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Summer Reading 2019
For All Students Entering Grades 7-12
You have the unique opportunity to complete a bonus summer reading challenge!
Complete the challenge and you will earn:
  • Administrative credit
  • A certificate of achievement
  • Recognition at an upcoming Board of Education meeting
  • A special feature on the district's official homepage
  • And a coveted ticket to the Library's Beach Book Bash in the Fall!

Click here to view Mrs. Biener's explainer video

Read five (5) novels or nonfiction titles of your choosing.
Record a Flipgrid booktalk for each book (total of 5 booktalks)

FligGrid Join Codes for Grades 7-12 (To View- Must First Login With Your School Office 365 Account)

*To Access FlipGrid, use Mozilla Firefox , otherwise you will not have the option to enable your device's camera and microphone!

What is a booktalk?  
A booktalk is a quick peek into a favorite read, also known as a “teaser.” Booktalks are similar to movie trailers. Successful booktalkers will entice their audience to seek out and read the story for themselves. Booktalks usually begin with a creative hook, and focus on a few plot points or themes. Booktalks are not summaries. Never give away the ending of the story! Booktalks usually end with a cliff hanger. A great ending to a booktalk is, “read on to find out what happens next!” Don’t forget to mention the title and author of the book.

Booktalking Tips 
Start with a hook
Choose a central point and discuss it in detail:
Suggested Literary Themes
  • The hero’s Journey 
  • Motives of the villain 
  • Examples of bravery 
  • Examples of cowardice  
  • Coming of age 
  • Displacement 
  • Identity  
  • The will to survive 
  • Manipulation of power 
  • The author’s use of reoccurring motifs 
  • Types of relationships 
  • Characterization (static and dynamic) 
  • And so much more! 

Feel free to include your opinion
  • Which character do you relate to? Why?  
  • Which character do you admire? Detest? Explain.  
  • Does this book remind you of another? Explain.  (Intertextuality) 

Wrap Up
  • End on a cliff hanger!  
  • Rate the novel- 5 stars out of 5!  
  • Restate the title and author “Read TITLE by AUTHOR to find out what happens next!”  
  • Recommend similar titles  
Be as creative as possible! Use props, music, costumes!

*If you have any questions, email Mrs. Biener  

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Meet Your Librarian!

Meet Your Librarian!
What’s your name?
Mrs. B. (Mrs. Biener)

How old are you?
Pretty old : )

When is your birthday?
October 13th.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, two cats and a puppy! Their names are Brandy, The Captain and McKinley

What is your favorite color?
Orange, black and grey. Our school colors!

What is your job title?
I am the library media specialist at Babylon Jr. Sr. High School. It’s really just a fancier way of saying “school librarian.”

What do you do exactly?
I have lots of responsibilities-
Book specialist and reader advisor,
Information specialist
Research specialist
Technology specialist and technology
Library Facilities Manager- Book ordering, budgeting, book processing

Is your job boring?

Never! Look at all of the stuff I do- I’m busy all of the time. I get to be around books, computers and students all day! How could I ever be bored?

Do you have a favorite book?
This is really tough. I love so many books. My all time favorite series is the Harry Potter series, and I've reread the book A Prayer For Owen Meaney by John Iriving a million times.

Who is your favorite musical artist?
Again, this is a hard choice. I love all types of music. I listen to everything from jazz music to anything on z100. One of my favorite bands of all time is Weezer.

What is your favorite TV show?
Though I hate to admit it, I love watching TV almost as much as I love reading! My favorite TV shows are The Office, Parks and Recreation, MTV’s True Life series and nearly everything on HGTV.

What is your favorite movie?
I love all different types of movies, but I would have to say my favorite movie of all time is The Sound of Music. I also enjoyed The Hunger Games series and The Fault in Our Stars adaptions. Come see me for a list of books that are in the process of becoming movies!

Would you rather….?

Live without television or the internet?

Television. I am constantly online, checking out fun technology for my students. I couldn’t live without the internet.

Live without pizza or ice cream?
Also a hard choice! I love pizza and ice cream. I would choose pizza because I don’t really have that much of a sweet tooth. I could eat pizza every day and would never get sick of it!



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