A huge congratulations to the Fossil Ridge Reading Team for bringing home the FIRST PLACE TROPHY in this year’s Battle of the Books competition!!! Team members Elizabeth Hoang, Kenneth Nguyen, Autumn Mosher, Danielle Lipscomb, Vivian Bolden, Arianna Kaine, Daniel Dao, Paige Priddy, Deanne Nguyen, and Ilsia Molina read 10 Young Adult books this year and beat 13 area high school teams without a single loss the entire day! What a sweet victory this was, especially for many of our seniors in their last year to compete! They worked hard studying these books and characters and remembering obscure facts and details to be prepared for any challenging questions that might appear in the trivia rounds. Their hard work paid off! First place feels AMAZING!!!
North Texas Battle of the Books is just one week away!
On Thursday, April 14th, Fossil Ridge students will compete along with 13 other area high schools in the Battle of the Books tournament at Barnes & Noble Southlake! Parents are welcome to come join us and cheer on the participants. Morning meet and greet activities start in the large the fountain area behind Brio Italian Grill at 9:30, and the first battles will start at 10:00. Battle locations are Barnes & Noble Children’s area, Barnes’ and Noble YA area, Barnes & Noble Gifts area, and Town Hall rooms 1 and 2 located on the third floor of the Town Hall building a block or two away from Barnes & Noble. Battles will run from 10:00 to 12:30, with a lunch break from 12:30 -2:00 (participants can bring money and have time for a sit down meal at Cheesecake Factory or elsewhere nearby). Afternoon battles resume at 2:00 and should finish up by 4:30. All battles in the afternoon will take place in Barnes & Noble.
Cheers to all the competitors who have worked so hard reading this year’s list of 10 YA books! Good luck Fossil Ridge Readers! You guys are AWESOME!!!
(Photo below: FRHS Reading Team 2018….It’s been a few years since we brought home the first place trophy…but I have a good feeling this year might be our year once again!!!! I’ll post new pictures of this year’s current team on battle day next week! Hopefully it will be a photo of us holding up our FIRST PLACE TROPHY once again!!!)
North Texas Teen Book Festival This Saturday!
Join us at the Irving Convention Center this Saturday, March 5th for this FREE event with all your favorite teen authors! See schedule below or visit http://www.northtexasteenbookfestival.com for full details.
Celebrate Black History Month with reading
Virtual author visit with adriana mather
I’m excited to share with you that author Adriana Mather will be joining Keller Collegiate Academy for a virtual visit on Thursday, January 27th, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm, and they are extending an invitation to join! Mather has generously said the more the merrier!
If you are interested in your class attending this virtual event, you will have to fill out this form to get the zoom link emailed to you.
A week or so before the event you will also be emailed a form where anyone can submit questions for us to ask Mather during the visit.
Thank you and hope you will be able to join us!
Hers-Day Thursday book spotlight
Poems to Turn to Again and Again – from Amanda Gorman, Sharon Olds, Kate Baer, and More
Created and compiled just for young women, You Don’t Have to Be Everything is filled with works by a wide range of poets who are honest, unafraid, and skilled at addressing the complex feelings of coming-of-age, from loneliness to joy, longing to solace, attitude to humor. These unintimidating poems offer girls a message of self-acceptance and strength, giving them permission to let go of shame and perfectionism.
The cast of 68 poets is extraordinary: Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate, who read at Joe Biden’s inauguration; bestselling authors like Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Acevedo, Sharon Olds, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Mary Oliver; Instagram-famous poets including Kate Baer, Melody Lee, and Andrea Gibson; poets who are LGBTQ, poets of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, poets who sing of human experience in ways that are free from conventional ideas of femininity. Illustrated in full color with work by three diverse artists, this book is an inspired gift for daughters and granddaughters—and anyone on the path to becoming themselves.
No matter how old you are,
it helps to be young
when you’re coming to life,
to be unfinished, a mysterious statement,
a journey from star to star.
—Joy Ladin, excerpt from “Survival Guide”
Book Fair Happening Now!
Book Fair is happening now in the library! Stop by and browse or purchase Christmas gifts for your friends and family!
The Book Fair will end on Friday, 12/17/21.
Thriller Thursday Book Spotlight
New from best-selling author Stephanie Perkins, and the perfect companion to her New York Times best seller There’s Someone Inside Your House, coming to Netflix October 6!
“The scares here are authentic, and the details meticulous, driven by a smart, distinct narrative voice. Hand this to fans of the film Midsommar who will delight in the eerie world building, the disintegration and rebuilding of interpersonal relationships, and the unseen forces of evil that threaten to break two friends apart.” (Booklist)
Bears aren’t the only predators in these woods.
