October is National Bullying Prevention Month

By - October 1st, 2018

A 2016- 2017 CDC survey showed New Hampshire had the 8th highest rate of cyber bullying in the country for High School aged students. An April 2018 study found that 59% of students admitted to experiencing cyber bullying in the last year. Check out some of the library’s offerings on bullying and let’s work to reduce these numbers.

At LeakyCon, a young lady asked me how I dealt with bullying. I wasn’t able to give her a very good answer, which troubles me. Well, there were lots of shouts of “It gets better” and “Stay strong” and “We love you”. But when I put myself back in time to when I was being bullied, none of those things would’ve helped me. Yes, absolutely it does get better. But when you are being physically and psychologically tortured, it is difficult to remove yourself from the pressingness of the moment at hand. Here’s how I dealt with bullying: I cried, I hated myself, I hated my life. I didn’t deal with it, I survived it, but I never dealt with it. So here are two tips from someone with lots of experience. 1: It’s not about you, it has nothing to do with you, it’s about the assholes doing it to you. 2: Your job is not to deal with it, your job is to survive it, which you CAN do because it WILL end. And then yes, it will get better.- Hank Green, entrepreneur, musician, educator, producer, vlogger, and author.

 

Freak – Marcella Pixley

An expertly—and lovingly—narrated story about girls and bullying is told by the novel’s main character Miriam Fisher. The persecution is frightening; the pain is real; the telling excruciating. But in the end, Miriam is transformed by an act so startling that readers will find themselves suddenly breathing again. Stunning.” – Kirkus Reviews

 

Jumped – Rita Williams-Garcia

References to A Separate Peace and other literary and historical allusions help fuel the riveting debate. With a realistic look at girl-on-girl violence and gripping characterization, Williams-Garcia masterfully builds tension to the momentous ending. Although readers can anticipate the tragedy that transpires, it is shocking and agonizing nonetheless. – Kirkus Reviews

 

The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones- Dominic Carillo

Paco Jones is a teen stuck between two worlds and doesn’t fit into either one. As a half-white, half-Mexican boy attending an elite private school his parents sacrifice to send him to, Paco is bullied because of his race, clothes, and food and is quite the loner. In the spirit of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and John Green’s Looking for Alaska, this is a coming-of-age story about a young man who has been given an opportunity and almost loses it by caving in to peer pressure. VERDICT A quick yet heavy-laden read about race, class, and friendship. Recommended for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Matt de la Peña –School Library Journal

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Freakshow– James St. James

St. James pulls no punches in describing the escalating verbal and physical abuse Billy suffers at the hands of his classmates. On a day when he comes to school outfitted as a primeval swamp queen (“This is not a dress, it’s an ecosystem”), Billy’s peers so brutally attack him that he goes into a coma. Rather than leave the academy, Billy takes a stand for outcasts everywhere by running for homecoming queen, and attracts statewide media attention. In Billy Bloom, St. James has created an archetypal hero for outsiders and freaks. Though the subject matter and language will likely prove controversial, it’s nearly impossible to remain untouched after walking a mile in the stilettos of someone so unfailingly true to himself and so blisteringly funny- Publishers Weekly

 

All the Rage – Courtney Summers

Summers takes victim-shaming to task in this timely story, and the cruelties not only of Romy’s classmates but also the adults she should be able to trust come heartbreakingly to the fore. Romy’s internal monologue is breathy and filled with bitter indignation, and while the narrative style may require some patience, older teens who like gritty realism will find plenty to ponder.” —Booklist

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Calling All Puzzle Fanatics!

By - Systems Librarian September 25th, 2017

Calling all puzzle fanatics: Will you help us meet this challenge?

This 1000 piece puzzle of the Cathedral de Puebla in Mexico is a tough one, so we will need some help getting this done before the end of Hispanic Heritage month on October 15th.

Stop by the lobby of Ohrstrom Library and help put some pieces together today!

Baker Reading Room Reorganized

By - Systems Librarian October 7th, 2016

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The new furniture is assembled an in place in the Baker Reading Room of Ohrstrom Library. Next time you are in the library make sure to stop in and see how things look. Bring your homework and try out the new study table and chairs and let us know what you think!

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Summer of Construction

By - Systems Librarian September 7th, 2016

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Ohrstrom Library has had a very busy summer! While you were away, the building was renovated on all three floors as well as to the exterior. Here is a list of changes and improvements made:

  • A new access ramp has been constructed at the front entrance
  • The main stairwell has been completely redesigned and a glass doorway has been added on the lower level
  • The Baker Reading Room will have new furniture installed by the beginning of October
  • Glass doors have been added to the Pillsbury and Reference room entrances on the main level and the Fine Arts Room and Shakespeare Room on the upper level
  • The open spaces between the Pillsbury Room ceiling and the Fine Arts Room floor have been sealed to create quieter study areas
  • The lower level print book collection is now installed in user-accessible compact shelving
  • Major renovations to the archives include the addition of compact shelving, the replacement of the “cage” with walls, and a new glass access door
  • The Penner CIT conference room has been converted into an office space for the newly created position of Director of Institutional Research
  • The lower level lobby has been renovated to extend the wood paneling from the stairwell throughout the lobby

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An exhibit documenting the construction is on display at the front desk of the library, and features a slide show of photographs taken over the summer.

The slide show is also visible on the Ohrstom Library Flickr account by clicking the image on the left or the link HERE.

The final aspects of the renovations will be completed in the next few weeks, so please excuse any disruptions while the work is finishing up.

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New Archives Online Exhibit: Ohrstrom Library Celebrates 25 Years

By - Systems Librarian May 5th, 2016

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Construction of the roof and tower of Ohrstrom Library as seen from the scaffolding surrounding the chimney – taken in the fall of 1989.

A new online exhibit is available on the Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives website: Ohrstrom Library Celebrates 25 Years. This exhibit features sixteen photographs from the St. Paul’s School Archives collection that document the planning, construction, and dedication of Ohrstrom Library twenty-five years ago this spring.

From the introduction:

On the 25th Anniversary of Ohrstrom Library, we are pleased to present this exhibit highlighting some of these events that were the result of years of careful planning and great thought by many who cared deeply for the role of the library at St. Paul’s School.

Take a few moments to enjoy the photographs, descriptions and slide show of Ohrstrom Library, celebrating this milestone in the history of St. Paul’s School’s dedicated tradition of academic excellence.

Access the online exhibit by clicking HERE.

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