Upper School Read Recap: Fahrenheit 451

What is the Upper School Read?

Upper School Read day is an annual Severn School tradition that brings our community together to dive into relevant and often controversial topics in literature. A committee of students and faculty choose a book for the read that inspires critical thought and reflection. All Upper School faculty and students then read it over the summer and participate in engaging workshops to investigate themes represented in the book. This year we read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and it was a huge success!

The Book

Themes represented in Fahrenheit 451 center around technology and censorship.  Bradbury said to his own biographer, “Fahrenheit 451 is less about Big Brother and more about Little Sister.” It’s as much about society’s lack of interest in reading and critical thought as it is about government control. Who is to blame, us or them? Most likely both. Some critique that Bradbury flip flops in his interpretation of his own work. But maybe that’s what good literature does. It grows and changes as our world does the same.

The Day

The day was shaped by exciting and thought provoking workshops where teachers and students explored topics in censorship and technology. The biggest hit was our 451 Scavenger Hunt where kids worked in groups to solve puzzles and find hidden banned books all the while holding onto a jump rope fire hose (use your imagination folks!).

Each year the Upper School Read brings a new opportunity for students and teachers to explore their own interests and opinions, while learning from each other. For a look back at previous Upper School Read days, check out the summaries on our library website.

Book Face Swap Winner!

We are excited to announce the Book Face Swap Contest winner, middle school student Daniel Berlin! Daniel took a different approach than we expected when we created this contest. He swapped the faces of people on the book cover using Adobe Photoshop Fix —  so well in fact that we had to compare the original to see the swap! Take a close look, can you tell which is which?

 

 

Of course we have to give a shout out to everyone who participated. These were made using either Snapchat or Face Swap Booth. The swaps turned out a little freaky and a lot of fun! We even took a shot at it ourselves!

 

Poetically Creative for National Poetry Month!

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Mrs. Coutts and Ms. Etchison have been rolling up their sleeves to get a little crafty, a little creative and very poetic with Middle School English classes!

There’s something heartwarming about a group of kids sitting on the floor and reading poetry. And even better than that is what grew out of those lessons! A poet-tree in full bloom with original and quoted works, black-out poetry inspired by poetic beauty already on the page … and hopefully some newfound love for the many types of poetry out there.

Come take a look! If you feel inspired, add a leaf to our poet-tree or create your own black-out poetry and we’ll post it!

 

 

New Library Contest: Book Face Swap!

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Here’s what you do:

  1. Find a book with a face on it.
  2. Use whatever face swap app you like: Snapchat, Face Swap Booth, Masquerade … you can even do it yourself with Photoshop.
  3. Swap faces.
  4. Save, print or screenshot your face swap and submit it to Ms. Lewis.

The best, funniest and most clever book face swaps will win a fantastic prize!

Good luck to you all!

 

Third Annual Teen Grab Bag Event!

As with years past, we selected our (and hopefully your!) favorite books and wrapped them up with goodies and a bow for students to grab and read over winter break.  Thanks to the hard work of our Student Library Advisory Board (what would we do without them?), we had even more bags than ever for this year’s event.

We are always pleasantly surprised at the enthusiasm of Severn Students when it comes to reading a surprise selection of books.  One student stated simply, “I’ve been in a reading rut. This is perfect to get me out of it!” That’s the idea … and music to our librarian ears!

This can be a grueling time of year as many students are under pressure to wrap up semester-long projects and prepare for exams. We’re happy that we can add a little fun with these grab bags.  Until next year, happy reading!

 

Such letters. Very poetry month. So wow.

IMG_1021We are keeping the good times rolling with our National Poetry Month festivities!! You can join in the fun with our Doge push-pin poetry board.  Stop by the library and give the Doge board your poetic best. Such letters. Very poetry month. So wow.

While you’re here, check out our display of books in verse, a little twist on traditional poetry!

 

Do Not Go Gentle into that Construction Site

IMG_1020It’s finally spring!  The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and… it’s National Poetry Month! To celebrate, we are creating a Severn Community Poem… by text! The theme?  You guessed it… the epic construction of our new building.

Here’s how it works. Text us one line of verse (rhyme or not, doesn’t matter) about the construction of our new building.  As we get the texts, we’ll put them together and make one epic poem. Here’s the number: 410-849-6222 .  Get creative! Get poetic!

Happy National Poetry Month!