Celebrate EARTH DAY April 22 and everyday! Plant a tree or flowers…

According to World Book Online, Earth Day was started in the late 1960s to bring awareness to people about our impact on the environment. On Saturday April 22nd, there were celebrations all over the world regarding Earth Day. In addition, the Science Community marched in protest of the Trump’s Administration stand in not supporting science research and cutting programs that support scientific inquiry and discovery. Do you agree with President Trump that Global Warming is a myth and we don’t need to protect the environment? or Do you think that we need to pass laws to help protect our environment? What are your views on off shore drilling for example? Do we need safety standards to prevent air pollution? Do you think Businesses will do the right thing to protect our environment without laws to protect us? Please post your views.

Read more about the World Book Article on Earth Day and its history…

Earth Day is an annual observance, held on April 22, to increase public awareness of environmental issues. Each year on Earth Day, millions of people throughout the world gather to clean up litter, to protest threats to the environment, and to celebrate progress in reducing pollution.

Earth Day began in the United States. In 1969, U.S. Senator Gaylord A. Nelson suggested that a day of environmental education be held on college campuses. The following year, the lawyer and environmentalist Denis Hayes, then a recent graduate of Stanford University, led hundreds of students in planning and organizing the observance of Earth Day on April 22, 1970. About 20 million people participated in this celebration.

The observance of Earth Day in 1970 helped alert people to the dangers of pollution and stimulated a new environmental movement. That same year, Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency to set and enforce pollution standards. Congress also passed the Clean Air Act of 1970, which limited the amount of air pollution that cars, utilities, and industries could release. Other new environmental laws soon followed.

See also Environmental pollution; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Denis Hayes, J.D., President and CEO, Bullitt Foundation.
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April is National Poetry Month! 1st Annual Poetry Slam was a huge success on April 13th in Library

Winners of the Poetry Slam were: 1st Prize Diego Paredes, 2nd Place Moses Harvey, 3rd Place Alan Reyes, and 4th Place Ruben Gomez.

Congratulations to all the winners and participants! A special thank you to the SUHI judges: Ellen Schreier, Martha Juarez, Ashley Fysh, Krista Burnett, and Jennifer Kendricks, from Follett School Solutions. You ladies rock! Mrs. Brown

At SUHI we are going to have our first Annual Poetry Slam. It will be held on Thursday, April 13th after school in the Library and students must enter in advance to participate. You might ask what is a Poetry Slam? Here goes…it is another type of competition. Contestants in a Poetry Slam each have three minutes to read a poem of their own creation. Judges award points both for the poem and the recitation, and audiences are encouraged to respond with cheers or boos to the poem, the poet, or the score awarded by the judges. A National Poetry Slam is held in the United States annually. Poetry Slams also take place in Australia, Canada, India, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and many other countries of the world.

Hope to see you at the Poetry Slam! There will be a few prizes for the winners and lots of fun and school spirit!

According to World Book Poetry is a type of literature. It involves using language in a way that is different from everyday speech. Throughout history, poetry has been used for many purposes. People have used poetry in religious rituals, to praise and celebrate remarkable individuals, and to express intense emotions, from love to rage. Various social groups have also used poetry to record events and stories containing lessons that are important for the group to remember and pass down from generation to generation.

Click this link to read more about Poetry and types of Poems.

Don’t forget to check out Poetry from our Library’s Collection. We have great books of Poetry to inspire us to read more!

Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Madelene L’Engle, Jacqueline Woodson, William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, and many more.

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Brown
Teacher Librarian SUHI

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17th

According to World Book Online…

“Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th. That date is the feast day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick was a missionary to Ireland in the A.D. 400’s. He converted the Irish to Christianity. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland. It also is celebrated outside of Ireland in cities with a large number of people of Irish descent.

In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is primarily a religious holiday. People honor Saint Patrick by attending special religious services. They also enjoy family and community gatherings. They celebrate by wearing shamrocks. According to legend, Saint Patrick used a shamrock to explain the idea of the Trinity to the Irish (see Shamrock).

In the United States, St. Patrick’s Day is primarily a secular (nonreligious) holiday. Many people wear green clothing. They also hold parties and march in parades. The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in what is now the United States was held in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737. Today, more than 100 U.S. cities hold parades. The St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City, New York, is the largest.”

Do you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day? I still do! It makes me feel part of the celebration. Are you wearing green on Friday, March 17th? Please leave me a comment on your St. Patrick’s Day tradition. In addition, stop by the SUHI Library to write down your favorite book on a lucky shamrock. Spread the love of Reading!

Mrs. Brown

Robert J. Myers, M.A., Author, Celebrations, The Complete Book of American Holidays.
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Myers, Robert J. “Saint Patrick’s Day.” World Book Student. World Book, 2017. Web. 11 Mar. 2017.
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Teen Tech Week is March 5 – 11, 2017 Theme “Be the Source of Change”

According to YALSA Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. “Be the Source of Change.” This year’s theme encourages teens to take advantage of all the great digital resources offered through the library to make a positive change in their life and community.

