Puzzling Week in Review

It’s a been a low-key week here in the Matthews Library, especially compared to last week’s finals madness.

Check out this gorgeous flower growing outside of the Matthews Library.

Check out this gorgeous flower growing outside of the library.

On Tuesday middle and high school students were visited by Dr. Bernard Marks, a Holocaust survivor, who spoke about what life was like during his years at Auschwitz and Dachau.

The Political Puzzles club met on Thursday to discuss President Trump’s first week in office and how they feel about the policies he’s already enacted.

We’ve been celebrating National Puzzle Day all week long with puzzle in the library. By Friday, we had made pretty good progress!


Week in Review: Finals Craziness!

It’s been a wild whirlwind of a week at the Matthews Library! It’s finals week (and raining), which means the library is a mad house.

We bid good morrow to the seventh graders who came in this week to research Renaissance jobs, clothes, and food for their Renaissance Faire characters.

On Thursday we hosted the annual Glass Knife retreat. Staff dined on Indian food and snackies before getting down to work on this year’s magazine.

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Week in Review: Homecoming

It’s Homecoming which means it’s also Spirit Week! On Monday, students wore their pajamas. Tuesday was Jersey Day with students wearing their favorite sports jerseys and athletic wear. Wednesday was all about wacky attire and boy, were there some wacky outfits! Thursday was TBT (throw back Thursday. And Friday was red and black, just in time for the pep rally.

On Monday we had our high school raffle winner’s lunch. Lindsay and three friends dined on mac and cheese with tomatoes, mozzarella salad with roasted peppers and tomatoes, and lemon bars for dessert. Lindsay read a variety of books for the raffle and said Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor is her favorite.


On Wednesday, Kaeleigh presented for our monthly Leadership Lunch and spoke about Breakthrough, what it is and why it’s so important.


This week is also National Letter Writing Week. A letter writing station was set up in the library so students could come in and write letters to their favorite authors, friends and family.


Week in Review: Welcome back!

Welcome to 2017 and welcome back students!

Wednesday we had our first book club of the new year (you can read all about it here!)

On Thursday we welcomed back the class of 2016 for a pizza lunch and to chat with the seniors about their first semester in college. Hopefully they learned some valuable information about what to expect!

Lastly, Friday the Glass Knife met to discuss and plan the upcoming Glass Knife retreat.

January Book Club

We had our first Book Club of 2017 on a wet and wintery Wednesday. Thankfully we had hot apple cider to warm us up!


During this monthly get-together, students and faculty talked about the books they read and received over winter break. Josh read the second volume of The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman and talked about starting a Bruce Springsteen bio.

Luca read another weird book called Mr. Vertigo by Paul Auster. He also read the Bryan Cranston bio A Life in Parts, which he’d mentioned wanting to read at the last Book Club.


Becca talked about an interesting book, which she described as a ‘choose your own adventure’ style of puzzle and riddle book. Heloise talked about reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, which she described as “amazing” but with a frustrating ending. She also talked about the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay and how reading the screenplay format is becoming easier.

Doctora Portillo discussed the book Between the World and Me, which is written as a letter to the author’s son about race relations in the United States, and said it should be required reading.

Ms. Melinson shared the book Trash and talked about new magazines the library has and some old favorites, which segued into Ms. B reviewing the December 5th issue of The New Yorker and some of the articles and features she found most interesting.

Emma talked about Senlin Ascends, which she was rather iffy on. However, it led to Ms. B asking how many people feel obligated to finish a book once they’ve started. Overwhelmingly, most people voted that once they start a book, they need to finish it to find out what happens.

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