CITGO INNOVATION ACADEMY
A lonely girl walks along Archer Avenue in the middle of the night. She is dressed for a special occasion and although you have been taught not to stop for hitchhikers, you can't help but pull over and offer her a ride. She sits in the passenger seat warming her hands on the vent and you offer her your sweatshirt to warm up, her only words a hastily given address not far from where you are driving.
What is it about scary stories that appeal to readers so much?
I have said it before and I'll say it again, Lemont High School Students love to embrace the horror!
It is a scientific fact that whatever you read effects your brain, creates a chemical reaction and definitely makes you smarter and horror stories are no exception. (Time, 2013) They trigger the hypothalamus and our fight or flight response causing a physiological reaction, but there is also a psychological component that can not be ignored! In answering the question, theories abound, but some of the most common, according to Cynthia A. Hoffner and Kenneth J. Levine, who have written profusely in Media Psychology about the subject, are related to adrenaline rush, excitement transfer, a lack of empathy and sensation seeking. (Hussung, Concordia University) Personally, I have always loved the tension of a good thriller and the moment when the "trap" or "monster" has sprung. Luckily I did not have to live through the suspense... the fictional character did!
They say about 10% of readers gravitate to horror stories, but I honestly think, here at LHS, that number is much higher. A good horror story won't stay on the shelves and stays checked out long after the return date. Whether you are a fan or not, fall is the perfect time to curl up with a good, scary, creepy or gory story!
So how does the story above end...?
Your route to the address takes you past the infamous Resurrection Cemetery. Just as you turn to say, "Doesn't the cemetery look creepy at night?", you realize you are looking at an empty seat. She has disappeared.
Till next Halloween!
Hussung, Tricia. (2016) The Psychology of Fear: Exploring the Science Behind Horror Entertainment. Concordia St. Paul: Blog and News Updates. Retrieve from https://online.csp.edu/blog/psychology/psychology-of-fear
Paul, Annie Murphy. (2013) Reading Makes Us Smarter and Nicer. Time.com. Retrieved from http://ideas.time.com/2013/06/03/why-we-should-read-literature/
Already this year, we have had a lot of classes spending time in the new CITGO Innovation Academy!
Teachers have really enjoyed using the classroom space to present to you and then have you relax all around the curved couches and lounge seating. Even though we are just getting the hang of the large classroom space, it is already very popular with classes.
Speech Team has had its first meeting in the large classroom and today is the start of game club! Mr. Aspel’s early morning Entrepreneur’s Club has been in the MakerSpace and will meet there throughout the semester!
Several students have asked about two of the spots that were talked about the most during orientation.
The Coffee Bar is still a work in progress. There have been a few minor snafu’s with the counter, back splash and cabinets; however, the student workers for that space are getting ready to start brewing some steaming hot coffee and will be ready as soon as it is!
The Small Classroom tech is in the final stages of being determined and hopefully we will see our new screens delivered in the coming weeks. As soon as we have the pieces that are going in that space, we will post with pictures
Looking forward to seeing all our students in the CITGO Innovation Academy!
Welcome to your new CITGO Innovation Academy!
This is going to be an exciting year for the library and we are excited about having you in this space!
This year is offerering a Makerspace, Makerlounge, Coffee Bar and an amazing new classroom space for you to learn in. Needless to say, there is a lot to love about the library this year. And there are a lot of changes to go along with it.
Everyone is going to get an orientation this year, I feel like this entry is a prime opportunity to remind everyone of the ground rules.
No food in the carpeted part of the library. Tile only for eating!
No cafeteria food in the library AT ALL. Brown bag lunch only.
This is a working lunch space. Meaning if you come in with food you should be coming in to collaborate on a project, do last minute homework or looking for a semi quiet area to read. If you come in to socialize, you will be sent back to the Commons.
This year the library will be open 7 am to 4 pm on most school days! So please, come and check out the books and relax. Books check out for 2 weeks and we have a ton of amazing works by some of the best authors in young adult and adult fiction.
Looking forward to all the amazing stuff happening here and seeing all of you as a part of it!