Book Madness 2021 Voting Begins!
Book Madness Bracket 2021
1/27/2021 - Mrs. Domick's Year in Books
Summer 2020 - Mrs. Domick's Summer Reading
Spring 2020 - Quarantine Reading List
5/1/2020 - Top Ten Reasons Every School Needs a School Librarian
4/6/2020 - Book Madness 2020 Winners
The library is pleased to announce the winners of Book Madness 2020. The winning book title is The Great Gatsby. Gatsby's themes of the American dream, wealth, class and society resonated to become the Required Reading winner.
Over 150 brackets were handed in. Lots of brackets were busted when To Kill a Mockingbird didn't advance to the Final Four. And the bracket winners are:
3rd Place - Ethan Prymak with 120 pts.
2nd Place - Dylan McGreevy with 124 pts.
and 1st Place - Giuliana DiLillo with 126 pts.
Winners should receive an Amazon egift card prize via email from the Library within the next week. Congratulations to all the winners!
2/20/2020 - Library Survey - Students
2/19/2020 - Book Madness 2020 - Required Reading
12/17/2019 - Democracy is NOT a Spectator Sport
10/9/2019 - I'm 100% That Book
9/23/2019 - Mrs. Domick's Summer Reading
9/20/2019 - Read Your House
4/3/2019 - Book Madness Winners 2019
The library is pleased to announce the winners of Book Madness 2019. The winning book character is Harry Potter. The world's favorite wizard beat out many other characters to become the Character Cage Match winner.
Over 100 brackets were handed in. Lots of brackets were busted early when Batman and Lorax didn't advance. And the bracket winners are:
3rd Place Tie - Isabella Orama and Morgan Prudenti with 120 pts.
2nd Place - Anthony Tufano with 124 pts.
and 1st Place - Zack Prymak with 134 pts.
Winners should pick up their Amazon gift card prizes in the Library. Congratulations to all the winners!
3/26/2019 - Character vs Character Final Round
Final Character Showdown!
Over 13,000 votes were cast in Round 4. It’s down to the Final Character Showdown. Harry Potter vs. Katniss Everdeen! Cast your vote for who you would like to see be the overall character winner by March 28th. You can vote via the online ballot using your personal device or in the library.
3/22/2019 - It's the Final Four!
It's the Final Four!
Thousands of votes have been cast over the three rounds. There have been some upsets and some surprises. We suspect a lot of brackets were busted! Cast your vote for who you would like to see advance to the fifth and final round by March 24th. You can vote via the online ballot or in person in the library.
3/14/2019 - Book Madness Elite 8
It is down to the Elite 8!
Round 3 Voting is Now Open! Check out our online ballot. Or come to the library, there will also be a dedicated voting computer. Vote until March 20th at midnight to advance books to the next round. Check back on March 21st to see which books made it to the Final Four!
3/12/2019 - Book Madness Round 2
Book Madness Round 2 Voting is Now Open! Check out our online ballot. Or come to the library, there will also be a dedicated voting computer. Vote until March 16th at midnight to advance books to the next round. Check back on March 17th to see which books made it to Round 3!
3/9/2019 - Book Madness Round 1 Voting Open
Book Madness Round 1 Voting is Now! Check out our online ballot. Or come to the library, there will also be dedicated voting computers. Vote until March 12th at midnight to advance books to the next round. Check back on March 13th to see which books made it to Round 2!
3/7/2019 - Book Madness 2019
It's Book Madness time!! The theme is Character Cage Match. Thanks for all your suggestions and assistance in picking categories and characters. Completed brackets are due back by Friday, March 8th. Round 1 voting will begin on March 9th via Google Forms. It is open to all students and faculty. Whole class and club participation is welcomed!
11/20/2018 - Next Episode of Netflix Read-alikes
New Netflix Read-alikes on display! Come on in and check them out.
If you binged Project Runway, try reading Generation T: 100 Ways to Transform a T-shirt, Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Style and Subversive Seamster.
