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Just Add Listening!

Both summer and back-to-school are busy times of year, and sometimes enjoyment reading falls to the bottom of to-do lists for students and teachers alike. Audiobooks are a wonderful way to incorporate books into your day, whether you are catching up on a bestseller, revisiting a classic novel, or simply trying something different. The Ridley High School Library’s selection of 200+ audiobooks is always growing, and we have a fresh batch of books-on-CD to kick off the new school year! Here are a few of my favorites (just click the book title for an audio excerpt and more information):

 

For students with reading challenges, listening can really help to fill in any gaps in comprehension. Skilled narrators use their voices to establish mood, heighten drama, and alert listeners to pivotal plot developments. Audiobooks also play a role in the library’s commitment to diverse literature by offering authentic representations of language and dialogue, and providing a “literacy bridge” for emerging readers. So please consider diversifying your reading with an audiobook from the Ridley High School Library! Happy listening.

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“Chapter Chat” with PA Author Dianne Salerni!

On Wednesday, December 2, Pennsylvania author Dianne Salerni stopped by the Ridley High School Library. She was the guest of honor at a “Chapter Chat” that was part of Hey-YA Needs Diversity, a Ridley Professional Institute course. All of the teachers in the class read Dianne’s historical young adult novel, The Caged Graves, and enjoyed talking with the author about how she was inspired to write the book and what other projects she has in the works. The Caged Graves is a Civil War-era novel set in Catawissa, PA, that explores the mystery of why two — and only two — graves in the area are enclosed in iron cages. These “mortsafes” are real, and right here in PennsylvaniaWe truly loved the book and our time with Dianne, and look forward to sharing The Caged Graves with our students!Salerni_Visit

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Heard Any Good Books Lately?

Back-to-school is a busy time of year, and sometimes enjoyment reading falls to the bottom of to-do lists for students and teachers alike. Audiobooks are a wonderful way to incorporate books into your day, whether you are catching up on a bestseller, revisiting a classic novel, or simply trying something different. The Ridley High School Library’s selection of 200+ audiobooks is always growing, and we have a fresh batch of books-on-CD to kick off the new school year! Here are a few of my personal favorites (just click the book titles for audio excerpts and more information):

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Audiobooks also play a role in the library’s commitment to diverse literature by offering authentic representations of language and dialogue, and providing a “literacy bridge” for emerging readers. So please consider diversifying your reading with an audiobook from the Ridley High School Library! Happy listening.

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#WeHaveDiverseBooks!

Have you heard about the We Need Diverse Books movement? It’s a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates for literature that represents the lives of all young people. We Need Diverse Books recognizes all diverse experiences, including LGBT, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and religious minorities. And the Ridley High School Library HAS diverse books, with more coming in all the time! Just check out the new bulletin board, featuring lots of our new arrivals. The bulletin board also proudly displays some #WeNeedDiverseBooks signs from some of your teachers, and an extra-special sign by Tiffany Schmidt, author of Hold Me Like a Breath and more. So when school starts up again in September, make sure you drop by the library to check out our diverse books and choose one to read!Diverse Books Bulletin Board

P.S. To learn more about We Need Diverse Books, watch this #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign video:

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Lunch with a Local Author, Part I

On Wednesday, July 8, Pennsylvania author Dianne Salerni stopped by the Ridley High School Library. She was the guest of honor at a Lunch with a Local Author, which was part of a brand new Ridley Professional Institute course called Hey-YA Needs Diversity. All of the teachers in the class read Dianne’s historical young adult novel, The Caged Graves, and enjoyed talking with the author about how she was inspired to write the book and what other projects she has in the works. The Caged Graves is a Civil War-era novel set in Catawissa, PA, that explores the mystery of why two — and only two — graves in the area are enclosed in iron cages. These “mortsafes” are real, and right here in PennsylvaniaWe truly loved the book and our time with Dianne, and look forward to sharing The Caged Graves with our students in the fall!

Lunch with Dianne Salerni