Holiday greetings from the library where Milly and I have been busy helping teachers and students while updating our collection. We have been weeding out-dated materials and have added 194 titles to our shelves. Our focus thus far has been on fiction, the social sciences, history and geography. We would like to thank the individual donors and the public library who always keep us in mind when discarding used books. We would also like to thank the Boosters Club for their $1,000 donation which will be a tremendous help to us as we continue to up-grade. We are so fortunate to have the support of such a generous community, and anyone who wishes to donate a book or monetary help will be greatly appreciated by the students of IHS.
We have begun the first ever IHS Book Club, kindly sponsored by Linda Offerdahl at Dress the Part(y), and we thank her for her continued support of the library. We had 10 students attend our first meeting in November and after much discussion, we chose Unwind by Neal Shusterman as our first novel. The club has already grown to 14 students, and Milly and I are excited to meet again with the student on December 6 at lunchtime to discuss this provocative novel and choose a new one. We will be asking students who are able to give a donation towards the purchase of the books.
Classes sign up to use the library daily to conduct research and for a variety of other projects. The social studies department recently produced Photo Story slide shows; the freshman English classes completed The Dead Poet research project; the sophomore English classes explore material for their speeches and debates; the Spanish classes discover the Spanish-speaking world; We the People students meet to delve into The Constitution and work on their testimonials; and enrichment and English classes choose novels to read.
Our new Study Club meets in the library on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 2:15 to 4:15. Four teachers are scheduled each day to tutor students and help them with their homework. Please encourage your students to attend. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to complete all their work before going home.
Milly and I have also created a shelf with free books for students. Students are welcome to browse the shelf and select any book to keep. So even if a student has an outstanding fine, he or she can always leave the library with a book in hand.
We have also initiated a ‘Wish List” for students so that they can let us know the titles and authors that they would like to see on our shelves. Students simply write the titles on the easel placed at the entrance to the library, and we will do our best to make their wishes come true.
Thanks again to Linda Offerdahl at Dress the Part(y) who kindly donated our beautiful holiday decorations.
Once again, we wish you the all the best of the holiday season and a happy and successful new year.