Trailers Looking for a great read over winter break? You can read these title without even getting off your couch (they're currently available in OverDrive).
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This is one of those books that I'm frantically pressing into everyone's hands -- it's a "must read." It's topped many "Best of 2017" books lists, and received lots of critical praise. The publisher says, "Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life."
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
This is another great book with a lot of buzz. Like The Hate U Give, it also examines violence in an urban, mostly African American community. The publisher says "...it's a stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds--the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he's going to murder the guy who killed his brother... Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That's where Will's now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother's gun."
Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali
I read this book a month ago, and I loved it. I haven't read many YA novels with Muslim main characters, so I really appreciated the "window" opportunity this book provided. The publisher says, "There are three kinds of people in my world:
1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They're in your face so much, you can't see them, like how you can't see your nose. 2. Misfits, people who don't belong. Like me--the way I don't fit into Dad's brand-new family or in the leftover one composed of Mom and my older brother, Mama's-Boy-Muhammad. Also, there's Jeremy and me. Misfits. Because although, alliteratively speaking, Janna and Jeremy sound good together, we don't go together. Same planet, different worlds. But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right? 3. Monsters. Well, monsters wearing saint masks, like in Flannery O'Connor's stories. Like the monster at my mosque. People think he's holy, untouchable, but nobody has seen under the mask. Except me."
Date: December 4th - 8th
Location: Durgee Junior High
Events: Coding in class, computer science career speakers, and a robotics challenge
During the week of December 4th Durgee will be celebrating the Hour of Code, an international event designed to raise awareness of computer science. The following events are planned:
"You can’t please everyone. Every book will have its fans and its foes. But restricting reading for another person or group of people? That goes too far." -- Melissa Taylor, Teacher & Author
During the last week of September, libraries all over the country celebrate Banned Books Week. Each year hundreds of books are banned or challenged. People often challenge books because they dislike or disagree with the content of the book. When a book is banned, a library is forced to remove it from the shelf, which means NO ONE is allowed to read the book.
Libraries believe that ONE group or person should NOT decide what EVERYONE else is allowed to read. During Banned Books Week, libraries recognize your right to CHOOSE the best books for YOU.
Unlock examples of banned and challenged books, and celebrate your right to ______. (THINK YOU KNOW THE CODE?!? Sometimes people get things backwards...).
The recent US presidential election has demonstrated Americans' inability to tell the difference between real and fake news stories. Often shared via social media, fake news leads to misinformed citizens, and even violence. The best way to combat fake news? Identify the most reliable news outlets, and then stick with these sources.
If you're looking for suggestions, check out the Real News page on the Durgee Library site. To access it, hover over "Research" and then click the link to "Real News."
People ask me ALL. THE. TIME. for book recommendations. I read a lot, but not enough to know every book in the library. So, in order to make sure we find the best book for each person, I have to use my resources to get suggestions.
Here are 3 places I go (and YOU can, too!) go to get book recommendations:
1) Novelist <-- click here
2) What Should I Read Next? <-- click here
3) NYPL Teen Lit Blog <-- click here
Once you've got the name of a book you'd love to read, the next step is to see if we have it in OUR library. To do this, visit the Durgee Library Catalog. Checked our catalog and don't see the book you want? Dont' worry! We can borrow it from another school! See a library staff member for help.
Prevent the dreaded summer slide by reading over the next couple of months! You'll find great suggestions and all kinds of multimedia on Durgee's Interactive Summer Reading List.
Remember, you can access FREE eBooks and audiobooks from our building's OverDrive collection. Access OverDrive by clicking here. Remember -- you OverDrive username is your school computer ID and your password is books.
Summer Reading Suggestions Slideshow
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