Friday, June 01, 2007

Book Fair and Book Talks

Professor Vassel brought her Comp II class to the Clearwater SPC Library on May 30 to select books for their written book review assignment in a book fair atmosphere.

Students were able to browse and find a book while munching on Danish or cookies. They later wrote introductory paragraghs for their assignments with information about the authors of their chosen books. Students may find the list of by following the new books link. Books highlighted in yellow were purchased in the last six months.

Book talks were given by Clearwater's librarians. Mrs. Antoinette Caraway captured her audience's full attention as she reviewed the motivational book What Makes the Great Great: Strategies for Extraordinary Achievement by Dennis P. Kimbro. Mrs. Caraway held her audience spellbound as she read a folktale from What Makes the Great Great about an eagle who was raised as a chicken and only learned later in life that he could soar. Mrs. Caraway chose a book to uplift the students as they continue on their academic journey.

Mr Perez reviewed the book Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30- Somethings Can't Get Ahead, a timely book about the younger generation and their difficulties in becoming financially established in a changing economy.

My (Pat Barbier) review was of Jimmy Carter's book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. The ex-president and instigator of the Camp David Peace Accords gives the background for the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict and his views on the direction that the nation should take in the future in regards peace initiatives in the Middle East. Students were encouraged to read Mr. Carter's book and other views of the Middle East situation to sharpen their analytical and critical thinking skills.

1 comment:

CN said...

This was a great book review, and I just wanted to say thank you to Prof. Vassel, Ms. Caraway, Mr. Perez, and Ms. Barbier for the insightful reviews and refreshments. This was a very nice experience and made me feel valued and appreciated as an SPC student! Keep up the good work and thanks again!