Ironically, I Can't Spell Dyslexia
By Claire, Anderson-Foothill Branch
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Danaadmin. (2020, December 15). Searching for effective interventions in dyslexia. Retrieved February 21, 2021, from https://dana.org/article/searching-for-effective-interventions-in-dyslexia/
Dyslexia's emotional impact. (2020, August 20). Retrieved February 21, 2021, from https://www.lexercise.com/blog/dyslexia-effects
February = Romance?
by Christine, Chapman Branch
Happy February! I recently had a conversation with a friend and the topic of romance as a genre came up. It isn’t my favorite genre and she pointed out that romance and relationships are just part of life and show up in books of all genres, not only as its own genre. I have been thinking about that, and some of my favorite books do indeed have a relationship as part of the story, and I thought we need a post about that for February! So even though this post is going live a bit after Valentine's Day I wanted to share a few books that have some romance in them. Some of these books come from fantasy, dystopian, or mystery genres while a few are more from the category of real life or even romance. And just like in real life, the relationships in these books can be complicated, messy, and even sweet. What are some of your favorite books about relationships? Share in the comments!
4 Socially Distant Dates
by Lexi, Day-Riverside Branch
Have a crush? Want to hang out while maintaining your (and their) safety? Here are 4 socially distant dates to try out.
So go forth and get to know your crush! Remember to follow health department guidelines, wear masks and stay safe! (You can expose yourself to COVID through kissing, you know).
by Becca, Main Library
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s important to remember to love and celebrate yourself first!
Check out these books to get some inspiration for ways to boost your self-love and acceptance.
by Anagha, Day-Riverside Teen Squad
Every high school student knows the importance of a high ACT/SAT score, but one of the most underrated strategies to improve your ACT/SAT scores is reading. According to the US News, well-read students tend to score higher on the SAT because almost every section tests vocabulary and reading comprehension. The College Board and ACT both highly recommend extensive reading from a variety of genres as a valuable way to prepare for these tests.
In order to score in the 90th percentile or higher on the ACT/SAT, many standardized test prep experts say that there is no substitute for being an avid reader. Reading complex words is more effective and interesting compared to memorizing a list of vocabulary terms and phrases. Also, reading nonfiction books can make you familiar with complex, technical passages that you will see on the reading sections of the ACT/SAT and the ACT science section. For the English sections, being an avid reader will help you spot when something doesn’t “look right.” Reading can even help students improve their math sections because teens will be able to decipher complex phrases, even if they don’t fully understand the math concept. The ACT science section measures scientific reasoning, and one good way to prepare for this is to read science magazines such as Scientific American or Science Daily.
Studies have shown that teens who read for 30 minutes a day are much more likely to receive a 30+ on the ACT and a 1400+ on the SAT. Even spending 15 minutes a day can be the difference between a mediocre test score and an exceptional test score.
But how do you implement this in your own life? The best way to study for the reading section would be to actively read. What does that mean? Actively reading means to read a passage and take time to understand what you read. This could involve writing a brief summary of what you read and writing down any complicated vocab words. If you are reading a science magazine, take time to look at the nuances of each study and understand it. If you get in the daily habit of reading and responding to sophisticated non-fiction, you won’t just boost your SAT/ACT score, you’ll get to learn a lot, too.
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by Kamryn, Sweet Teen Squad
As you might know February is Black History Month, and I wanted to celebrate it by reading and discussing one of my favorite books! It's called The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This book is amazing, and it is honestly one of my favorites so I hope you enjoy it too!
About the Book
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
-Synopsis from the publisher
Here are some questions we will be discussing:
1.In the first chapter, Khalil and Starr listen to Tupac in the car. Khalil explains what Tupac said “Thug Life” meant. Discuss what this acronym means and how it shows up throughout the book. How else does the author use hip-hop as a motif?
2.Throughout the novel, Starr refers to police officer Brian Cruise as One-Fifteen, which is his badge number. Why do you think she does this? Does her attitude toward police officers change over the course of the book? How does her uncle play into this change?
The book can be found on the library website as a book, an audiobook, or on Overdrive or Libby.
The book club will be held Saturday, February 13th at 2:00 pm. This event will be online:
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/98103476634?pwd=TkRIbjlETURnR3dXNElDM3lKUG8wUT09
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
For more amazing books by Black authors see this list.
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