Library Visits

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Library Word of the Week ... Interchangeable

Today's Word of the Week was a student suggestion:



  1. (of two things) able to be interchanged.
    "eyepieces are interchangeable and one can use any eyepiece with any telescope"
    synonyms:similaridenticalindistinguishablealike, the same, uniformtwin,undifferentiatedMore

Friday, May 15, 2015

Library Word of the Week ... Interlibrary Loan Services

Sometimes, our favorite library or closest branch of the City Library might not have the book we're looking for, We can request books via a services called Interlibrary Loan.

Interlibrary lending and borrowing services provide access to materials that cannot be found in your library.

So, if you're looking for a book and the HSC library doesn't have it, we can see if any of the other schools in Springfield have it, and request it for you. If we don't have it, you can go to the City Library's website (found HERE), log in with your Springfield Library Card number and PIN, and click "Place Hold" on your desired title. Books usually come in a couple of days to your selected branch. 

Ask Ms. D if you need any help! 

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Library Word of the Week ... Enigma

As my superhero fans might know, E. Nygma in Gotham will become The Riddler. Riddler is a big fan of puzzles and brain teasers. 


a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation:
His disappearance is an enigma that has given rise to much speculation.
a person of puzzling or contradictory character:
To me he has always been an enigma, one minute completely insensitive, the next moved to tears.
a saying, question, picture, etc., containing a hidden meaning; riddle.
(initial capital lettera German-built enciphering machine developed for commercial use in the early 1920s and later adapted and appropriated by German and other Axis powers for military use through World War II.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Freshman Fifteens

The HSC Library has been chosen as one of the 13 Book Club winners from
Freshman Fifteens' In The Stacks contest. 

Thank you to Kim Savage, author of After the Woods, for selecting our school library to adopt! We'll be receiving 10 copies of her book (due to be published in Feb 2016) and a virtual visit! 

When a predator abducted them, Julia fought back and Liv escaped, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying night she remembers only in flashes. Nearly one year later, a body is discovered in those same woods, and Julia is forced to face the truth about that day, and her own sacrifice.

Year In Review

Monday, May 4, 2015

@ Your Public Library

Events in May for Teens and Tweens at the Public Library

Tuesday May 5, 2015

  3:00 PM  -  5:00 PMLearn to Play Chess at Brightwood Branch
Contact: Brightwood    413-263-6805   
Drop in between 3 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or learn to play chess for the first time! This program is intended for children ages 7 and up.
Location: Brightwood
  3:30 PM  -  4:30 PMAnime and Manga Club at Brightwood
Contact: Brightwood   413-263-6805
A monthly fun, casual, drop-in time that allows teens and tweens who are are Anime/Manga enthusiasts to meet others who share the same passion for discussions, activities and games, to draw, create their own art, and plan programs. So join us! Snacks served. Meetings held the first Tuesday of the month.
Location: Brightwood Community Room
  3:30 PM  -  5:00 PMChess Club for Teens and Tweens
Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858
Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Tuesdays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time! This program is intended for ages 9 - 19.
Location: Sixteen Acres
  3:30 PM  -  5:00 PMPaper Flower Making for Mother's Day
Contact: Sixteen Acres   413-263-6858
Say it with flowers!  Beautiful paper and materials will be available to create a single flower or a bouquet especially for Mom.
Location: Sixteen Acres Community Room

Thursday May 7, 2015

  3:00 PM  -  4:30 PMGame ON! Video Gaming for Teens and Tweens
Contact: Forest Park   413-263-6843   
Drop in and play your favorite Wii games in the community room! Snacks provided. For teens and tweens.
Location: Forest Park Community Room
  3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM3D Printing @ Your Library!
Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846
Join STCC representatives for an afternoon of hands-on 3D printing activities and learn about careers in technology and science. See a demonstration of STCC’s 3D printers by Steven Sinkwich, Staff Assistant in the Mechanical Engineering Department, and try out the Springfield City Library’s new 3D printing resources.
Location: Indian Orchard

Friday May 8, 2015

  3:30 PM  -  5:00 PMChess Club for Teens and Tweens
Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836
Drop in between 3:30 and 5 pm on Fridays to practice your chess moves or to learn to play chess for the first time! This program is intended for ages 9 - 19.
Location: East Forest Park

Saturday May 9, 2015

  11:00 AM  -  12:00 PMHorror Fiction Book Club for Teens and Tweens
Contact: East Forest Park   413-263-6836
Are you a teen or tween who likes to read horror fiction? Once a month join other horror fans to discuss your favorite books. The book for May is the graphic novel Dead Space by Antony Johnston. You may sign up ahead of time by calling the branch, or just drop in. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk.
Description of Dead Space: As the dead begin to rise as horrific monsters, can P-SEC Sgt. Abraham Neumann contain the threat? What role does the mysterious Church of Unitology have in all of this? And can any of them make it out alive...?
Location: East Forest Park
  1:00 PM  -  2:30 PMMinecraft Club for Teens and Tweens
Contact: Indian Orchard   413-263-6846   
Minecraft players of all skill levels are welcome to bring their laptops or use one of the library's six computers to build, play, and create. For ages 10 and up. 
Location: Indian Orchard

Friday, May 1, 2015

Library Word of the Week... Onomatopoeia

With Avengers: Age of Ultron out today (which Ms. D saw yesterday and if you are a fan of Avengers, go see it, it is amazing), the Library Word of the Week is a word that is very important in comics: 


  1. the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g., cuckoo,sizzle ).
  2.      the use of onomatopoeia for rhetorical effect.

So if you are creating your own comics, don't forget the benefits of onomatopoeia to portray sounds! Check out THIS LINK for more information. 

Also, remember, when you use foul language, you make Captain America unhappy...