Library Visits

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

Friday, April 17, 2015

Library Word of the Week... Day of Silence edition

Today's Library Word of the Week is about being aware of your language. Today is the Day of Silence, a day set aside every year to help raise awareness of LGBTQ+ bullying. "The Day of Silence is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT."  

Did you know?:
9 out of 10 LGBT students hear the word “gay” used in a negative way often or frequently in school and nearly 3 out of 4 LGBT students report hearing their peers make homophobic remarks, such as “dyke” or “faggot,” often or frequently in school. (from Think B4 You Speak).

And, as much as I love expanding vocabulary, take the pledge to eliminate homophobic words from yours:

Think about the voices you are not hearing today.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Valerie Cole Reads: What The Kids Are Reading

Take a look at this great post by my friend Valerie Cole. Valerie is a contemporary young adult author represented by Lauren MacLeod of the Strothman Agency. She loves words and numbers, and hates being called Val.

She and I had a conversation about HSC's top 10 circulated books of March. What do you think? Continue the conversation in the comments. 

Valerie Cole Reads: What The Kids Are Reading: Being on the writing/publishing side of the YA market, it’s hard not to get caught up in which books are topping charts, winning awards,...