Book Mentors Continue a Tradition of Enthusiasm for Reading.

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High school Content Literacy students hosted 5th graders from Dulles Elementary today to talk about books and the culture of reading. 10th grade students have been preparing for our 5th grade guests since early January.  High school and Dulles students have selected books they will read over the next few weeks. All of these students will meet again in March to collaborate on advertising campaigns and decision-making geared to select which books will make the best additions to classroom libraries at Dulles.  We are thankful for the support of the Oak Hills Alumni Foundation whose funding supports our work and the purchase of books for the classrooms. We are excited for all of these students to have the opportunity to collaborate on decision-making and enhance the culture of reading throughout the district.

Help Us Pick Something Funny to Read in March

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Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of each month before school in the Media Center. There are always interesting people, good conversations and donuts. We’ve decided that what we all need this time of year is something funny to get us through March. You should help us decide what it should be.

Confessions of a High School Disaster by Emma Chastain: “In a word: Awkward. Every part of my life makes me cringe.”

The Disasters by  M.K. England: Kicked out of their one chance at the intergalactic colonization program, our heroes tumble into a plot to destroy the universe.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows: Historical fiction full of puns and mockery designed to make you snort awkwardly in public.

The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan: Briggs takes a summer job as a personal assistant. His eighty-four-year-old boss is a handful.

A Prom to Remember by Sandy Hall: Seven seniors, seven problems, one senior prom.

We Regret to Inform You: An Overachiever’s Guide to College Rejection by Ariel Kaplan: Mischa has done every possible right thing to get into the perfect college. Sadly, every single one rejects her.

Wildman by J.C. Geiger: Straight A student stranded in the middle of nowhere begins to rethink his whole life plan.

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Looking to Spend Monday Reading?

Looking to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights? A great place to start is this article in the New York Times, “Teaching and Learning About Martin Luther King, Jr. With the New York Times”.

You might also want to try one of these titles:

MLK Reads 2020

Tyler Johnson Was Here

 Just Mercy

 Dear Martin

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight

Martin Luther King, Jr. A Life 

 Dig

A More Beautiful and Terrible History

All American Boys

How to Be an Antiracist

Universal Letter Writing Week 

In an age when the character count rarely exceeds 140 and many of us communicate in as few syllables as possible, it seems either a luxury or maybe silliness to celebrate Universal Letter Writing Week in its most traditional sense. So consider books written as letters (epistolary format) as a way to add variety to your book life. You’d be surprised how changing the format of a book changes the whole reading experience. Here are some from our collection worth a second look.

Illuminae: Kady thought breaking up with her boyfriend was today’s worst disaster. Then her colony planet world was invaded by warships as two massive corporations compete for control of the resources. SciFi / Action Adventure written as a collection of letters, files, text exchanges. Great if you are really looking for a new format different from the traditional paragraphs. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: You may be entranced by the movie on Netflix  but the book is so much better. Give it a try.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares: A little bit of romcom is always nice. Home alone during the winter break holidays, Lily leaves a set of clues and a dare in a journal hidden among the books in a used book store. Dash finds the journal and sets his own challenge in it for Lily. Will they ever meet in person? Or, will it continue to be anonymous clues in the shared journal?

Frome Twinkle with Love: A romcom second helping. When Twinkle Mehra teams up with Sahil Roy to direct a version of Midsummer Night’s Dream for the local film festival, she thinks everything is finally going her way. Then a mystery man begins emailing her and it’s love triangle territory for sure.

Life on the Refrigerator Door: Claire and her mom are always running; busy all the time; never in the same place at the same time. The only consistent thing they can rely on are the notes they leave for each other on the refrigerator door. Can their relationship survive the newest crisis? If you like reading novels written in verse, this is one to check out. It reads in the same quick and powerful way.

Dear Rachel Maddow: Brynn is wrangling some tough stuff in her life: her brother’s death, her crummy relationship with her stepdad and academic disaster at school. She begins drafting letters to her favorite personality, Rachel Maddow, for a school project. Then the stakes get even higher. 

Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda: When one of Simon’s sensitive emails gets into the wrong hands, he risks having his secrets revealed. Then life gets really complicated. Can he untangle his trouble, accept some change and find true happiness?

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions: Short, thoughtful non-fiction. Adichie makes 15 suggestions that will make you think, change your perception and perhaps understand the world in a new way.

World Mental Health Day 10/10

The first week of October is recognized as Mental Illness Awareness Week in order to increase recognition and fight stigma. The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a wealth of resources including a 24/7 crisis hotline and stigma free pledge resources https://www.nami.org/.

According to the NAMI website 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness each year.

“Mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults. 50% of all lifetime mental illnesses develop by age 14 and 75% develop by age 24.” NAMI

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Each year the World Health Organization designates October 10 as World Mental Health Day.  This year the focus is on Suicide Prevention. More information including this infographics-suicide and other resources can be found on their site here.

If you or someone you know needs helps now, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or call 911.

You can connect with help and resources here at Oak Hills by talking to a member of the Hope Squad. https://grantushope.org/hope-squad/

Interested in some further reading? These might be some places to start:

        

Professional Learning Collection

Looking for a resource for your PPL? We might have one you can use. These titles are currently available in the Media Center for checkout. Or, you can always check for items in our catalog.

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Hacking the Writing Workshop

Make Writing

50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

What Connected Educators Do Differently

News Literacy: The Keys to Combating Fake News

Dreamland: the True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic 

Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Parkland 

Learner Centered Innovation

The Innovator’s Mindset

Launch

Sparks in the Dark

Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension

Celebrate Your Right to Read

Each year the American Library Association recognizes the power of words, the importance of Intellectual Freedom and examines the impact of  censorship during Banned Books Week. Recognized this week 9/22 -9/28, it celebrates an individual’s right to choose reading material appropriate to their own needs and interests.

You can celebrate this week by choosing to  add more books and reading to your life. Maybe join our bookish community. Start with Books and Baked Goods Wednesday before school 9/25. Stop by for a pass or get more info here

Curious about which books were challenged most often in 2018? Checkout the ALA’s listing here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10

Want to know what authors have to say about censorship and book challenges? The National Council for Teachers of English has a great collection of quotes you can explore here Author’s Speak Out about Censorship

You can take a look at the Library Bill of Rights that we and other libraries strive to deliver daily, here: Library Bill of Rights

We invite you to stop by the Media Center and celebrate your right to read. Choose a book or a bookmark. We will keep the light on for Intellectual Freedom and your right to choose.  

Want more reading resources?