Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!
It's going to be a great night to knock on your neighbors' doors and get some treats!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Saturday was the 5th annual Boston Teen Author Festival-- -- in Cambridge at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School and the Cambridge Public Library.

This all day event featured 35 Young Adult authors from around the country and it was a spectacular day! 

There were a number of panes set up with the authors talking about their books and their writing lives. It was fun and fascinating.

I went to a panel on mysteries with Kim Savage, Rebecca Podos and Brittany Cavallaro, then to a discussion panel featuring historical fiction writers Erin Bowman, Nicole Castroman, Lee Kelly. The last panel I saw included a writer whom I once worked with at Our Lady of Nazareth Academy, Laurie Faria Stolarz. Laurie taught English at Naz and now she's a best selling author! How amazingly cool is that!?! The panel also included best selling author Beth Revis and Eric Smith.

The BTAF was a fabulous event and students who love to read YA should try and go next year, who knows, maybe your favorite author will be there!

This is Banned Book Week!
Come to the Library to see our display of books that have been banned around the country and around the world!

The 100 Banned & Most Challenged Books
How many have you read??

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses by James Joyce
7. Beloved by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
9. 1984 by George Orwell
10. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
11. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
13. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm by George Orwell
18. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
22. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
23. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
24. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
25. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
26. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
27. Native Son by Richard Wright
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
29. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
31. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
32. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
34. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
35. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
36. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
37. The World According to Garp by John Irving
38. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
39. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
40. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
41. Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
42. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
43. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
44. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
45. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
46. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
48. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
49. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
50. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
51. My Antonia by Willa Cather
52. Howards End by E. M. Forster
53. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
54. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
55. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
56. Jazz by Toni Morrison
57. Sophie's Choice by William Styron
58. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
59. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
60. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
61. A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
62. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
63. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
64. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
65. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
66. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
67. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
68. Light in August by William Faulkner
69. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
70. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
71. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
72. A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
73. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
74. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
75. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
76. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
77. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
78. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
79. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
80. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
81. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
82. White Noise by Don DeLillo
83. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
84. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
85. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
86. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
87. The Bostonians by Henry James
88. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
89. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
90. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
91. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
92. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
93. The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
94. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
95. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
96. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
97. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
98. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster
99. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

100. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

Friday, June 10, 2016

School has officially ended today!
Now summer vacation can begin!!
What are you plans?
Going any place fun and exciting?
Send me a postcard and I'll post it here on the blog!

Wishing you long summer days and cool summer nights.
Be safe.
Have fun.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

April 14, 2016

One more wake-up and then it will be vacation...
I don't know about you, but I really, really, really need a break.
Lots going on and more to come when we return.
AP Exams start very soon. Senior Exams follow.

As of today, the Seniors have only 42 days left until Graduation!

The school year ends in 57 days...

57 days!

That's less than two months before summer...summer...

Monday, March 7, 2016

Where do you go?

Where do you go when you really need some peace and quiet, where do you go?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Well, I got to see the exquisite painting by Frida Kahlo.

Isn't it beautiful? The title is “Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia).” 

The colors that Kahlo used are not the usual colors that you seen in paintings. The blue dress looks like it's made of velvet instead of oil paint and the green background seems alive with the fruits and butterflies.

Really, really wanted to take a selfie in front of it, but I'm not comfortable doing that in public. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hey, Art Lovers!
Big news for Boston and New England, the Museum of Fine Arts has acquired one of the legendary Frida Kahlo's earliest paintings. This is very exciting because no other art museum in New England owns a Kahlo.
To read more about this wonderful event, click on the link below:

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Happy New Year!
Hard to believe it's 2016.
Mid Terms are just around the corner, so here are some hints to get you through them:

1. Get plenty of rest!

2. Eat right—try popcorn and unsalted pretzels instead of candy!

3. Avoid too much caffeine! Try not to drink any after 3 p.m.

4. Drink water or seltzer instead of sodas.

5. Join or create a study group to help with difficult classes.

6. Don’t wait to study until the last minute—go over your notes and review your assignments—it’s also a great way to see if you are missing anything!

7. Ask for help from your teachers but again don’t wait until the last minute!

8. Cut down on computer and television time and try reading the daily newspaper instead.

9. Be prepared for the exams—bring pencils, pens, erasers and whatever else your teacher’s requires.

10. Don’t panic!!

Good luck!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

It is that time of year when all the "Best" and "Favorites" lists come out so I will add my two cents.

My top five (really six) FAVORITE Young Adult books of 2015 are...drum roll...

  1.  Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee,  from G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
  2.  These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly, published by Random House Delacorte tied with The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz, from Candlewick Press
  3.  Rivals in the City by Y.S. Lee, published by Candlewick Press
  4.  Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne, from Doubleday Childrens
  5. Nightbird by Alice Hoffman, published by Simon & Schuster

I guess this year I enjoyed Historical Fiction since all but one of those books takes place in different time periods of the past.

If you would like to read any of these and find out if one of them may be your favorite, just visit the Library before we break for vacation. Most, if not all, are on the red pyramid in the Library. Come in and borrow one today. If you want them for Christmas, find them at your local Barnes & Noble or online from

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and if you are traveling far and wide, have a safe trip and enjoy your time with family and friends. 

Happy Halloween! It's going to be a great night to knock on your neighbors' doors and get some treats!