Partnerships connect authors with students

 
Teachers in Arlington Heights know how vital it is to keep students excited about reading. One way the library and schools work together to get students engaged is by creating opportunities for students to meet the authors of their favorite books. The library has seen great success in bringing authors to schools, sometimes reaching more than 4,000 students in a series of visits.
 
“When children and teens meet the authors of some of their favorite works, they become inspired to read more and often write more themselves,” said School Services Librarian Julie Jurgens.

After reading Ghost by Jason Reynolds, Thomas Middle School Library Center Director Becky Fahnoe immediately knew Reynolds was the perfect author to engage her middle school readers and selected Ghost to be Thomas’ annual all-school read.
 
“Jason writes with an honest and authentic voice. He writes with heart. The characters he has created are characters with whom kids can relate,” said Fahnoe.
 
As Reynolds shared with The Washington Post in 2017, he didn’t read a book from beginning to end until he was 17 years old, so he wanted to write books that kids and teens like himself would want to finish. His mission, as he shared in his 2017 novel Long Way Down, is to “NOT WRITE BORING BOOKS.” The entire plot of Long Way Down occurs during a brief elevator ride, wherein a 15-year-old boy is coping with the shooting death of his brother. Most readers finish the book in a day, unable to put it down.
 
On November 8 and 9, students at Thomas Middle School, South Middle School and Our Lady of the Wayside heard Reynolds speak at their schools. An Evening with Author Jason Reynolds on November 8, at Forest View Auditorium, was open to the general public. For more information on Reynolds' visit, see the story here
 
 
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6.012 Patron-Generated Content

04/27/2011
The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public.  These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog.  Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy.
 
By contributing patron-generated content, patrons grant the Library an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon that content.
 
By submitting patron-generated content, patrons warrant they are the sole authors or that they have obtained all necessary permission associated with copyrights and trademarks to submit such content.
 
Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit.  The Library assumes no responsibility for such content.
 
The Library reserves the right not to post submitted content or to remove patron-generated content for any reason, including but not limited to:
 
  • content that is profane, obscene, or pornographic;
 
  • content that is abusive, discriminatory or hateful on account of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation;
 
  • content that contains threats, personal attacks, or harassment;
 
  • content that contains solicitations or advertisements;
 
  • content that is invasive of another person’s privacy;
 
  • content that is unrelated to the discussion or venue in which it is posted;
 
  • content that is in violation of the Library’s Code of Conduct or any other Library policy