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Fake News Epidemic »

  Fake news is any news which is broadcast or printed by the media that misleads the audience about a specific group, person, or action. The audience can be misled in either a negative or positive way. Fake news happens in two ways: (1) when reporters do not check their facts before releasing their news […]

Battle of the Books 2017-18 »

Battle of the Books titles have been announced by the Alaska Association of School Librarians.  These will all be available on the KPBSD Overdrive library, so check there later if you would like digital copies for reading and listening this summer.  Speak to Mrs. Hampson if you would like to be on the Mariner team. […]

Summer Audio Books: SYNC »

Listen to books all summer with free audiobook downloads from AudioFile magazine.  Install the OverDrive app on your laptop or other device, and you’re good to go.  Each pair of titles is available for only one week, so download them when you can and listen later. Listen to clips of every book here.     […]

Intellectual Freedom »

The right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction   Free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause, or movement may be explored   From the American Library Association, 2017   *                      *                      *                      *                      *   […]

Books We Love »

 

Check Out a Playaway »

These devices can be used with earbuds or an auxiliary jack for speakers. A single AAA battery will play the shorter books from start to finish twice.   Here is a list of titles currently available at the Homer High library.   1984 by Orwell, George A Christmas Carol by Dickens, Charles Anthem by Rand, […]

Welcome to the Library »

Welcome!  Come in to read.  Come in to study.  Come in to check your email.  Come in to type assignments.  The Homer High Library is a great place to work. This year, I’ve added a student work space by the main doors.  Here you will find office supplies to complete your assignments, whether you need a single staple […]

2016 “Finish Strong” Reading Challenge »

You started the school year full of vim and vigor.  Now, let’s finish it strong. During the next six weeks, take the challenge.  Read! Readings are inspired by Thomas C. Foster’s bestselling book How to Read Literature Like a Professor.  Participants will read short selections from Shakespeare, the Bible, and Greek mythology as well as […]

Guys Read »

  Guys, I would like your book recommendations. What books have you really liked that you would recommend to other guys? Check out some ideas here and let me know what you think:  http://guysread.com/books/  

Earn Your Spurs »

Earn your spurs at the Homer High library by reading a western.  If you don’t know what a western is, then you really are a greenhorn.  Talk to Mrs. Akers, and she’ll set you straight. Corral one of these well-known and admired novels by Louis L’Amour to get started. Bendigo Shafter The Cherokee Trail The Daybreakers […]

Finish Strong 2015 »

    Our “Finish Strong” reading challenge this spring is based (again) on Thomas C. Foster’s book How to Read Literature Like a Professor.  Foster claims that to truly understand and appreciate Western literature, the reader needs an understanding of Shakespeare, the Bible, and Greek/Roman mythology. So, the reading challenge for this April and May […]

Freshman Summer Reading Challenge »

Who:  Any incoming freshman What:  One new-to-you Charles Dickens novel or a collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries (five or more) Where:  Anywhere When: This summer How:  It’s simple.  Find the book or recording that meets the requirements. Read it or listen to it.  Add a comment to this post telling me […]

Tentative Titles for 2015-16 Battle of the Books »

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe Saenz, Benjamin Teen Issues, homosexuality Caged Graves Salerni, Dianne Historical, mystery Dorothy Must Die Paige, Danielle Fantasy, Oz George Washington’s Secret Six Kilmeade, Brian Nonfic, historical, spies If I Stay Forman, Gayle Previous, social issues, grief The Living DeLa Pena, Matt Adventure, survival Miss Peregrine’s Home […]

HHS Wins 2nd Place in the District-Wide Battle of the Books »

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books team for a successful conclusion to months of hard work! David Graham, Alternate and Official Timer Kane Sargeant, Member Iustina Kuznetsov, President and Member Camai Bass, Vice President and Member Mrs. Esther Ashment, Battle Team Coach and LA Teacher Mrs. Ashment is retiring this spring after teaching 30 […]

Understanding Dewey Classification »

Introducing Dewey Browse!  Explore the Internet with student-friendly websites grouped by Dewey Decimal Classification.  Interested in philosophy?  Check out the 100’s.   Want to look up a Bible verse?  Try the 200’s.  Need to know details about Azkaban?  Go to the 800’s.   There is something for everyone in this Dewey database.    

