Library Visits

To check out books or use the computers you MUST have: a signed pass from your teacher and your SCHOOL ID.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Winter Break!

The Commerce Library wishes everyone a safe and happy winter break! See you in the new year! 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

IB Homecoming

Teachers and IB alumni spoke to current and potential IB students today! The IB program is a rigorous 2-year high school program with a focus on international-mindedness.

Mrs. Terrinca goes over what the IB program entails.

Commerce alumna talks about her experience at college after taking IB classes here.

Ms. Green addresses the potential IB students.
Thank you all for coming out!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Library Word of the Week

This week's word is brought to you by Ms. D picked this work because it is a great combination of lexicon and espionage. Sometimes, words are compound words of easier/shorter words. If you know one of them, it is easier to figure out the compound word.


The sleuthing of words and phrases
Related origin
The words book and dictionary stemmed from the 16th century Middle French, earlier Greek, word of lexicon, which we today know to be our collection of words, our vocabulary.
Espionage, meaning to spy, stems from Old French espion.
Why this word?
This is a great compound describing a person on the constant look for exciting and new words and phrases.
When I am asked for my job title, I usually say that I’m a linguist, a translator, a writer or an editor. For the next little while I’ll simply reply that “I am a lexpionage”!
How to use lexpionage?
Take a look above; buy you can also say that “Victoria is such a lexpionage… I’m sick and tired of her constant attempts to improve my language!”
Or… “Enough with this lexpionagism, don’t you have anything better to do?”
The beauty in non-word words, is that you can do whatever you want with it; there is no one to prove you wrong.
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Friday, December 6, 2013

Library Word of the Week

This week's library word comes from a student question:

"What does 'manifested' mean?"

To start, we need the definition of "manifest" (since "ed" at the end of a word usually just makes it past tense).

man·i·fest  (mn-fst)
Clearly apparent to the sight or understanding; obvious. See Synonyms at apparent.
tr.v. man·i·fest·edman·i·fest·ingman·i·fests
1. To show or demonstrate plainly; reveal: "Mercedes . . . manifested the chaotic abandonment of hysteria" (Jack London).
2. To be evidence of; prove.
a. To record in a ship's manifest.
b. To display or present a manifest of (cargo).
1. A list of cargo or passengers carried on a ship or plane.
2. An invoice of goods carried on a truck or train.
3. A list of railroad cars according to owner and location.

We can see "manifest" has a couple different definitions. When dealing with a word with different definitions, assume that the one you need is the one that makes the mose sense in your sentance!

What would you like to see on "Library Word of the Week?" 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Laramie Project @ STCC

Come and support STCC! 

Play description from Wikipedia: 
The Laramie Project is a play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project (specifically, Leigh Fondakowski, Stephen Belber, Greg Pierotti, Barbara Pitts, Stephen Wangh, Amanda Gronich, Sara Lambert, John McAdams, Maude Mitchell, Andy Paris, and Kelli Simpkins) about the reaction to the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crimes laws in various states, including Wyoming.
The play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the theatre company with inhabitants of the town, company members' own journal entries, and published news reports. It is divided into three acts, and eight actors portray more than sixty characters in a series of short scenes.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Science books for FUN!

Science books? For FUN? REALLY? 

Yes, really. This (above) is a selection of some of the coolest science books. The 24/7 Science books are all based around forensics: handwriting analysis, bugs, bullets. The other series is all about topics that can impact our daily life, like G-forces (how many students worked at or went to Six Flags this past summer?) or genitically modifed foods. 

Come down to the library and take a look! 

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a nice, relaxing, Thanksgiving break! Time to get back to your studies and reading. Don't forget that the library is here to help you.