Week in Review: Banned Books edition

This week is Banned Books Week and the library displayed some frequently banned and challenged books and the reasons for the challenges. Here’s Charlie and Elijah browsing the display.

Their favorite reason for a book being banned is “It is a real downer” for The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

On Monday, Ms. Thomas’ AP Computer Science Principles class visited to learn about where to search for tech innovations, what white papers are, and how to write concisely, which is not an easy task! Tuesday was a busy day with Mr. Crabb’s 7th graders visiting to learn about databases as well as Cookies, Coloring, and Conversation at lunch time. Wednesday and Thursday saw Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders in to begin researching for their Ancient Civilizations projects. They even got to go on a field trip – to the 930s (the corner where the ancient history books are–we didn’t actually time travel to the year 930 although that would have been pretty cool!) On Friday we had a visit from our local public librarian, Kim, to deliver library cards to the 10th graders and talk about resources at the public library to help the Sophomores with their projects.

Bonus:

It’s beginning to look like fall in the library office!

 

Week in Review: Wedding Shower edition

This week the Matthews Library saw a wedding shower! Ms. Melinson and her little helper, Mary, planned a wedding shower for yours truly, who got married over the summer. It was a wonderfully whimsical soirée featuring delightful company and yummy food, such as Bookworms, Aladdin’s Magical Pasta, and googly-eyed cheese puffs.

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On Friday Dr. Fisher’s 10th graders were in to narrow down their Sophomore Project subjects. Inspired by Ms. Melinson’s walks with Doctora Portillo, students were split into pairs and walked around the back field discussing their topics.

Bonus:

Our honorary library dog, Quaffle (Becca’s lovable Saint Bernard), stopped by for a visit!

Week in Review: Ancil Hoffman edition

 

On Monday Mrs. Eustace’s enthusiastic 6th graders were in the library to learn how to find books using the catalog. On Wednesday we had our first Book Club of the new school year, which you can read about here. Be sure to check out our Goodreads page for all the books we talked about. Friday was the annual Ancil Hoffman picnic where the black team won, which we hear is a usual occurrence at these shindigs. Congrats to the black team and a valiant effort by the red team!

Bonus:

The red team’s resident dinosaur dropped by on Friday for a book before heading off to the picnic. Just another day at the library!

Week in Review: Labor Day Edition

While we technically had a shortened week thanks to Labor Day, the library felt as busy as ever this week.

We had our first Leadership Lunch on Wednesday featuring Gabi and Esme speaking about their enriching summer experience at the Chicano/Latino Youth Leadership Project. Their experience inspired them to promote the idea of bringing a Chican@/Ethnic Studies class to Country Day. They also talked about what DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is and the impact it will have when it’s repealed.

Also on Wednesday we witnessed a silent protest take place outside the library on the gym wall. This was in response to the mural on the gym walls being painted over, which you can read about here.

On Friday Dr. Fisher’s 10th graders were in to learn how to narrow down their topics for the Sophomore Project and turn their subject into a research question. Friday was also the first meeting of the year for The Glass Knife, the High School’s literary magazine. New and returning students were encouraged to “sign over [their] souls to the Glass Knife” by Heloise while discussing jobs and potential theme ideas for this year’s book.

Here are five out of eight of our Summer Reading raffle winners! Good job and congratulations to Mia, Hailey, Kaitlyn, Nick, and Chance! Check out their Summer Reading activities here. Simone, Annabel, and Aidan – don’t forget to come to the library and claim your prize!

Welcome Back! part 1

Welcome back! While students were (hopefully) enjoying their last few remaining days of summer vacation, staff and faculty were hard at work prepping for another great school year.

On Monday, staff and faculty had an all-day CPR lesson where they reviewed their CPR and first aid skills.

Also on Monday we had an orientation and meet and greet for new faculty, where they got to tour the nooks and crannies of the school and meet with their mentors. Welcome newbies!

On Wednesday, the high school faculty met in the library to plot and plan for the upcoming year.

On Thursday and Friday, seniors met with the college counselors in the library to begin working on their college applications.

 

Week in Review: Busy Edition

The library was back in action this week after being closed for most of the last two weeks for AP testing–just in time for Senior Seminars!

The Senior Seminars began this week and the library was host to some of these interesting and informative presentations: Financial Literacy with Mr. Talamantes, What to Take to College with Mrs. Talamantes, Forensic Case Studies with Ms. Dozier and Mr. Himes, College Research with Ms. Melinson, and Famous Supreme Court Cases with Mr. Strumpfer.

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On Tuesday we had music in the library with the Middle School Jazz Band, High School Jazz Band, and High School Concert Band as they prepare for the Forum Music Festival competition.

On Thursday Ms. Nellis’ AP US History class was in to get research materials for their end of the year project. Students chose topics they previously learned about in class that interested them and could be expanded into a presentation that Ms. Nellis might use in her AP US History class next year. Topics include the U.S. reconstructing Japan after World War II, eugenics and DNA affecting the Civil Rights Movement, and how television affected US viewership of the Vietnam War.

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On Friday we had a special lunch, the First Annual Raffle Lunch with Dr. Bell, where we celebrated Dr. Bell’s impending retirement. A group of former students and colleagues along with current students and colleagues gathered to celebrate Dr. Bell who has been “Bringing Back Smart” to Country Day for many years!

Week in Review: AP Edition, Part 2

It’s been another quiet week in the library as students finish up their AP exams. On Friday, Mr. Neukom and his students dressed in their finest finery (including Swiss flag pins: in honor of Mr. Neukom wearing them each year, his students decided they’d wear them, too, this year) before embarking on their final AP test, European History. Mr. Neukom also led an inspiring cheer (his final cheer, as he’s retiring at the end of this year) as one last bit of motivation.

Wednesday was the last day of classes for seniors and at lunch time, they announced the colleges they’ll be attending. Afterwards, we all watched and cheered at Alexa’s signing to play volleyball at Wellesley. Later, students and faculty took pictures wearing their college gear.

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Bonus puppy:

Alan brought his German Shepherd puppy back for another visit featuring lots of belly rubs!

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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!

Week in Review

March is Music in Our Schools Month and we were delighted with performances by the High School choir, band, and orchestra on Tuesday.

On Wednesday we had our monthly Leadership Lunch featuring Atsuo, who talked about his experience playing piano at Carnegie Hall and the rigorous practice it took to get there. Here are two of the pieces Atsuo shared: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 (Chopin) and Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, No. 5 (Rachmaninoff)

On Thursday Ms. Bauman put on a panel about summer internships, which featured seniors talking about their experiences at the internships.

Week in Review: Read Across America edition

It’s been a fun and busy week in the Matthews Library.

All week Ms. Burns’ 7th graders have been coming in to research and draw plants for their booklets for the upcoming Renaissance Faire. Students made use of the library’s ample windows to help with their sketches.

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Our big event this week was Read Across America day! The library was transformed into The Lava Lounge with lots of comfy pillows, bean bags, pods, and a super awesome fort.

We also had the Starbooks Cafe with tea and snacks and a selfie station where students could take bookish photos. During the All School Read, teachers were encouraged to take selfies with their classes for treats (expect the Candy Fairy soon!) Check out our post featuring class selfies.

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Friday was the Sophomore Moratorium where 10th graders filled the library to work on their Sophomore Projects.