This week was all about Fall Book Talks with the middle schoolers and work days with the high schoolers. Book Talks are where Ms. Melinson talks about 60+ books and then students pick out books that sound most interesting to them. Monday’s Book Talks began with Mrs. Eustace’s 6th and 8th graders, with the 8th graders having a mystery slant. Tuesday was a work day for Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders as they continue to work on their Ancient Egypt research project. Wednesday was a Sophomore Project work day for Mr. Wells’ 10th graders. Thursday was a Book Talk extravaganza with 7th and 8th classes in all day long. Friday was a day off for students, but an in-service day for teachers. Ms. Melinson and I went on a field trip to the Sacramento History Museum in Old Sacramento. Check out our pictures on Instagram!
We had our first Book Club of Fall on Wednesday, which featured the return of warm apple cider (and brownies, of course).
Ms. Melinson started us off by sharing that she re-read The Little Prince and how she enjoys going back and re-reading books from her childhood. Then she shared some new additions to the library: Resurrection (the tenth book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series), Fugitive Six (the second book in the Lorien Legacies Reborn series), Crazy Rich Asians, and A Reaper at the Gates (the third book in the An Ember in the Ashes series). Ms. Melinson said she was still reading Factfulness and had started Little Paris Bookshop, which she was finding to be a little bit like chick-lit.
Ms. Batarseh talked about how she once met the former California State Librarian, Kevin Starr, and found him to be “enchanting”. She was reading one of his books, Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America’s Greatest Bridge and said she couldn’t put it down.
Chardonnay read the graphic novel Maus and really enjoyed it. Grace was reading The Shadow of the Wind (in Spanish!), which turned out to be an audience favorite. Luca re-read the Bone series of graphic novels, a favorite of his when he was younger, and said it still holds up. He also re-read Two Gentlemen of Verona, his favorite Shakespeare play.
Sarina read Monday’s Not Coming and said the back and forth narration was a little confusing, but made her want to go back and re-read it. Mr. Wells read Walking to Listen and “finally” read Between the World and Me, which he described as profound. Doctora Portillo read The Body is Not an Apology and found it uplifting and thought-provoking, but also a little repetitive and maybe preachy.
To learn about all of the books we talked about, visit our Goodreads page!
We had a Middle Schooler-free week this week as the 6th-8th graders were away on their trips. And while the Middle Schoolers are away…the High Schoolers will continue to take over the library! Just kidding 😀 😉
On Monday Mr. Crabb’s 10th graders were in for a Sophomore Project work day. On Tuesday we honored World Food Day by hosting Amber Stott, CEO and Chief Food Genius at The Food Literacy Center. Amber spoke to students about what food literacy is, how our food choices have an impact on things like the economy and the environment, and the work the Food Literacy Center does with local schools.
On Wednesday we had our monthly Book Club, which you can read about here. On Thursday Mr. Wells’ 10th graders were in to work on notecards and find books for their Sophomore Project and Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders were in for their Ancient Egypt research project. In between classes, Ms. Melinson was interviewed by Pre-K students about her job and role in the Country Day community. On Friday Mr. Crabb’s 10th graders were back to learn about databases, keywords, and how to use Wikipedia in a research project.
The week started out with Mrs. Eustace’s 8th graders presenting their Ignite speeches on Tuesday, having spent the previous week researching topics relating to the Salem Witch Trials. At lunch time, the library hosted Cookies, Coloring, and Conversation.
Wednesday was the Senior Moratorium where the Seniors spent most of their day working on their college applications and essays with college counselors Mrs. Bauman and Mr. Kuipers and listening to presentations by visiting colleges. On Thursday Mr. Wells’ 10th graders were in the library looking for local sources for their Sophomore Project topics. Mr. Crabb’s 10th graders were in on Friday to learn how to correctly quote sources and work on notecards for their Sophomore Project.
Agamemnon and friends had a pizza party before picking out the Teen Read Week Raffle winners!
Our High School winners are: Becca and Anu
High School honorable mentions: Erin, Lindsay, Arikta, Emma B., Sarina, Brian, Emily H., and Ming.
Our Middle School winners are: Mia G. and Milly
Middle School honorable mentions: Mattias, Eliana, Natalie, London, Addison, Bree, Jojo, Mia C., and Eva.
Congrats, readers! Remember to stop by the library to claim your prize!
