October 24, 2014

Need a Literary Character Halloween Costume Idea?
7 GREAT DIY Costume Sites to √ Out

Updated October 29, 2015

Looking forward to seeing what our students and teachers 

conjure up this year!

Here are the rules and judging criteria:

Stumped for ideas? Here are some DIY* websites to get your creative juices flowing:

Book Week Costume Explore collection from Pinterest

Book Character Dress Up Day, Pinterest collection by Marci Tate

10 DIY Literary Costumes for Halloween from The Poets Project

Children's Book Character Costume Ideas, Pinterest collection by Lori Hancock
DIY* = Do NOT spend a lot of money :)

Yes, there will be photos to share.


Cross-posted on mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

October 17, 2014

And Our Next Middle School Book Club Read is ...... drum rol-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l ...!

Pano of the Club
Some GREAT suggestions! 

Here's the short list, alphabetically.
Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Brain Jack by Brian Falkner 
The Giver by Lois Lowry 
The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton 
Every Day by David Levithan 
Measle and the Wrathmonk by Ian Ogilvy 
Slathbog's Gold by M. L. Forman 
The Swindle by Gordon Korman
And the winner is (no surprise, no surprise)...

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan! 

Check out the book description on the author's website here.

We'll be discussing the book on November 14, at 11:40 am, under the hala tree next to the library. :)

Several students have already borrowed and read the book, which just came out on October 7 -- a good sign!

Come by the library to borrow / reserve a copy!

"Reading is dreaming with open eyes." --YoYo

Ms. Lindsay

October 7, 2014

Our Middle School Book Club's First Read of the School Year: The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

We had a lot of fun talking under the hala tree about Lisa McMann's first book in a series by the same name, The Unwanteds.

One thing missing from the book? Food! 

So we chose our favorite ... chocolate. This time, it was brownie crunch nibbles (School Kine cookies, Hawaii-based company). Yum!

These are the questions we posed:

     •Who was your favorite character?

     •Which character do you identify with the most?

     •What was your favorite spell?

     •What was your favorite moment?

Lots of great answers to these questions!

Since the author favorited our tweet (we were so thrilled),

we felt like she was in close reach.

If Club members had the chance, they would ask her the following questions:

     •How did you come up with the idea of The Unwanteds?

     •How long did it take you to write the book?

     •What inspired you to become an author?

The library purchased the other books in the series, and a couple of students are diving into them enthusiastically. Hurray!

This was a great pick (recommended by one of the Club members) for our first read of the year.

I Googled it before the meeting, of course, and found the author's superb study guide. Very detailed, and perfect for classes looking for an interesting, plot-twisting read.

Now, what will the Middle School Book Club pick as their next read?

We'll find out on Friday, at 11:45 .... Be there!

"Reading is dreaming with open eyes." --YoYo

Ms. Lindsay