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The Hunger Games book vs. movie


“The Hunger Games devours Twilight box-office records.”

The Hunger Games’ $155m opening haul was the third-biggest debut in US cinema history.”  (The Guardian, Blog.)

So did you see it yet? What did you think? Did it live up to the hype, or more importantly, your expectations? Which actor or actress perfectly embodied the role of the character from the book? Were you surprised or disappointed by any of the actors’ protrayal of the characters?

Everybody is talking about the book vs. the movie. Please take a moment to share your thoughts here…

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The Hunger Games Challenge review


Hello Tributes!

Thank you for participating in our Second Annual Hunger Games Challenge! We appreciated your enthusiastic comments at the conclusion of the event held today in our library. Many of you had suggestions for future book club events, and I wish that I had had the time to write them down. Please take a few minutes to answer the questions below: your feedback and comments would be greatly appreciated.

Special thanks to Ms. Blair for her numerous contributions and for helping to make this event a success….I couldn’t have done it without her! Thanks to Mr. Kalagher and Ms. Woodward for helping out with the scorekeeping.

1. What was your favorite challenge? (Computer game, Archery, Cornucopia/Story, Trivia)

2. What could we do to improve this event if we held it again?

3. Would you be interested in participating in future book club events? Are you willing to come after school to do so?

4. What book or series do you think we should feature at a future book club event?

5. Any other comments or suggestions?

Thanks again…and may the odds be ever in your favor!

The Hunger Games Challenge


On Friday, February 17, the Lawrence School Library will be hosting a Hunger Games Challenge to celebrate the popular series written by Suzanne Collins. Over 50 students signed up for the “reaping“, or the opportunity to represent their “districts” (teams) in a friendly competition to showcase their knowledge of the books. Effie Trinket came all the way from the Capital of Panem to attend our  reaping ceremony, in which 18 “tributes” (students) were chosen to compete.

The first activity will be The Tribute Trials, an online question and answer game designed to test your likelihood of survival. Click on the following link to begin:

The Tribute Trials 

ASHFALL by Mike Mullin



You can read the first two chapters of this book online! Click on the title :   ASHFALL

Author visit


Mike Mullin, author of the exciting new book, Ashfall, will visit our library on Friday, March 16 to meet with some of our eighth graders.  This fictional, young adult book tells the story of Alex, a fifteen-year-old boy who has been left home alone for the weekend. Alex is forced to flee when his house is mysteriously destroyed in the middle of the night. He struggles to survive while searching for his family in the midst of the ever-present ash that continues to fall from the sky.

I have purchased 6 copies of this book for the library, which are circulating quickly!  If you would like to read this book, you can reserve  it by logging in to your Destiny account , typing in the title of the book, and placing a hold on it (or you can ask me to place a hold on it for you).

Hunger Games book club event


This week the Lawrence School library hosted a book club event to celebrate the popular science fiction trilogy, The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins.  Ms. Botelho and Ms. Blair modeled the  after the survival games that were featured in the novels.

Students participated in three competitive activities in which scores were kept. The first event was the Tribute Trials,  an online game ( similar to the Choose Your Own Adventure series where students (tributes) were asked eight questions related to survival. The second activity was The Cornucopia Challenge, in which various items necessary for survival were placed in the hallway. Students were divided into three groups (districts) and formed a relay team, with the object being to race to the pile to select one item at a time to help them survive.  Theme-related snacks (dried fruit, peanuts, trail mix, beef jerky, and cupcakes from Peeta Mellark’s bakery!) were eaten while Ms. Botelho read from a short script. When an item was mentioned,  students held up them up to score points. The final event was a trivia game on the Smartboard. Students and staff members used the clickers to answer the multiple-choice questions culled from the novels. The scores from the three events were totalled, and the top three winners earned prizes (Hunger Games t-shirts from Hot Topic and a snugli backpack).

Special thanks to Ms. Diotte, FHS school librarian, for  joining  us, along with  Ms. Dietlin and Ms. Johnson.

Please contact me with any book title suggestions for our next event!

Hunger Games Book Club meeting today!!


 Attention Tributes:

Your first challenge in our Hunger Games competition is to play the Tribute Trials online (the second game listed).

Click on the following link to begin:

                                                                          TRIBUTE TRIALS

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Hunger Games discussion questions:


 Please click on “Comment” below to join us in the discussion of this book.

1.  What do you think is the cruelest part of the Hunger Games? What kind of people would devise this spectacle for the entertainment of others?

2.  Why does Peeta join with the Career Tributes in the beginning of the Games? What does he hope to gain? Why do they accept him when they start hunting as a group? Why do groups form in the beginning when they know only one of them will be able to survive?

3. What makes Katniss and Rue trust each other to become partners? What does Katniss gain from this friendship besides companionship? Is Katniss and Rue’s partnership formed for different reasons than the other groups?

Destiny has arrived!


The big news in the LMC is that our new software system, Follett’ s Destiny Library Manager, has been installed!! Library Teachers Ms. Abbott (Morse Pond), Ms. Diotte (FHS) and I participated in a three-hour training Webinar yesterday during the in-service afternoon, and are excited about sharing the new system with students and teachers.

This web-based automation management system was purchased over the summer for Lawrence, Morse Pond, and Falmouth High schools. Students, parents, and teachers will now be able to access our library catalog (OPAC)online.

Some of the new features include:

Title Peak:  color images of the book cover; summary; literary reviews

Power Search:  advanced search capabilities such as AND, OR, NOT

Visual Search:  search by categories, easier for emerging readers and

                               English language learners

Book Reviews: students can write/share  reviews of books they have read

To preview Destiny’s “Guest Screen”,  click on the following link:

New Stephenie Meyer book comes out on June 4


Eight Cousins and The Falmouth Public Library are collaborating on an evening of fun to celebrate the release of the latest book by Stepehnie Meyer, The Short Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella.

The party begins at 7:00pm on Friday, June 4 at the public library and then moves to Eight Cousins Bookstore at 9:30pm. They will be showing the movie New Moon, serving pizza, having trivia contests, and having a COSTUME CONTEST! You can also purchase the new book and get it at midnight if you stay that long!

For more information, see me in the library, or check out the Eight Cousins web site :

This sounds like fun!

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