Harry Potter Book Club

 

We were jam-packed for our special Harry Potter themed Book Club this month. The library was transformed into Diagon Alley with shops on display, including Eeylops Owl Emporium, Honeydukes, Pottages Cauldrons, Ollivander’s Wand Shop. Students snacked on Cauldron Cakes, Butterbeer, and Chocolate Frogs with trading cards.

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Dr. Bell discussed the psychology of Harry Potter and if magic is real. He explained that the idea of magic doesn’t go away as we get older, but it goes under the surface and takes the form of feelings like “bad juju”.

 

Ms. Connor talked about the science of Harry Potter, specifically potions and chemistry. She discussed how alchemy is the beginning of chemistry and how Harry Potter follows the history of science and the use of herbal remedies, such as the mandrake root.

Ms. Batarseh wrapped up Book Club by discussing the Latin of Harry Potter. She explained how J.K. Rowling plays “fast and loose” with Latin in the books by not using literal translations and by combining Latin words with Anglo-Saxon words.

Week in Review

What a week it’s been! The library has been jam-packed with events this week from Harry Potter to presentations to passion projects.

On Monday and Tuesday, the library was host to the Sophomore Project Presentations where the Top 10 finalists presented their year-long research on languages or religions.

Wednesday was our special Harry Potter themed Book Club (read about it here) followed by Poem in Your Pocket Day for the kindergarteners. High school students visited the Lower School library and helped the youngsters act out poems or draw related pictures.

Continuing with the Harry Potter library takeover, the Harry Potter Club had their last meeting of the year on Thursday. The meeting featured a special guest, Quaffle, library dog-in-training.

Thursday was also the first day Ms. Little’s 6th graders were in the library to learn how to research for their upcoming passion projects.

And finally, on Friday the hardcore members of the Political Puzzles club met to discuss current political issues.

Week in Review

Welcome back! We hope everyone had a relaxing and book-filled break.

The Glass Knife had another round of board meetings this week as they continue to work hard on this years’ book. They also had their first work night on Friday.

On Thursday Ms. Melinson taught the 10th graders about citations for their Sophomore Projects – with the help of some chocolate.

We’ve been spending this week prepping for the many upcoming events over the next few weeks. Here’s a preview of what’s to come!

Week in Review: Spring Break Edition

They say April showers bring May flowers, but this March might just give April a run for its money. It’s been one cold and wet week as we countdown to Spring Break!

The Glass Knife has being having board meetings all week to discuss submissions and other super secret Glass Knife business as they prepare this year’s book.

On Tuesday Ms. Melinson and Melissa met with local librarians to talk about what’s going in the library world and find out what challenges and successes they’re dealing with.

We also enjoyed Tea for Two on Tuesday as a nice pick-me-up from the cold weather.

Dr. Baird’s WWII students have been reading historical fiction set during World War II and blogging about their novels over the past few weeks. They will also write a brief review for the library catalog as well as a longer review for the class that includes an analysis of how the history in the book compares to the history that they’ve learned in class this year. On Wednesday, we had a lively special ediition of Book Club (complete with library brownies) to discuss the books with the class and Dr. Baird and Ms. Melinson. Most of the kids really liked their books a lot and made some really good points about their reading. Many of them also saw the movies, which often differed in significant ways from the books so that gave us plenty to discuss. Here are the books that they read:

Anny – Salt to the Sea by Rita Sepetys

Fred – Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

Christian – Invasion by Walter Dean Myers

Jesus – Bridge Over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle

Mac – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Quin – A Walk in the Sun by Harry Brown

Nicole – City of Thieves by David Benioff

Esme – Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard

Bonus:

Thursday was National Puppy Day and Alan brought his adorable German Shepard puppy for a visit and many ear scritches.

Week in Review

March is Music in Our Schools Month and we were delighted with performances by the High School choir, band, and orchestra on Tuesday.

On Wednesday we had our monthly Leadership Lunch featuring Atsuo, who talked about his experience playing piano at Carnegie Hall and the rigorous practice it took to get there. Here are two of the pieces Atsuo shared: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 (Chopin) and Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, No. 5 (Rachmaninoff)

On Thursday Ms. Bauman put on a panel about summer internships, which featured seniors talking about their experiences at the internships.

