Congratulations to our Tweet Your Book Contest winners, Sangil Lee & Samantha Martin! Part of their prize was to be featured on a READ poster in the Library Media Center. Check out their new & fabulous posters!
You might have known that Mr. Meyer was an avid TV & movie buff, but did you know that he's also a reader? It's true!
Did you get a chance to attend on of the FYFT presentations yesterday? Wow. I really hope so. I missed all of the school sessions so I found myself at the Novi Public Library last night. Once again, though it's hard to leave my family behind and go back into the world for a grown-up, non-pajama clad evening, it was absolutely worth it.
Ben & Janine run FYFT (From Yesterday, For Tomorrow). They spoke all day with students yesterday (& then again last night) about their experiences as Holocaust researchers and educators which led them to create the FYFT non-profit group. Their goal is to spread awareness of how prejudice infects people using major historical events, like the Holocaust, as examples and illustrations. Here's my big take-away:
There are three different levels of prejudice and discrimination. Populations do not go from zero to genocide overnight. The hateful messages that bring about mass murders start at a 1. cultural level, with small statements, name-calling, and messages that it is ok to think you are better than another person. When these cultural messages become widely known and accepted, it becomes possible to give them 2. legal ramifications, in which the government makes it technically allowable for one group to have fewer rights than another. This legal "right" to prejudice is what gives oppressors the idea that they are justified in 3. persecution, actively attacking entire groups of people to the extent of violence and death. And it all starts with those little comments; the ones that people pass off as inocuous jokes or acceptable jibes.
I think I'm a fairly smart person. I read like it's going out of style. But in all of my reading and learning, I've never seen these ideas broken down so clearly & logically.
Follow FYFT on Twitter (@FYFT) or
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FYFTCharity?fref=ts). I'm expecting big things from them.
We're going to celebrate reading in March by watching people read all around the school. That sounds a little bit creepy, doesn't it? Here's what I mean:
All staff members will be given special book review slips. Anytime they see a student reading at school when it is not required (before school, lunch, during AA, etc.), the student will be given a slip. The slip contains a very short book review form - really short, I swear. Students will fill out the slip and bring it to the library. Every slip will earn the student who submits it a small prize from our prize basket. Then all of the slips will go into the Grand Prize drawing.
But wait, there's more! All of the slips collected will be added to our Recommendation Wall in the library. Now every review will have the power to become a book suggestion for another student or teacher. Oh yes - we are recommending books and influencing people.
Could March be any more fun?
Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why, is letting us into his mind! On Monday, March 3 at 2 pm, he will be doing a LIVE webcast to share his ideas about life, literature, writing and bullying. So we're going to celebrate! Stop by the Library to sign up for a ticket to our Jay Asher webcast viewing party. We will watch as a group and enjoy some yummy snacks!
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