Teen Tech Week 2018 – Create@LFHS Library

It’s that time of year again – tech and games await you at your LFHS Library throughout lunch periods during Teen Tech Week, March 19-23. Activities will be set up exploring technology from the past, present, and future. Join us for scavenger hunts, stop-motion animation, robot races, and Oculus Rift virtual reality! There’s something for everyone, and as usual, all Scouts are welcome.

Technology and libraries go hand in hand. Your LFHS Library has Nooks to check out, downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks for your convenience, a load of databases you can access from home as well as school, online citation guides, class links to help you with homework, social media to help you find the best and newest books (Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads, Pinterest, this blog) and more. Teen Tech Week celebrates all the tech we had, currently have, and will experience in the future.


All About the Books

Now that finals are over, add something fresh, learn something new, and make 2018 the best year yet! Try something fun and consider becoming part of the LFHS Book Club, complete with the Varsity Reading Challenges. Meetings are usually twice a month with times before and after school.

Here are some recently published books that the “Varsity Reading Team” is discussing in 2018:
The Hate U Give
 by Angie Thomas
Jan. 23 @7:30 am in the LFHS library


Waking in Time
 by Angie Stanton
February dates: TBA



Book Club selections are available in the library one month beforehand. Have questions? Ask Librarian and club sponsor Ms. Fumarolo for more information or join our Schoology group!

Library Happenings

The LFHS library is open for extended hours during finals, so feel free to stay until 6 pm on Tues. Jan. 17 and Wed. Jan. 18.

The library’s guestimation jar – Kickstart Your Smarts: Smarties/Dum Dum Candy Challenge – will launch during finals week. Take your best guess without going over, of course. Winners announced in February.

Students & staff – stop by the library during a Wednesday lunch period sometime and give your brain a well-needed break. Since October, the popular Brain Breaks included – if you missed them – DIY Taco Cord Keepers, Sugar Skull Papercrafts, Friendship Bracelets, and Plant a Pizza. Eighteen pots of seeds were planted during Plant a Pizza and students took home a Pizza 4-Pack, pictured below. 

Jake's Pizza 4-pack

Jake’s basil just sprouted

Upcoming lunch hour Brain Breaks:

1/10 New Year’s Tea – celebrating National Tea Month, make and taste different teas
*No Brain Break during finals week
1/24 Learn to Write Your John Hancock – dip pen calligraphy (Hancock’s birthday 1/23)
1/31 TBA
2/7 Well Lit! Tealight Creations
2/14 BookTasting – chocolate books to give to someone sweet on Valentine’s Day
2/21 NYT 7 Minute Workout

Teen Read Week 2016 Video Recap

The week leading up to Halloween and the holiday itself were a fun time in the LFHS Library as we celebrated Teen Read Week. Sponsored by the American Library Association and the Young Adult Library Services Association, this year’s theme was “Read for the Fun of It.” Not only did we read, but we created, explored, competed, relaxed, and ate the whole week long. Check out our video recap!

May Book Club: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore!

Students have picked our May Book Club Book! MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE is a hilarious literary adventure filled with riddles and bibliophilia. If you like globe-spanning adventures with sarcastic narrators, this book is definitely for you.

We’re meeting Tuesday, May 17th before school in the Fiction Section!


The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything—instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.

Book Club: Jackaby!

Our next book club book is IN! You chose Jackaby for our next read, and this Sherlocky historical paranormal will be a fun pre-Spring Break read.

We have copies behind the desk, and we’ll see you March 8th before school in the fiction section!

JACKABY (Jackaby, #1) by William Ritter

Jackaby Poster“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.


March Madness is Back!

Are you ready for this year’s March Madness? We’ve got your literary edition right here. You’ll be getting an email from the library soon to start the first round of voting!

Votes will be tallied at the end of each week and we’ll move up the books and start the next round on Mondays. Here’s what you can look forward to in the first round.



So those are this year’s qualifiers! Don’t forget to come in and fill out your bracket–if you turn it in before the first week’s results are posted, you’ll be entered to win a prize! The closest bracket wins.

battle of the books 2016

Susan Dennard is Coming!

That’s right, we have an author coming to LFHS!

Truthwitch banner gif

susan dennard author photoSusan Dennard is the New York Times Bestselling author of Truthwitch, the first installment in the Witchlands series, and the Something Strange and Deadly Trilogy.

Want a chance to work with a bestselling author on your writing? After an auditorium presentation 3rd period, she’ll be doing creative writing workshops for English classes! Be sure to talk to your teacher about signing up.

Stay tuned for her official itinerary.

More about the books!

TRUTHWITCH, (Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard

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Book Club: The Fixer

Our next Book Club meeting is February 9th at 7:15AM! We’ll see you in the fiction section for donuts and discussion–and boy, will we have a lot to discuss. This book will have you turning pages so fast you’ll get paper cuts.

Interested in joining book club this semester? Just stop into the library and get a copy of the book!

THE FIXER (The Fixer, #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This thriller YA is Scandal meets Veronica Mars.

Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather’s ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess’s classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.

Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for this compelling teen drama with a political twist.