Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays from the Library!!

We are wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a relaxing and restful vacation. Take advantage of the time and read! We have some great books to get you through the vacation!!

Students are so excited about the weekly library trivia!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Puzzle Playdown

We are approaching the mid way point of second term and winter vacation. Students and staff have been working hard on paper and projects, teaching and studying. It is definitely the time of year where we are all in need of a little down time.
To support the notion
of relaxation and community building we have set up a puzzle station and a game station in the library! We are amazed and thrilled at how enthusiastic students have been! We have had to get more puzzles since the first one was completed in one day! 
On the game side, students challenged Mr. Russo to a game of Chess! You could see the brain power working hard as they each planned their strategy!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Terrifying in Massachusetts!

 The Weird and the Terrifying

If you liked to be spooked and like a little history along with it check out this list of terrifying Places in MA
Massachusetts Terrifying Places

And while you are at, We have this book in the library to continue the travels to the weird and spooky of MA!!!

Weird Massachusetts : your travel guide to the Bay State's local legends and best kept secrets
[by] Jeff Belanger ; foreword by Mark Sceurman and Mike Moran.

Massachusetts and weird: not too much of a stretch, some would say. But the authors dug a little deeper and found all kinds of local legends, bizarre beasts, surprising cemeteries, and uncovered the best kept secrets from all over the Bay State. If it's unusual or unexplainable or fantastic, and in the Bay State, you'll find it all here.

 Studying Hard

It has been very busy in the library, second term is off and running. Classes have been in, students are working together. The focus this week has been on Chinese and Japanese Imperialism with Ms. Rich's Global Awareness classes. Freshmen Social Studies students are investigating who had a more successful response to imperialism, Japan or China? We are looking at the World History in Context database and how to begin using academic database articles for research!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Mr. Harrigan a study in leadership

Mr. Harrigan along with Ms. Jones and Ms. Napier-Bernstein taught a class on leadership in the library this week. It was a great lesson regarding the trials, tribulations and success of being a strong leader. Students were actively engaged and excited about the lesson!

Rock project

Students continue to write notes of inspiration on rocks for the school wide rock project. It is so uplifting to see the excitement and thoughtfulness of the students as they leave positive thoughts for our community.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

From us to you....The library wishes you a very happy, healthy and hearty Thanksgiving! Take this time to slow down, relax and read a good book. We have lots of new ones to choose from!

Friday, November 18, 2016

 A Review of Literature: Annotated Biology Project

This week I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Tully's biology classes for their year long biology project. This is one of my favorite collaborations of the year. Students choose a topic they are passionate about that relates to any aspect of biology. They spend the next few months researching, analyzing and developing an argument on their topic. I love the freedom of being able to look at biology from any lens they choose. It creates a more personal and enjoyable experience for students and teachers! While in the library, students begin the research process, developing topics, finding search terms and using credible sources to find academic information. They will then use Noodletools to create their annotated bibliography.

 To Be Thankful

This has been a long week at school and just when you think you may not make it to the end  you remember why we do this. Working with children is truly rewarding! The  preschoolers have been so enthusiastic over the books we have been reading together lately. They recall the stories and like to share their favorite parts of previous books. Thursday Ms. Morrissey and Ms. Toomey's class lifted my spirits with their letters of thanks!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Food Drive, Teachers As Students and Projects Galore

 Food Drive

Natick High School is once again participating in the annual food drive for A Place To Turn. Last year the high school gave A Place To Turn's it's largest donation of canned food/toiletries/household items for those in need in our community. This year we hope it will be even bigger! Through our Community Seminar groups students and staff are taking on Mr. Harrigan's challenge to bring in 6,000 item!










Teachers Take a Turn as Students

Tuesday November 8th the Natick Public Schools had their annual Innovation and Learning Day. The district met at the high school and became the students as we took classes, seminars, and trainings to continue to build our toolbox and support our students and our own professional growth. A successful day for all!

 Student Work

One of the things we enjoy the most in the library is displaying student work. It brightens up the library and reinforces the connection between class and research. This week we are fortunate to have Ms. Roger's freshmen English projects related to the novel The Forgotten Fire / Adam Bagdasarian and Ms. Histen's Anthropology projects based on their "Race and Identity" assignment.


Friday, November 4, 2016

Spooktacular Happenings in the Library!

 Preschoolers and Seniors Full of Tricks Or Treats

 From our youngest to our oldest, The high school was in full spirit for Halloween this week!

