This is the second year all 9th graders (about 1,600 students!) attended an orientation in the library, in close collaboration with our excellent English teachers. We continue to stress the importance of learning about the library resources, how to locate and use our library catalog and online subscription databases. Students received a link to a website we created and assessment. Their assignment was to read the site and watch all videos, and to use that information to complete the assessment.
If you are interested, here is a link to the online version of the resources we shared, including a (new for 2019) live action short video we created with a tour of the library, an animated video outlining our policies and holdings, and two videos about using our catalog and online database resources: http://bthslib.weebly.com/9th-grade-orientation-2018.html
As part of our in-class activity, students had an opportunity to create "spine poems" using book spines to write original poetry, as well as take photos in front of our green screen, with a book they might select if they were on a desert island. We hope you enjoy a small sample of their poetic creations!
This past month our (school-wide!) book club read “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo, and it was a wonderful read! If you read it or wanted to, we have a few suggestions for similar books. If you liked Bardugo’s writing, then check out the Grisha Trilogy! It is also written by her, and tells the tale of Alina, an orphaned teen who possesses elemental powers. As she comes to understand them she becomes a threat to the King of the land, and must flee.
Another great book you could read is “The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black (FIC BLA). The book follows Jude, a teen who was stolen from her family by a group of divine immortals, and her journey to find them. We hope you enjoy these fun new books!
Ms. Ferguson is one of the librarians at the Brooklyn Tech Library. We look forward to seeing you in the library!