Live from New York, It’s BEA!

Spotted: Tiddles hijacks the Penguin Books cart!

Spotted: Tiddles hijacks the Penguin Books cart!

If you’ve noticed the assistant librarian desk being empty this week, Book Expo America is entirely to blame. What is Book Expo America, and why did they steal your assistant librarian, you ask? Every year, hundreds of authors and publishers around the world travel to New York City to give keynotes, autograph advanced readers copies of books, and educate not only librarians, but also booksellers and other professionals about upcoming titles. Basically it’s a big ‘ol nerdfest, and Mollie, your loyal library assistant, is pleased to be at BEA to soak up all the information (and books!) that she can. Here are a few authors Mollie hopes to meet/see speak at the BEA:

  • Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
  • Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Coldest Girl in Cold Town)
  • Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle
  • John Scieska (Guys Read)
  • Lemony Snicket (The Series of Unfortunate Events)
  • R.L. Stine (Goosebumps, Fear Street)
  • Kate DiCamillo (The Magician’s Elephant)
  • John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska)

Summer Reading Book Talks!


Summer is upon us! We all know what that means: road trips, swimming pools, sleeping in, and summer reading!

This week we’ve been giving book talks to middle schoolers about titles on the reading lists. Kids got to ask about specific books they were interested in. They are required to read five books over the summer. We also put together activity lists that students can do along with books they read. All the lists can be found here.

Happy reading!

Free Audiobooks for Summer!

Sync is offering two free audiobooks (one Young Adult book and one classic) each week from May 15-August 20. Go to Sync each week to download them. Here are this week’s free audiobook selections:
WARP: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer, Narrated by Maxwell Caulfield (Listening Library)
THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells, Narrated by Derek Jacobi (Listening Library)
Download them by next Wednesday, May 21. For more information go to their What Is Sync page.

March Madness

March Madness winner, Monique!

March Madness winner, Monique!

Mr. Kuipers’ history class participated in our 2014 March Madness competition. Students were each assigned a historical fiction novel to read and review. After Spring Break, they checked the bracket daily to see if their book was moving up or eliminated. Those that stayed in the brackets got candy! Monique L. took the grand prize (candy!) with her book, The Revolution is Not a Dinner Party.