If you binged Gilmore Girls, try reading Along for the Ride, Gabi in Pieces and November Blues.
If you binged Big Bang Theory, try reading A Briefer History of Time, Armada and The New York Times Book of Mathematics.
If you binged Stranger Things, try reading Everlost, Heart Shaped Box and A Monster Calls.
If you binged Transparent, try reading Beyond Magenta, Every Day and Some Asembly Required.
10/17/2018 - Netflix Read-alikes
Did you just binge a great show? It gave you all the feelings, right? You never wanted it to end. You just couldn't stop. Want that same feeling again? Check out this year's main display in the library. It will be updated and added to all year. Not seeing your favorite binge? Let Mrs. Domick know and she will add it.
If you binged Riverdale, try reading One of Us is Lying, No One Else Can Have You and We Were Liars.
If you binged The Walking Dead, try reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Zombies vs. Unicorns, Eat Brains Love and Rot and Ruin.
If you binged Black Mirror, try reading The Last One, Insignia, SYLO, Eye Minds, and For the Win.
If you binged Friday Night Lights, try reading Love, Football and Other Contact Sports, Dairy Queen and Friday Night Lights.
If you binged The Wire, try reading The Long Way Down, Beneath a Meth Moon and How it When Down.
If you binged Orange is the New Black, try reading No Choirboy, Rikers High, American Boys and American Street.
9/6/2018 - Mrs. D's Summer Reading List
Last summer I read 30 books and this summer I vowed to read even more. Somehow the summer got away from me. Maybe there were too many adventures to go on. Too many shows to binge. Whatever the reason, I only read 22 books. Again, it appears as though I read a lot of escapist literature and not one non-fiction. But I did read two biographies! I promise to do better next summer.
Overall favorite book I read was Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. There is nothing like being able to read an advance readers copy. And there is nothing like Picoult's ripped from the headlines stories and really make you think narratives.
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren made trees and botany interesting. A phrase I never thought I would utter.
The book that should be made into a movie is The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul G. Tremblay. It was a taunt, suspenseful thriller. Would you kill a loved one if it meant saving the world?
A companion book to the #metoo movement is The Power by Naomi Alderman. It imagines a world where women suddenly have a strange electricity that allows them strength over men toppling the patriarchy. But having women in charge may not be the utopia some envision.
Favorite YA title and recommended reading for U.S. History classes is Revolution by Deborah Wiles. It is the 2nd book in the Sixties Trilogy and covers the tumultuous summer of 1964 in Mississippi. Wiles alternates between narrators, includes news clippings and popular culture to bring the story to life.
5/14/2018 - Not Yo' Mama's Poetry!
April was Poetry Month! If you happened to miss our Not Yo' Mama's Poetry! display due to testing closures of the library, check out the displayed books list. The list contains traditionally structured poetry books, as well as, novels in verse; all with contemporary themes.
4/11/2018 - What is Read Woke?
Our New Book Display is Read Woke
Will you be Woke? Stop by and check out these books!
4/9/2018 - Book Madness Winners
The library is pleased to announce the winners of Book Madness 2018. The winning book title is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Max and the Wild Things beat out many childhood favorites to become the Spine to Spine winner.
Over 100 brackets were handed in. Lots of brackets were busted early when Harry Potter didn't advance. And the bracket winners are:
3rd Place - Miss Klie with 120 pts.
2nd Place - Mrs. Gallo with 122 pts.
and with almost a perfect bracket...
1st Place - Mrs. Campiglia with 154 pts.
The faculty really dominated this year! Congratulations to all the winners!
2/26/2018 - Book Madness Theme: Childhood Throwback
In honor of NCAA's Basketball March Madness, the Library is holding a Book Madness Tournament of Books contest. This year's theme is Childhood Throwback! Here's how to play:
1) Get a Book Madness bracket from the library or print one off.
