Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Because Black Lives Matter

Dear HCMS Family,

There has been a lot in the media lately surrounding racism in America.  

You may have questions.  You may be confused. You may be sad or angry or scared.  You may be wondering, "What can I do?"

As your librarian, it is my duty to provide resources for you to deal with issues.  To help you find clarity.  

So here are some resources for you to dive into.  Resources that promote antiracism. This list is just the beginning.  Educate yourself.  Research.  Join.  Follow.  Devote yourself to love.




READ:
  • HERE is a list of 31 children's books that support conversations on race, racism, and resistance.  
  • I've also curated a list of similar titles on our HCMS Library Sora/Overdrive account.  These are ebooks that you can access at home.  
    • Log into the SORA app (using THESE DIRECTIONS).
    • Click on Collections
    • Select "Black Lives Matter"
  • I especially encourage you to check out the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds (adapted from Stamped by Ibram X Kendi).  It is an important read.  It is a necessary read.  I've purchased extra ebook copies that are available in Sora.  But I also encourage you to order your own copy.  This is one that you will want to revisit, reread, and write in.  Trust me.


WATCH:
I love THIS VIDEO from Franchesca Ramsey about how to be an ally.



KidLit Rally for Black Lives - Listen to some of our favorite authors




ACT:
  • Check in with your black friends, family, partners, etc
  • Educate yourself and read up on what it means to be antiracist
  • Screenshot, share, and repost resources to educate those around you
  • Don't center the narrative around you. Identify privilege and condemn it
  • Stop supporting organizations that promote hate.
  • Be an ally and advocate after the outrage ends
  • Continue to donate, fund, and support initiatives you care about 
  • Don't shy away from difficult conversations
  • When the time comes, register to VOTE and then exercise your right!  VOTE!
  • COMMIT:  Fill in your on-going commitment for racial justice and SHARE!  "I Commit to: ____________"
  • Any time you have concerns, reach out to your leaders (email, tweet, call, etc)
  • Use your voice!



Tuesday, May 26, 2020

SUMMER BOREDOM BUSTERS

Hey Cougars!

Here are some resources to keep you reading and busy this summer!

The little plus signs on the images are links to the resources.

Click on the dolphin for information on the three live trivia events that I'm hosting this summer.  So go ahead and mark your calendars now!

Have a great summer and remember to READ, READ, READ!

I miss you and can't wait to see you next year!

Love,
Mrs. Schubert

ONLINE READING

Hey Cougars!

We may be learning remotely, but the Library is still OPEN!  Sort of...

We've purchased loads of great eBooks for you to check out from the HCMS Library and read on your SORA App.  CLICK HERE for directions.

There are also a TON of great, free online eBooks and Audiobooks available to you!

FIRST Watch THIS VIDEO

THEN use THIS FLYER to access all of the free resources available to you.  Save this flyer to your home screen so that you can quickly access it.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

QUARANTINE HAIKUS

Thanks to all of you who participated in our Quarantine Haiku event!





Sunday, April 26, 2020

LIBRARY EVENTS

Hey Cougars!  I miss you so much and I'm super bummed that I won't get to see you again before the school year is over!  So let's stay connected via some fun Virtual Library Events!

Check out the flyer below to see what's going on at the HCMS Library.  We've got Live events, contests, and more. 

I hope to "see" you soon!

(this pdf has links)



Friday, April 10, 2020

March Book Madness WINNER

The votes are in and this year's March Book Madness WINNER is...


with 58.9% of the votes!





Sunday, April 5, 2020

March Book Madness 2020 Final Round - Championship

The 5th and final round of our 2020 March Book Madness is here!  YOUR VOTE will help determine the Champion!

Watch THIS VIDEO

Then VOTE HERE

The Champion will be announced on Monday, April 13!

Read on, Cougars!







Monday, March 30, 2020

March Book Madness THE FINAL 4

More than 340 of you voted last week and the results are in!


Here are the FINAL 4 books in our March Book Madness Bracket!
Watch the video HERE.


Vote HERE Today or SCAN the QR Code.  The voting form closes at midnight this Friday.


 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

MARCH BOOK MADNESS - THE ELITE 8

The real March Madness may be cancelled, but our March BOOK Madness is still ON!!!!

Here's how to participate this week:

  1. Watch THIS Video to see what books are in the Elite 8.
  2. Vote for your favorite books HERE. The form will be closed at 11:59pm on Monday, March 30.
  3. Stay tuned for the results.  They will be posted here on Tuesday, March 31.
  4. Read on!




Friday, March 6, 2020

March Book Madness is HERE!

It's that time of year!  It's time to vote for our favorite books! 

We took the 32 most checked out books from the HCMS Library 
(from the past 99 days) and pitted the books against one another!  

It's up to YOU to decide which books are the best!  
Vote in the first round TODAY using THIS FORM.  
(It's OK if you haven't read all of the books.  Just vote based on what you  know about the books.)  

Watch THIS VIDEO for some brief info about all of the books.

VOTE ON!