Into Thin Air (By: Jon Krakauer, Review By: Kate)

Have you ever been so cold you thought your hands might fall off? That feeling when you are 20 feet from your house, but the distance feels like miles? Horrible as that experience was, I'm willing to bet that it was not as bad as climbing Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on Earth, in the spring of 1996 (or ever, for that matter). Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer, tells the story of a...

What kind of activities does Dana Hall library have?

1. Middle School Crafts Club

Middle School Students have a crafts club every Wednesday.

Girls who are interested in decorations, colorings, and making crafts have joined this club.

2. Knitting Circle

Dana Hall library has a Knitting Circle every Thursday.

Even though you don't know how to knit, come and join! Everybody of any level is welcome. The knitting supplies are available, if you don't have any. You will be able to...

“New Year, More Social Justice” Display

This is my first time creating a display for the Dana Hall, Helen Temple Cooke Library, and I am extremely proud of the outcome. I tried my best to include a wide variety of books for all age groups and themes in hopes that this display will be as diverse as possible. While creating this display, I knew that I wanted an overarching theme of social justice because I believe that the world needs more...

Cultural Journey – A New Display

 

I named my first display “Cultural Journeys”.  It was meant to showcase the many books that I have read that bring worlds together through the bond of human emotion.   One of the very first books I remember loving was Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  Of course, I do not remember much of it now, but I do remember being entranced with its wit and prose and the storyline of love that waits a lifetime.   Junot Diaz writes with a similar style...

Middle School Monday: Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Welcome to 2018, the year I work my way through our collection of middle grade books (books written for 5th-7th grade). I'm starting at the beginning of the author alphabet with Applegate, author of one of my favorite middle grade books, the Newbery Award winning The One and Only Ivan. While Crenshaw doesn't feature any gorillas, it does have a giant, invisible cat.

When Jackson was in first grade, he had an imaginary friend: a big black and white cat he named...

Thanksgiving Storytime @ The Library

Storytime at the library before Thanksgiving break brought a lot giggles, lego blocks, and children’s books on a surprisingly warm fall evening. Some of the faculty and their children were present and eager to hear the story of a farmer and his really smart turkey while they played with the lego blocks. After that funny story, Ms. Muther and Nadia led the group with their voices in singing Thanksgiving themed songs. Although most of the children present...

Book Recommendations for the middle school students who have read Harry Potter more than 3 times

“After all this time?” “Always,” said Snape. –The Deathly Hallows  

Are you the big fan of Harry Potter series? 

Then you will also be the big fan of these books!

1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)by C.S. Lewis

Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in...

In which we chair-ish the arts

We are big chair-leaders for the arts over in the library, and since we're also all about fun-iture, we are hoping to give our armchairs a facelift this year!  One of our retired pages gave us the inspiration when she pointed out that our chairs could use a little TLC a few years ago (Olive, I'm going to see about getting an armchair designed in your honor!). We've enlisted the ArtLab classes to design some super snazzy and jazzy slipcovers for our fleet of armchairs.  To read more about...