YALSA announced Gene Luen Yang (Comic book and Computer Science guru) as the Spokesperson for National Teen Week. He is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of YALSA’s 2007 Printz Award and an Eisner Award. His graphic novel set Boxers and Saints won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was listed on YALSA’s 2014 Great Graphic Novels and Popular Paperbacks lists. He has also written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. His latest graphic novels, the Secret Coders series, combine comics and computer programming. See also geneyang.com

To add to the Teen Tech Week festivities taking place at libraries across the nation, each day during Teen Tech Week, YALSA’s twitter account, @yalsa will be turned over to a different partner who will share out information, news and resources of interest to those working to build digital literacy skills in teens.

Stop by SUHI Library this week to check out the latest in 3 D Printing and our new electronic books through Overdrive and Follett School Library Management Solutions. We need students, teachers, and computer techy people from this community to get involved by writing book reviews, teen interest blogging topics, creating library online displays, creating slideshows of book trailers, comic strips, Animoto videos, blog prompts, Library Ozobots, 3 Doodlers, and other STEAM related activities. We need students, teachers, techy people who like to play, administrators, community sponsors to get connected to our library via Social Media and in person! Don’t wait….I am here everyday at lunch and after school. You’re welcome to learn, create, and to grow…. Mrs. Chappell-Brown @SUHILIB

Celebrate Women’s History Month in March!

DIVERSITY MAKES AMERICA GREAT! Photo of Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat to ride in the back of the bus.

“No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party who ignores her sex.” Quote by Susan B. Anthony
Come to the SUHI Library to check out biographies about famous women like Susan B. Anthony who fought for women to get the right to vote or current women who are making a difference like Malala. In Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old schoolgirl and campaigner for girls’ education, brought worldwide attention to the issue of discrimination and violence against women in 2012. That year, she survived a murder attempt by the Taliban, a militant Islamic group that had banned girls in her district from attending school. In 2014, Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work. Excerpt from World Book Online Women’s History Month.

Don’t forget we have access to e-books through Overdrive! Follow us on Twitter @suhilib, Instagram #suhilibrary, and Snapchat SUHILIB

According to World Book Online, Women’s History Month is an annual observance of women’s achievements and contributions to society. It is celebrated in March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, where it coincides with International Women’s Day (March 8). It is celebrated in October in Canada, where it coincides with Persons Day (October 18).

In the 1970’s, women historians in the United States increased their focus on the contributions of women throughout history. In 1978, a school district in Sonoma County, California, organized a Women’s History Week to promote the teaching of women’s history. School officials chose the week of March 8 to include International Women’s Day. That event was first celebrated in Europe in the early 1900’s. Women’s History Week was so popular that in 1981, the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution requesting the president to make the week a country-wide celebration beginning in 1982.

Over the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as Women’s History Week. In 1987, after receiving a petition from the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed a public law that designated the month of March 1987 as Women’s History Month. From 1988 to 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions authorizing the president to proclaim March of each year Women’s History Month. Since 1995, each U.S. president has issued annual proclamations to that effect.

Women’s History Month has been celebrated in March in Australia since 2000, and in the United Kingdom, since 2011. In Canada, Women’s History Month has been celebrated in October since 1992. It coincides with a commemoration of the Persons Case. The case involved a legal decision on Oct. 18, 1929, that changed the political status of Canadian women (see Famous Five).

Some other countries celebrate a similar month dedicated to women’s achievements. For example, the Philippines celebrates a Women’s Month in March. South Africa commemorates a women’s protest march that took place in August 1956 with Women’s Day on August 9 and Women’s Month in August each year.

See also Women’s movement (A new wave of women’s movements).

Melanie S. Gustafson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, University of Vermont.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS! Kick Off Celebration March 1st

Please join us in celebrating Read Across America. We are honoring Dr. Seuss by reading some of his famous books and celebrating the joy of reading in our school. Please stop by the library at 2:00pm on March 1st for the Kick Off Celebration. Our principal, Ms. Gavin will be our guest reader; She plans to read the Lorax. Please join our salute to reading by attending our kick off celebration. We also have an author visiting at 11:00 a.m. on March 2nd. Hilary McGuire plans to discuss his book titled “Home Boys in College.” Please join us!

According to World Book Online, “Dr. Seuss was the pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel, an American writer and illustrator. He was best known for his books for children. These works combine nonsense, humorous drawings, and social commentary. Young readers enjoy Dr. Seuss’s clever rhymes, drawings of fantastic creatures, and silly names and invented words.”

Note: Teacher Resources are under Suessville on the right navigation bar.

Drop by the library to discover your love of reading again! You’re welcome to come!

