This week’s main event was the annual Polyglot Cat in the Hat. Students and faculty took turns reading sections of The Cat in the Hat in 23 languages: German, Spanish, French, Latin, Russian, American Sign Language, Farsi, Hebrew, Korean, Portuguese, ACSII Code, Japanese, Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, and Kinyarwanda. This Polyglot was extra special because it was Ms. Batarseh’s last time running the event as she’s retiring this year. It was also Ms. Nellis’ last time reading the very last page of the book because she’s also retiring.
On Monday Ms. Melinson met with other independent school librarians at The Marin School. Check out the pictures below of their cozy library!
We had our monthly Book Club on Wednesday and Ms. Melinson started us off by talking about her recent visit to The Marin School where she met with other independent school librarians. She said two of the most talked about books at the meeting are Michelle Obama’s biography, Becoming, and the memoir Educated. We have both books in our collection as a physical book, ebook, and audiobook for those interested! Ms. Melinson also talked about Dear Martin, which she recommends for fans of The Hate U Give and All American Boys because they have similar themes of racial profiling and social justice. In non-fiction, Ms. Melinson mentioned So You Want to Talk About Race and how it encourages uncomfortable, but necessary conversations.
Ms. Batarseh read The Night Tiger after listening to an NPR interview with the author. She described it as a vibrant, character driven mystery. Ms. Eustace read Song for a Whale, which she loved. Avi talked about an article he read about the correlation between climate change and poverty. Becca mentioned reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about relating All My Sons to present time after she had just turned in a paper on the same subject.
And speaking of timely events, Mr. Wells read We Regret to Inform You, which is about a college admissions scandal. Ms. Nellis read Less for her book club and liked it, but didn’t think it would be a popular choice for students. We had a lively discussion after Ms. Batarseh asked the room if they feel like they have to finish a book once they’ve started reading it.
To find out about all of the books we’ve discussed at Book Club, check out our Goodreads page!
After a crazy busy February, March is giving us a bit of a breather while we prep for upcoming events.
On Wednesday Ms. Monahan brought her photography elective into the library to take pictures, find photography related books, and discuss the challenges of taking pictures in the library.
Mr. Crabb’s 10th grade history class came in to use the library space to work on their WWII Documentaries because the 7th graders were setting up their Collective Learning projects in the classroom.
Bonus: Our 4th grade buddy stopped by on Friday with his penguin friend, Chill Bill (doesn’t his bill look chill?) The fourth graders went to Sutter’s Fort this week so today is a chill day for them. We like chill days!
This week started off with the second Sophomore Moratorium where 10th graders prepared their presentations on a variety of topics including Opioids, The Role of Small Businesses in Community, Phage Therapy, Art and the Brain, Human Trafficking, Cat Adoptions in China and the US, and more. On Tuesday, we had an ice cream social for Millie, who won the prize for Teen Read Week. On Tuesday and Wednesday Ms. Eustace was in the library with her 8th graders as they researched for their Ignite speeches and argument papers on Technology and WWII. On Wednesday Ms. Eustace’s Book Elective was also in the library for personalized Book Talks and literary prescriptions. Thursday was the 100th day of school and the kindergarteners marched around campus, including a stop in the library, to help us celebrate. Also on Thursday, Deborah Costello spoke to language students about hosting exchange students this summer. The library’s windows were put to good use by Jack, who used them as a dry erase board for a physics problem. Friday was our Read Across Country Day event. The library was transformed into the Reading Lounge with bean bags, comfy pillows, and a reading fort that was reserved by classes throughout the day. At 2:30, the whole school read for the All School Read. Classes who sent in shelfies of their students reading will get a visit from the Candy Fairy this week!
We were visited by not one, but three adorable dogs this week!
We were packed with activities this week as we tried to squeeze in as much as we could before Mid-Winter Break. Monday started with Mr. Crabb’s 7th grade History class as they continued to work on their Collective Learning projects. On Tuesday Mrs. Eustace’s 8th grade English class was in to begin research for their Ignite speeches. During break and lunch, the Glass Knife put on their Love/Hate Valentine’s Day Bake Sale.
All this week 6th graders have been presenting their Scientists in the Field projects. They gave speeches as their scientists while discussing their topics then presented their scientist showcases in the form of board games, documentaries, virtual reality experiences, and backpacks of field tools. Check out the gallery below to view their work!
On Thursday March Madness began for Mr. Crabb’s 7th graders. Students got to judge a book by its cover and listen to the first line of each novel before picking historical fiction books to read. Their books will go head to head in brackets until the best book wins. Stay tuned for results!
