CITGO INNOVATION ACADEMY
Love your Library April 19 - 25!
Libraries may be closed right now, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a lot to offer their communities. Libraries keep online resources available to people all over the world and here in the United States, we are no exception. Just think about the numbers below!
463.5 Million eBooks (almost 2 for every person living in the US)
258.5 Million downloadable audio books
Hundreds of thousands of students and adult learners access library databases everyday.
That’s not all, though. Public and school librarians are keeping kids engaged in reading and literature outside of the four walls of the library. Using social media and by recording themselves, storytimes for little kids are still going on all over the world and reading clubs are taking it virtual everywhere. Even right here, in Lemont. Check out the Lemont Public Library “Social Distance Reading Club” and enter you reading for a chance to win some great prizes. You can check out eBooks with your Lemont Public Library card or right on the CITGO Innovation Academy website under resources > eReads Illinois.
Several libraries have also created some fun literature based activities. Try a virtual escape room created by librarians using Google forms.
Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales: http://tiny.cc/ygc3mz
74th Annual Hunger Games: http://tiny.cc/ckc3mz
Hogwarts Escape Room: http://tiny.cc/umc3mz
Stranger Things Escape: http://tiny.cc/3xo7nz
Star Wars 5/4 Escape: tinyurl.com/yawuwrq3
So, if you have ever wanted to spend more time at the library or reading for fun, there has never been a better time to do just that! You may not be able to walk through your library doors right now, but there is still the opportunity to visit virtually! Just like you did just now! By reading this!
“I hate poetry!”
I have heard this so many times from students, but what they don’t realize is that everytime they turn on Spotify and listen to their favorite songs, they are listening to poetry! We all interact with it, all the time! Don’t believe me?
Think about this line….
“The beauty of her
A blind man could see”
Shakespeare or Kendrick Lamar?
“She lived with no other thought than to love
And be loved by me”
Ed Sheeran or Edgar Allan Poe?
Celebrate some poetry this month! Below you will find a screencast on how to access poetry through the eReads Illinois resource (the link is on the Resource page of this website). If you need a little pre-poetry refresher, try this link: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/69955/how-to-read-a-poem
Would you rather listen to some amazing poetry? Search up some “Louder Than a Bomb” on Youtube to find some internationally competing, high school poets slamming on stage. Trust me… this isn’t your grandmother’s poetry (no offense, English teachers!).
You don’t need a subscription or credit card to enjoy some online poetry. Just go to https://www.poetryfoundation.org/ , so never have the words of Emily Dickinson* been more true:
There is no Frigate like a book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry.
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Tolls;
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul.
*If you have the subscription, though, you can binge a great fiction show on Apple TV called Dickinson after you read some of her poetry. Just sayin’.
Oh, BTW, the answer to the verses up above…..
The first one was Kendrick Lamar from “She Needs Me” 2009
The second was Edgar Allan Poe from “Annabel Lee” 1849
The Abraham Lincoln Reader’s Choice Committee Announces the WINNER of the 2020 Reader’s Choice Award….”THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END” by ADAM SILVERA!
“Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.” -publisher
What I loved about this book so much was that, while it is sad, up until the very end, the characters really live for the first time. You might think a book where both characters die (no, I am not giving anything away - it is right in the title!) is depressing, you actually find yourself really cheering both of them on. The book is not about the ending, it is about the journey!
2nd Place: “The Sun is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon
3rd Place: “The 57 Bus” by
You might be asking where our voting ended up, right here in Lemont High School?
1st Place: “The Sun is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon
2nd Place: “They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera
3rd Place: A TIE! “Sadie” by Courtney Summers and
“I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erika Sanchez
The best part of all this, is that now that the results are in, you can read the books that voters loved and find out why they picked them!
All of these fantastic books are available just a few clicks away on our “Resources” page by going to eREADS Illinois and using your Lemont HS email to check them out in either eBooks or audio books for FREE!
It’s a WIN WIN! So check them out!
Ok Valentines! This is the time in the CITGO Innovation Academy when you can find your perfect book match!
Blind Date with a Book is back and you can participate in the fun. All you have to do is stop by the display area in the CITGO Innovation Academy’s Large Classroom and see if any of the dozens of titles there have an opening line that sparks your interest. Find that “one liner” that gets the book checked out by you and take it home (on a date, get it?). Once you have read your date, bring it back to the library and fill out a short slip to “rate your date”. So simple!
NOW HERE IS THE SECOND BEST PART! (The first is finding a great book to read, duh!)
After you fill in your form, drop it in the red box on the circulation desk to be entered into a chance to win….
