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Pennsylvania Reader’s Choice Award – A Vote Equals a Voice!

Have you ever watched an awards show and thought, “I NEVER would have voted for that movie to win!” Or have you read an award-winning book and thought, “Really?! What were they thinking?!” If so, the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award is for you! This is a book award that gives you, the reader, a voice! Every year, fifteen of the very best books are nominated. These books are all written by North American authors, and have been published within the last five years. They really are the best of the best, but the winning book needs your vote!

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Participating in the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award is a snap. Here’s how to do it:

  • Read (or listen to) at least three books from the list of nominated titles
  • You do not have to read every book to participate
  • Vote for your favorite book in March!

That’s all there is to it. Stop by the library to pick up a bookmark with the list of nominated titles. Better yet, check out one of the books while you’re here! And once you’ve read a book or two, leave a comment sharing your thoughts about it. Some things you might include in your comment are:

  • Did the book live up to your expectations based on the plot summary?
  • Would you recommend it to a friend?
  • Did you like this book more or less than other books you’ve read recently?
  • Would you vote for this book to win the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award?

Remember, your favorite book needs YOUR vote to win!

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New Titles in Our OverDrive Lending Library!

Our DIGITAL LENDING LIBRARY continues to grow! Students and staff members can browse, sample, and borrow from our collection of 200+ eBooks and audiobooks. Some of the titles we’ve recently added to our OverDrive collection include:


  • What Light by Jay Asher
  • The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
  • Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
  • You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicole Yoon


  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • Gutless by Carl Deuker
  • Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea by Sungju Lee
  • Replica by Lauren Oliver
  • Saving Red by Sonya Sones

Visit rhslibrary.lib.overdrive.com to browse all of our available eBooks and audiobooks! And while you’re there, check out our Collections link with handy shortcuts to Crossover Novels, The Horror!, Listen Up, and more. For information on student and staff usernames, please see Ms. Pickett.

Posted in Blogging for Books, new books

Rad Women Worldwide!

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz has just arrived at the Ridley High School Library! The book’s forty mini-biographies, which represent all seven continents, describe the lives and accomplishments of truly radical women in lively, conversational profiles. Each chapter is accompanied by an iconic papercut portrait, created by illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl using paper, pencil, and an X-Acto knife.
radwomenCheck out the map on the book’s front endpapers to orient yourself to this journey through time and around the world:radwomenmapThen page through Rad Women Worldwide to learn more about contemporary women such as Malala Yousafzai, Venus and Serena Williams, and primatologist Biruté Mary Galdikas. Read up on Enheduanna (the world’s oldest known author), Hypatia (the first known female mathematician and scientist), Queen Lil’uokalani of Hawaii, and so many more. No matter what country or century they’re from, these women are passionate, purposeful, and powerful. Be sure to stick around for “The Stateless” on pages 94-95, a poetic ode to the world’s 60 million displaced people (almost 80% of whom are women and children).

One small complaint: if the map and Table of Contents included keywords such as Educator, Environmentalist, or Musician next to each woman’s name, Rad Women Worldwide would be even more accessible to browsers and researchers. Nonetheless, it will inspire you to read more, to learn more, and to be a little bit more rad! It’s a natural companion read to Schatz and Stahl’s 2015 collection Rad American Women A-Z, as well as Rachel Swaby’s Headstrong.

Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing a copy of Rad Women Worldwide in exchange for an honest review!

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The Big Library Read is Here!

Big Library Read is the first-ever “global eBook club,” connecting people around the world who read the same eBook (or listen to the audiobook) at the same time! The new selection is This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp!whereitends

Here’s a quick summary from the publisher:

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.

Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival. Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.

October 13-27, 2016, unlimited copies of the book are available for checkout through OverDrive! Just visit digitallibrary.delcolibraries.org (you’ll need a Delaware County Library System card for this one), and borrow the Big Library Read today! BigLibraryRead.jpg

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The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees!

I just made room on the shelves of the Ridley High School Library for The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees! She’s got a degree in social psychology, and in this unique how-to book she pairs the science behind how we make decisions with her minimalistic approach to personal style. Whether you’re a long-time fashionista or a total beginner, this book will teach you to curate your closet, with a lot of fun and a little self-discovery along the way. curatedclosetThe Curated Closet philosophy is simple:

  1. Be selective.
  2. Be authentic.
  3. Aim for quality.
  4. Style trumps fashion.
  5. Put in the work.

Using these principles as a guide, Rees provides tips, techniques, exercises, and prompts designed to help you cultivate a strong personal style and build a functional collection of clothes that allows you to express yourself. “A great wardrobe is like a well-oiled machine,” Rees writes. “Interrelated parts work together, allowing you to mix and match freely and create a ton of different outfits that all suit your personal style.” Over the course of twenty-one brief chapters (complete with beautifully stylish photographs) she addresses discovering your personal style, building your dream wardrobe, and the art of shopping. I especially enjoyed the Closet Diagnostics flowchart, which directs the reader through a series of questions toward a particular tip and/or chapter to help cure what ails your closet. The Curated Closet will be especially beneficial for any student trying to figure out what to pack for college, how to fit everything into a tiny dorm-room closet, and how to maximize a limited budget. Don’t miss Chapters 11 and 14, on outfit formulas and capsule wardrobes; the two-week outfit plan (pages 146-147) will get you through the semester in style! You can also apply Rees’ minimalist lifestyle philosophy to other aspects of your routine. Remember, it’s not about having as little as possible. It’s about owning (and doing) the things that add happiness to your life!

Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing a copy of The Curated Closet in exchange for an honest review!

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Happy CROOKED KINGDOM Release Day!

Calling all Six of Crows fans! The sequel, Crooked Kingdom, has just flown into the Ridley High School Library! In this sequel to Six of Crows, Bardugo returns to the Grisha Universe and continues the story of Kaz Brekker and his crew of thieves, misfits, and magicians. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, Kaz’s crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. Soon, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge both Kaz’s cunning and the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets: a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world! bardugo

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Photographs from the Edge

Photographs from the Edge: A Master Photographer’s Insights on Capturing an Extraordinary World by Art Wolfe (with Rob Sheppard) has just appeared on the horizon at the Ridley High School Library! Photographs.jpgFollowing a preface by co-author Rob Sheppard and an introduction by Art Wolfe, the book is broken out into four main sections: the 1980s, the 1990s, the 2000s, and the 2010s. Each section incorporates Wolfe’s best photographs from that time period, with a detailed explanatory essay as well as “The nature of the photo” and “Photo tip” sidebars accompanying each image. Photographs from the Edge is so much more than a collection of beautiful photographs; it’s a travelogue, how-to guide, history lesson, and career blueprint all in one stunning book. As you turn each page, you will discover a window to some of the true wonders of the world. Wolfe’s photographs will transport you visually, geographically, and culturally to places you have (probably) never been or even heard of!

Having recently seen the movie Everest, I was especially fascinated by Art Wolfe’s breathtaking images of mountain ranges around the globe, from Alaska to Ecuador to Nepal. His wildlife photographs are also mesmerizing. What will be your favorite photograph? Open the book to discover it today!everestThanks to Blogging for Books for providing a copy of Photographs from the Edge in exchange for an honest review!