Banned Book Week

Every year in September, writers and libraries “celebrate” banned and challenged books.  As the American Library Association states, it ” promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them.

You have probably read many of the books on the list at

What are some of those books?  Do you think people have the right to decide what you read?  If so, under what circumstances?

Should books be kept from the media center shelf?   Why or why not?

It should be noted that when books are selected for the media center great care is taken to make sure they have positive reviews and that they are age appropriate.  Not every book makes it to the shelves!

Welcome Back!!!

School has started again and that means the media center is open and ready for readers!

What did you read this summer?  Did you see any of the movies based on YA books or on comics?

What are you reading now?

Share your reading and movie choices with your classmates!

Book Your Summer “Read”cation today!

Do you want to tour the United States this summer?  You can do this through books.  Currently in the media center there is a display of books set in each of the 50 states plus Washington D.C.   Grab a Summer Passport, and start at Maryland!  Choose a book set in Maryland to read and record the title and author.  Then decide which other states you want to visit!  Record the information for the states and titles on the additional pages in your passport.   You can tour our country from the comfort of your favorite reading nook!  be sure to check in during the summer and report on your “travels!”

Book your trip today!!!

Monster Book Party- Undead But Well Read- coming soon!

The annual Monster Book Party will be held Tuesday, October 29 after school in the media center.  This years focus is ZOMBIES!  Our theme-Undead But Well Read!  Zombie related books are on display in the media center at this time for you to check out!

At the party we will have lots of fun with zombie crafts, puzzles, games and of course food! Also, the Drama club will be providing zombie makeovers!!

I am having a blast planning the activities and the menu! I hope to see many of you on the 29th!

Still time to sign up for the CCPL Summer Reading Program

There is still plenty of time to sign up for the CCPL Summer Reading program, “Beneath the Surface.”  Sign up at and begin your summer reading adventure!  For each book you read, log on and record the book in your reading log.  Each book you log in earns you an entry into the weekly prize drawings.  The more you read, the greater your chance to win one of the great prizes available! Start reading today!


Beach Book Party

Today we had the Beach Book Party!  The media center was decorated to reflect fun in the sun.  Book lists of recommended reading were located around the media center for students to pick up.  Students were able to create a “summer bucket list” and collect candy in their own beach pail!  Beach Book Bingo was available to play!

The party was also a kick-off to the CHS Media blog.  Hopefully students, parents and teachers will use the blog to gain information on books and media events as well as post their own reviews of books in response to the posts.

Finally, we want to encourage our Century students to sign up for the CCPL summer reading program, “Below the Surface.”  Students can sign up by going to and enrolling.  Then during the summer students just log in and post the books they have read.  Each book read provides the student with an entry into the weekly drawings for some really great prizes!

The lists will be available until the end of school so drop in and pick some up!

Have a great summer and dig into a good book!

Ms. Foster


Welcome CHS readers!

This is the new blog for Century High School students and teachers!  Here you will find book reviews, discussions about books and reading related topics,, as well as information on media center programs and events.

Before leaving a comment, be sure to read the Blog Etiquette page for information on how to proceed.

I cannot wait to begin sharing reading material, thoughts and recommendations with the Century community!

Carpe librum.  Seize the book!