Mrs. Brown, Teacher Librarian

February is African American History Month!

In 2016 the National Museum of African American History and Culture was open in Washington, D.C. I had the opportunity to visit the new museum in December. It is awesome! Please enjoy the online tour. Happy Reading! Mrs. Brown

. Check out this link: https://nmaahc.si.edu/

According to World Book Online:

African American History Month is an annual observance, in February, of the achievements and culture of African Americans. It coincides with the birthdays of the black leader Frederick Douglass (February 14) and of Abraham Lincoln (February 12).

The idea for an observance honoring the accomplishments of African Americans led to the establishment of Negro History Week in 1926. It was proposed by Carter G. Woodson, a black historian known as the Father of Black History, and others. The observance became known as Black History Week during the early 1970’s. It was established as Black History Month in 1976.

The celebration is sponsored by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Woodson founded the association in 1915. Each year, the ASALH designates a theme.

The ASALH produces Black History Month Study Kits to help schools, colleges, ASALH branches, and other organizations celebrate the observance. The ASALH also provides information about Black History Month through its publications.

See also African Americans and its list of related articles; Association for the Study of African American Life and History; Woodson, Carter Godwin.

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“Black History Month.” World Book Student. World Book, 2017. Web. 11 Feb. 2017.
Black History Month. (2017). In World Book student. Retrieved from

Web Resources:
Library of Congress: African American History Month

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

NAACP Archives at the Library of Congress

Happy Chinese New Year!

According to the Chinese Zodiac — (12 year cycle), each year of which is named a different animal that imparts distinct characteristics to its year. Many Chinese believe that the year of a person’s birth is the primary factor in determining that person’s personality traits, physical and mental attributes and degree of success and happiness throughout his lifetime.

The Year of the Rooster! Attributes are: pioneer in spirit, devoted to work, and quest for knowledge.

According to World Book Online:
Chinese New Year is the most important festival of the Chinese calendar. The date of the Chinese New Year is based on the cycles of the moon. It begins between January 21 and February 20. In ancient China, the month long festival marked the end of one farming season and the beginning of a new one. Today, the Chinese New Year festival usually lasts only a few days.

Chinese people prepare for the new year by thoroughly cleaning and decorating the house. Decorations include spring couplets, red paper scrolls with phrases praising the renewal of life and the return of spring.

Family reunions are an important part of the celebration. Family members join in a festive New Year’s Eve dinner. Places are set at the table for absent family members to symbolize the unity of the family. Special foods that symbolize good fortune for the new year are served. For example, rice cakes, called nian gao, are a popular food for New Year’s Eve dinners. The Chinese word nian means year, and gao means high. This food signifies achievement in the new year. Children bow to their parents and grandparents to wish them a long life. Gifts of money in red envelopes are given to children to wish them luck and wealth in the new year.

On New Year’s Day, people visit relatives, neighbors, and friends. Dances featuring colorful dragon and lion costumes are often performed on this day. Parades are a popular New Year’s custom among Chinese communities in the United States and Canada.

Chen, Tung-Ling Li. “Chinese New Year.” World Book Student. World Book, 2017. Web. 29 Jan. 2017.
Chen, T. (2017). Chinese New Year. In World Book student. Retrieved from

Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King! Born January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

Dr. Martin Luther King was an influential leader during the 1950s and 1960s. We honor him because of his contributions to all Americans by fighting for equal rights for African Americans and other minority groups in this country. Dr. King’s legacy has been far reaching. The article below is an excerpt from World Book Online.

King, Martin Luther, Jr. (1929-1968), an African American Baptist minister, was the main leader of the civil rights movement in the United States during the 1950’s and 1960’s. He had a magnificent speaking ability, which enabled him to effectively express the demands of African Americans for social justice. King’s eloquent pleas won the support of millions of people—blacks and whites—and made him internationally famous. He won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for leading nonviolent civil rights demonstrations.

In spite of King’s stress on nonviolence, he often became the target of violence. White racists bombed his home in Montgomery, Alabama, and threw rocks at him in Chicago. Finally, violence ended King’s life at the age of 39, when an assassin shot and killed him.

Some historians view King’s death as the end of the civil rights era that began in the mid-1950’s. Under his leadership, the civil rights movement won wide support among whites, and laws that had barred integration in the Southern States were abolished. King became only the second American whose birthday is observed as a national holiday. The first was George Washington, the nation’s first president.

King based his program of nonviolence on Christian teachings. He wrote five books: Stride Toward Freedom (1958), Strength to Love (1963), Why We Can’t Wait (1964), Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967), and The Trumpet of Conscience (1968).

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World Book Online MLA style:
Garrow, David J. “King, Martin Luther, Jr..” World Book Student. World Book, 2017. Web. 14 Jan. 2017.

Martin Luther King Day “It isn’t a day off, but a day of service to others.”