Best friends Neena and Josie spent high school as outsiders, but at least they had each other. Now, with college and a two-thousand-mile separation looming on the horizon, they have one last chance to be together – a three-day hike deep into the woods of the Pisgah National Forest.
Simmering tensions lead to a detour off the trail and straight into a waking nightmare…and then into something far worse. Something that will test them in horrifying ways.
Stephanie Perkins, the bestselling author of There’s Someone Inside Your House, returns with a heart-stopping, gut-wrenching novel about friendship, survival, and navigating unmarked paths even as evil watches from the shadows.
Find it in your Fossil Ridge Library! Also available in audiobook format.
You Have Access to Online Magazines Including Scientific American
Listening to a story read to you reduces pain and stress in hospitalized kids – Read about it in this month’s issue of Scientific American Magazine.
In a recent study, it was found that children in the “storytelling group” had cortisol levels ONE FOURTH that of the non-storytelling group, and their oxytocin levels were TWICE as high as the other group! Cortisol is the hormone that causes stress and oxytocin is the chemical our body naturally produces to make us feel less pain and make us feel love and empathy and attachment to other humans!
Read all about it on page 25 of this month’s issue of Scientific American! Click on the magazine cover above to access.
Honors Chemistry Element Research
Click on the photo to access an interactive Genially to help you find a delicious spooky read for October!
4 ways to differentiate a good source from a bad source
Research papers are a large part of many college courses, and the quality of your paper will only be as good as your research. The internet makes research on almost any topic more convenient and accessible than in the past, but it also presents some challenges. With all the information that’s online, how do you know if you’re using a reliable source?
1. Check the domain name
Look at the three letters at the end of the site’s domain name, such as “edu” (educational), “gov” (government), “org” (nonprofit), and “com” (commercial). Generally, .edu and .gov websites are credible, but beware of sites that use these suffixes in an attempt to mislead. Nonprofit websites may also contain reliable information, but take some time to consider the organization’s purpose and agenda to determine if it could be biased. Commercial websites, such as those of reputable news organizations, can also be good sources, but do some investigation to look for signs of reliability.
Also, you can check online to see who owns a domain name and whether the owner’s IP address is in the U.S. or abroad.
2. Take a closer look at the source
Does the article or study have any authors listed? If so, do they cite or link to authoritative sources, or are they writing their own opinions without backing these up with facts? Are their credentials listed?
Additionally, check the date of publication. In some cases, it may not matter if the source is older or hasn’t been recently updated, but in fields of study where information can rapidly change, the data may be obsolete.
3. Search for additional information to back up what you’ve found
As you find information, try to verify its authenticity and legitimacy using other reliable sites. If you find another credible site that contradicts your original source, further research may be required.
4. Use certain sources only to jump-start additional research
Wikipedia offers a large volume of information, but because its entries are created in a collaborative effort involving many different users, its reliability can vary widely. In some cases, users deliberately place incorrect information on the site; in others, well-meaning users unintentionally introduce inaccuracies. For these reasons, you can use Wikipedia as a jumping-off point to spark more research, but not as a source on its own.
Individual blogs, online forums, chat rooms, etc.
Much like Wikipedia, sources such as individuals’ blogs, online forums and chat rooms can be used to fuel further research, but shouldn’t be relied upon as sources of dependable information.
Click on the photo below to watch an excellent video on selecting the best sources for your particular needs:
If you have a question about the authenticity or credibility of a source, you can always reach out to Ms. Flynt and ask for assistance.
Flipster Digital Magazines
The Fossil Ridge Library has subscriptions to the following magazines:
Click HERE to access the username and password for the Flipster account.
Free PSAT Practice Tests on Ebsco Learning Express
Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Highlighting the value of free and open access to information, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek, to publish, to read, and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
Are you curious about some different books that have been banned or challenged over the decades? This timeline is an excellent resource with plenty of examples of specific books and why they were challenged, and what the outcomes of the challenge were.
What do you think about a rating system for books? Read this article to find out if Americans support this idea or not.
“I believe that censorship grows out of fear, and because fear is contagious, some parents are easily swayed. Book banning satisfies their need to feel in control of their children’s lives. This fear is often disguised as moral outrage. They want to believe that if their children don’t read about it, their children won’t know about it. And if they don’t know about it, it won’t happen.” – For more quotes about the idea of censorship and book banning, read this article.
Check out this list of frequently challenged Young Adult books. See if you have read some of these already, or come to the library and read a few! Here’s another list with a few more.
A Few Examples from History
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Though many are familiar with the poems and fantastical story of Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, perhaps not as well known is the book’s history of censorship. The book has been challenged and banned several times since its publication in 1865, largely due to its alleged promotion of drug use. In the book, Alice encounters a caterpillar who sits on top of a mushroom smoking hookah. Alice herself becomes exposed to psychedelic, mind- and body-altering experiences, in which she grows and shrinks in size (undoubtedly inspired by Carroll’s own experiences with a rare neurological disorder that causes hallucinations and affects the sufferer’s perception of size—later named Alice in Wonderland Syndrome).
