Your Week in Review: Worldly Edition

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While nothing may top the excitement we all had for Polyglot “Cat in the Hat” on Tuesday, it’s been a pretty fun week here in the library!

Wednesday we had a Leadership Lunch, where Jenny, America, Akilan, and Manson told us about teaching for Breakthrough over the summer. They shared their experiences and offered advice for other students that might want to apply to the program. Adolfo and Ying even made guest appearances to support their staff (shout out to Ying, especially, for stopping by before leaving us to go on maternity leave!).

And on Thursday, Ms. Melinson’s lovely and lively advisory took part in the Passport Lunch with Rice Around the World! Each advisee brought in a unique rice dish to share with “passport holders” during lunch. Ms. Melinson donned her fancy apron (Mollie did, too!) and made a yummy fried rice before the festivities so it would be piping hot and fresh. We’re pretty sure that everyone was feeling a bit of food coma after their worldly food tours.

U.S. President George W. Bush awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Harper Lee, author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," in the East Room of the White House in Washington on November 5, 2007. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

U.S. President George W. Bush awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” in the East Room of the White House in Washington on November 5, 2007. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

And lastly, we received the sad news that Harper Lee passed away. Any of our High School students and many of our alumni who attended our Middle School had the distinct pleasure of learning about Ms. Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird from our own Lauren LaMay. Ms. LaMay’s favorite quote from the book is the same as Ms. Melinson’s: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Harper Lee taught us all so much about life, love, courage, and justice. For that we will be forever grateful to her.

If you’d like to read more about Harper Lee, feel free to stop by the library; in addition to copies of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, we also have a book about her life written by one of Mollie’s friends/professors from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Kerry Madden, called Harper Lee: A Twentieth-Century Life.

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