March 4, 2014
Are you ready for St. Patrick’s Day?
On March 17, everyone wears green and becomes a little bit Irish to celebrate old Saint Patrick. Here are a few other things for you to do to celebrate your Irish heritage (whether real or fake)!
What is your favorite thing about St. Patrick’s Day? Tell us in the Comments.
March 3, 2014
Winter Reading Games Closing Ceremonies
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the STACKS Winter Reading Games. Your participation in all the events, and especially in the live Readathon made it really special and fun for us to host.
Now, it’s time for the presentation of medals! Imagine your national anthem sounding and your national flag rising in the virtual stadium as we announce the medals. The STACKS Winter Reading Games Medals go to: Continue reading
February 28, 2014
Winter Reading Games Readathon Tomorrow!
Gather all your books and snacks, and prepare for a live 4-hour reading marathon starting Saturday, March 1 at 12 noon ET.
Your goal for the Readathon is to read for 4 straight hours, but don’t worry. STACKS Staffer, En-Szu and I will be there to cheer you on with hourly challenges and inspiration to keep you going.
Sign up for the Readathon here and come back tomorrow at noon!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
February 24, 2014
The STACKS Winter Reading Games Are On!
All week long during the STACKS Winter Reading Games, we will be hosting daily reading events, giving you a chance to win books, and challenging you to participate in a live 4-hour Readathon on Saturday.*
Are you ready? Then let the Games begin!
*To sign up for the Readathon, visit the Reading Buzz Board and enter your team name. (You need to be a STACKS member to sign up, but it’s free and easy to join. If you are not already a STACKS member, SIGN UP now!)
February 12, 2014
Announcing the STACKS Winter Reading Games!
We love the Olympic Games, but why should athletes get all the glory? STACKS readers, it’s time to flex your reading muscles and demonstrate your bookish strength and stamina!
Beginning Monday, February 24 through Monday, March 3, you can participate in the STACKS Winter Reading Games. All week long, we will be hosting daily reading events, giving you a chance to win books, and challenging you to participate in a live 4-hour Readathon!
STACKS Winter Reading Games Schedule of Events
Get in one last library training run, gather all your books, get your most comfy reading uniform ready, power up with nutritious snacks, and prepare for the 2014 STACKS Winter Reading Games starting on February 24!
To sign up for the Winter Reading Games, visit the Reading Buzz Board and enter your team name. (You need to be a STACKS member to sign up, but it’s free and easy to join. If you are not already a STACKS member, SIGN UP now!)
January 27, 2014
2014 Newbery Medal Winner
The Newbery Medal is awarded every year by a committee of librarians to recognize “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Past winners have included The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Holes by Louis Sachar. Last year’s winner was The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.
This year’s winner was just announced today, and the 2014 Newbery Medal goes to . . .
Flora and Ulysses: The Illustrated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K. G. Campbell
You might recognize the author’s name because she also wrote Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Magician’s Elephant, and a bunch of books for younger kids, too.
Have you read Flora and Ulysses yet? Do YOU think it was the best American children’s book published in 2013? If you were on the committee voting for the 2014 Newbery Medal, which book would YOU have chosen? (Remember, only books published in 2013 by writers in America are eligible.) Let us know in the Comments.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
December 6, 2013
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
If you don’t know about the great South African president Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at age 95, you should read about him. He is my personal hero and a hero to many people around the world. Even President Obama loved him. “I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life,” President Obama said on Thursday. “I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set.”
In 1964, when Mandela complained publicly about the system of racial prejudice (called apartheid) in South Africa, he was accused of trying to overthrow the government. He spent the next 27 years in prison. In 1990, he was released from prison, and in 1994, he became the country’s first black president ending apartheid forever.
Thank you, Nelson Mandela, for helping South Africa to rise, and for inspiring every person in the world to rise with you.
–Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Image credit Kadir Nelson from the book Nelson Mandela
December 3, 2013
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Now that Turkey Day is over, it’s officially the holiday season–and we’re so excited! We’ve got lots of holiday posts coming your way this month on the STACKS (DIY gift ideas and giftwrapping fun!), but before we dive into new activities, we thought we’d give you a good ol’ roundup of holiday-themed things to check out right now:
Do you know how people in other countries celebrate the season? Take our Holidays Around the World Quiz to test your world holiday knowledge. Go give our Christmas Cat a caption, and if you’re feeling extra creative, make a Recycled Plastic Snowflake. Share your family’s craziest, weirdest traditions in our Wacky Holiday Traditions Writing Prompt, and make some tough choices over at our Holiday Gifts Would You Rather. Don’t know what to give your family and friends for the holidays? Check out Sonja’s great gift idea. The holiday season is full of really great music, and we all love to sing along to our favorite songs–but how well do you know those tunes? Take our Holiday Songs Trivia Quiz! And don’t forget to dress your Virtual Pet for the holidays!
Are you excited for the holiday season? What are you looking forward to the most? Share with us in the Comments!
– En-Szu, STACKS Staffer
November 14, 2013
Thanksgiving is almost here!
There are SO many things to be thankful for, and Thanksgiving is such a fun reminder of the important things in life. Here are some activities to get you excited.
Happy Thanksgiving from the STACKS!
October 15, 2013
Halloween Activities on the STACKS!
The spookiest day of the year is coming on October 31. Here are a few Halloween activities and links to get you ready. If you need costume ideas, we got ‘em; scary books, we got ‘em. We even have a Personality Quiz to find out what monster you are most like!
This just in . . . these Halloween Would You Rather questions from PurpleWizard50:
Would you rather . . . .
- Dress up as a pink princess OR a yellow bumblebee?
- Get one small yummy candy bar OR a giant bar of yucky candy?
- Turn into a werewolf OR a vampire?
- Eat 2000 candy bars in a minute OR eat 30 old pieces of licorice in one minute?
- Meet a mummy OR Frankenstein?
If you have ideas for blog posts, go to the STACK Back Message Board and submit them! Have a safe and fun Halloween!