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Battle of the Books 2021-22 Tentative Titles »

This list will be finalized in September, but why not begin reading now? Be Not Far from Me by Mindy McGinnis The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe If I Stay by Gayle Forman Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Anderson Steelheart by […]

April is School Library Month »

Ah, School Library Month!  That means YOU should check out a great book to read and give a cookie (or apple) to your librarian! Let’s kick off this celebration of school libraries with a couple of videos from Jason Reynolds, one of my favorite YA authors.  We have five of his titles available on the […]

Tomie DePaola: A Life Remembered »

Take a few minutes to honor the life of Tomie DePaola on the one-year anniversary of his unexpected death. All Homer High students grew up in the prime of Tomie DePaola’s work as a children’s author and illustrator.  His trademark colors and illustration style became favorites of children around the world. He even wrote engrossing […]

Online Book Discussions: The Book Club »

Book talks are useful and entertaining.  Sometimes we wonder if a book is worth reading, if it’s worth the time it takes to read from beginning to end.  One of my favorite books is 48 hours long on audio; another is only two; both require hours of my life.  Book trailers and talks give us […]

Dune movie re-make is on its way! »

If you haven’t read Dune by Frank Herbert, you are missing an epic story–epic as in brilliant, well-told, and ageless.  Dune is not only a story.  It is the opening to an unforgettable universe.  You may be thinking, “I wonder if our library has that book.”   What do you think??   If you like adventure and […]

How to Get a Book this Fall »

Due to COVID restrictions, single patrons may browse the shelves after using hand sanitizer.  I recommend placing holds online for any book that you want.  I will then deliver the book to you within 24 hours, sometimes within the hour.  Let’s keep reading despite this germ!  Let me know what you want, and I’ll check […]

ZOOM Face2Face with the Librarian »

Hello Students and Parents, I will be holding regular, live ZOOM discussions to talk about books, to answer questions about online resources and your library account, and to simply connect with all of you.   It is so simple to use.  At the beginning of each discussion, I will ask if anyone is new to ZOOM and […]

2020 “Finish Strong” Reading Challenge »

Every spring I create a “Finish Strong” reading challenge.  Don’t just drag yourself across that finish line on May 20th.  Get your second wind and push to the finish! Our 2020 Challenge is to earn at least 10 of the 20 possible badges on Overdrive using the SORA app. You can go the SORA app […]

The Center for Coronavirus Information »

This is a source of quality information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) or Covid19, which originated in Wuhan Province, China. You will find facts about the virus, symptoms by their frequency of occurrence, a map of the pandemic, and up-to-date charts of where people are infected, not yet infected, and recovering. The webpage is […]

Our American Stories »

Have you heard of this radio program?  I stumbled across it on the radio one night driving home from Kenai.  Check it out here. “No politics, no opinions, just stories. We tell a story and the audience tells us their stories—LIVE, with raw emotional power. Daily bringing the campfire scene to your ears.”   Get your […]

Digital Titles on Sora »

Use the Sora website for your KPBSD digital books and earn badges for reading and listening.  This works on home computers, school computers, and smart phones. Share your accomplishments with your family, friends, and teachers, or keep them to yourself.  Have fun as you explore literature.  If you want to share, I’d love to know […]

Welcome to the Library »

Besides a great book collection, we have a work station and office tools to help you with assignments.  The copier/printer can scan items directly to your email account and print from a USB.  (If you need help, please ask.)  You may use computers anytime for enrolling in FOL, checking PowerSchool, and doing homework.   The Deck is open almost every […]

Homer High Ties for 2nd Place in District »

  Congratulations to Tyson Walker, Aiden Brost, and Krystal Super, our B.O.B. team for their strong performance in this year’s competition. These three freshmen read and re-read the 10 featured books to be prepared for battle. Nice job, kids!  Congratulations to coach Lin Hampson!  An honorable mention award goes to BOB, the mascot, who kept […]

September 11, 2001 »

This note from a book publisher came to my email today. I thought it was very well written and am sharing it with you unedited. *****************************************************************************************         Today is the 17thanniversary of the devastating September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. […]

E-Readers »

Is it time to buy an e-reader?   Hundreds of digital titles are available in the KPBSD Schools Overdrive collection.  Desirable titles are easy to find and easy to download.  Online articles, WORD documents, and PDFs are easy to send to a device for later reading and reference. Maybe it is time. The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the […]

Free Audiobooks from AudioFile »

Free audiobook downloads are once again available at  https://www.audiobooksync.com/ .This is a sweet deal for anyone who enjoys professionally-narrated literature.  SYCN gives you access to two titles each week during the summer. You may download and keep them forever but you only have a one week in which to retrieve them from the website.  You may also […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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”