It’s been a wet and wintry week here at the Matthews Library. Monday started out with a Glass Knife meeting as staffers get ready for board meetings next week. On Tuesday Mrs. Lyon’s Book Elective was in to learn about the review contest and find out some of the special perks of being in Book Elective.
On Wednesday, students and faculty participated in the National Walkout by sitting silently for 17 minutes and reading off the names and ages of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. We had our lunchtime Book Club on Wednesday, which you can read about here. Wednesday was also Pi Day and the library served as a holding place for some pretty sweet pies for the Pi day pie making contest.
Thursday was the perfect day for tea after lunch because of the inclement weather. Thursday was also the perfect day to send off the Mock Trial team to state! Students and teachers gathered to cheer on the Mock Trial team as they head to Orange County to compete in the State Mock Trial competition for the first time in Country Day history. Go Cavs!
The library was quiet on Friday, but the Middle School was the happening place with their first World’s Fair Day.
This week started out with a Glass Knife lunch-time literary contest. The staff were given a list of prompts related to this year’s theme (of which we were sworn to secrecy and cannot reveal) and directed to write in 10 minute intervals. Congratulations to Gabi, Joe M., Zihao!
On Wednesday we had our monthly Book Club, which you can read all about here. Thursday featured tea in the library to warm us up. Thursday also found Ms. Melinson visiting Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders to discuss their Pre-Columbian Americas research projects. Ms. Melinson shared the research guide she made for them and then talked about how to find sources.
This week was bookended by three-day weekends and filled with final exams. In between finals, the library looked like this:
A mass of people, noise, and excitement of students blowing off steam and comparing answers, and the aisles redecorated with study materials. We applaud your effort, Timeline-Making Student!
Not pictured is the library during finals: quiet, with not a student in sight, their belongings strewn about as if they were raptured away to their exams.
Later on Thursday, The Glass Knife literary magazine held their annual retreat where they dined on Chinese food before getting down to business. Students brainstormed ideas for the book and each department gave presentations on the function of their department.
Happy December! We’re zipping right through this year! The week began with a Glass Knife meeting with staff planning for the Speakeasy and the upcoming gift and bake sale (at morning break and lunch time on Tuesday, December 5th). Midweek saw Mr. Crabb’s history classes in the library working on their Middle East Cultural Fair projects. The week closed with our annual lunchtime Speakeasy, which featured students and faculty sharing poems – including some originals. This year’s event also included a musical performance by Chardonnay and Lily, who played the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
We’ve been hard at work prepping for Wintercraft and Middle School community service – watch for your advisory’s turn in the coming weeks!
This week started off with a Glass Knife meeting at lunch with GK staff members discussing details and submissions for this year’s book. Later in the day we had both English 10 classes in to learn the finer points of evaluating websites. On Tuesday Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders were in the library working on their World Heritage site projects. On Thursday Mr. Hagmann’s Book Elective class was in looking up poetry for a sweet surprise we can’t mention just yet. Thursday also featured our monthly Book Club where students and faculty discuss what they’ve been reading – or in this case, what they’re planning on reading over the long weekend. To cap off the week, there was a meeting of the Faculty Food Club featuring yummy appetizers.
The middle schoolers were away on their field trips this week and the library was noticeably quiet in their absence. On Monday we had Misty Greene, pastry chef extraordinaire at Hawks in Granite Bay and Hawks Provision and Public House, visit us for World Food Day. Chef Misty talked about her passion for more good food literacy and her volunteer work with the Food Literacy Center, whose mission is to get kids to get kids to vegetables. If you’re interested in volunteer opportunities at the Food Literacy Center, let us know and we’ll get you connected. Misty also talked about how to break into the restaurant industry – by starting at the bottom and working your way up. Tuesday was the birthday of yours truly and Ms. Melinson made a yummy chocolate bundt cake (which I’m totally snacking on right now) Wednesday was our monthly Book Club, which you can read about here. On Thursday and Friday, 10th graders were in the library to find books and take notes, learn about Boolean searching, and find good keywords to search the databases for their Sophomore Project topics. The Glass Knife had their second meeting on Friday and had a spirited discussion on what this year’s theme should be.
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!
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
Thursday was National Puppy Day and Alan brought his adorable German Shepard puppy for a visit and many ear scritches.
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.
It’s been a cold and rainy week outside of the Matthews Library, but luckily we’ve had some fun indoor activities this week!
Last Friday we had our high school raffle winner’s lunch. Emily and three friends enjoyed homemade mac and cheese, brownies, and salad. Emily said she read “many, many, many” books for the raffle and her favorites include the Shadowhunter series by Cassandra Clare.
Monday was the annual Glass Knife Latke Throwdown and Holiday Party and Ms. Melinson read the appropriately titled The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming. This year there were no latkes, but lots of pasta including spaghetti and an Asian noodle dish with shrimp as well as a Dutch Spice Cake. Instead of latkes this year we had Sufganiyah (jelly donuts) pronounced soof-gonnie-oat. While latkes would probably be the best known fried treats at Hanukkah, this tasty treat is also traditional because it’s also fried and relates to the oil lamp story.
We had a Leadership Lunch on Wednesday where Monique presented a slideshow based on her trip to Finland and the Baltic states with the Sacramento Children’s Chorus.
On Thursday we had another lively meeting of the Political Puzzles club where Blake led a discussion on Trump’s cabinet nominations and he and Alexa talked about some hot button issues that other kids wanted to know more about.
And finally, Ms. Melinson unveiled this year’s Winter Craft: homemade cards!