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Teens’ Top Ten

Vote now! Voting is now open for Teens’ Top Ten, a “teen choice” list where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. All teens are eligible to vote; voting will close at the end of Teen Read Week, October 18th. The top ten titles will be announced October 20th, so be sure to check back for the winners!   #whatrureading?

Teen Read Week 2014

“Turn Dreams Into Reality @ your library” is the theme for Teen Read Week, October 12th to the 18th. What are your dreams? Your aspirations? Begin cultivating your passion NOW by reading books related to your field of interest. Going to law school someday? Read One L by Scott Turow. Med school? Try Body of Knowledge by Steve Giegerich. Fashion industry? Check out Indie Girl by Arne Johnson. Turn YOUR dreams into reality @ your library.

May 22, 2014 Book Club Meeting

The last meeting of the 2013-2014 school year was very eventful and a complete success. Once everyone had signed in and jotted down a quick list of must-read book titles (ex: Unwind Series, We are Liars, The Sea of Tranquility, The Raven Boys), the meeting got underway. Jenna Beth, a junior member, gave a presentation on her volunteer project called Hallo-Math, which helps parents teach their young children math easier. If interested, contact Mrs. Van Hise in the fall of 2014. For my senior practicum, I decided to create a “One Star Review” quiz contest made up of lousy reviews of some popular novels for the book club to participate in. Take the quiz here yourself and see how well you’ll do! Also with the summer quickly approaching, some leisurely summer reads are a must. Mrs. Salvatore created a handy book log to keep track of the numerous books you’ll take on this summer! Happy reading!

Chelsea’s Top Ten

Hi Everyone! My name is Chelsea and I am doing my Senior Practicum with Mrs. Van Hise in the Allentown High School Library Media Centerchelsea1. Basically, I have been given a task as part of my internship to pick my top ten favorite books of all time and make a bulletin board promoting them. Since I want go into the publishing and marketing field specifically for books, this was the perfect opportunity to start out getting my top choices heard to the student body. Take a look at my choices and give one a try, I really enjoyed all of them!

Poetry in the Wild

poetry5Students and poetry took flight outside the classroom on Poem in your Pocket Day, April 24th. Armed with sidewalk chalk, students wrote passages from a number of well-known poets which included work by Robert Frost, Sara Teasdale, Shel Silverstein, Emily Dickinson, Pablo Neruda and e.e.cummings. Afterwards, students went “shopping” for five favorite lines from other poems, then worked in groups to create a new cento poem. Enjoy some of the
new creations.

Thank you, Dr. Bowe…

book coverThe subject of a recently published book entitled, The Death Class: A True Story About Life, Norma Bowe is most widely known as the professor who created the most popular course at Kean University. Her Death in Perspective class, at times, has a three-year waiting list. Yet, she took time from her crazy schedule to honor AHS’ Enthusiastic Readers on April 22nd. She brought inspiration and wisdom from her own life and her students, encouraging everyone to live life to the fullest by helping others. Her mantra, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” was heartfelt and evident in her remarks and in the YouTube video she shared. Thank you again, Dr. Bowe, for your time spent with us, and for being the amazing person that you are. Feel free to leave a comment for Dr. Bowe. She would love to hear from you!

Congrats, Enthusiastic Readers!

IMGP4871You are an amazing group that keeps growing every year, in nominations and enthusiasm!
I am so proud of you all. This pivotal time in your life is when you are “following your personal legend” and realizing that the path to “Type E” (enduring) happiness is not without risk, fear, or hard work. Just like Santiago in The Alchemist, learn HOW to trust your heart, read the omen’s along life’s pathway, and understand that as you look to fulfill your dream, it looks to find you, just the same, if you let it. How reassuring to know that books will always be there, right beside you, every step of the way…Enjoy the pictures from the day, compliments of Louise, Katie, and Chelsea.

Heartstrings Attached

Readers know that books have a way of tugging at the heart from time thearto time. Anyone who has read, The Fault in our Stars, The Cobra Event, or The Book Thief can attest to this. Take a moment to share the title of a book that made your heart skip a beat. All tear-jerker, and pulse-stopping titles welcome.


Welcome US II. Today you will have the opportunity to research a historical figure. Using our ebook collection, Facts on File, and print sources, collect evidence to support the question, “How is your historical figure responsible for shaping 20th century America?” Use this evidence as a guide to writing a thesis statement. Remember it’s OK to re-work your thesis statement as you are gathering information in this beginning stage. Don’t forget NoodleTools to help you create your Works Cited page. In addition to this paper, you are required to create a faux Facebook page. Go to the “cloud” to access this template in Google Docs, compliments of teacher Derrick Waddell. Use your research information along with your imagination to have fun with creating wall posts, friends and groups.  Any questions, don’t hestitate to ask. PS Click on the historical figures project to print another assignment sheet if the dog eats your original.:)

AP Lit Picks

Ms. Jacko’s class created a stellar list of reading suggestions, intended to enlighten and spark the imagination. The list is divided into six sections: Books to Read Before Graduation, Difficult But Worth It, Women Empowerment, Beach Reads, To Read Before You See, and Poets to Check Out. As you can see, these ladies are well read and meticulously chose work for even the most discerning palate. Bon appétit!