CITGO INNOVATION ACADEMY
Finding time to read what you love or just for fun can be hard for high school and college students, which is why Christmas break is an excellent time to take another look at some of the great “fun” books in the CITGO Innovation Academy!
This year’s Holiday Theme is “These Books are so GREAT you’ll tear through them like wrapping paper!” and it couldn’t be more true. Some of the most popular young adult and adult fiction and nonfiction is currently on display in the large classroom area of the CITGO IA. Here are just a few of the books that are featured:
“Scythe” by Neal Shusterman….Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology. A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award–winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.
“Every Heart a Doorway” by Seanan McGuire….Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations. No Visitors. No Quests. Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy's arrival marks a change at the Home. There's a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it's up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things. No matter the cost.
“Three Dark Crowns” by Kendare Blake….In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
This is just three of dozens of books that have been recommended by your teachers and library staff as excellent reads for fun while you curled up at home with a warm blanket and cup of hot cocoa!
Stop by and take a peak at what you could be reading over break!
THE WORLD NEEDS YOUR NOVEL!
If you are a reader, you probably have thought at one point or another about how you would have changed or rewritten something you love to read. Or maybe, you are the reader who says, “I wish I had thought of that story….it’s simple but so good!” If you are, then maybe you are not just a reader but a writer, too.
If you have ever imagined yourself writing but are not sure how or where to start, you may want to consider trying NANOWRIMO. Every year, writers all over the world celebrate National Novel Writing Month by participating in the world’s biggest “write-in”. It is completely free, and you don’t need to have any prior writing experience. All you have to have is commitment. You’ll get a platform to write on, a place to put your word count, you can join a “cabin” with fellow writers like you and get great advice and prompts from famous writers in every genre. Every day, you will receive advice and support from your fellow writers. You can even post to the NANOWRIMO boards and have your writing critiqued. If you are over 18 years of age, you can participate in www.nanowrimo.org as an adult writer. If you are under 18, you can participate in www.ywp.nanonwrimo.org and earn your writing chops by completing either 30,000 or 50,000 in the month of November. Feel like that is a bit too much, no worries, you can set your own goal and make it whatever you want. Not sure about writing a novel, try a short story, screenplay or book in verse!
Right now, over 3K people all over the world are writing and supporting each other in telling their stories. Hope to see you on boards!
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!