2) Fill out the bracket. For each match up, choose which book you predict will win, down to the final round and Spin to Spine winner.
3) Hand in your completed bracket to the Library by Friday, March 9th to be eligible to win the grand prize—a gift card to Amazon!
Online voting will begin on March 10th. By voting you can influence which books will advance and increase your chances of winning. The person whose prediction bracket most closely matches the winning bracket is the winner! A grand prize, 2nd place and 3rd place winner will be announced the week of April 9th.
10/12/2017 - Mrs. D's Summer Reading List
Summer seems so far away and we are well into Fall, but I still wanted to share my 2017 summer reading list. Not sure how I found the time to read 30 books. Maybe because it was a wetter, colder summer than years past. Or maybe it was because I wanted to break my record from last year. But read 30 books I did. As I look at the list, it appears as though I read a lot of escapist literature and not one non-fiction or biography. I will have to try harder next summer.
Here's this year's list with recommendations:
Overall favorite book I read was Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Tom Perrotta's Mrs. Fletcher was a close second.
Uniquest Style Award: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Had potential, but was ultimately disappointing: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo made me cry like a baby.
I would recommend In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume to readers young and old because it highlighted a little known part of NJ history.
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond would make a great TV/Netflix series.
Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner was so creepy that I was happy it was a short book.
Can I Get Me a Sequel? Award: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart was one I didn't want to end even though it is basically a modern day rip off of The Talented Mr. Ripley.
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict made me question the contributions and influence of many famous women/wives/lovers and their possibly forgotten place in history.
This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp became the most stolen book in the library this past year. I finally snagged a copy and was able to read it. It is a tough subject matter (a school shooting), but well worth it.
5/16/2017 - Extreme Makeover: Library Edition!
Extreme Makeover: Library Edition!
The Library is being redesigned! The new space will be modern and fresh. It will feel more like a college commons. New features include moveable furniture, charging stations, a cyber bar, an art wall, a makerspace and built-in multimedia. Construction is set to begin June 1st and end just before school starts in September. In the meantime, you can visit the temporary tiny library in the cafeteria office. The Tiny Libray is offering the same great services, just in a smaller space!
2/1/2017 - Love at First Line
In honor of February being National library Lovers month, we decided to create a Love at First Line book display. They say the hardest line of a book to write is the first. It has to draw the reader in and make them want more. It also sets up the story clueing the reader into setting, time, dilemma and narrator. Stop by the library this month and see if you fall in love at first line!
12/9/2016 - Real News vs. Fake News
Do you find it hard to distinguish real news from fake news? You are not alone. Most students have difficulty identifying fake news. Compounding the issue are sensationalized articles that go viral and rising distrust of traditional media sources. But all is not lost. Identifying fake news just takes a little bit of critical thinking and follow up.
First you need to know the difference between misleading or fake news stories. There are five different kinds of misleading or false news according to Dr. Melissa Zimdars, an associate professor at Merrimack College and Alexios Mantzarlis of the Poynter Institute:
- Fake news: These are the easiest to debunk and often come from known sham sites that are designed to look like real news outlets. They may include misleading photographs and headlines that, at first read, sound like they could be real.
- Misleading news: These are the hardest to debunk, because they often contain a kernel of truth: A fact, event or quote that has been taken out of context. Look for sensational headlines that aren't supported by the information in the article.
- Highly partisan news: A type of misleading news, this may be an interpretation of a real news event where the facts are manipulated to fit an agenda.
- Clickbait: The shocking or teasing headlines of these stories trick you into clicking for more information -- which may or may not live up to what was promised.
- Satire: This one is tough, because satire doesn't pretend to be real and serves a purpose as commentary or entertainment. But if people are not familiar with a satire site, they can share the news as if it is legitimate.
