Ridgewood High School Litworks

Secondary students are invited to meet six authors and to celebrate reading at Ridgewood High School on Saturday, April 16th! The schedule for the day is below. We will meet at the 3911 N. Bell entrance at 8:00am so we can get to the Earlybird event beginning at 9am. We will return to St. Benedict Prep at 4:30pm. Students can sign up through Wednesday, April 13th!

2016 Author Lineup (from http://ridgewood.cyberschool.com/District/Department/98-Library/1928-LitWorks-Teen-Book-Fest.html)

Zac Brewer (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Series & The Cemetery Boys)

Julie Halpern (Get Well Soon & Into the Wild Nerd Yonder)

Geoff Herbach (Stupid Fast Series & Gabe Johnson Takes Over)

Mike Mullin (Ashfall Series)

Ashley Witter & Ash Maczko (Squarriors Graphic Novel Series)


LitWorks Schedule

Free Admission for Teens -- $5 for Adults.  

9:00am to 9:45am

Earlybird Event @ Eisenhower Public Library
4613 N. Oketo - Harwood Heights, IL 60706

9:30am to 10am

Check In & Snacks @ Ridgewood Auditorium
7500 W. Montrose Ave – Norridge, IL 60706

10am to 11:30am

Open Author Panel – Meet ALL Six Authors @ RHS Auditorium

11:30 to 12pm

Lunch (FREE!!!) @ Student Cafeteria - Ridgewood High School

12:15pm to 1pm

Author Session 1 @ RHS Library

1:15pm to 2pm

Author Session 2 @ RHS Library

2:15pm to 3pm

Author Session 3 @ RHS Library

3:15pm to 4pm

Author Autograph Party @ RHS Library



Celebrate Poetry Month throughout April!

St. Benedict Prep Secondary Library explores creativity in poetry throughout the month of April! Poetry displays are set up in the library along with a Creation Station where students can create their own poetry using magazine cut-outs.  On April 21st, it will be "Poem in My Pocket Day" where classes will have the option for students to grab a poem for the day. We have various options of poetry available to all students right on our own shelves! Come take a closer look. A Poetry Slam will also be taking place in May. Check back for more information.

Book Thief Author, Markus Zusak, Coming to Winnetka on Saturday, March 12th

This information was sent to us from Robert McDonald at the Book Stall:

"Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, is appearing in the Chicago-area as part of a rare US tour, celebrating the 10th anniversary of his contemporary classic, The Book Thief.

Markus Zusak will be speaking and signing books at The Winnetka Congregational Church, 725 Pine Street in Winnetka, IL. on Saturday, March 12th at 3 PM. Both hardcover and paperback copies of the 10th anniversary edition, with bonus content, will be available, and Mr. Zusak will be happy to sign copies of this new edition.

This event is free and ticketless.  Your purchase of a book from The Book Stall helps support this tour. 

We recommend arriving 15 minutes early to get a good seat.  Those who sit closest to the front will be among the first to have their books signed. "

Middle School Oscar Party--Wednesday, March 2nd

Over seventeen students attended the first Middle School Oscar Party on March 2nd! Students enjoyed popcorn, cupcakes, pretzels, and cake while watching "The Chronicles of Narnia-The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe". Students even cast their own Oscar ballots for current middle school movies. Our raffle winner, Julia Geer, won a previewed copy of The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann. 

New Year Brings New Contests!

Attention Sixth Grade Students! St. Benedict Prep is taking part in the Six Flags Read to Succeed 6th Grade Reading Club! This is a free program and a great way to get reading in your spare time. Sixth grade students who read six hours of recreational reading by the deadline below will be eligible for a free admission ticket to one of the Six Flag's Theme Parks.  Students must fill out a reading log and submit to the their teacher (homeroom) by Monday, February 22nd. The Library will also have a special prize for those sixth graders who finish!! Check out the information below!

Caudill and Lincoln Books: Reading over the Holidays!

The Secondary Library will be promoting the Rebecca Caudill and Abraham Lincoln Award Winning Books to our 6th-12th grade students beginning next week, November 30th! These award-winning books will be available to our students in the secondary library. The contest will ask all secondary students to read as many Caudill and Lincoln books as they can before the end of February. We will then ask them to vote on their favorites. We will offer prizes for most books read. These prizes will include book sets, gift cards, and library goodies!

The library will also look a bit different! We will be decorating the pillars with colored paper, and the students will sign their names after reading the books. We will then have a tally of student names!! What a great way to celebrate these great books!

Come check out the books as they will be displayed in the library for your convenience!

The Beauty of Poetry: "Brown Girl Dreaming"

In early November, I had the opportunity to accompany Amy Roberts' World Literature class to Francis Parker school to the Chicago Humanities Festival. The guest speaker was Jacqueline Woodson, author of "Brown Girl Dreaming". She read her poetry to a packed theater full of elementary and high school students. These students were able to ask questions and hear this award-winning author recite poetry. Wow, what an experience!

Baseball: The Best Game in the World

I decided to update the library with a baseball theme as it is one of my favorite topics. Having played the sport of baseball for 35 years, I  love the mental process behind the game. Growing up in Chicago in a family of Cubs' fans also helped my love of baseball. I played t-ball, little league, fast pitch softball, and eventually played Division I softball at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Traveling to Milwaukee this year to see the final game of the regular season was a highlight for my husband, my daughter, and myself. Baseball is a true national pastime, and I know that my life has been tremendously affected by the sport. We have assembled baseball books of all types in the library for the secondary students. We also participated in an October Activity where students created baseball bracelets from actual baseballs. Take a look!

September is Library Card Month, and the Secondary Library is celebrating it! Our teachers LOVE to read and have showcased their favorite books! Many of our teachers have Chicago Public Library cards, while others have suburban library cards! Take a look at the pictures below. These pictures will adorn the library walls during the month of September! 

"Match the Shelfie to the Selfie"--Students, can you guess which book shelf belongs to which teacher? If you think you can, pick up a form (on the bulletin board), and drop it off with Mrs. Fox in the Secondary library by Friday, Sept. 18th. Winner will be drawn from all correct entries. Winner will win a small gift card!