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Friday, January 23, 2015

Library Word of the Week - Code Switching

I'm a big fan of Firefly (the one season sci-fi Western by Joss Whedon). The characters all speak both English and Chinese, since "in this future, the only two surviving superpowers, the United States and China, fused to form the central federal government, called the Alliance, resulting in the fusion of the two cultures" (Wiki). 

Over the past two days, students have been taking the ACCESS test. This test is for ELL students, so I keep hearing both Spanish and English, often in the same sentence. This is called "code switching." 

"In linguisticscode-switching occurs when a speaker alternates between two or more languages, or language varieties, in the context of a single conversation. Multilinguals—speakers of more than one language—sometimes use elements of multiple languages when conversing with each other. Thus, code-switching is the use of more than one linguistic variety in a manner consistent with the syntax and phonology of each variety." (Wiki)  

Do you code switch? 

From Baldo Comics

For more information, check out: 
Code-switching to thrive

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

February Events @ the City Library

Teen Programs at the Central Library!

February 2015

Monday February 2, 2015              3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.     
Light Painting   

Would you like to make your own fireworks! Create beautiful designs in the dark with flashlights, rope lighting, and light-up toys, and then learn to photograph them with the app LongExpo!                      Location: Central Library Community Room, 220 State St.

Monday February 9, 2015              4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.     
Cosplay Party

Anime and comics fans -- join us at our Cosplay Party. Dress as your favorite character or create your own character. We'll have prizes for the best costumes, play games on the Wii (bring a game to share if you like) and make some party snacks. Online registration is suggested but not required.                   Location: Central Library Community Room

Wednesday February 18, 2015             3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.     
Improv Comedy Workshop    

The Phantom Sheep Comedy troupe will entertain teens and tweens with their own improv and sketch comedy, then bring everyone into the action by helping teens learn to create their own comedy. There will be a few warm-up exercises followed by games that are as much fun to play as they are to watch, all in a very encouraging environment. Students will get a chance to shine as they work alongside and “on stage” with the troupe member-instructors themselves.                      Location: Central Library Community Room

Wednesday February 25, 2015             3:30 p.m.  -  5:30 p.m.   
School's Out! Snacks and Games for Teens

No school today! Join us at the library to prepare some tasty snacks and play some games on the Wii.                 Location: Central Library Community Room

For more information or to sign up, call Martha at 263-6828 x425 or go to the library’s website at

Friday, January 16, 2015

Library Word of the Week ... Words of the SAT

The SATs are a part of the college application process. Most of our seniors are done with them (congrats to our seniors who have applied and gotten in to colleges! Let's repeat our 100% acceptance rate!). 

Our juniors and sophomores should be practicing for SATs, and our freshmen should be thinking about it. The best way to practice is to simply read. Read books and articles that have words you don't understand. Figure out those words using either context clues or by looking them up. 

One of my favorite common SATs words comes up in vocabulary, math, and science (all around word!): 


hypothesis (plural hypotheses) is a proposed explanation for a phenomenon. For a hypothesis to be a scientific hypothesis, the scientific method requires that one can test it. Scientists generally base scientific hypotheses on previous observations that cannot satisfactorily be explained with the available scientific theories. Even though the words "hypothesis" and "theory" are often used synonymously, a scientific hypothesis is not the same as a scientific theory. A working hypothesis is a provisionally accepted hypothesis proposed for further research.[1]
A different meaning of the term hypothesis is used in formal logic, to denote the antecedent of a proposition; thus in the proposition "If P, then Q", P denotes the hypothesis (or antecedent); Q can be called a consequentP is the assumption in a (possibly counterfactualWhat If question.
The adjective hypothetical, meaning "having the nature of a hypothesis", or "being assumed to exist as an immediate consequence of a hypothesis", can refer to any of these meanings of the term "hypothesis".
(from Wikipedia)

For a list of common SAT words, click here: The 100 Most Common SAT Words
Don't forget about our Reading Challenge! The school library is teamed with GoodReads to bring you the 2015 Reading Challenge. Sign up on GoodReads to keep track. Check in with Ms. D to update your books! 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Library Word of the Week ... Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia (brain freeze)

This library word of the week is brought to you by one of our 9th grade students! 

sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is also known as "brain freeze" or "ice-cream headache." 

From Wikipedia
"An ice-cream headache, also known as brain freezecold-rushcold-stimulus headache,[1] or its given scientific namesphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia (meaning "nerve pain of the sphenopalatine ganglion"-and is also considered a misnomer since the pain nerves have nothing to do with the sphenopalatine/pterygopalatine ganglion, but travel along the trigeminal nerves described below), is a form of brief cranial pain or headache commonly associated with consumption (particularly quick consumption) of cold beverages or foods such as ice cream and ice pops. It is caused by having something cold touch the roof of the mouth (palate), and is believed to result from a nerve response causing rapid constriction and swelling of blood vessels[2] or a "referring" of pain from the roof of the mouth to the head.[3][4] The rate of intake for cold foods has been studied as a contributing factor.[5][6]

While it may be a little cold to think about ice cream, it does remind us all of the nice weather that will eventually come. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Reading Challenge

I am officially challenging students and teachers to the GoodReads Reading Challenge for 2015. 

My goal in 2015 is to read 100 books. I'll be keeping track on GoodReads, and you can follow my progress here: 

There is a link on the HSC library website. 

Rules are: 
Keep track on GoodReads. 
Write reviews for each book (1-sentence is OK). 

It doesn't matter what books you read. Graphic novels will count as long as GoodReads have it listed. I can also post reviews and the running list of participants on this website. 

Good luck!