 Pumpkin Wars! Vying for Decorating Supreme

Not to be outdone by the students, the faculty participated in the second annual
"Pumpkin Decorating Contest" sponsored by the Access Program. Each department decorated a pumpkin and students voted for their favorite during lunch. While we TOTALLY thought we had this one in the bag this year, the grand winner was the Special Education department with their Movie Theater inspired pumpkin!

Winner of Pumpkin Decorating 2016
Library Entry: A Bad Case of the Stripes

Friday, October 28, 2016

 In honor of Halloween and all things spooky, check out this list of fears from the "Science Zone"

1. Coimetrophobia is the fear of cemeteries.
2. Ailurophobia is the fear of cats.
3. Odontophobia is the fear of dentists.
4. Scolionophobia is the fear of attending school.
5. Herpetophobia is the fear of reptiles.
6. Frigophobia is the fear of the cold.
7. Phasmophobia is the fear of ghosts and spirits.
8. Aerophobia is the fear of flying.
9. Categelophobia is the fear of being ridiculed.
10. Iophobia is the fear of poisons.
11. Rupophobia is the fear of dirt.
12. Agyrophobia is the fear of crossing the street.
13. Triskadekaphobia is the fear of the number 13.

There is nothing like a good, scary, spooky thriller! Here are a few examples of some of our best picks for a good scare! Check out the rest of the list at: Best Young Adult Horror Novels


 A Monster Calls / Partick Ness

Image result for monster callsWinner of the 2012 Carnegie medal, Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls, based on an original idea by Siobhan Dowd, tells the story of grief and loss and the truths that are sometimes too painful to face. Thirteen year old Conor O’Malley is awakened just after midnight from the horrible nightmare that he’s had every night since his mother began chemotherapy treatments. When he wakes up, he finds a monster that looks suspiciously like a twisted, humanoid version of the yew tree in his garden standing at his window. The monster claims that Conor has called for him and threatens to eat him, but first the monster will tell Conor three stories, in return, if he doesn’t want to be eaten, Conor must find the courage to tell the monster his own story. Read this book with a box of tissues because you’re about to get your heart ripped out. That’s not to say that it’s not a fantastic book. It absolutely is! It’s just heart-rending and beautiful. The monster is not so scary as the nightmare that haunts Conor every night, but it is the truth of what Conor feels that scares him the most. It is never fully explained where the monster comes from, and that just adds to the atmosphere of the tale. Is this a monster of Conor’s mind or a supernatural entity out to torment or heal Conor? A Monster Calls is a beautiful and haunting tale.

Image result for rot and ruinRot and Ruin / Johnathan Maberry

The 2011 Printz Award winner Rot and Ruin is a zombie book about what it means to be human. Benny is a normal fifteen year old boy. He fights with his brother; he notices girls; he collects trading cards, but Benny has grown up fourteen years after First Night, the night of the zombie apocalypse. At fifteen, it’s time for him to get a job in the small community of Mountainside or risk having his rations halved. Rather than be an apprentice to the brother that he despises but everyone else in the town looks up to, Benny tries every job imaginable until he’s out of options. When he joins his brother, Tom, in the family business of zombie hunting, Benny learns that not all monsters are of the undead variety. If you’re looking for a zombie-killing romp, this book will be a gut punch. Rot and Ruin is as much a story about Benny’s coming of age and learning to reconcile with his brother Tom as it is a wild adventure off into the “rot and ruin”. It’s a deeply moving story, but that’s not to say that there aren’t any action scenes or scary parts. There are, and they are awesome! The book is just so much more than that. If you like the heartfelt drama of the zombie apocalypse, like The Walking Dead, why are you reading this review? Go read Rot and Ruin and the rest of the Benny Imura series right now!

The Graveyard Book / Neil Gaiman 

Image result for graveyard book neil gaimanWinner of the 2009 Newbery Award, the 2010 Carnegie medal, and the 2009 Hugo Award, The Graveyard Book is a spooky and fun story about a brave young boy who longs for human contact and his adventures growing up among ghosts. In the first few pages, a killer named “the man Jack” slaughters an entire family, except for one toddler who has wandered away and down to the nearby cemetery. He is adopted by a group of ghosts. They name him Nobody (or Bod for short) Owens. Bod grows up in the safety of the graveyard and learns all the tricks of the ghosts. As he gets older, he makes friends and tries to venture out into the world outside the cemetery. This is like The Jungle Book of gothic horror. In fact, Neil Gaiman actually said that The Jungle Book served as an inspiration for The Graveyard Book. The Graveyard Book is not so much scary as it is spooky and fun. Bod grows up and explores the graveyard with not much danger to himself. Sure, the graveyard has some creepy monsters, but Bod knows how to deal with them from growing up there. The only true danger that he is in is when Bod becomes restless and wants to leave the graveyard because “the man Jack” may find him. If you’re looking for a fun, but spooky Halloween read, definitely give this one a try!