Week in Review

It’s been non-stop this week at the Matthews Library! All this week Ms. LaComb’s 7th graders have been coming in to research Feudal Japan for their projects.

On Monday we began March Madness with Mr. Kuiper’s and Ms. Lyon’s history classes. Students chose books based on their covers and first lines. Check back in April to see how the books fare!

On Tuesday the Candy Fairy gave candy to the classes who sent in selfies during the All School Read on Read Across America day.

Tuesday was also the second meeting of the Harry Potter Club where students discussed taking over next month’s Book Club and making it Harry Potter themed.

On Wednesday we had our monthly Book Club, which you can read all about here!

Friday was the Renaissance Faire where students proceeded through the campus, then to the lower school for the Maypole Dance, and feasted with Lords and Ladies in the middle school quad. From there, life in the Renaissance is represented through various guilds. Check out the botanical books from the Apothecary that students worked on in the library!

 

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March Book Club

On Wednesday we had our monthly Book Club for students and faculty to share what they’ve been reading. Ms. Melinson started us off by talking about one of the library’s new books Piecing Me Together and A Man Called Ove (pronounced Oo-vuh).

Heloise read A Tale for the Time Being and enjoyed the changing perspectives between chapters. She recommends this book if you like multiple universes, diaries, and awesome Buddhist nuns. Anny said she reread the Heir series by Cinda Williams Chima and caught new details she had previously missed while skim reading it before. Anny also mentioned looking forward to the release of the Fablehaven sequel.

Dr. Bell talked about a book he’d read called I am a Cat, which surprisingly enough, is narrated by a snarky cat who observes human nature during the Meiji era.

Josh read Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders, a bucket-list-worthy book about weird and wacky places across the world. Josh also read Bruce Springsteen’s biography, Born to Run, which he described as having a weird and wacky writing style similar to Springsteen’s music.

Mr. Cunningham mentioned a few books he read including How to Set a Fire and WhyYou Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, and Lincoln in the Bardo. Mr. Cunningham said he liked reading author’s first novels because they’re more raw and it gives a glimpse into their post-college writing. And speaking of glimpses, Mr. Cunningham also mentioned an article from George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo, called “What Writers Really Do When They Write”, which talks about what writers go through when they write.

Alexis mentioned reading the new Carrie Fisher autobiography, The Princess Diarist, which discusses Fisher’s time on the set of Star Wars. Alexis described Fisher as an underrated and eloquent writer, though also controversial.

To find out about all of the books we talked about, check out our Goodreads page!

Week in Review: Read Across America edition

It’s been a fun and busy week in the Matthews Library.

All week Ms. Burns’ 7th graders have been coming in to research and draw plants for their booklets for the upcoming Renaissance Faire. Students made use of the library’s ample windows to help with their sketches.

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Our big event this week was Read Across America day! The library was transformed into The Lava Lounge with lots of comfy pillows, bean bags, pods, and a super awesome fort.

We also had the Starbooks Cafe with tea and snacks and a selfie station where students could take bookish photos. During the All School Read, teachers were encouraged to take selfies with their classes for treats (expect the Candy Fairy soon!) Check out our post featuring class selfies.

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Friday was the Sophomore Moratorium where 10th graders filled the library to work on their Sophomore Projects.

Week in Review: World Cultures Edition

We’ve had fun celebrating world cultures this week at Country Day!

We kicked off the celebration with our annual Polyglot Cat in the Hat. Students and faculty took turns reading The Cat in the Hat in 30 languages, including ASCII, Yiddish, and Old English, much to the delight of our visiting second graders.

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On Thursday we toured the world via the Passport Lunch. In the library, Ms. Melinson’s advisory featured yummy noodles from around the world.

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The week ended with an assembly starring Fenix Drum, a West African, Congolese, and Caribbean drum and dance troupe.

Bonus:

We visited the fourth grade Wax Museum on Wednesday where students dressed in pioneer garb and presented information as the famous pioneers they researched.

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