While the High School is away…the Middle Schoolers will play! This week the High Schoolers were away on their trips, which gave the 6th graders a chance to really get to the know the Matthews Library.
All this week, the 6th graders had their library orientation where they learned how to read a shelf, find some of our more unusually labeled books, arrange books according to the Dewey Decimal System, navigate databases, and evaluate websites for content, authority, bias, and design. Student then got to show off their website evaluation knowledge with a game of Friendly Feud.
Also in the library all week were Mrs. Eustace’s 8th graders. They were in to research for their Salem Witch projects, which will culminate in an Ignite Speech next week.
It’s spirit week at Country Day and our students dressed to impress!
Tuesday was Twins day and Mrs. Eustace and Mrs. Strong joined in on the fun. Wednesday was Disney-themed and Brandy dressed up as Snow White while Shelly played as the Evil Queen with the poisonous apple. Don’t eat the apple, Brandy! On Thursday advisories dressed up as TV characters. Ms. Melinson’s advisory dressed up as The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
On Friday two local librarians visited the Sophomores. Kim, from the Arden-Dimick branch, gave the kids their library cards and talked about what research resources the library has. James, from the Sacramento Room, also visited and spoke on the historical resources the Sacramento Room has to offer. He also brought a signed copy of the Ladybird script. How cool!
Ms. Melinson visited the arts event, Tearing Walls Apart, featuring the work of some of our students – Bella, Jason, and Sophie. Check out their work below!
Monday started off with Ms. Eustace’s 6th graders in for some Independent Reading. Ms. Melinson showed students how to search for books using the catalog and then gave a them a tour of the fiction collection.
Our Summer Reading raffle winners were picked this week. Congratulations to Mattias M., Annabel L., Rebecca T., Ryan X., Manny B., Chase C., and Kaityln D.! Rebecca, come by the library for your prize! On Wednesday we had our first Book Club of the school year, which you can read about here.
On Friday the Sophomores took a walk around the track while discussing their potential Sophomore Project topics and big questions they’re hoping to answer. This helped determine how much information they knew about their topics and served as a good listening exercise as they had to explain their partners topics rather than their own.
We had our first Book Club of the 2018-19 school year on Wednesday. The library Book Club meets once a month at lunchtime and it features students and faculty talking about what books they’re read (we don’t all read the same book).
Ms. Melinson started us off with some new additions to the library: Midnight – a new Skulduggery Pleasant book, Fugitive Six – a new Pittacus Lore book, Crazy Rich Asians and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – both really hot right now, Factfulness – recommended by President Obama, and the absolute edition of the Sandman Overture graphic novel. Ms. Melinson also talked about a few of the books she read over the summer, Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nations and All Other Nights, which she found beautifully written.
Heloise finished Americans Gods and liked it overall, but found parts of it unenjoyable. She also talked about Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, which she described as interesting and possibly useful for Octagon articles. Heloise also read What We Cannot Know and My Beloved World, Sonja Sotomayor’s autobiography. Luca said he bought more books than he read, but he did get some reading done over the summer. He read Gone Girl and Sharp Objects and enjoyed the unique writing style and unexpected endings. He also reread Good Omens in preparation for the TV adaptation that’s coming out.
Josh also read Good Omens, but for the first time. He also talked about some really interesting art books, Things from the Floods and Tales from the Loop. Sarina read The Sun is Also a Star, which she picked because of the pretty cover and enjoyed the alternating viewpoints. Ms. Batarseh read Raven Black (the first in the Shetland Island series), on recommendation from Ms. Fels, but didn’t enjoy it. However, she also read Moon Palace, recommended by Luca, and loved it. Ms. Nellis read Notorious RGB: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and found it so inspiring and interesting. Chloe read A Master Calls, which she liked despite how sad it was. Erin just started reading The Hate U Give and is already hooked on it. Evan read The da Vinci Code as part of his summer reading and really liked it because of the fascinating information about art and religion.
For more information about all of the books we talked about, check out our Goodreads page!
Thanks, Anu, for picking our Grand Prize winner!
Congratulations to Jojo for winning the Grand Prize for our Summer Reading Raffle! Come by the library to claim your $25 Barnes and Noble gift card.
Congratulations are also in order to Mattias M., Annabel L., Rebecca T., Ryan X., Manny B., Chase C., and Kaityln D.! Come to the library and pick your prize!