Friday, February 15, 2013

Fiction Friday, 2.15.13 / From the Stacks

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Pretties by Scott Westerfeld, pub. 2005, call # FIC WESTERFELD

Check out one of Scott Westerfeld's amazing novels! Here is an intro to Pretties

"Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect. Perfectly wrong. Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she's completely popular. It's everything she's ever wanted.

But beneath all the fun -- the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom -- is a nagging sense that something's wrong. Something important."

Have a wonderful, relaxing vacation, Dartmouth High!

~ Mrs. Z

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Biography Thursday, 2.14.13 / From the Stacks

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Stitches: a Memoir by David Small, pub. 2009, call # B SMA

A National Book Award Finalist, Stitches tells a vivid and moving memoir through pictures. This book is written in the format of a graphic novel, making the reading experience quite different from your average biography or memoir. Give it a try today!

From the book's website...
"One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot, the fourteen-year-old boy had not been told that he had cancer and was expected to die. 

Depicting this coming-of-age story with dazzling, kaleidoscopic images that render nightmare in a form that becomes a fairytale in itself, Small tells us of his journey from sickly child, to cancer patient, to troubled teen, whose risky decision to run away from home at 16 — with nothing more than the dream of becoming an artist — would become the ultimate survival statement.

A silent movie masquerading as a book, Stitches is as much a memoir as a tale of redemption that informs us that things can get better, that good can emerge from evil, and that art has the power to transform. It is a both a profound gift and a remarkable achievement, a book that renders a broken world suddenly seamless and beautiful again."

~ Mrs. Z

P.S. Happy Valentine's Day from the LMC! <3

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Multimedia Wednesday, 2.13.13 / From the Stacks

"W" for Wednesday! Click to see.
The Poetry Lounge, Bringing Poetry to Life: Self-Expression through the Spoken Word, pub. 2004, call # VC 811 POE

If you attend DHS's Poetry Out Loud event tonight, you might just find yourself feeling more inspired and creative than usual. If that's the case, you'll want to check out this DVD that features youth self-expression and poetry.

Here's what you can see on this DVD:

"The Poetry Lounge" is a free, multicultural open-forum for self-expression, inspiring young people to find their own voice and let it be heard. Hosted by award-winning Def Poets Shihan and Poetri, the "Lounge" has become the largest weekly open mic forum in the country, and was one of the inspirations for Russell Simmons' Tony-winning show, "Def Poetry Jam". Learn the fundamentals of writing and performing "spoken word" poetry from some of the most accomplished poets of the movement."

~ Mrs. Z

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Emerging from the Blizzard

Well, how's that for some winter snow? We've been offline for a while now, with the Dartmouth Public Schools closed on Friday, Monday, and now Tuesday. As you sit at home, hopefully with restored power and heat, here's an interesting site to visit that might make you think of spring!

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has created an awesome (searchable) site of bird calls. You can browse and search by bird name, as well as listen to the bird calls for free. (Click to visit the site.)

Here's to a nice compliment to all of your own Tweets : )

~ Mrs. Z

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Biography Thursday, 2.7.13 / From the Stacks


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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose, pub. 2009, call # B COL

“When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.’” – Claudette Colvin

As we begin Black History Month this year, here is one of our awesome, award-winning biographies about a teenager who was passionate enough to stand up for what she knew was right. Read the following review to learn more about this amazing young girl:

"On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders.

Undaunted, a year later she dared to challenge segregation again as a key plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle, the landmark case that struck down the segregation laws of Montgomery and swept away the legal underpinnings of the Jim Crow South. Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.

Claudette Colvin is the 2009 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature and a 2010 Newbery Honor Book."

~ Mrs. Z

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Multimedia Wednesday, 1.6.13 / From the Stacks

Tsunami: Killer Wave produced by National Geographic, 2005, call # VC 551.46 TSU

Are you ready for a wild ride? Check out this DVD that covers tsunamis, their power, and the devastation they can cause. Here is the back-of-the-case overview:

"Tsunamis are one of nature's most powerful forces, yet they are one of the least understood. Usually created by undersea earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, these killer waves can race across entire oceans at more than 600 miles an hour and swallow cities whole, leaving thousands dead.

