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.


A Perfect Match – Finding the Book for You

Reading is sort of like dating – it’s all about finding the right book at the right time. But how do you find the perfect book with so many to choose from? Here are a few tips:

  • Browsing the shelves and seeing what’s available may sound old school, but it can be a great place to start. What covers or titles jump out at you? Pick them up and read the back or inside flap to find out what’s in store.
  • Already have a book or topic in mind? Use the LFHS Library Catalog to find out which books we have available on our shelves (or in our audio & ebook collections) for you to check out. It narrows the playing field considerably and you can save the ones you want for later.
  • Just like there are dating apps, there are also plenty of places online dedicated to helping people find their next read. Goodreads is a website and app that allows readers to keep track of what they’ve read and what they want to read – the more books you rate, the better the recommendations it gives.
  • If you’re feeling up to it, ask someone to “set you up.” Librarians, teachers, and booksellers love sharing their favorite titles and recommendations with others (that’s the fun part of our job!).
  • Once you’ve found a title or two, go ahead and take the plunge. You’re allowed to check out multiple books from the library (as long as you don’t have overdues or unpaid fines). If this is a book for fun and the one you’ve picked out just isn’t doing it for you, return it and try something else – there are plenty to choose from!



See something interesting in a display? You can check it out – that’s what displays are for!

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

Best Books: Mrs. Rogna

Mrs. Cindy Rogna

Mrs. Rogna of the Educational Services department enjoyed the book A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. She said, “the characters became important to me as they grew over time, and the ending was perfection.”

Here’s the review from Goodreads:

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors.

Grande Size Your To-Read List: Read a Latte, Part 2

Drum roll, please! The winners of the LFHS Library’s Starbooks Cafe raffle were Margot and Katherine. Congratulations, and thanks to all who entered – we learned about so many great titles you all love!  

Here are a few more of the books students and staff have been reading, shared as part of our Read-a-Latte Display:

Flavored Series

In the mood for stories that don’t stop with just one book?

Iced Graphic Novels

Why settle for just words, when there’s plenty to read with amazing artwork as well?

Hot Non-fiction

Fiction is fabulous, but more often than not, nonfiction is even stranger and more fascinating.

Let us know what books you are reading this season!

Coffee Lovers Recommend…

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The temperatures in Chicagoland have taken a dip in recent weeks, and when that happens what better way to pass the time than with a hot beverage and a good book? Check out what some Scouts are reading while sipping coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, and add to our list by sharing some noteworthy titles with us on our Starbooks Instagram post! If you do, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a coffee gift card – make sure you get your titles in before we draw the winners on Friday! (Open to LFHS staff and students only.)

For Those in the Mood for Fantastical Reads:

Megan C. suggests the Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley.

Andy Z. recommends Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

Daniel M. has two for you to consider: Maze Runner by James Dashner and Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Chris S. recommends The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Or Maybe More Mysterious Tales…

Carla Z. suggests The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

Carmel H. recommends a newer book to the LFHS collection, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus.

Cooper S’s entry is The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks.

Jossellyn J. recommends One was Lost by Natalie D. Richards.