Book Festival Celebrates the Work of Book Mentor Collaboration

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10th grade Book Mentors and 5th grade readers from Dulles Elementary celebrated the joy of reading at the 3rd annual Book Festival. The culmination of months of work the Book Festival generated contagious energy and excitement for reading. High School students in Content Lit classes worked to engage 5th grade students from Dulles through books they all selected to read back in February. The students worked together to generate campaigns  vote for the best books. At the end of our work together,all students voted to decide which titles should be purchased for classroom libraries at Dulles. Our program including lunch and the purchase of titles for classroom libraries: Our programming was generously supported by Children’s Inc and The Oak Hills Alumni Foundation.

Congratulations to all of our winners:

2019 Poster Winners

and to these Honorable Mentions

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Read More during OHHS Digital Citizenship Month

#DigCit Fiction Recommendations

Warcross by Marie Lu – an action packed, suspenseful read all inside the online game of Warcross

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales – What happens when you say the wrong thing online?

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – Good news: there’s an APP for that.

The Truth About the Truman School by Hillestad Butler – What if there was a website that told the whole truth about your school?

Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown – What if the picture you send reveals too much?

#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil – What happens when prison and executions become entertainment streaming live?

Need by Joelle Charbonneau – What if you could complete a minor task and a website would satisfy your NEED? Would you do it?

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang – a graphic novel, gaming mashup

The Uglies by Scott Westerfield – Would you want to be “stunning pretty” if the cost was your friend’s freedom?

The Circle by Dave Eggers – Would you want unlimited success it the cost was your privacy?

Scythe by Neal Shusterman – Can a utopian world be generated through technology and artificial intelligence?

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner explores the impact of texting and driving

Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman – When online life and real life collide.

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich – What if you told a secret and everyone believed you? What if the secret was a lie?

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – What if a viral video changed your life?

Feed by M.T. Anderson – Would you want the internet implanted in your brain?

#DigCit Non-Fiction Recommendations 2019

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter

iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — And Completely Unprepared for Adulthood — And What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean M. Twenge

Can Your Smartphone Change the World by Erinne Paisley

Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble

What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan

Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzalez & Sophie Houser

Legacy vs. Likes by Mike Smith , Andrew Norman

Fakebook: A True Story. Based on Actual Lies by Dave Cicerelli

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke

Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive & Creative Self by Manoush Zomorodi

Lobbying for Change: Finding Your Voice to Create a Better Society by Alberto Alemmano

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier

Book Mentors – Year 3

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Our Book Mentor Program is underway and the energy for reading is contagious. Close to 60 students in 10th grade Content Lit hosted the 5th graders from Dulles Elementary at the high school Media Center on Tuesday 2/5 and introduced those younger students to some great titles, shared some secrets about high school and generally encouraged younger students to enjoy reading.

These Oak Hills High School students have worked hard to prepare for the visit: selecting and previewing titles, providing advance information & sampling the books on, and deciding the best way to recruit 5th graders to read with them.

Students will come back together again at the high school for a day long Book Festival: sharing information about their books, negotiating with each other about which titles are best, and deciding together which titles should be purchased for classroom libraries at Dulles for other students to read.

A partnership between the Oak Hills Local School District and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, this project is generously supported by grants from the Oak Hills Alumni & Educational Foundation and Children’s Inc.

Keep Reading After the Hate U Give….

You’ve read The Hate You Give Or, maybe saw the movie. You’re compelled and want more of the same: engaging story that engages social issues, racial politics and human realities. Here are a few suggestions to keep you reading.

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All of these items are available here in the Media Center. You can check availability in the catalogue here.

Want a little more romance? Try The Truth of Right Now by Kara Lee Corthron, “In twenty-first-century New York City, the fact that Lily is white and Dari is black shouldn’t matter that much, but nothing’s as simple as it seems.” – amazon 

Want a male protagonist? Try Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles, “When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.” – amazon

Want a graphic novel? Try I Am Alfonso Jones  by Tony Medina & Stacey Robinson & John Jennings, “But as he is buying his first suit, an off-duty police officer mistakes a clothes hanger for a gun, and he shoots Alfonso.” – amazon

Want non-fiction? Try The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives, by Dashka Slater: Sasha and Richard’s worlds collide when one of them sets the other on fire on a public bus in Oakland, CA.

Want another look at the bystander perspective? Try All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, “two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.” – amazon

Want non-fiction and an immigrant perspective? Try Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi, “At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States.” – amazon

Want journal entries and more conversation? Try Dear Martin by Nic Stone, “Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.” – amazon

Want to look at more versions of the truth? How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon, “In the aftermath of Tariq’s death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up. Day by day, new twists further obscure the truth.” – amazon

Want a father & son relationship? Try Anger Is a Gift, But sometimes Moss still wishes he could be someone else―someone without panic attacks, someone whose father was still alive, someone who hadn’t become a rallying point for a community because of one horrible night.” – amazon

Want even more suggestions?

School Library Journal has collected great titles here.

Book Riot’s collection is different but equally good. You can check it out here.


Book Club is Back!

Book Club is meeting Thursday 10/18 after school to discuss creepy titles; decorate pumpkin cookies and select titles for November & December. Please Join Us. If you can’t be here on Thursday, you can join us in the future.

Use this form to subscribe to the email list and share reading preferences. Or, join our remind by using 81010 as the phone number and @ohhsbbg in the text message box.

Use this form to vote for November & December titles before 3:00 pm on Friday 10/19/2018

Use this link to get more information about the titles before you vote.





Oak Hills Students Present at Regional Service Conference


On Tuesday 9/25, Candace Andy, Jason Baker, Matt Dace, Caleb Prost, Andrea Rodriguez, and Josie Wefer presented their service work at the 2018 Student Service Leaders Exchange hosted by Inspiring Service and Children, Inc. at UC’s Tangeman University Center. A day full of breakout sessions and discussions highlighting student service leadership & school-community partnerships, the exchange pulled 600 students from 60 schools regionally . The exchange presented a tremendous opportunity to share and gow as leaders.

Candace Andy, Jason Baker, Matt Dace, Caleb Prost, Andrea Rodriguez, and Josie Wefer were invited to present their Book Mentoring service work from the past two years. This Book Mentor Service Project brings together 9th & 10th grade Content Lit students with 4th & 5th grade students from Dulles Elementary. High School students select titles; preview them for elementary students using; invite elementary students to read with them through Book Talks, and host a Book Festival where high school and elementary students work together to select titles they have all read for inclusion in classroom libraries at Dulles.   A partnership with the Green Township Library provides books to all participating students. The Mayerson Foundation provided financial support that has purchased books for classroom libraries at Dulles Elementary & transportation. The program works to establish an ongoing reading incentive & culture of reading in the Oak Hills Local School District.  

Interested in all of their work from last year? You can see a slideshow of all of the 2018-2018 program here:


Book Mentors Celebrate Reading

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Please click on the image to see photos of all our students efforts.

On February 22 & February 23 the High School Media Center hosted a Book Festival & Luncheon to celebrate the work our high school book mentors have been doing with 4th & 5th grade students from Dulles Elementary. Activities on these two days culminated efforts that have been going on all year. 430 students worked hard at activities that celebrate and promote reading. This public schools, public libraries and private partners collaboration to foster a community of readers joined Oak Hills Local Schools, the Cincinnati Public Library, Aroma’s Java & Gelato, Chick-Fil-A, Trotta’s, Bridgetown Finer Meats, Aramark Catering and the Mayerson Foundation. We are so excited to celebrate & support our students & their growth as readers.