Monday, April 23, 2007

April is National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets as a month-long, national celebration of poetry. In our school library we have a "Poet Tree." Bring in any original poem and your name will be added to a leaf and placed on our tree. Let's see how many leaves our tree will produce this spring!

Check out these websites: from the Academy of American Poets - daily poems, poet biographies, discussion forums on writing, audio, and don't forget to sign up for a poem each day in your inbox during the month of April.

Teen Poetry Wiki from the Internet Public Library for Teens - express yourself freely in words and find new ways to do it.

Wordsmiths from the New York Public Library- an anthology of writing by teens (ages 12-18) on the Web.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Author Patrick Jones Visits Mepham

Librarian turned author, Patrick Jones visited Mepham High School on Friday, April 13th. His visit coincided with the kickoff of National Library Week. Forty students from the National English Honor Society (NEHS) and Literary Circle (Mepham's Book Club) had the opportunity to read Jones' first novel, Things Change, which was named by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) as a best book for reluctant readers, and then participated in a group discussion with the author. There was a question-and-answer period and students had copies of his book autographed.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

What an Amazing Year!

What an amazing year we have had in the Mepham High School Library! It started way back in September with the Freshman Orientation Pirate Scavenger Hunt. Then it continued with our first Scholastic Book Fair in November. We raised more than $960 for our school and over 150 books were donated to non-profit children's charities. The library hosted its first Craft Day in December, just in time to make some homemade gifts for the holidays. We launched our new and improved website at the beginning of 2007 and it is being updated all the time. Author Patrick Jones stopped by in April to discuss his book Things Change and much, much more is being planned. Check back often!