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Do you listen to podcasts? If so, you might be interested in Loud in the Library, a new podcast by FHPS district teacher librarians Chris Patrick and Tracy Chrenka.

The podcast will be published on the 15th of each month during the school year and will feature an interview with a different author or illustrator during each episode. The podcast will also contain other information regarding books, reading, and literacy.

You can find the current episode as well as future podcasts athttp://loudinthelibrary.com/

You can also subscribe to the podcast in the iTunes library. And it will soon be available in the Google Play store.

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Whether you're in a car, a plane, or close to home over spring break, it's a ideal opportunity to take a break from your regular studies and have someone else read you a great story. Here are 30 highly rated audiobooks available in the FHPS Overdrive collection. Take a look!

Juvenile Books:

  1. The War That Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  2. Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool
  3. Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
  4. Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
  5. This Side of Wild by Gary Paulsen
  6. The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
  7. The Sword of Summer: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book One by Rick Riordan
  8. Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
  9. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Hunt
  10. Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Young Adult Books:

  1. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
  2. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
  3. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  4. Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiassen
  5. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  6. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  7. A Jewish Soldier in Hitler’s Army by Georg Rauch
  8. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
  9. Lockwood & Co.:The Screaming Staircase, Book One by Jonathon Stroud
  10. The Shadow Radio Show starring Orson Welles

High School Books:

  1. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  2. Noggin by John Corey Whaley
  3. Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
  4. You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day
  5. What If? by Randall Monroe
  6. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  7. No Easy Day by Mark Owen
  8. Undeniable by Bill Nye
  9. Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  10. One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard


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For many of us, when we hear the term “classics,” we run for the hills. We envision old, stodgy, dust-covered books that we’re forced to read because for some reason or another, they’re good for us. However, old doesn’t necessarily mean boring. In fact, here are 12 classic novels available for free on our Overdrive page via Project Gutenberg that you might actually enjoy. If you want to read one of the classics, but aren’t sure exactly where to begin, try one of the following titles.

  1. Moby Dick, or, The White Whale - Herman Melville
  2. Around in World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
  3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  4. The Secret Garden - Francis Hodgson Burnett
  5. Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs
  6. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
  7. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
  8. The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
  9. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
  11. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
  12. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say."

- Italo Calvino from "Why Read the Classics?"


"Why Read the Classics?" The New York Review of Books. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.

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Great Comics and Graphic Novels balance words and illustrations to tell amazing stories. Many have substantial literary merit. Did you know that both Ta-Nehisi Coates and Margaret Atwood have recently announced that they will soon be creating comics? Our library collections have added many of these great books in recent years (because we’re awesome! :) Here, FHPS Media has highlighted twenty-one such comics and graphic novels that we think might interest you.

Check out these 21 Great Comics and Graphics Novels.


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There have been a lot of great nonfiction books published in recent years. The best of the best inform while telling compelling, entertaining stories. They take us to places we otherwise wouldn’t be able to visit, and they expand our understanding of the world and our place within it. FHPS Media has highlighted nine such nonfiction books that we’d like to recommend. Click the headline below to access the interactive .pdf that introduces you to each of these books. 

Most of the titles that we are recommending are available through Overdrive, our eBook and audiobook lender. If you see the Overdrive logo  next to the listed title, then the book is available in the FHPS Overdrive CollectionAll students can sign in to Overdrive using their student username and password.

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It’s that time of year again. Summer time! Time to relax and pick up a good book. 

But how to find that perfect read?

Start by checking out this year’s FHPS Media Summer Reading List, where we’ve listed a total of 60 titles for readers of all ages.

For a smaller download, select the Summer Reading List 2015 in PDF format.

If you'd like the interactive version, which includes audio and video, download either the Summer Reading List 2015 Interactive PDF or the Summer Reading List 2015 EPUB file. This will take more time to access, but once downloaded you will have the interactive capabilities.

Whether you choose a book from our list, or find one on your own, we’d like to know about it. Send us a Tweet or post a picture to Instagram. Use the hashtag #fhpsreads. All summer participants will be entered in a drawing to win a gift card from Schuler Books.

And remember, a large number of the titles listed are available from the FHPS Media Center’s Overdrive collection! 

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Hey Readers!!! We're getting ready for summer reading and have added several new eBooks to our Overdrive bookshelf.

Take a look at the list here: New Overdrive Titles - April 2015

You can also take a look at a little video highlighting some of our new eBooks. Read on!!!

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If you're looking for your next great read, look no further than School Library Journal's Best Books list of 2014!

Boasting 70 stellar titles, the 
SLJ 2014 Best Books were revealed November 20. The list is broken down into four different categories—picture books, middle-grade fiction, young adult fiction, and nonfiction—and represents the notable, can’t-miss books out of the thousands of children’s and YA titles published each year. This list often features books that will go on to garner coveted awards, such as this year’s Brown Girl Dreaming, which recently won Jacqueline Woodson the National Book Award.

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We’d like for you to help us celebrate Teen Read Week (October 12-18).  Share with us the books that you’re reading. 

Tweet out your recommendations, your observations, your impressions, pics of the books that you’re reading. #fhpsreads

Or post a pic of yourself reading, a friend reading (with their permission), the cover of the book you’re reading, or other book related pics to Instagram. #fhpsreads

Just remember to add the hashtag #fhpsreads. We’ll collect the posts at the end of the week and share them out. Happy reading!!!



