December 21, 2015

Special Guest Readers at This Year's Alumni Keiki Christmas Storytelling Fest!

Our special guest storytellers enchanted our alumni keiki today!

Mahalo to Head of School Sarah Bakhiet, Seabury alum and K-2 teacher extraordinaire Annie Lowson Queirolo (and her daughter Daisy), and Seabury Sophomores Mikhaila and Patricia Sung for bringing such joy to the little ones!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Ms. Lindsay (◕‿◕

December 1, 2015

Hanging Out with Author Mariana Llanos -- Libros, Preguntas, y Fotos

Thanks to Google Hangouts in Education, our Advanced Spanish classes got to meet author Mariana Llanos!

All ready to share Tristan Lobo with class of high school Spanish students in Hawaii. Thanks to their fantastic...
Posted by Books by Mariana Llanos on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A photo posted by Seabury Hall's Castle Library (@seaburylibrary) on

Here are some reactions to the experience.

Profesora Mrs. Fuentes-Asato:

"I really enjoyed the Google hangout with Mariana Llanos. It was great to see my students so engaged and interested in knowing more about Tristán Lobo. I also enjoyed seeing them asking different kinds of questions to Mariana regarding her career, personal life, and hobbies.

I think this Google hangout was a great experience because we got to do something outside the classroom and it was different. It was neat to meet the author that we had been talking about for the last few days and to learn so much from her.

Even though Tristán Lobo is a story for kids, it had new vocabulary, expressions, and different past tenses, which made the lessons more meaningful and challenging, perfect for a high level Spanish class.

I highly recommend this to all the teachers."

From some of los estudiantes:

"I enjoyed listening to Mariana share her story with our classes-- it was a nice change in classroom setting and really nice to hear a native speaker speak over video chat. It was very different and I loved the idea of the video chat. I really enjoyed listening to her talk, her voice was so energetic and fluid. Overall, it was a great experience, meeting someone so passionate about what she does." --

"I thought the visit went really well except for some technical glitches like the sound and the text on screen.  But overall, it was really cool to have a Google hangout with a Spanish-speaking author who told us a story and then answered our questions afterwards." --Jesse

"I really enjoyed the visit because Mariana was very energetic and passionate about her books. It was nice to change up the normal classroom activities and have a bit of real world situations in having a conversation in Spanish with strangers. There were technical glitches, but that didn’t ruin the experience. It was really good practice for listening and speaking in Spanish which was very helpful and fun for me." --Ava

"I enjoyed meeting and listening to Mariana. Although it was occasionally hard to follow her Spanish speaking, it was a great experience and showed me that with more practice I could really be able to have a conversation with somebody in Spanish. She made me feel very comfortable and seemed very excited to help us practice our Spanish!" --Peyton

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We'll be purchasing more of Mariana's books, and you can too, either HERE (for an autographed copy) or on Mariana's website.

I was thrilled to facilitate Mariana's visit. Hopefully there will be more Google hangouts and author visits in our future!


Cross-posted at mauilibrarian2 in Olinda.

October 29, 2015

Iowa Barber Gets Kids Reading -- #powerofone

What a difference just one caring adult can make!

How cool is this?Thanks, Joy.
Posted by Linda J. Lindsay on Thursday, October 29, 2015


Ms. Lindsay (◕‿◕

October 17, 2015

3 Cool Things I Learned from our School's #BannedBooksWeek Celebration

"No, we are not celebrating that books are banned, we're celebrating that we read banned books." I found myself saying this more than a few times throughout Banned Books Week. "We're celebrating our freedom to read!"

A photo posted by Seabury Hall's Castle Library (@seaburylibrary) on

It was a great week of raising awareness!

Here are three cool things I learned:

1. Our students are astute readers and free thinkers.

Listening to the two student discussions English department chair Mr. Alan Hodara facilitated, "The Hunger Games" and "Challenged Books at Seabury Hall", filled me with awe. Our students are extremely aware. And our English teachers are doing a fantastic job of sharpening students' analytic skills.

2. If you start a school-wide conversation about banned / challenged books, students will start looking for free reading, banned or not.

Our students are busy! Discussing banned books seemed to help kids remember how much they love to read for pleasure. It was awesome to watch more kids than usual browsing the shelves, and borrowing. Librarian's delight. :)

3. Our Head of School GETS it!

At the end of the week, our Head of School, Ms. Sarah Bakheit, dropped by the library to check out our banned book display. 

Her comment? "When I was in school, the fact that a book was banned was my SIGNAL to read it. "

How cool is that?

All in all, Banned Books Week at our school was a success! #makesmehappy

Ms. Lindsay (◕‿◕

[Cross-posted at mauilibrarian2 in Olinda.]

July 28, 2015

Another Great Reading List, this time for 14 to 15 year olds, not only for Reluctant Readers

BookRiot came up with another fantastic reading list, this time for 14 to 15 year olds.

Here's another great book list, this one for ages 14 to 15. Not only for reluctant readers! (◕‿◕✿) #kidreads(here's...
Posted by Linda J. Lindsay on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Yes, I'm ordering! \(^▽^)/

Ms. Lindsay (◕‿◕

July 4, 2015

The Ultimate Guide: Great Reading List for 12 and 13 olds, not only for Reluctant Readers

Some great summer reads!

We have some of these books and I'll be ordering the ones we don't.

Great list, not only for reluctant readers. (◕‿◕✿) #summerreads
Posted by Linda J. Lindsay on Friday, July 3, 2015

Hope you all are enjoying your summer!

Ms. Lindsay

April 23, 2015

Maui Author Toby Neal Came to Our School!

Maui author Toby Neal's visit to our school was all I hoped for and more!

Just got done speaking at Seabury Hall to a hundred or so students on "developing creativity." Yes, some yawns occurred,...
Posted by Toby Neal on Monday, April 20, 2015

Here's how I introduced Toby:
Author Toby Neal was raised on the island of Kauai, and now lives on Maui.
She has written 9 books for adults in the "Lei Crime" series, which has sold 1/2 million copies worldwide. The books follow policewoman Lei Texeira as she solves crimes around the state.
Toby is one of the most successful self-published authors in the state. She sells most of her books through Amazon and Hawaii Business Magazine has called her "Hawaii's Amazon queen".
Toby is in private practice as a mental health therapist, so her well-drawn, complex characters in her books reflect her keen understanding of what makes people tick.
Toby has just written Island Fire, which is her first Young Adult novel. It's a post-technology adventure set on the island of Lanai.
It happens to be on sale on Amazon for 99 cents until April 28, so if you don't win a copy in our drawing today, you might want to download a copy. It's a great read! Toby is planning more in the series.

Toby's talk on "Developing Your Creativity" in our Creative Arts Center to over a hundred students was thought-provoking! (I learned that it's okay to be bored, to allow for creativity to come in.)

Afterwards, Toby met with our Middle School Book Clubbers and others in our Hawaiian Studies Room.

Toby read to us from Island Fire ...

and answered questions. 

Q and A
Posted by Toby Neal on Monday, April 20, 2015

I loved this intimate venue! (And the chocolate chip funfetti cookies passed inspection. )

What a special opportunity for our students!

Thank you so much, Toby!

P. S. And about Island Fire? Highly recommended!

Ms. Lindsay
[Cross-posted at mauilibrarian2 in Olinda]

March 9, 2015

Reading For Fun -- Print or Digital? A Straw Poll at our School

Here are the results of our little straw poll about reading format:

Next up is a question about favorite books Thanks to +Tiffany Whitehead for the idea and the poster!

Can't wait to see the results!

Ms. Lindsay