Summertime

glasssentenceI hope everyone is enjoying a break from all that studying, and getting some leisure reading in!  I’ve been doing lots of hiking, taking advantage of the cooler weather before it heats up again.  I’ve also read a couple of great books.  One was Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, which was great but maybe not QUITE as great as the Raven Cycle.  If you enjoy series like Twilight, Halo, Fallen, etc, this is definitely not to be missed!  I also read The Glass Sentence, a first novel by S. E. Grove, which totally blew me away.  It’s an adventure through a world that’s been fractured across time, with maps made not just from paper but every imaginable substance – earth, glass, water, even onions.  One of the best books of the year by far!

But that’s not why I started this post.  I actually wanted to tell you two things.  First, we have a Twitter account now!  WHAT?!?  Yes, that’s right, the AMS library is on Twitter.  Get over there and click that follow button!

Second, I’m going to be doing some updates to the website over the summer, so if you’re looking for something and it’s  not where you left it… well, I probably moved it.  I’m not telling you where.  But you can always email me and ask.

That’s all for now, folks!  Enjoy your summer, and don’t forget to READ!  Remember – the AMS virtual library is still available through www.mackinvia.com!

So long, 2014-15! It’s been a great year!

On Tuesday, everyone piled into the cafeteria to celebrate our eighth graders’ milestone as they move on to high school next year.  Even though it’s what they should be doing, it’s always sad to say goodbye!  We here in the library will really miss our eighth grade students, and wish them the greatest of success in the future!

Although the library is closed all summer, we’ve got some great resources in our virtual collection that students and staff can continue to access.  See the ebook page for details, and visit www.mackinvia.com to log in!   Many of next year’s Black-Eyed Susan Award nominees are available as ebooks.  Speaking of which, if you want to get a head start on preparing for next year’s voting, here’s the list of next year’s nominees – also available from your public library!

2015-2016 nominees

Meanwhile, if you’re curious about what’s been going on in the library all year, here’s a nifty infographic with some figures for your perusal:

Last but not least, if you still need to return books, the AMS office will be open Monday through Thursday all summer.  We have a bin in there and will be accepting returned books whenever you can get them to us!  Our fantastic financial secretary will also be on hand, armed and ready with a list of students and the books they owe, so if you need to pay for something she’s the lady to see.

In my last post I mentioned a big announcement I had hoped to make this spring.  Due to some unanticipated facility issues, I’m postponing that until the fall, but stay tuned.  We have big news coming!

Until then, keep reading, and thank you all for an amazing, educational adventure of a school year.  I’ll leave you with a quote from the wonderful poet Pablo Neruda:

“The books that help you most are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.”

The physical library may be closed, but the virtual one is always open!

In spite of the best efforts of our administrators, sometimes the presence of technology resources in the library means our space has to be closed for testing.  While our students aren’t able to get to the library to check out books until May 18th, we still have online collections they can access!  So guys, if you haven’t already, visit www.mackinvia.com.  You can log in with your student ID and use the last 4 digits of your student ID as the password.  There are about 400 awesome fiction & non-fiction ebooks in our collection, and you can view them in a browser or download them to read later.  Visit the eBook page for more information!

And while we’re at it – a shoutout to our awesome administration team for doing everything they could to make sure the library stayed open and operating as much as possible during testing!  We’ve heard from colleagues at other schools both in and out of Anne Arundel County, and we have yet to find anyone whose library closed their doors for fewer days.