New Books 2013

CCHS Library Undergoes Construction

     For the first time since moving into the current library building in 1994, the books have been packed up (or covered in plastic) while we await construction to begin in early June. The six air conditioners on the roof will be replaced and new steel beams will be added as reinforcement. In anticipation of the dust and welding sparks, the librarians packed books, covered shelves with plastic, had students help move furniture, and moved over 6000 books into a storage room. All computers have been disconnected and stored away. In fact, it's looking like a ghost town in here.
     It's been humorous to see patrons' reactions to the packing. Some have asked, "Do you do this every summer?"
     "Uh... no."
     Others have asked, "Why would you do this?" or "Have e-books replaced the books?"
     "Not yet."
     One thing is for sure, the librarian and her hard-working assistant will be taking a long break to rest up for the unpacking in August. That should be fun.
     Happy summer! Congrats to our seniors!

Pre-AP and AP Social Studies Reading Lists

Pre-AP and AP Reading Lists are now online for all CCISD schools.
Students may choose to read any of the suggested titles to enrich their summer reading and increase their content knowledge. The document is seven pages long. Make sure you scroll down to see all of the subject titles.

Library Books

All library books are due this Friday, May 18th. After that date, your books are overdue and will be charged a fine of $.10 a book per day. Don't forget to turn your books in on time and avoid those fines.

Senior Clearance day is Wednesday, May 30th. Seniors must have all fines cleared in order to graduate on Thursday. Avoid the long lines and take care of business before that date.

Have a great week!

Free Audio Books All Summer!

Teens can get two free audiobook downloads each week this summer for ten weeks through SYNC, a joint venture between audiobook publishers and AudioFile Magazine. Each week, kids can listen to one popular young adult title paired with a classic that connects with its theme from the top audiobook publishers absolutely free. Downloads are in MP3 format, hosted by Overdrive, and are Mac and Windows compatible. Each audiobook will be available for download for only 7 days, but once downloaded can be listened to at any time. Read more about it.

Dark Shadows Coming to the Big Screen

As a child, I remember coming home from school and turning on the old black&white reruns of the drama Dark Shadows. It was a favorite of mine and my sister's. Now the serious, dark series has been turned into a humorous movie by Tim Burton starring his sidekick Johnny Depp. Read all about it in this week's School Library Journal's Teen Edition.

TEEN Sexting is a Felony

What seems like a harmless prank, can get YOU into a lot of trouble. Posting inappropriate images or videos of yourself or others online could be a felony and mean you lose your job, or your acceptance into the school of your choice. Read the article in School Library Journal's Teen Newsletter to find out more information.

Webcast and Other News

The live webcast for author Rick Riordan came and went. It actually concluded 25 minutes early. I had several disappointed students show up and were saddened that it was already over. He showed fans some Egyptian artifacts and talked about his books and answered questions sent to him earlier. Book number three of the Kane Chronicles comes out today.

The next meeting of the Reading Rumble team will be this Thursday, May 3rd during all three lunches. We will see what books still need to be read and talk about final details.

This is the last week for GET IN GEAR tutorials after school. Thursday will be the final day offering an extra hour of help and a ride on the late bus.

Friday is the last day to request books from other campuses. ALL LIBRARY BOOKS ARE DUE MAY 18TH!!!!

Finally, Mrs Gisch and I are certainly ready for the summer. Her bulletin board display says "Flip Thru a Good Book This Summer," and my window display says "Sizzling Suspense for Summer." I think we're secretly dreaming of getting out for the summer.