Thursday was also Valentine’s Day, which turned out to be a pretty festive day around the Matthews Library. Ms. Melinson’s desk was was accordingly decorated by some pranksters. The LGBTQ Club sold handmade cards much to the delight of Middle and High Schoolers alike. The library’s Blind Date with a Book display went up. The 1st grade class presented an adorable singing telegram to Ms. Melinson. Check out the video on our Facebook
On Friday the Glass Knife held their last Speakeasy of the year where students and faculty read poems and other writing, some original and some they just enjoyed. We were also surprised by some brief, but intense hail on Friday.
This week was so jam-packed with activities and events, we can’t believe it’s already Friday! This week both Mr. Crabb’s 7th grade History class and Ms. Nellis’ 9th grade History class spent some quality time in the library researching projects. The 7th graders continued to work on their collective learning projects based on various topics such as animals, plants, and technology while the 9th graders worked on their Indigenous Peoples project. On Tuesday author and alum Victoria Loustalot visited for a lunch time chat where she talked with students about the writing and publishing process, experimenting with genres and writing exercises to get writing.
On Wednesday Mrs. Bornmann’s and Mrs. Eustace’s classes were in the library to work on their Scientists in the Field research. During lunch time we held our monthly Book Club, which you can read about here. On Thursday Ms. Melinson’s advisory and the Chinese Club celebrated Chinese New Year with chow mein, dumplings, and Chinese sausage with rice. Friday was the Sophomore Moratorium, the day where the 10th graders take over the library and work on their Sophomore Projects.
Mrs. Eustace brought her pup Mali for a visit!
The theme for this month’s Book Club was Award Winners. Ms. Melinson shared several books that won various ALA Youth Media Awards: Monday’s Not Coming, The Faithful Spy, Educated, Sadie, Circe, The Astonishing Color of After, I, Claudia, A Heart in the Body in the World, and The Poet X. Ms. Melinson also talked about “closely reading” Future Perfect (and showed off her sticky note-filled book) because she interviewed the author, Victoria Loustalot. Heloise talked about reading The People’s History of the United States, which she found fascinating even if U.S. isn’t your thing. However, she warned to be prepared for footnotes. Sanjana read Love, Hate, and Other Filters and loved it – so much so that she had a hard time putting it down to study for finals. Avi read a paper about how free speech has evolved, a topic that relates to his Sophomore Project. This was the Book Club to attend if you’re a Sophomore in need of source help!
For information about all of the books we discussed, check out our Goodreads page!
This week was all about classwork and library research. Mrs. Bornmann and Mrs. Eustace’s 6th grade students were in the library on Wednesday and Friday to research their Scientists in the Field topics using databases. Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders were on Wednesday to begin working on their Indigenous Peoples project. Mr. Crabb’s 7th grade History class was in on Thursday to work on research for a variety of topics, such as animals, food, weapons, and trade routes, and how it relates to collective learning that happened between the Fall of Rome and about 1750. Friday was World Read Aloud Day and to celebrate, Doctora Portillo’s High School Spanish class read old and new favorite picture books to Ms. Lang’s 2nd graders who also read to the high schoolers.
High Schoolers took their finals during this short and sweet week. Though not pictured (but easy to imagine), the library was was equal parts loud and crowded (before and after testing) and quiet and sparse (during testing). In between finals, students snacked on goodies in front of the library. Our resident library dog, Quaffle, stopped by for a visit on Tuesday to receive pets and ear scritches. On Thursday the Glass Knife held their annual retreat where they planned and discussed all things book-related.
This week began with Mrs. Eustace’s Dystopian elective in on Monday for a Noodle Tools refresher before researching apocalyptic topics like disease, mutually assured destruction, mind control, and nuclear war. On Tuesday Mrs. Eustace was back, this time with her 8th grade English class. Students presented on topics relating to Of Mice and Men, such as the Great Depression, farm workers, Dorothea Lange, and the Dust Bowl. On Wednesday, the Dystopian elective returned for more ominous researching. During lunch, Bella presented for the Leadership Lunch series. She spoke about advocating for decriminalizing sex work, why it’s important, and how she became interested in the subject. On Wednesday and Thursday Ms. Monahan talked to the 8th graders about their Digital Portfolios. Also on Thursday, Mrs. Jacobsen held a pizza-fueled study session in preparation for next week’s finals.
Our friend Luigi popped in for a visit on Thursday to show off how big he’s getting!