Is This for Real? »

“Gasoline Tax to Jump $3.00 January 1st!” No! Really? Maybe. Maybe not? The headline said it, so isn’t it true? Some headlines scream doom and gloom, others announce incredibly good news. But are they true? The most difficult headlines to discern relate to current events and personalities and contain just enough “truth” to look real […]

Spring 2014 Reading Challenge »

This year’s “Finish Strong” challenge is based on the book How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas C. Foster.  The author points out that much of our literature alludes to Shakespeare, the Bible, and Greek mythology, so your mission, should you choose to […]

New Books! »

Our last order of new books for the year is now ready for checkout!  The following are a few of the titles: Dodger by Terry Pratchett Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier Virals by Kathy Reichs Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier Curveball:  The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick Code Name Verity by Elizabeth […]

Navigate Overdrive Like a Pro »

Borrow eBooks from the HHS library using Overdrive.  Navigating the site is easy, and Overdrive has produced a new video to show you the ropes. Give it a try today.  Log in with the same information you use to log in on school computers.  Employees, use your e-number, but change the e to a 9. Let […]

Book Talks and Author Interviews »

Check out the  author and book information for this year’s Battle of the Books.  Even if you are not in the battles, you might enjoy these titles.    

Kindle, Nook, and eReader App Users: Digital Books are Available for Checkout »

Do you like to read eBooks on your Kindle, Nook, iPad, or other eReader?  Homer High students and staff may check out titles from our new Overdrive account at the following URL:   http://kpbsdhs.lib.overdrive.com   Log in using your school district ID number and usual password.  Check out up to three titles and waitlist up to […]

9-11 »

Twelve years ago our nation was attacked, and our lives as Americans changed dramatically.  Our current high school students were only small children then and know about this tragedy only through media.  They don’t remember the days before the TSA moved into airports, when family and friends could sit at the boarding area waiting for flights. […]

Thoughts for Summer »

“I emphasize that active learning from reading is better than passive learning such as listening to lectures or watching television. When you read, your mind must work by taking in letters and connecting them to form words. Words make themselves into thoughts and concepts. Developing good reading habits is something like being a champion weightlifter. […]

Finish Strong 2013 »

* Nine books.  Nine weeks.  *Take the challenge and Finish Strong.  Call It Courage I, Robot The Big Wave The Old Man and the Sea Good Bye, Mr. Chips The Hound of the Baskervilles Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Owls in the Family Shane The Jungle Book The Picture of Dorian Gray The Red Pony or […]

“Ebooks Are Actually Not Books.” Web log post. Digital Book World. N.p., 18 Mar. 2013. Web. 19 Mar. 2013. »

Ebooks are actually not books By Beth Bacon Books are objects Books are objects.  They are limited by their physicality. Only one person can sit comfortably and read a book. So when a classroom or a school or a whole district wants their students to read a book, school district purchasing departments have no choice […]

EBooks are Now Available »

  Do you like to read eBooks on your Kindle, Nook, iPad, or other eReader? Homer High students and staff may now check out titles from the new Overdrive platform at the following URL: http://kpbsdhs.lib.overdrive.com Log in using your school district ID number and usual password. Check out titles and waitlist more. (Staff, use your […]

Overdrive is Coming to HHS »

The eBook service known as Overdrive will soon be available at a select group of KPBSD high schools, including Homer High. If you have an iPod, iPad, computer, Kindle, Nook, or virtually any other device usable as an eReader, you will be able to borrow digital books from the library. This will significantly expand our […]

Battle of the Books »

Get started reading those Battle Books now.   Pick up a bookmark of titles and authors.  Play Battle Memory.  The February battles are just around the corner. See Ms. Webb for more information about meeting times and expectations.     2012-2013 High School Titles Between Shades of Gray http://www.amazon.com/Between-Shades-Gray-Ruta-Sepetys/dp/014242059X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345061888&sr=1-1&keywords=Between+Shades+of+Gray   Change-Up http://www.amazon.com/Change-up-Mystery-World-John-Feinstein/dp/B005FOHHG6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345061948&sr=1-1&keywords=Change-Up   Claudette Colvin http://www.amazon.com/Claudette-Colvin-Twice-Toward-Justice/dp/0312661053/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345061995&sr=1-1&keywords=Claudette+Colvin […]

Summer Reading »

Summer “Reading”    … on a boat …in a tent …under the Midnight Sun …on the Alaska Highway …at Grandma’s house “Outside”     Caution:   There will be NO quiz!   NO book report!   NO essay!      My recommendation today is audiobooks from Lit2Go at the University of South Florida, found on iTunes as USF […]

Dare to Think for Yourself »

  “The more you read, The more you know. The more you know, The smarter you grow. The smarter you grow, The stronger your voice, When speaking your mind, Or making your choice”