New Releases November 26, 2013

Take note-  one of Mrs. Wells' recommended titles is on this list:  The Raven Boys.

A Doctor Who Themed December



With a new season of Doctor Who quickly approaching, my assistant and I decided it would be great fun to create a Doctor Who Themed month.   We decided to pull books that cross several of the genre Doctor Who represents:  Time Travel, Science Fiction and Historical Fiction.

Doctor Who has become a classical cult icon to several of our students and staff.   There are numerous Whovians amongst us who have our favorite character, favorite Doctor (Mrs. Wells thinks David Tennant is the best)  and even favorite episode.  Our devotion to the Doctor led us to our December Theme.

Because Doctor Who travels through time in his TARDIS (for non Whovians, a TARDIS is a machine shaped like a Police Box that is enormous and never ending on the inside, think of Hermoine's purse from Harry Potter but capable of transporting through space and time.  Doctor Who and his companion travel to various points in history to solve problems and outrun Daleks and Weeping Angels. Long story... you have to watch to see. )  Since we moved our collection to a genre style, we pulled titles that Doctor Who would experience- historical fiction books set in various eras (We pulled Chain by Anderson, A Northern Light by Donnelly, The Springsweet by Mitchell, Crispin by Avi, just to name a few.)  We also grabbed some Science Fiction books that fit a typical Doctor Who experience (Delirium by Oliver, Ashfall by Mullin, Starters by Price, Search for Wondla by DiTerlizzi, and XVI by Karr.)  Our final genre of choice was none other than Time Travel.  We grabbed books by James Dashner, Margaret Patterson Haddox and The Time Traveler's Wife.  We even shared the new Infinity Ring Series.

On Friday, we decided to have a Doctor Who themed day, wearing our Doctor Who shirts and maybe a Fez.  Cause like Books, Fezes are cool.

So, Read a book:  As Doctor Who says, "We are all stories, in the end just make it a good one!"

Donna Noble has left the library, and Donna Noble is safe!

Dude... Check out this book

We decided to do a theme this month that focused on our most difficult patron to serve; boys.  Face it, in my school district, all of the decision makers about the collection are women, we all have sons but sometimes, we don't think the way they do.  It makes for a challenge in catering to the needs of our male patrons.

The library staff spent a great deal of time looking though our collection and pulling titles that we feel boys would enjoy.  Some titles are those that are action packed, some are sports related and some are books we don't feel circulate enough but could if someone grabbed it and read it.

We chose books based on recommendations from colleagues and friends as well as titles some of our avid boy readers have enjoyed.  Our goal is to get some of these books into the hands of non readers and maybe they will become readers.

We decided to focus on this theme because we have not been seeing a lot of boys come to the library learning commons to find books.  The trend has been to see the younger boys come in and girls in all grades.  Seldom do we see boys in grades 9-12 come in and get books.

Our plan was to select numerous genre so the boys could be introduced to several of the things we offer here.  Let's hope with time, they start to come see us and get some reads.