Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Staff Picks

We have a new display in the Mepham High School Library over in the main seating area called "Staff Picks." Each month we will select a new staff member from the Mepham community to choose 5-6 of their all-time favorite books to display along with an artifact to tell you a little bit more about the person. Our first selection is Marie Netto, W.C. Mepham High School's English Department Chairperson (she also gets credit for the idea!). 

Ms. Netto selected the following: Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Brontë, Hamlet and King Lear by William Shakepeare, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Nell Scovell and Sheryl Sandberg and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Accompanying note cards explain why Ms. Netto selected these books as her favorites. All books are available for check out.

New display in the school library. 
Painted by Marie Netto, Mepham High School's English Department Chairperson. 
I know what you are thinking! What about a display of "Student Picks"? Coming soon! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Irish Cultural Society Writing Contest

Irish Cultural Society Writing Contest
Due: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In this year’s Annual Writing Contest, they are asking you to identify a main idea in a speech by President of Ireland, Eamon de Valera, and to analyze how he used rhetorical devices to develop the main idea. President de Valera’s radio address, delivered in 1943, is posted on the society's website.

For more information, contest materials, and helpful hints, click here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The DUFF at Mepham!

Author, Kody Keplinger, visited us via Skype on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 (just ten days before her debut novel, The DUFF, is released as a major motion picture!!!). The movie stars Bella Thorne, Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell and Allison Janney. Kody came to discuss how she wrote The DUFF while still in high school. She talked about getting a literary agent at the tender age of seventeen and how her book got optioned before it was even officially published. Her discussion was insightful and our students found her totally relatable. It was fun to chat about the casting of the film, her favorite books, her process when she writes and so much more during our Q&A. 
Author Kody Keplinger visited Mepham High School via Skype.
We raffled off copies of The DUFF and students received autographed bookmarks from the author. 
Raffle winners pose with the author.  
Thanks Kody Keplinger! We had a blast and can't wait to see the film. Field trip!  

Monday, February 2, 2015

Meet the Author of The DUFF!

Kody Keplinger
Author, Kody Keplinger, will be visiting us via Skype on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 2:15 pm in the school library. She has penned five young adult novels. Her debut novel, THE DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), has been turned into a movie starring Bella Thorne, Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell and Allison Janney. The film is set to be released this month (February 20th)! Kody’s visit will include a reading from her debut novel, a Q&A period, and a book raffle (6 paperback copies of THE DUFF).

This event is sponsored by the National English Honor Society and is a sanctioned ELITE event. All students are welcome to attend.
From her Website:
Kody Keplinger was born in raised in small-town western Kentucky. She wrote her first novel, The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) during her senior year of high school. She now lives in New York City with her German shepherd, Corey, where she writes full-time and teaches the occasional writing workshop. When she isn't writing, Kody is probably exploring the city, eating Thai food, or creating a new plan to become Tina Fey's best friend.

"I always felt like the 'ugly girl' in high school, so when I was introduced to the word during my senior year, I knew I was the Duff. The idea of writing a book with DUFF as the title started as a joke, but when I realized that my friends felt like Duffs, too, I knew I had to write this story!"
—Kody Keplinger on her inspiration for THE DUFF, her debut novel

Friday, January 30, 2015

“Freedom to Read” Essay and Art Contest

The Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Nassau County Library Association presents the Eleventh Annual “Freedom to Read” Essay and Art Contest.

Pick an Important Action Taken by a Character in a Story or Movie.
What would YOU have done? Why?

Entries must be received by April 1, 2015.

You may enter one or both parts of the contest:
  • Write a one page essay
  • Create an original picture or design (Copies or tracings of book covers will not be accepted)
Winners to be posted May 11, 2015 on the Nassau County Library Association homepage & the Intellectual Freedom Committee of Nassau County Library Association Facebook Page.

Reception at the Levittown Public Library on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Age group winners will receive a Barnes and Noble gift card.

All essays and artwork become the property of the Committee.
Please contact Ellen Berman (516)766-6257 ext. 17 with any additional questions.
Attach a copy of the entry form to each Essay or Art Contest entry and send to:

Ellen Berman 
c/o Rockville Centre Public Library
221. N. Village Ave.
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Socrative Apps

If you have used Kahoot before and liked it, but wished that it also provide you with a way to add short-answer questions, than look no further. Socrative is here!

"Socrative lets teachers engage and assess their students with educational activities on tablets, laptops and smartphones. Through the use of real time questioning, instant result aggregation and visualization, teachers can gauge the whole class’ current level of understanding. Socrative saves teachers time so the class can further collaborate, discuss, extend and grow as a community of learners."
With Socrative you get:

  • Instant feedback
  • Personalized content
  • Reports (downloadable by class and student)
  • Compatibility (any device or browser) 

Creating a Socrative account is easy and FREE for teachers and students. They also have separate apps for teachers and students on iOS and android devices.

Need help getting started? Stop by the library and Ms. Stack will assist you!