Have a great summer! Don't forget to check out our summer reading list! See you in August!
Already, 2014 has been a great year for film adaptations of young adult novels. Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars have both performed extremely well at the box office. In fact, John Green's YA tearjerker beat out Tom Cruise's new sci-fi action flick in their respective debuts this past weekend--no small feat! As a high school librarian, I am thrilled by this, because it shows that books are powerful, and that readers can drive entertainment sales. The great news? We're just getting started: more great film adaptations are coming this summer!
Trailers and More:
If you like dystopias, mystery, and action:
The Maze Runner
If you want a good cry:
If I Stay
The Fault in Our Stars
If you missed it in theaters:
Check out Divergent on DVD August 5th.
Looking forward: Read these books now to enjoy the movies this fall!
Calling all books! Books are due back to the Library Media Center today! You will be billed for any unreturned items beginning Monday, June 9th. Don’t let that happen to you! Check your lockers, check under the bed, and visit the library if you have questions.
We start learning the names of colors when we are babies...but what exactly is color? That question was at the center of Alan Alda's 2014 Flame Challenge. The Flame Challenge, created in 2012 to recognize the importance of clearly communicating complex scientific concepts, was inspired by a question Alda asked his teacher when he was eleven years old: "What is a flame?" Her answer? "It's oxidation."
"I didn't know any more about than I did before," Alda said. "It's just like calling it by another name. It's [as if] I said, 'What's a flame?' and she said, 'Oh, that's Fred.'"
Alda announced the winner of the 2014 challenge, "What is Color?" this past Sunday at an event on the final day of the World Science Festival. Previous years' competitions have asked, "What is Time?" and, of course, "What is a Flame?" Learn more here and here.
Why am I talking about the Flame Challenge on the Library Media Center Blog? Clarity of information, of course! This award is all about explaining complex ideas in ways clear and easy enough for elementary students to understand. Clarity is a difficult but important skill to learn, and it certainly isn't limited to scientific ideas. The next time you are researching a new topic, reading a book, or looking something up online, pay attention to the expert or author's clarity of speech. Do you understand what he or she is trying to say or explain? Understanding and using information effectively are two of the most important information literacy skills we hope you learn in the library.
About Mrs. Stern
WRHS Library Director