Did you know Utah has its own book award and you can help pick the winner? Stop by the library to get your tracker and check out a Beehive nominated book today. For each book you read, you can fill out a ballot and enter into a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card drawing--plus you'll get fun little prizes and treats along the way. Voting goes now through March 24, 2018.
Whether you're here gaming, typing up a paper, or just studying at a table, the HHS library has something to offer you! One thing you may not know is that we almost always have some sort of reading contest going on. Right now, through mid-May you can play Bookopoly! If you read all the books in any one category, you can turn in your playing card for candy and a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite or a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card. Our reading contests have great prizes and you'll have fun playing too! Pick up your playing card from the library today.
It is time again for the HHS school-wide reading competition. Last year, we had a great time with our Star Wars "Readers Awaken" contest, and this year we are keeping it real with a Harry Potter theme.
To participate, feel free to read whatever you choose and write down your total weekly minutes with a simple tracker you can pick up in the library. Turn your trackers in by noon on Fridays to enter the weekly drawings. The grade level with the most overall minutes wins, and everyone who enters is eligible to win weekly drawing prizes. The first week's prize was two 3D IMAX tickets for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Other great prizes will follow. So help yourself and help your grade win the house cup. The contest will continue until winter break. After week one, juniors are in the lead!
Welcome back for another fantastic year at Herriman High School! If you haven't stopped in to check out the library, make sure you do. We have a large selection of books, and we are always getting exciting new additions to keep our collection fresh and current. In addition to fiction, we also offer a wide variety of non-fiction books on various topics, as well as biographies, comics, graphic novels, magazines, audiobooks, and more!
If you are someone who LOVES reading, try joining our book club. We meet in the library after school on the last Friday of each month to discuss the book students have chosen. We also have snacks and games. It's a lot of fun and a great way to meet other friendly Mustang Readers.
There will be no book club in December because it is such a busy season, with lots of days off. Yay! For the month of January, our wonderful book club students have elected to celebrate beloved author John Green. You may read anything by Mr. Green for our January 30th discussion. If you're looking for a "clean" reading option, students in the club recommend Let it Snow, which is a collection of holiday stories--one of which is written by John Green. Other options include: The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, or Will Grayson Will Grayson. If you would like to borrow one of these titles, please see Ms. Hansen.
If you're not a fan of realistic fiction, another option is to bring your favorite fantasy book to discuss it with other enthusiasts. This will help get us ready for "Fantasy February."
In November, we will meet on the 21st. And since we couldn't all agree on just one great book in the horror/thriller genre, readers have the choice of: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Insomnia by J.R. Johansson, The Dark Divine by Bree Despain, or Unwind by Neil Shusterman. You may find your own copy of your book of choice or see Crystal Hansen in the library. Available copies will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Happy reading!
Whether you are an occasional reader, or someone who goes through books faster than most people go through clean socks, reading bingo will give you a fun challenge-- and a way to earn prizes! Pick up a YA Bingo Card (created by Random House publishers) in the library and read any five types of books of your choice in a row to get a bingo. The books you read must be finished between March 1st and May 20th.
Once you've gotten a bingo, you can turn your card into the library for a full-sized candy bar AND the chance to earn fabulous prizes, including $20 Barnes & Noble gift cards. Happy spring reading, Mustangs!
To Marvel or to DC? That is the question. Many people have a preference and they stick to it, but for some, anything that has to do with comics or superheroes is acceptable. You've probably seen the movies. If you love them, why not pick up one of our graphic novels and delve deeper into your favorite character's universe? We have recently acquired issues of The Avengers, Astonishing X-Men, Superman, Batman Court of Owls, and more. These are great titles for beginning graphic novel readers and enthusiasts alike.
Graphic novels encompass more than superheroes though. We have critically acclaimed titles like Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol. This has created quite a buzz, with Neil Gaiman calling it "A masterpiece!" and The New York Times saying it is "A smart, funny, and compassionate portrait." There are also books like "Trinity," by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm which tells the story of the first atomic bomb and was named one of the 10 Great Graphic Novels of 2013 by YALSA,
For those looking for something different, or people who love to read but don't currently have much time to devote to it, graphic novels can be a great choice! Look for new titles on display near the library's entrance, or wander through the 741.5 section of the non-fiction area to find more. If you forget, the library staff can always point you in the right direction.
OK, who is excited? I won't lie...I am. We can't talk about fantastic books being turned into movies this fall without mentioning Ender's Game. For those who have read this amazing sci-fi book, you know what the anticipation is all about. For those who haven't, come check it out from the library--we just got more copies in! Then, go see the movie. Here's the official site where you can find the latest trailer: http://www.endersgamemovie.com/
The Mortal Instruments Series
The Mortal Instruments book series by Cassandra Clare has been wowing readers for more than five years, and filmmakers have caught on! The movie for "City of Bones" was recently released and is now showing in theaters. If you can't get enough of fantasy, and you love stories of demons, vampires, and the good guys who fight them, this action-packed series is something you'll enjoy!
The Mortal Instruments Series:
Book 1: City of Bones
Book 2: City of Ashes
Book 3: City of Glass
Book 4: City of Fallen Angels
Book 5: City of Lost Souls
The Fault in Our Stars movie; Wait, WHAT?
That's right, John Green fans. I'm happy to break this news to you if you haven't already heard. "The Fault in Our Stars" is being made into a movie! John Green is documenting the process as well. Learn more here: TFIOS The Movie. If you aren't familiar with John Green, he writes realistic young adult fiction that is incredibly witty and filled with heart. Yes, his books often contain sad events, but they are handled in a way that will make you fall in love with his characters.
Have you already read TFIOS? Try another one of Green's books, such as:
Looking for Alaska
An Abundance of Katherines
Will Grayson, Will Grayson (co-written)
Let it Snow (co-written)
More copies of these titles will be coming to the library soon!
On October 22, Veronica Roth's "Allegiant" (Book 3 in the Divergent series) will be released!
Have you heard of this fantastic series? If you haven't, now is the time to start reading it. The Hunger Games books have nothing on these. Here is my review of the first book, "Divergent":
After leaving her docile family and the safe world she grew up in-- but never truly felt a part of, Beatrice Prior attempts to forge her way into a cut-throat society of fearless thrill seekers. She joins one of five societal factions, known as the "Dauntless," and fights to win her place among the savage and the brave. On this journey, Beatrice, AKA Tris, finds her inner strength, new friends, romance, and some like-minded individuals who believe the Dauntless should use their courage and skills for more than intimidation. As things become tense among the other sectors of society, Tris must use her divergent way of thinking to escape tyranny and overthrow a plot to harm the innocent.
Audiobooks in the Library
Have you noticed our selection of audiobooks? Not only do we have books on CD, we also have Playaway MP3 players. These audiobooks connect to a lanyard, so you can wear them and listen to audiobooks as you go about your day. Just plug in your headphones for listening pleasure! If you want to know more, ask a member of the media center staff. We're happy to help!