Thursday, March 27, 2014

Author Event Recap

Thank you to all who attended our author event Wednesday (3/26) evening. And a huge thank you to author David Yoo for visiting the HHS Library and speaking with all of us! The HPTA generously donated the funds to help us host this event.  Students, staff, and parents enjoyed David's reading of one of his short stories and being able to ask him questions about his experiences as a writer and where he finds his inspiration.

Check out some photos from the event!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Winter Reading Challenge Finale

Thank you to all who participated in the HHS Library Winter Reading Challenge.  We have a student winner! Our winner is Swati J., grade 9 who read 32 books over the course of the challenge! Congratulations Swati!  All WRC participants are invited to an after school get-together today to celebrate everyone's reading accomplishments.  Certificates will be awarded, as well as the winner's prize!

Click here to see the list of all the great books we've been reading this winter!

Monday, March 24, 2014

2014 Marathon Essay Competition

The Alpha Omega Council, in association with the Consulate of Greece in Boston, the 26.2 Foundation, the Hopkinton Public School District, and the Desire to Inspire initiative presents the 2014 Marathon Essay Competition.

ALL High School students are invited to write an essay on the Marathon on the following topic (750 - 1,000 words, typed):

“How does the Battle of Marathon relate to modern day concepts of democracy, citizenship, and freedom?”

Entry Deadline: Sunday, April 6, 2014

Please see here for more details and entry forms.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Winter Reading Challenge Celebration

Stop by the library after school on Friday for a little gathering and chat with other participants about all the great stuff you’ve been reading! I’ll also be presenting a gift card to our student winner! Students please get me your blurb sheets by Friday, so I can tally up the results and announce the winner of our challenge!

When: Friday, March 21st, 2:00pm

Where: Library

Why: Recognize your Winter Reading Challenge accomplishments!

To date, this is the most recent list of books our participants have been reading!

Boston Public Library Exhibit

In celebration of Women's History Month, the Boston Public Library's special collections department organized an exhibit of books and manuscripts illustrating the public and private lives of esteemed writers such as Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, and Julia Ward Howe, as well as lesser-known authors such as Hannah Adams, Hannah Webster Foster, and Annie Fields. The exhibit is open to the general public and will be on display through May 30th (M - F, 9:00am - 5:00pm), in the Rare Books Lobby, located on the third floor of the McKim Building.

Friday, March 7, 2014

March is Women's History Month

During the month of March, the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum all pay tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.

The National Women’s History Project has designated this year’s theme “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment. International Women’s Day is celebrated March 8th.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Author David Yoo to visit the HHS Library!

 On Wednesday, March 26th at 7:00pm, local author David Yoo will be visiting the HHS Library to give a brief reading from one of his books, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. David is the author of the young adult novels Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before, a Chicago Best of the Best Selection, and Girls for Breakfast, an NYPL Books for the Teen Age selection and a Reading Rants Top Ten Books for Teens choice, along with a middle grade novel, The Detention Club, published in 2011. His first collection of essays, The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever was published in 2012.

This is a community event - all are welcome!  We will have a limited number of David's books available for purchase at the event.

Student Poetry

Thank you to student Colin Palmer for sharing some of his original poetry with us! We are posting his work on the library blog with his permission.  Next month is National Poetry Month and we will be looking for more student submissions, please see Mrs. Fournier or Mrs. Belcher with some of your own work to post and share!

Sleeping In by Colin Palmer

That noise you can see
even when you're eyes are closed.

There's a slight breeze from the window
running over your toes.

Creaking on the floor
the house is alive.

The sweet smell of bacon
i'll be down in five.

Heading down the stairs
heavy on your feet.

Overjoyed faces
from the crowd in the seats.

Take a deep breath 
of that cool, salty air.

Grandpa's pancakes thrown down my throat
where's the bacon, how is this fair.

Next Meeting: Comic Book Club

The next meeting of the HHS Comic Book/Graphic Novel Club will be Tuesday, March 11th after school, from 2:00 - 3:00pm in the library. Thank you to all of our members who participated in last week's movie afternoon. New members are always welcome to join us!

Some Recommended Reading

For those students and staff participating in the Winter Reading Challenge (and anyone else for that matter!), check out some of these recommended reading lists. is a great resource for when you are looking for your next book. I've already added several titles to my to-be-read (TBR) list. Looks like there's some great stuff!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014