A $25 Marcus Theater Gift Card
A $25 Chipotle Gift Card
A $15 Starbucks Gift Card
And all the trimmings….candy, candy and candy! You have until MARCH 1st to check out and March 15th to enter so it’s now or never!
You can enter the raffle once for each book off the display you read...as books get checked out new ones will take their place so don’t be shy about coming in and checking out books!
This raffle is also a chance to score some “brownie points” with your favorite teacher by entering them for a chance to win a set of the Abraham Lincoln Readers Choice books for their classrooms….you get to be the one to tell them! It is a total win-win.
So take a moment, find a great story, and win for yourself and your fav teacher!
#CITGOIAReads #GoLemont #MyLibraryIS
Everyone makes resolutions this time of year and a lot of people break them…. Giving up sweets, exercising more, taking time to de-stress or de-clutter. But January is a great time to make the commitment to challenge yourself to expand your horizons and a great way to do that is to read more!
Every year, online book bloggers and publishers offer up great ways to increase your page count and change your perspective on what you read. There are reading challenges that will guide you toward genres that you may not have considered before, or that will put choices into a new viewpoint and, then there are reading challenges that just challenge you to set a goal and stick with it.
This month, to encourage LHS students to pleasure read, the CITGO Innovation Academy has set up an 18 week reading challenge!
There are 18 weeks (approx.) left of the school year and if you choose one book a week, you can complete the challenge. Just to get you started! (P.S….several of the Lincoln Award books are featured on the challenge so you can absolutely DOUBLE DIP!) Each shelf is a different topic to choose a book from. Not sure which to do or feeling daring? Spin the Wheel of READING FATE!!!
If our reading challenge is not your thing, there are several others to try. Here is a list of some of the most popular!
Read on in 2020!
At the CITGO Innovation Academy
Fall is here and with it comes all the awesome scary reads and creepy library displays and some of those traditions that come with Halloween. Like any holiday, Halloween is full of traditions and some of the origins may surprise you, like:
The Celts (from current Ireland) were the first people to wear costumes on Halloween. In A.D., which is when the Celts celebrated, Halloween was known as Samhain and was a time that they believed the veil between the spirit world and the corporal world was porous, allowing the spirits of the recently departed to enter the living world. People wore costumes and masks to ward off any evil spirits during Samhain.
The name “Halloween” comes from the Catholic Church.
In order to incorporate the pagan holidays along with the Christian ones, the Catholic Church chose the period during Samhain as a 3 day holiday. In the 11th Century, the Pope declared October 31 - November 2 to honored the Saints and, during which, early Christians prayed for the recently departed. October 31st became known as “All Hallows Eve” which became “All Hallows Even’” which became “Halloween”.
Jack O’ Lanterns were originally carved from potatoes or turnips.
The name is from the Celtic folk tale “Stingy Farmer Jack” (you can read it here: https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/jack-olantern-history). There are a lot of “Jack” tales and most involve him tricking the Devil in some way. At some point, Jack was forced to wander purgatory carrying a lump of burning coal from Hell. He carved a lantern from a turnip and used it to guide his soul on its endless journey. In America, pumpkins substituted turnips and they are carved and lit to keep “Jack of the Lantern” away.
Trick or Treating has been around back to Medieval times.
It was sometimes known as “guising” or “souling” but the jist is the same. Poor adults and children would dress up in disguises and beg for food in exchange for songs or prayers. The Irish brought the tradition to America and it evolved into children “begging” for candy in return for not doing a trick on the giver. Aside from a short period during World War II (when sugar was rationed), kids everywhere ring doorbells in the hopes of a KitKat or Milkyway!
All done! So, have a safe and Happy Halloween! Oh, and pick up a scary book to curl up with on All Hallows READ!!!! BLAHHHAHAHAH!!!
Willett, Megan. “13 Facts You Never Knew About Halloween.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 24 Oct. 2013, www.businessinsider.com/13-facts-you-never-knew-about-halloween-2013-10.
History.com Editors. “History of the Jack O' Lantern.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 27 Oct. 2009, www.history.com/topics/halloween/jack-olantern-history.
Celebrate Banned Book Week in the CITGO IA!
What if your favorite book of all time was no longer allowed to be read by ANYONE?
How about if there were topics that were off limits for people to read or write about?
How would you feel if you were restricted from reading because of your gender or ethinicity?
Luckily, none of these scenarios are the reality here in the good ol’ USA! Anyone can read what they want and libraries are a big part of providing access to people to the diverse world of books and ideas.
