In 2012 we founded Adi’s Reading Challenge in honor of our former student, Aditya Srinivasan, as a way to encourage boys to read highly acclaimed, newly published books. We try to predict which books will win ALA Youth Media Awards, such as the Coretta Scott King Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Sibert Award, and most especially, the Newbery Medal. The challenge takes place every year from early October to late January. A complete list of this year's titles can be found here.
The challenge is open to students in grades four and up. Many of the Adi's Reading Challenge titles are available in Sora and can be read or listened to on your computer or device. See our Adi's Reading Challenge page for more details
Although the Library Tech Commons is closed for on-site classes, a lot of work is going on behind the scenes to make sure that books are available for boys. Our veteran library volunteers have been hard at work helping to check books in and out, shelve, and process books. As always, their help is invaluable and their good cheer brightens our days.
We need your help. Many of the books that were checked out last spring have not yet been returned. They include some of our most popular books. If you are in the city or planning a brief visit, please drop off any library books you checked out last spring in the carts stationed just inside the entrances at 77th and 78th Street. Thank you.
The Technology Department was busy over the summer preparing for the new school year. One of the many projects they worked on was setting up MacBook Airs for 4th-7th graders as well as wiring five all-new laptop carts.
A large group of both current and incoming parents and teachers gathered for a Tech Tuesday on May 7 for an enjoyable and constructive discussion about being mindful of one’s technology use. Led by members of the Library Tech Commons team, parents shared some of the ways in which they manage their relationships with their phones and computers.
On Tuesday, October 23, Allen-Stevenson parents took time out of their mornings to participate in Tech Tuesday: an hour-long discussion with our Library Tech Team, during which they learned about the many ways Allen-Stevenson helps prepare our boys for living in a technology-centric world.
On October 20, boys 4th grade and up, began Adi’s Reading Challenge: a literacy challenge where students read the best new fiction published in 2018 and try to predict the winners of the next Newbery, Coretta Scott King and other major awards from the American Library Association.