Monday, October 15, 2012

It Came from the Library...

Teen Read Week 2012 has arrived with this year's spooky theme, "It Came from the Library..." This is a time to sit back, relax, and find something fun to read, just because!

The DHS Library Media Center has activities and events planned. Be sure to check them out!

  • Get out your pen or your laptop! It's time to write a spooky story to enter in the Teen Read Week Short Story Contest! Find the entry form below or in the library for your chance to win a Barnes and Noble gift card and other great prizes!
  • The movie that came from the library! Come hang out after school on Thursday (Oct. 18) for a showing of Coraline, based on the original book by Neil Gaiman. The movie will run until 4pm. Make sure you've planned your ride home!
  • And more! Stop in the LMC throughout the week to see what else is happening.

~ Mrs. Z

To see the Short Story Contest Form, click "Read more..."

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

National Hispanic Heritage Month

This week in the Library Media Center, we are showcasing works by Hispanic authors and about Hispanic heritage. Take a moment to stop in and browse! Or click the links below to read more about National Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual celebration from September 15 - October 15.

All about Hispanic Heritage Month

Presidential Proclamation by Barack Obama

National Register of Historic Places

Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

~ Mrs. Z

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Today is Banned Websites Awareness Day

Today we celebrate Banned Websites Awareness Day, an important part of Banned Books Week in the library community. The purpose of this day is to promote an awareness of the effects that online filters have on student learning. While there certainly are many reasons to have restrictive filtering in place in a school setting, it is also valuable to acknowledge the drawbacks.

Many students miss out on the opportunities to hone their digital citizenship skills, which are crucial in our 21st century world. How are students to practice ethical online decision-making skills when they are cut off from the chance to engage in discussion and collaboration on social networking sites? How can students further their learning with online resources if streaming video is universally blocked?

This is an Intellectual Freedom issue that only works to widen the digital divide.

Students, how would your learning experiences be different if all free web content was available to you at school? Faculty, how would your teaching change if no online sites were blocked on our network?

Read more about this issue in a blog post titled, A Tale of Two Students.

~ Mrs. Z

Monday, October 1, 2012

30th Celebration of Banned Books Week!

Dear Students and Faculty:

This week marks the 30th anniversary of an annual event called Banned Books Week. This event is all about celebrating the freedom to read!

When you come to the library, you will notice some displays that feature books covered in brown paper. These 80+ books are Dartmouth High School Library books. Throughout history, these titles have been challenged, banned, burned, censored, restricted, and removed in other libraries across the United States, as recently as earlier this year, and as close to us as Westport High School (in the 1970s). Unfortunately, this still happens today in the 21st century.

A library is a place where people can come to find information about all topics. A librarian’s job is to promote, provide, and protect the freedom to read and the freedom of choice. How would you feel if someone you don’t know told you that they personally disagreed with a book, and therefore, you couldn’t read it?

A library is a place where you can choose the materials you would like to read, and others can do the same. This year’s celebration of Banned Books Week marks the 30th year of liberating literature. So choose a book, any book, and read…because you can! Not everyone across the U.S. can do the same.

~ Mrs. Z

P.S. Check out this interactive infographic!