Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Summer Reading Rocks 2018

“Summer reading is about kicking off shoes, staying up much too late, reading all day with no one caring that’s what you’re doing. It’s about rushing through one to get to the next or lingering as long as you want. It’s about vicarious experiences that let us become a girl in an attic, a boy in the wilderness, a kite runner in a far-away land. And that type of reading begins with personal choice.” - Dr. Kylene Beers: educator, author, and former president of the National Council of Teachers of English

Yay for independent reading! The English Department invites students from all grade levels to select a book of their choice to complete the summer reading assignment this year. *Please note that 11th grade students entering AP Language and Composition and all students entering AP Literature and Composition do have a special assignment that can be found here.

Having trouble finding a book? Come see us in the school library! We can help you find the right book for your individual interests. 

Still having trouble finding a book and school is no longer is session? We encourage you to check out these suggested titles:
YALSA's Teen Book Finder Database
NPR's Book Concierge
The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time
40 YA Books You Need on Your Summer Reading List

Summer Reading Program Rules & Additional Information:
  • Please select a book that is appropriate for high school. You should not have read this book before, either in class or independently. You can choose fiction or nonfiction novels, graphic novels, or plays. Essay and short story collections/compilations are OK. 
  • Please complete the book prior to the first day of school in September, 2017.
  • You will be asked to write a reflection on your summer reading selection in September!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Please Interrupt Me!

Since my desk is in the front of the library, and my job calls for stints at the computer - ordering books, responding to emails, posting on the school's Twitter account, etc. - I often hear students says, "Sorry to bother you, but..." YOU ARE NEVER BOTHERING ME. In fact, I download this sign from Grey House Publishing to make that clear and stuck it on my desk.
Courtesy of Grey House Publishing 
Whatever I am doing is not more important than helping you. So, please interrupt me! Remember that we are here to help you. That is our most important job.
Ms. Stack's desk

Matching "Please interrupt me" button!

Button courtesy of Mepham parent, Ms. Williams. 

Friday, June 1, 2018

A Day in the Life of the Library

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of the William S. Christy Memorial Library looks like? Well, wonder no more! The students of the Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting department filmed an average day in our library recently, highlighting some of our current initiatives, such as BreakoutEDU, 3D printing, Stick Together, MakerSpace activities, independent reading, and so much more!

While this video doesn't include ALL the wonderful things that happen every day in our library, it gives you a glimpse into what is happening around here. Come see for yourself. Remember... Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Library Club Manual

We recently came across a bunch of Mepham High School Library Club Manual's from the 1960s. The purpose of these handbooks was to describe some of the important duties of Library Club members. It was intended to be used for training the apprentices recruited each spring and to be kept for reference and review. The junior and senior students were to certify the sophomores under their tutelage as each branch of training was completed. The first manual was published in April 1962. It was intended to revised each year and suggestions were solicited. The hope was that both masters and apprentices will learn from this process. While most of the Library Club activities are outdated, the premise still rings true today:
"The smooth operation of the Library is very important to the high school, and the Library Club is very important to the smooth operation of the Library." - Wilma H. Cope and Mildred E. Klips, Librarians, W. C. Mepham High School  
Library Club Manuals from the 1960s

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Great American Read

"The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

Voting will open online and on social media with the launch of the two-hour premiere episode and continue throughout the summer, leading up to the finale in October 2018. Over the summer, viewers can vote online and through hashtag voting via Facebook and Twitter. In the fall, viewers will also be able to cast their votes by using SMS and toll-free voting."

Watch the trailer above for more information.

Quiz: How Many Books Have You Read From the List of 100?

Thursday, May 17, 2018


Watch this short video below to see how you (Mepham students) can quickly access NoodleTools to create online citations. This is just in time to finish up all those research papers!