Japan, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest have, throughout history, been struck by these destructive waves. Heart-stopping footage and stories of survival illustrate how catastrophic a tsunami can be."

~ Mrs. Z

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Nonfiction Tuesday, 1.5.13 / From the Stacks

Midnight Snacks: 150 Easy and Enticing Alternatives to Standing by the Freezer Eating Ice Cream from the Carton by Michael J. Rosen and Sharon Reiss, pub. 2002, call # 641.5 ROS

We've all done it. Some of us, more than others. It's midnight (or 10pm, or 2am) and you're starving. You're hoping that something jumps out at you from the fridge, something that looks decent. Usually you're looking for comfort food.

As this book's title explains, there are other options than standing next to the fridge eating out of the carton. Stop in the LMC and check out this book for amazing and easy recipes like Marshmallow Sauce, Everyday Egg Roll-Ups, Macaroon Sandwich Cookies, Mashed Potato Pancakes, Parmesan Popcorn, and much more!

Happy Cooking!

~ Mrs. Z

The Daily Create

Here's a question, DHS students: how often do you participate in class? Do you participate more often when it comes to things you enjoy doing? How about we work to close the participation gap at DHS? And no...I don't mean raising your hand more often! (Although, I'll bet your teacher would like that  : ) In fact, I don't even mean that it has to be school-related.

Think about how much media you consume each day. You watch videos and video clips. You read Facebook and Twitter feeds. You listen to music, read ebooks, and surf the web for the latest news and reviews. You're probably consuming a lot of visual, auditory, and written material each day.

But how much are you producing? How many videos do you shoot and edit? How many songs do you record? How many blog posts, tweets, and Facebook updates do you write? How often do you mix digital media to create online posters, digital stories, infographics, interactive timelines and maps, and more?

Everything that you consume was created by someone, somewhere. Let's work to contribute to that content so that others can consume what you create...so that they can be impressed by your skills!

In honor of Digital Learning Day on February 6, 2013, let's think about ways we can close the digital participation gap here at DHS.

Get started here with The Daily Create, where you can find a free daily dose of creative activity prompts.

~ Mrs. Z

Monday, February 4, 2013

Magazine Monday, 1.4.13 / From the Stacks

"M" for Monday! Click to see.
Mirages and Mind Benders: the 10 Best Illusions of the Year by Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik, pub. in Scientific American Mind, Jan./Feb. 2013

If you're someone who really enjoys optical illusions and mind benders, you should definitely read this article : )

Learn how to make your hand "disappear" and why your eyes think an image is floating and rotating when it is actually standing still. Plus, these amazing mirages and mind benders come with URLs to videos of them being done.

So read the article and check out the video...and then impress your friends!

Happy Monday!

~ Mrs. Z

Friday, February 1, 2013

Fiction Friday, 2.1.13 / From the Stacks

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Vidalia in Paris by Sasha Watson, pub. 2008, call # FIC WATSON

As we slide into February, how about reading some adventurous and romantic travel fiction? You can almost imagine taking a trip to Paris this February break to experience some of the magical sights and feelings that accompany a place so famous and historic. You can at least take a trip with this week's fiction selection...

"When Vidalia wins a scholarship to study art abroad for the summer, she can’t believe her good fortune. Paris is filled with surprises, including Julien, the nice bookstore clerk Vidalia should like as more than a friend, and Marco, the mysterious art dealer she can’t stay away from. By the time she finds out the truth about the paintings Marco sells, she’s fallen for him too hard to really care. But when his crimes threaten to involve her directly, Vidalia has to separate reason from passion." (Review here)

One reviewer describes the experience of reading this book: "Although I’ve never been to Paris, I almost feel as if I was visiting while I was reading this novel. The descriptions and imagery portrayed in Watson’s writing is spectacular! That alone made Vidalia in Paris an enjoyable read."

So stop in the LMC today to check out this great read!

~ Mrs. Z