Second, you have to become a fact checker. Here are some simple questions to ask yourself when reading the news:
- How believable is the story? The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus site is an excellent example. Octopi live in the ocean. Trees grow on land. Just the title of the website alone should be raising doubts. Use common sense. If its not plausible, it is probably fake. Not sure? Fact check the article using Snopes, FactCheck or PolitiFact.
- What do I know about this news source? First look at the web address and the About Us section of the site. Often the web address gives away important information. An example of a fake news site appearing like a legitimate one would be abcnews.com.co. The genuine ABC News would not have a .co web extension. The Contact Us reveals the owner of the site to be Dr. Paul "Un-Buzz Killington" Horner. A real CEO of a major news organization would never put a crude nickname in quotes. Next ask yourself who runs it? How is it funded? What are the goals of the site? What other sites does this page link to? What makes this site qualified to provide accurate information? What sources are cited? The answers to these questions all give clues about accuracy and bias.
- Does the article use loaded words or phrases? Loaded words and phrases elicit strong emotions or imply bias or suggest a slanted opinion. It's a sneaky way the writer attempts to influence readers. Bias or opinion pieces are not necessarily inaccurate, wrong or bad, but readers need to acknowledge and question rather than accept at face value the information presented. Take a look at these two headlines: Hollywood PR Firm Sunshine Sachs Cancels Christmas Parties Because Trump Won and Hollywood PR Firm Skips Holiday Parties, Donates to Charities Instead. Both utilize linguistic tricks to invoke strong reactions. Utilizing loaded words or phrases doesn't automatically make the news article fake, however, their usage should raise red flags. You may need to search for the story elsewhere to verify information and decide if the story is real or fake, biased or impartial, accurate or false.
Remember just because you don't agree with the information doesn't make it false or fake. The ability to identify fake news from real news takes some practice, but before you know it you will be able to spot fake news with ease.
11/29/2016 - Rory Gilmore's Reading List
The HHS Library is not alone in it's love of all things Gilmore Girls. With the "reboot" premiering on Netflix this past weekend, we decided to dedicate our November book display to the 339 books on Rory Gilmore's Reading list. Stop down to the library to peruse the eclectic collection of reads featured in the seven seasons of Gilmore Girls. How many have you read on the list? Take this quiz to find out! Mrs. Domick has read 99 books on the list.
Wondering what the residents of Stars Hollow would be reading right now? The NYPL came up with a list of books for each character. Coincidentally, Mrs. Domick is currently reading the book NYPL believes Rory would be reading right now, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
10/20/2016 - New Kindle Fires with Prime!
The Library has purchased 4 new Kindle Fires in Tiger Orange. Each is stocked with over 200+ book titles and an Amazon Prime membership. Amazon Prime allows Kindle Fire users unlimited access to books, current issue magazines, video steaming and over a million songs. Interested in test driving one before putting it on your holiday wishlist? Traveling soon and want to pack light? Want to have hundreds of books at your fingertips? Stop down and check one out today!
9/22/2016 - Banned Book Week
In conjunction with the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, Hackettstown High School Library declares this week Freedom to Read Week! This week, let’s talk about how we can all benefit from the American shared freedom to choose and read books for our own interests.
According to the American Library Association (ALA), Banned Books Week is "an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Highlighting the value of free and open access to information, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek, to publish, to read, and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular".
To learn more about Banned Books Week, visit ALA's Banned Books Week Q&A webpage and stop by the library to view the Banned Books Week display.
9/6/2016 - Kindle Fires Coming Soon!
The library has acquired 4 new Kindle Fire tablets! They will replace the 1st genration Kindles that have circulated since 2011. The new Kindle Fires will allow students and staff to Read, Watch and Play all on one device. We expect them to be ready for check out by October 3rd.
9/1/2016 - Mrs. D's Summer Reading List
It's September 1st and school will officially start in a few days. I will miss the lazy summer days of reading at the lake, at the beach, and on the deck. This summer I broke my record for number of books read during the summer. I read 28 books! Some were YA, others were adult, two were non-fiction and quite a few were read with my 10 year old.