Anna Dressed in Blood / Kendare Blake

Image result for anna dressed in bloodThis book is riveting, a ghost story, a love story, a school drama, and a thriller, all wrapped up in one incredible package. Along with his herb-witch mother, Cas travels the country looking for ghosts, preparing himself to face the one that killed his father. Case moves to Thunder Bay for one reason: to find and kill the ghost called Anna Dressed in Blood. With Anna, Cas gets more than he bargained for. She is a tragic figure, and her loneliness is similar to that of Cas, a boy who, by necessity, lives on the fringe of society. The two are drawn to each other, and though, you know their story cannot end well, you will be surprised. This story will blow you away and make you beg for more. (Luckily, there is a sequel, Girl of Nightmares.) The characters are so full of life that they explode off the page. Anna is terrible and cruel, but at the same time vulnerable and caring. She is, by far, the star of the show. Cas is a brooding hero that will make any fangirl swoon, but he’s also a typical teenage boy with typical teenage boy concerns, such as he doesn’t like it when his mom fusses over him. The tension and suspense will have you speeding through the book, and there are some genuinely spooky scenes that will keep you up at night. Seriously, if you like to be scared at all, you need to read Anna Dressed in Blood.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Check the Tag...

This week has been choppy with two days off but we are still working hard gathering research in the library!

Some Global Awareness classes are working on a really cool project called "Check the Tag." Students are researching the environmental and social responsibilities a company has to the community. After choosing a clothing/shoe company, students research the company website to see what polices they have regarding their commitment to the environment. After that they will dive deeper into the companies policies and look at different news articles that will either confirm or deny the company's stance. It has been great to see the freshmen in the library beginning to really develop their research skills.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Celebrating Our Right To Read!

Open House was a big success this week at Natick High. The library looked great and was filled with many parents relaxing during their child's study hall, asking questions about our resources, and chatting with friends, it felt just like a normal day with the students!

We have been celebrating Banned Book Week in the library! 

(From Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association.

Taken from the American Library Association, this explains Banned Book Week and it's importance to our students, staff and community!

"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community; librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types, in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read."

Friday, September 30, 2016

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child" - Dr. Seuss

 Preschool story time began this week and it was a joy. The littlest members of our school were all bright eyed and eager to be in the library! We are looking forward to a great year with them. As I read to the preschoolers and observed how enthusiastic they are while being read to, I realized how important it is to continue reading aloud to all ages. It should not stop because we think students are "too old" for it! The following article best illustrates the benefits of reading to all ages!
Benefits of reading aloud to ALL ages!

Typical Day in the Library!


Friday, September 23, 2016

Use it How You Need It!

With the first day of fall under our belts, you can definitely feel the change in the air, we are settling in and taking school by the horns. The library has been very busy with students studying, collaborating and relaxing during the busy day! It is just how we like it.

Life is about choices and using your talents for positive energy. There are some things that require nothing more than waking and deciding to seize the day!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Counting on the Classes!!

 Thanks to Ms. Williams watch this trailer on a day in the life of the NHS Library!

Freshmen English students checking out the library!
We have made it through the first full week of school! We are definitely back in the swing of things and have been so happy to have our first classes in the library! Between freshmen orientation through their English classes and a great Socratic seminar project on 9/11 with sophomore history classes, the library has been busy!

We are happy to report that we have had our busiest start of the school year with book checkouts! It is so heartwarming to see the books flying off the shelves into the hands of our students. We hope this continues throughout the year!

Friday, September 9, 2016

With an almost full week under our belts we are getting into the swing of things in the library! Teachers are beginning to sign up their classes for orientation and projects, study hall students are filling seats and seniors on priv are making their presence known with their senior pride week!

 We have rearranged the furniture in the library to provide more defined areas. Students have a clear "relaxation" area with the comfy chairs all together and more small group work areas for studying and collaboration. It seems to be working out well! The preschool area has some new pods for both
the young and older students!