Library Events This December


Kerianne O'Gara, Staff Writer

Have you been feeling bored lately? Do you have too much free time on your hands? The pandemic has prevented HHS from having its normal events and activities this year, but the Library Media Center has made sure there is still plenty for students to do every day after class. Each day of the week there is something new to do so there’s plenty to choose from! Things to do this month are:

Monday: Google Meet “Library Chat” at 3:00

Join Ms. DiGeronimo as she explores Goffle Brook Park! Pre-recorded virtual guided tours of the park will be offered for students to view this month. The tour includes the new Passaic County Art Museum, the haunted Van Winkle house, the new information boards, the duck pond, the park birds and wildlife, the new children’s playground, and the fitness trail.

Tuesday: Lunchtime Workshops at 3:00

Every week on Tuesday there will be a different activity that students can participate in via Google Meet. The workshops taking place this month include making a tabletop holiday tree decoration (Dec. 1), learning about chess and creating a “chess classroom” (Dec. 15), and making a gingerbread house (Dec. 21).  The workshop on December 8 has been replaced by the annual hour of code.

Wednesday: If you’ve been feeling stressed lately, then Wednesday’s activity is just for you! The guidance counselors here at HHS have created pre-recorded stress relief activities and videos for students to view.

Thursday: Book Talk at 3:00

Some of the teachers at the school have offered recommendations for books that students might be interested in reading. They will be joining the online discussions to talk about their books. Here are the books that were recommended:

Educated by Tara Westover recommended by Ms. Martinez

The Hobbit by Tolkien recommended by Mr. DeFrances

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer recommended by Mr. Innis

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben recommended by Ms. Gerdes

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes recommended by Ms. Phibbs

The Winter of our Discontent by John Steinbeck recommended by Mr. Van Winkle

Born a Crime By Noah Trevor recommended by Ms. Schlossberg

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi recommended by Ms. Clifford

Friday: Online Fakes & Frauds

Each Friday a new set of questions taken from social media will be posted in the Virtual Library. Can you find the fakes and frauds? Links to the answers will also be provided. For example:

Did President Trump call for the assassination of opponent Joe Biden?!

Heritage Celebrations:

Every month the library is highlighting the celebrations surrounding different heritages and cultures by providing students with information, links to further reading, suggested books, and morning announcement information. This December the library will celebrate International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10), Hanukkah (Dec. 10-18), Christmas (Dec. 25), and Kwanzaa (Dec. 26 – Jan. 1).

So if you ever find yourself wondering what to do to pass the time, come check out the fun activities the library has planned!