And here are the books.....
Favorite YA title was You, Me and Him.
The title that left me wanting more was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Guilty beach read was Here's to Us.
The one I didn't expect to love was We are the Ants.
Book that had so much potential, but disappointed was The Woman in Cabin 10.
Title that should be made into a movie is The Girls.
Title that lived up to the hype was Sweetbitter.
Book I'd recommend to anyone young and old is Miller's Valley.
All high schoolers should read The Beginning of Everything.
The novel I never read as a kid, but loved reading with my daughter was Shiloh.
6/8/2016 - BookFace Contest Winners
Bruce - 4
The Geography of Girlhood - 26
Boxers (A) - 5
Boxers (B) - 1
Pieces - 24
Break-Up Artist - 5
Winger - 2
November Blues - 6
Weight of Silence - 7
Pandemonium - 2
Does My Head Look Big in This? - 25
The Human Body - 9
Ice Cube - 6
Feed - 4
Lie - 7
Abandon - 143
Beauty Queens - 43
Reckoning - 13
Such a Rush - 24
Fat Vampire - 58
Leverage - 14
I Spy - 75
Twilight (A) - 141
Twilight (B) - 21
Twilight (C) - 8
Cinder (A) - 36
Read Between the Lines (A) - 11
The Night Circus - 5
Cinder (B) - 22
Hoopi Shoopi Donna (A) - 18
Hoopi Shoopi Donna (B) - 4
Get Happy - 13
Read Between the Lines (B) - 25
Stiff - 107
The Castaways - 78
4/20/2016 - BookFace Contest Info
3/22/2016 - Book Madness Winners
Book Madness is officially over. And the winners of the Book Madness bracket contest are:
- Third prize is awarded to Shannon Kerwin with a score of 86.
- Second place goes to Emma Standing for her bracket score of 100.
- First place is Allyson Stejakoski who had a near perfect bracket with a score of 144.
All three winners correctly predicted the Spine to Spine winner to be City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Thank you to all the students and faculty who participated.
How did your bracket stack up? View the Winning Bracket!
2/29/2016 - Book Madness
In honor of NCAA's Basketball March Madness the Library is holding a Book Madness Tournament of Books contest. Here's how to play:
- Get a Book Madness bracket from the library or print it off the Library's website.
- Fill out the bracket to predict which book you think will win Book Madness.
- For each match up, choose which book you think will win, down to the final round and Spin to Spine winner.
- Hand in your completed bracket to the Library by Friday, March 18th to be eligible to win the grand prize—a gift card to Amazon!
- A grand prize, 2nd place and 3rd place winner will be announced the week of March 21st.
The person whose prediction bracket most closely matches the winning bracket is the winner! Anyone can vote, so tell your friends to play!
2/1/2016 - Blind Date with a Book
The Library is playing matchmaker. During the month of February, check out a specially wrapped book from our display. Going out on a blind date is a lot like opening up a new book - you never know what kind of experience you're going to have.
Once you've gone on your "blind date," fill out a Rate Your Date slip or online form and return it to the library. Who knows...maybe you will find your perfect match!
1/7/2016 - New Titles in the New Year
The library has gotten some intriguing titles to kick off 2016!
Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz has one of the most beautiful covers I've seen. The intricate and glistening jacket design calls for you to pick it up. Reviews for Lizard Radio are compelling with one reviewer (Jaclyn Anderson) calling it: "An entertaining and thought-provoking read, this title will be a big hit for those who want something deeper from their dystopian fiction."
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and illustrations by Chris Riddell is available for the first time in the U.S. Originally published oversees in 2013, it is retelling of "Snow White" and "Sleeping Beauty," a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment alongside her brave dwarf retainers. Riddell's illustrations are equal parts gorgeous and creepy making them the perfect fit for a Gaiman story.
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt is a slim volume that I feel will wallop a big punch. The story's themes are foster care, friendship and teenage fatherhood.