book festival. She is a librarian in Ohio and this is her first book.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end! The setting is in Ohio and the water supply has run out for the cities and country side. Lynn lives with her mom in a house by a lake and they purify their own water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. Their lake is as precious as gold, so they must defend it with everything they have...which means using guns for protection. From a very young age, Lynn learns to shoot anyone who tries to take their house or water. She lives a very hardened life until some new people come into her life - Stebbs, Eli and a young girl named Lucy. I would definitely recommend this book!