However, it was not the drug references but the talking animals that ultimately got Carroll banned in China in 1931. Though characters like the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit remain amongst the most popular in Carroll’s Wonderland novels, General Ho Chien, the governor of Hunan province, deemed it offensive that animals were anthropomorphized and placed on the same level as humans.
Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
In the late 1300s, Geoffrey Chaucer, considered the “father of English literature,” wrote Canterbury Tales, a humorous and critical examination of twenty-nine archetypal characters of late medieval English society. The text drew immediate criticism due to its critical look at the medieval church, as well as its obscene language and sexual innuendos, the latter of which remained a point of contention even centuries later.
In 1873, Anthony Comstock, founder of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, achieved a federal bill that banned the mailing of “every obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy book, pamphlet, picture, paper, letter writing, print or other publication of an indecent character.” The Comstock Act, officially known as the Federal Anti-Obscenity Act, banned many world classics, including Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, for its sexual content.
Federico García Lorca is one of the most important Spanish poets and dramatists of the twentieth century, the author of such celebrated works as Romancero Gitano (The Gypsy Ballads), which was reprinted seven times during his lifetime. But his work was still the object of censorship in Spain in the early 1900s. Lorca was openly homosexual and known for his outspoken socialist views, and his works were deemed dangerous for their sexual content, language, and political underpinnings.
In 1936, Lorca was shot to death by Spanish nationalists due to his support of the deposed Republican government. Lorca’s work was burned in Granada’s Plaza del Carmen and banned from Francisco Franco’s Spain. His books remained censored until Franco’s death in 1975.
A Light in the Attic, Shel Silverstein
Known for his whimsical illustrations and verses about mischievous children, transformed adults, and strange monsters and beasts, Shel Silverstein published his second poetry collection, A Light in the Attic, in 1981. The book spent 182 weeks on The New York Times general nonfiction bestseller list and spent fourteen weeks in the number one spot.
However, Silverstein’s books were accused of being not for children, encouraging bad behavior, and addressing topics some people deemed inappropriate for kids. Challengers at two elementary schools in Wisconsin said one poem “encourages children to break dishes so they won’t have to dry them,” and that other poems “glorified Satan, suicide, and cannibalism, and also encouraged children to be disobedient.”
The book was so contested that it became number fifty-one on the list of 100 most frequently challenged books in the 1990s.
Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
Seminal to the history of American verse, Leaves of Grass, a frank and sensual celebration of America and the human body, would later be considered a classic that established Whitman as one of the originators of a uniquely American poetic voice.
Fellow writer and critic Ralph Waldo Emerson attempted to persuade Whitman to drop some controversial, sexualized passages, but Whitman refused. However, when it was first published in 1855, Emerson wrote a letter to Whitman praising the collection: “I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed.”
Many critics did not give such a warm welcome to the book, which they denounced as crude and offensive. The Watch and Ward Society in Boston and the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice pressured booksellers to suppress the sale of the book, and the Society of Suppression of Vice then sought to obtain a legal ban of a new edition of the book in Boston, which caused it to be famously “banned in Boston” in 1882.
Are Americans Becoming More Aware of their 1st Amendment Rights?
Celebramos La Cultura Latinoamericana!
Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th through October 15th! Let’s celebrate by reading books by our favorite Hispanic authors and exploring the lives of protagonists from various Latin countries! The books linked above can all be found in the Fossil Ridge Library collection. Come visit and pick up some fresh reads for the fall!
Return Lost Library Books!
Attention Fossil Ridge Students:
Any students who currently have a library book out on their account that has been marked “Lost” (you’ve had it out for a VERY long time), you have an opportunity to turn it back in and have your name entered in a drawing for a $15 Cane’s Chicken gift card. To turn these books in, do not put them in the normal drop box. You need to hand them directly to Ms. Flynt so she is able to enter your name in the drawing. Books need to be returned by this FRIDAY to be eligible for the Cane’s gift card.
So go home and dig under your bed, in your closet, look around the house and get those books back in the library where they belong!
Thank you! Ms. Flynt
Top 10 places to find lost library books:
- Between the bed and the wall
- Between the bed and the other wall
- Shoved in the back of the bookcase
- Underneath the couch
- The bathroom
- In the car
- Inside the dresser
- Under the bed
- At your grandma’s house
- In the locker room (if you are an athlete)
Hers-day Thursday…Celebrating Accomplishments towards Women’s Equality
Click on the image above to access a collection of books and articles on the topic of women’s equality and female empowerment. The books can be checked out on the front display in the Fossil Ridge Library!