Unfortunately, sometimes people want to restrict access to library materials on the basis of age or for political / religious reasons. Restricting or banning books is a form of censorship that all types of libraries face everyday. The American Library Association helps libraries all over the country face the problem of censorship by providing valuable resources for libraries that face these kinds of challenges. Because of this role, they keep track of libraries and materials that often “challenged” by patrons. Every year they report on the most challenged books from libraries all over the country. This year’s list includes (but is not limited to):
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexi
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
George by Alex Gino
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Night by Elie Wiesel
Books get challenged for reasons that range from inappropriate language to discomfort over others reading about diverse lifestyles and, while most people may mean well, no one should be allowed to restrict the ideas of others or the right to read them.
Stop by the CITGO Innovation Academy and learn more about “Banned Books” and why we celebrate your right to read! And your libraries being the last bastion of intellectual freedom!
Celebrate Spring Poetry and Libraries this month!
There is a lot to love about the month of April. It is traditionally the start of Spring, it’s National Poetry Month and it is the month on the calendar that we celebrate libraries all over the world.
Here at the CITGO Innovation Academy, we are remembering the role of libraries through a “When In Doubt” Harry Potter Library Display. Libraries support communities in many different ways from early literacy outreach to technology classes for senior citizens. You may not know this but…
Libraries provide access. 98% of public libraries offer free wi-fi.
90% help people complete online government forms.
Libraries educate. Research shows that the highest achieving students attend schools with well staffed and well funded school libraries.
Students in high poverty schools are twice as likely to graduate when the school library is staffed with a certified school librarian.
Libraries promote diversity. There were 1.4 billion in person visits to public libraries across the U.S. and 133 million attendees at public library programs in 2016. That’s more than all MLB, NFL and NBA games combined.
Libraries help narrow the achievement gap by offering summer learning opportunities to kids of ALL backgrounds.
Libraries serve communities. 77% of libraries provide online health resources and 60% offer programs to help Americans identify health insurance resources.
73% of libraries provide programs that assist individuals who are applying for jobs, creating resumes and preparing for interviews.
Libraries and librarians have long been champions for your right to gather and share new ideas regardless of your economic situation or your political beliefs. So this month, take a moment and visit one of the 16,568 libraries in the U.S (that’s more libraries than Starbucks!) and celebrate the important role they play in the lives of people all over the world.
For more information about libraries visit: www.ala.org
Here is your chance to impact the CITGO Innovation Academy for years to come!
You may have noticed that throughout the year the CITGO Innovation Academy has been spotlighting the Illinois Teen Readers’ Choice Books and now all that attention is being focused on the Abraham Lincoln Award Voting!
From March to October every year, the Lincoln Committee in the state of Illinois compiles all the nominated books throughout the state. Nominations are made by teacher, librarians but mostly students like you. In October and November all those nominations are compiled into a list that librarians, public and school, pare down to the short list. (Last years list went from 268 nominated titles to 75.) Then in February, librarians and students from all over Illinois come together in the middle of the state to create a list of the best books of the year. Once the list is put together, students spend a year reading as many of the titles as they can. Anyone who has read at least 3 titles gets to vote for their top pick!
Libraries all across Illinois submit the tally to the Lincoln Committee and they notify the author that their book has won our state award and finally the winner is announced to readers!
You may think, “What is the big deal for an author about winning a state award?”
Books don’t stay in print forever. When an author gets their book published, the publisher guarantees a certain number of copies and when they are sold the book might go “out of print”.
BUT…..if a book wins awards, then it may never go out of print (or at the very least it may get reprinted through the original publisher).
So you voting, means that great books stay published and that students years from now will be able to get a copy of a book that you loved when you were in high school! It is a pretty great way of impact students in the future and tell them, “This book meant something to me!”
So...if you have read 3 copies of the books listed or pictured, make sure you stop by the CITGO Innovation Academy and vote. It only takes a moment. And also, ICE CREAM!
See you at the polls!
Try our new online eBook platform!
Your library staff at the CITGO Innovation Academy are so excited over a collaborative project with libraries all over the state called eREAD Illinois. Through the Reach Across Illinois Library System we will have access to thousands of eBooks and audiobooks and you can take advantage of these books right on the technology you carry with you everyday!
Through this platform you can read or listen to best sellers, fiction, nonfiction, young adult and even books in foreign languages. Books remain on your device for a period of 2 weeks and then they disappear. No returns and no fines. You can hold books at are currently checked out, create a favorites list and read and listen to the same book together to improve your reading/language skills.
All you have to do is go to https://lhs210.axis360.baker-taylor.com or click the button on the resources page then click on the SIGN IN button on the upper right hand side of the screen. Sign in with Google and begin browsing for books you would like to read. When you find what you want click either HOLD or CHECKOUT and start reading. It is so simple.
Once you have tried it, stop by the CITGO Innovation Academy and tell us what you think!
Dawn Scuderi has a Masters in Library Science from Dominican University. This is her 3rd year as Library Director at LHS.
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