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As we roll into May, June is right around the corner, and it’s not too early to start thinking about your “non-required reading list” for the summer of 2014. Let’s be honest, summer is a great time to read the things that YOU want to read. Whether you’re at the beach, out by the pool, or in the shade of a tree, it seems like there’s nothing more rewarding than getting lost in a good book on a lazy summer day.

Because we want you to find the perfect book, we’ve put together a list of great titles from which to choose. The list contains something for everyone: mysteries, historical fiction, romances, and many other genres. If you take some time to read through the list, chances are you’ll a few books that appeal to your reading preferences.

We’ve divided the books up by grade levels. Start by looking at the books recommended for your grade. Of course, not everyone reads at grade level. If that’s the case with you, feel free to look at the other lists (above and below) as well. Our goal is to help you find a book that you don’t want to put down, no matter what list it’s from.

Several of the books that we are recommended are available to FHPS students through Overdrive, our eBook and audiobook lender. You’ll notice on the lists that our Overdrive titles are indicated with the Overdrive logo. Every FHPS student can access Overdrive with their student ID and password. One of the great things about Overdrive is that the titles are always available (24/7/365). If the book you’re looking for is not available through Overdrive, KDL or GRPL are sure to have the titles available on their shelves during the summer months.

If you or a parent would like to take a closer look at a book’s content, try visiting the websitehttp://www.commonsensemedia.org That site gives potential readers more information about many of the books on these lists.

Good luck finding that perfect book!

Summer Reads 2014 .pdf

Summer Reads 2014 .ibooks

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Our high school book clubs have joined forces.  Last month, students from Central, Eastern, and Northern all met together in the Northern High School media center for our first collective book club. During the meeting, we beamed in author Leigh Bardugo from Hollywood, California. Leigh, the creator of the young adult fantasy novels Shadow and BoneSiege and Storm, and the forthcoming Ruin and Rising, joined us in a Google Hangout to talk about her first book. It was an amazing experience. Leigh made it memorable by being open, engaging, informational, funny, and interesting. Our members thought it was a great experience. That afternoon, we decided to have all of our book clubs together. That’s how we became FHPS Book Clubs United.

Moving forward, we will continue to try to read a new title (from a range of different genres) every month. We have our next three books already selected, which takes us to the end of the school year. If there is enough interest, we’ll continue to read throughout the summer.  We use a list of potential books and the website Survey Monkey to vote on what to read. We’re currently reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer. After that, we’ll read The Sea of Tranquillity by Katya Millay (April), and finally Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (May). We’re going to try to rotate the location of our meetings between the three buildings. Perhaps we’ll have our last meeting outside. Of course, we always have food at our book club meetings. 

In many ways, we’re a book club for the 21st century as I keep in touch with group members and they with each other through email, Facebook, Google +, and Remind 101. 

If you’re interested in participating in FHPS Book Clubs United please send me an email at cpatrick@fhps.net or find on us Facebook. You can also stop by your school library and inquire with the media clerk. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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Talking Books with Teachers (and other important people) - FHN principal Mr. Gregory takes time to talk about VIII, a young adult historical fiction novel by H. M. Castor. Watch and decide if it’s something you’d like to read as well. If so, you can find it at your FHPS high school library, send for it via inter-library loan, or access it from our Overdrive collection.

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Yeah, having your schoolwork posted on the fridge at home is cool. But having a video you made posted on the White House website and screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? We think that’s pretty cool, too. That’s why we’re super-excited to announce the first-ever White House Student Film Festival: a video contest created just for K-12 students, and whose finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. Finalist videos may also be featured on the White House website, YouTube channel, and social media pages.

Learn more about the White House Student Film Festival.

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Aurasma uses augmented reality technology to help bring books to life. You can experience it for yourself in the FHPS high school media centers!

Aurasma is a free IOS or android app that uses your device’s camera to recognize real world images and then overlay rich media on top of them in the form of animations, videos, 3D models and web pages.

The media center is using Aurasma to overlay video book trailers on top of book covers. In other words, you can aim your device at a book cover and watch a short video book trailer.

Simply download Aurasma from the app store to your device. Open the app, search for and follow the “fhpsmedia” channel. Then you can aim your device at a trigger image, which are mostly book covers in our media centers, and the cover will magically transform into a video book trailer or another related video. To find books that work with Aurasma, simply look for the Aurasma logo on a book’s spine.

There are also other trigger images not tied to books throughout the media center. Some are educational, while others are there just for fun. Just look for the Aurasma logo and give it a try.

Take a look at the short video above for another explanation as to how it all works. And have fun!

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Are you the next Steven Spielberg? Why not find out by submitting one of your original film creations to the Kent County Teen Film Festival.

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Check out this music video produced by our very own FHN students for the Good Morning America/Katy Perry video competition. Incredible talent in these kids!  If the video is chosen Katy Perry visits Northern High and performs a concert just for FHN students and staff!  What an opportunity! 

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Your media center would like to wish you a wonderful summer. Relax, have fun, and keep your mind active by reading! The Seattle Public Library kicked off their summer program by setting a world record. Take a look.

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"We change the arrangement according to how we are feeling that day. When we feel open and outgoing we set up the chairs so that people can move around easily. When we feel sort of closed-off we make an island out of the chairs and some days it's a combination of both!"

We love having students like Kellie Z. and Bharathi R. in the media center.  They make the day more fun!  

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These Middle Schoolers are willing to take a risk to find the perfect book.

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The students on Mr. May and Mrs. Hason's Passport Team created dioramas to show their favorite scene in a book bowl book of their choice.  The results were amazing!

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