Archive for September, 2009

Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program

pa young reader's choice awards display

Announcing the start of the 2009-10 school year Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program at Hopewell HS!

What is the PA Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program?
The program is sponsored by the PSLA (Pennsylvania School Librarians Association) with the purpose of promoting the reading of quality books by young people in PA. Participations is open to all students who are attending public or private schools or are enrolled in a certified home study program in grades K-12.

How do I participate?
Read or listen to at least 3 books from the list by March 1, 2010.

Then what?
Then you will have the opportunity to vote on your favorite book.  Voting will occur March 1-12 (the first 2 weeks of March).  Stop in the library during those 2 weeks to pick up a ballot.   Votes will then be totaled and sent in for our school.  Once all the votes are in and PSLA announces the winner, it will on display physically in the library and posted here on the blog.

All of the PA Young Reader’s Choice books are on a permanent display in the library.  The display is on the very end of the fiction section closest to the windows at the front of the library.  Each book has a space labeled so you know when that books is in or out.  You will also find a yellow pamphlet there explaining more info about the program as well as a bookmark with checklist of all the books.

Here are the book selections for this year:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

They Came from Below, by Nelson Blake

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Deadline, by Chris Crutcher

Paper Towns, by John Green

The Juvie Three, by Gordon Korman

The God of Animals, by Aryn Kyle

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart

Sunrise Over Fallujah, by Walter Dean Myers

The Adorations of Jenna Fox, by Mary E. Pearson

Adventures of Jonny Bunko, by Daniel H. Pink

Unwind, by Neal Shusterman

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer, by James Swanson

The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeannette Walls

Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld

Previous Winners:

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, by Ann Brashares

My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult

Dairy Queen, by Catherine Murcock

Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer

More questions?  Ask Mrs. Busch in the library, or send her an e-mail at
Happy Reading!


Get ’em while they’re hot

If you’ve been to any store that sells books in the past week, chances are you’ve been bombarded with displays upon displays of the greatly anticipated new Dan Brown book, The Lost Symbol.  This past weekend, I was stuck in an airport for 4 hours with nothing to do.   Having finished the book I brought on my previous flight, I spent a lot of time walking in and out of airport book stores.  I saw many people buying and reading this book over the weekend.  Now it’s your turn.  See what all the buzz is about and come down and check out The Lost Symbol.

Many have been asking about the rest of the books I bought wondering when we’d get them.  Your wait is up!  Stop in the library to check out the following new books:

Guinness World Records 2010

A Lion Among Men: Volume Three in the Wicked Years, by Gregory Maguire

Handle With Care, by Jodi Picoult

The Twitter Book, by Tim O’Reilly and Sarah Milstein

Do we still not have a book that you’ve been waiting for?  You can do one of two things: (1) write down the title and author and drop it in the suggestion box in the library, or (2) if it’s an older title, I can get the book for your via inter-library loan.  Ask me (Mrs. Busch) in the library how to do inter-library loan.