Week in Review: Wintercraft edition

This week the library saw a mix of work and play as we rolled out Wintercraft for middle school advisories and played host to various classes working on projects. On Monday we had our monthly leadership lunch, which featured Emily talking about her experience of becoming an Emergency Medical Responder and performing a trauma exam demonstration.

Tuesday featured The Glass Knife holiday and gift bake sale, which helps fund The Glass Knife retreat in January. Tuesday also saw a double dose of Mr. Crabb, with his History classes in to continue working on their Middle East Cultural Fair projects and then his advisory for Wintercraft where they made magnetic bookmarks.

Wednesday and Thursday saw two more advisories in for Wintercraft, Mrs. Eustace’s and Mrs. Monahan’s. We also had Dr. Fisher’s History class in to work on their notecards and prepare for their interviews by contacting possible interviewees for their Sophomore Project.

Rounding out the week was Dr. Whited’s Biology class to work on their genetically modified foods projects and Mr. Hagmann’s English class to work on an extra credit assignment.

 

Week in Review: Thanksgiving Edition

On Monday we had a Leadership Lunch featuring Amalie talking about her experience over the summer as part of Team USA’s swim team. In her presentation, Amalie highlighted her team and the importance of supporting each other. On Tuesday our favorite Saint Bernard, Quaffle, bestowed us with her happy, fluffy presence. On Wednesday Dr. Fisher was in with his 10th graders to cover proper interviewing techniques so the kiddos are prepared to conduct interviews for their Sophomore Projects. The week ended on a thankful note as the high schoolers and their advisors feasted on turkey sandwiches, sparkling cider, and apple pie in the high school quad.

Week in Review

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.

Week in Review: Classes Galore

It’s been quite busy this week, with Monday being possibly the busiest day ever. Monday featured back to back to back classes, 10th grade English and 7th grade Science, with the kiddos working on their Sophomore Projects and Biomes website design, respectively.

Tuesday and Wednesday saw Mr. Crabb’s 7th graders in the library to work on their Middle East Cultural Fair projects. Tuesday was also Halloween and we saw some great costumes in the library including Ms. Burns as Ms. Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus”, Ms. Mitchell as Mother Nature, and Emily as a dark fairy.

On Thursday we had, you guessed it, more classes! This time it was Dr. Fisher’s 10th graders working hard on their notecards for their Sophomore Project.

Rounding out the week on Friday was Novemberfest! Ms. Melinson’s advisory cooked a hearty breakfast and built a chocolate cookie haunted house. Later in the day as part of Novemberfest festivities, the library was host to lots of different board games.

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October Book Club

The weather has turned colder, which means it’s time for Ms. Melinson to bust out the hot apple cider for the October Book Club!

We had a jammed packed house for this month’s Book Club with no leftover brownies in sight. Ms. Melinson talked about a bunch of the new books we just received including The Education of Margo SanchezGenuine FraudMen Without WomenDreamfallThe Bear and the Nightingale (which Emma loved. She described it as creepy, but not horror-movie scary), Dividing Eden, and Jane, Unlimited.

Ms. B read Steeplejack, which she called “fun and wonderful.” She also talked about Lapham’s Quarterly, a magazine that devotes each issue to one topic. Ms. B said she likes  magazines because articles have an easier stopping point whereas books seduce you into finding out what happens.

Luca started reading Robert Pinsky’s translation of Dante’s Inferno and was enjoying it. He also bought the best book ever, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray, which is like a Bill Murray dictionary. Luca was also “snail-pacing” his way through Einstein’s Dreams and a few memoirs.

Heloise read Bel Canto and recommends it because it has a great writing style. Ms. Melinson said it’s one of her all time favorite books. Josh was excitedly waiting to read the new John Green book Turtles All the Way Down after an almost six year wait since his last book. (yours truly would like to interject that she has read the book and loved it!) Jackson said he went through the stages of grief as the last Harry Potter book was published, but decided to revisit the series via audiobook. Jackson was planning on reading Casino Royale and Ms. B warned him the the James Bond in the books is quite a different character from the one in the movies.

Joe started listening to The Way of Kings audiobook (which is a whopping 45 hours long!) but ended up rereading the book instead. Monique read the “All the World’s a Grave”, a play that uses different pieces of Shakespeare’s writing in one play, and loved it. Emma read Wicked Wonders, a collection of short stories about magical kids. Jewel read The Thousandth Floor, a book where the entirety of New York City exists inside a tower. Layla read Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli and liked it, though she found it quite sad.

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

Bonus:

That blur in the middle of the screen is Luca racing to his seat so he doesn’t miss any of the Book Club fun!

Week in Review: Spirit Week

 

Though the week was shortened due to an in-service day on Monday, it was jam packed with spirit for Spirit Week! On Tuesday, Mr. Wells and Ms. Lacombe’s 10th graders were in the library researching local sources for their Sophomore Projects. That same day at lunch, students and faculty were invited to discuss the book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Wednesday was the Senior Moratorium where seniors got to spend most of the day working on their college applications with teachers nearby to help out. Also on Wednesday, Ms. Melinson met with Mr. Hagmann’s Film Elective class to assist with their research projects.

On Thursday Ms. Melinson attended a BAISL (Bay Area Independent School Libraries) conference where she met with other independent school librarians to discuss e-books. Thursday also happened to be the Spirit Week Advisory Costume Contest where Ms. Melinson’s advisory (with Learning Specialist Mrs. Brown filling in for Ms. Melinson) dressed up in their best 1920s garb. On Friday Dr. Fisher’s class was in the library to re-familiarize themselves with NoodleTools and to learn the important distinction between paraphrasing and plagiarizing. Rounding out Spirit Week was the annual chalk mural on Friday, where students made pieces based on films from Japan’s Studio Ghilbli.

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!