High School Library Gets a Facelift

Thanks to a generous donation from PTF (Parents, Teachers, Friends) as well as support from the school, the PBS High School Library is a welcoming and comfortable space to work and read.

New shelving was added to make the collection more accessible for research and reading. With the help of student library aide Sarah Storer, the entire library book collection was rearranged. The library now has a research room that holds the nonfiction section and provides space for classes to meet. The fiction and biographies are located in the reading room, which allows for reading and independent study.

 New chairs were added to the research room to provide comfortable, sturdy seating for classes. The most popular additions to the library were four tablet arm lounge chairs. These chairs have tablet arms that swivel to the front to provide a working surface for use with books or laptops.

The most recent addition was lounge seating provided by the school and a donation from the National Honor Society. Students have relaxing workspaces with two couches, two lounge chairs, and five footrests.

Take a look  inside:

Library Renovation Video


Spotlight On: The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up – the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.  — from the publisher

Find out more at the official Random House website.

Teen Read Week Prize Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of the Teen Read Week competitions!

The students with the most Get Caught Reading Cards:

  • John Michael Moore (8)
  • Christian Davidson (5)

Winners of the costume contest:

  • Joy Gomez
  • Mrs. Rachael Volk Ulmer

Grand Prize Nook eReader Winners:

  • Marc Kelly
  • Bonnie O’Brien

Vote for your favorite Teen Read Week costume!

Teen Read Week

Celebrate Teen Read Week with the
BS High School Library and Bookaholics Anonymous Book Club!

October 19 – 22

You could win a Barnes and Noble Nook eReader!
Two Barnes and Noble Nooks will be given away: one to a student and one to a teacher. Students who participate in the Teen Read Week activities will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a Nook. In order to be eligible for the drawing, a student must:

  • attend the speed booking party (Tuesday, October 19, lunchtime)
  • dress up as an author or character from a book or graphic novel (Wednesday, October 20)
  • “get caught reading” at least 4 times during Teen Read Week. (Monday through Thursday)

Teachers who give out Get Caught Reading Cards and dress up on Thursday will be eligible for a chance to win a Nook!
Find out more…

Barnes & Noble Book Fair

August 2 & 3:  8 am – 12 pm
August 4: 8 am – 3:30 pm

Shop online at bn.com from August 4 – 8! Enter the book fair code at checkout:  10257616

The PBS High School Library is hosting a Barnes & Noble book fair upstairs in C building during freshmen orientation days and prep day. Stop by to purchase your required reading for the school year and check out some new fiction and other goodies from the Barnes & Noble store. A portion of the proceeds will go to the PBS High School Library.

New Books: The Red Necklace & The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner

Don’t be fooled by the cover of The Red Necklace! This book is not strictly for girls. In fact, the main character is a boy. If you enjoy historical fiction with a dash of the fantastical, this book is for you.

Synopsis of The Red Necklace (from the inside cover):
The winds of change are blowing through Paris in the winter of 1789, both for France and for our hero, a striking and mysterious Gypsy boy named Yann Margoza. He was born with a gift for knowing what people are thinking and an uncanny ability to throw his voice, and he has been using these skills while working for a rather foolish magician. That work will soon end, however, and on the night of the magician’s final performance, Yann’s life will truly begin. That’s the night he meets shy Sido, an heiress with a cold-hearted father, a young girl who has only known loneliness until now. Though they have the shortest of conversations, an attachment is born that will influence both their paths.

And what paths those will be! While Revolution is afoot in France, Sido is being used as the pawn of a fearful villain who goes by the name Count Kalliovski. Only Yann, for Sido’s sake, will dare to oppose him.