Wednesday, May 27, 2009
So we asked
"Who is the library monster?
Why is he (or she) so angry?
Is there a story to tell?'
Here's what we learned...
"I came from the evil Boston Public library where I had been caged up for 15 years. My mother was brutally killed when a library cart sped out of control running her straight over. From then on I decided to get revenge by eating other books and scaring library goers. I wish I could be a normal book and be loved but the anger overwhelms me. So watch out. I will eat your books and assignments in fits of literary rage!
- Library Monster
P.S. The reference books taste the best."
"Such a sad tale. Would a little bibliotherapy help?"
"Probably, I eat books because I'm unhappy and I'm unhappy because I eat books. Your sympathy soothes me but I fell as if a tasty book is the only thing that can fill the void in my heart.
- Library Monster
P.S. I feel like I have a chance to start a new chapter in my life (pun alert)
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I will miss all of the library study hall regulars! Take care of yourselves and study hard!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Steve also asked us to each view one of the following war films during exam week and to consider the sacrifices made by the men who served in those battles as we watch. The films he recommended are We Were Soldiers, Saving Private Ryan, and Band of Brothers.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Maybe you are going someplace exotic this summer. Maybe your plans are already made: to climb to the high peak or dive deep in the clear blue ocean or to explore that far-away city. However, if this summer you'll be in more familiar locations with some time on your hands, you can always get a taste of the excitement through travel literature. In these stories, intrepid travelers with a gift for storytelling have set their adventures to words.
In Beyond the Sky and the Earth, Jamie Zeppa decided to not go to graduate school, and instead to travel to Bhutan, a mostly closed Himalayan country with a need for English teachers, in 1989. She left her overly cautious grandfather and her very stable boyfriend to seek an unknown adventure with unexpected consequences. Through Jamie's eyes, we meet her students, we learn about the customs, and we see the incredible landscape of this mountainous, Buddhist country.
Annie Hawes takes on a different kind of adventure, into the flavors of northern Italy. With her sister, she signs up to graft roses for the winter in a small Northern Italian town. She doesn't know much about roses except that they smell nice, but figures she will catch on when she arrives. This account reveals Annie's experiences as she inadvertently breaks social customs and misunderstands communications. The funny mishaps of the British sisters and the delightful descriptions of their meals remind readers of their own experiences of learning to love a new place.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Similarly, students can access library materials, class information and assignments, and any other information their teachers post for them. While only Governor's students, faculty and staff can access course materials, a look at our home page gives a quick snapshot of the many offerings we have at the Governor's Academy.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Vonnegut says he shared his experience because so many people nowadays (1990) regard printed material as "nothing more than obsolescent technology...practical schemes for transmitting or storing information." Vonnegut's experiences with transcendental meditation, however, led him to see that "the feel and appearance of a book when combined with a literate person in a straight chair can create a spiritual condition of priceless depth and meaning" (page 188). His similarities of experience (between reading and TM) include the world dropping away, pulse and respiration rate slowing, and the gaining of wisdom.
Whether or not the future generations will be able to find this same inner peace with the e-book is yet to be seen. I, however, find these things in Vonnegut's writings and recommend both his fiction and non-fiction to anyone who has the ability to laugh at human foibles and wishes to experience inner peace and tranquility.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Mr. Robertson's final projects in Children's Literature
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
A spring senior English elective has as its final project the creation of an original children's book. We love when they come over to be displayed in the library. The creativity of the authors simply shines. The Little Tadpoles is handsewn from felt with growing tadpoles page-by-page seeking their mother. A Ride to the Beach employs real sea shells and flaps that lift with Spanish translations. Stop by and see them in the next few days.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Luckily, formal season is here, and at The Governor's Academy students are participating in a variety of ways!
Some girls are donating formal dresses they've previously worn to the Fairy Godmother Project, an organization that collects dresses to make sure that every girl in the North Shore has a dress to wear to her formal dance.
Some students are buying tickets and formal wear for themselves in preparation for the big night.
And some students are reading stories about prom from our "All Dressed Up..." display, looking forward to the year they will have a chance to attend the formal dance.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Stories survive to be reread only because we relate to them, not because there is something that can stand alone without the reader. Classics, then, are those stories that relate to what is human inside us regardless of setting or historical era.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
We’d like to think there will always be some redeeming features to books, which will allow them an existence of 50, a 100, or more, years into the future. It is not just their pictures, and eye catching scripts, but by virtue of their depth of content, ease of use and continued universal access, that we hope to see such longevity.