Monday, February 1, 2016


It's time to vote in the Elite 8 in the Tournament of Abes!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ms. Roth's Abe Book Reviews

Ms. Roth is one of our teacher readers of the Abe books this year.  Here is what she thinks of some of the books being voted on this week in the tournament!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We were Liars takes you on a ride through the mind of a teenager struggling with what she doesn’t even know she is struggling with.  The book moves with choppy statements and journal like chapters.  Liars was fun to read and take you away to a beautiful and guarded world that only the privileged get to experience.  You realize early on that even money does not make a family perfect or a person content.  The up’s and downs of the narrators imperfections and feelings as she goes through the trials and tribulations of being a teenager.  This book will grab you and make you want more.  It will keep twisting and turning until the very end which there is no way you can see coming.  Read on!

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Mayberry
I loved Rot and Ruin!  A must read Young Adult Companion to the Walking Dead fan.  A different look at the zombie apocalypse, and 15 years after the big eruption occurred.  The world has moved on in a pre-modern technology way.  Some remember the gadgets and the internet, where the teenagers read about it in books at the makeshift school and learning environment that they have grown up in.  I could not always decipher who was telling this story but it was fun to be inside the characters minds then outside and seeing what they were doing.  I am looking forward to reading the follow book “Dust and Decay” to see what happens after the incidents within the story.  Good fun and a quick read, do not let the page count deter you.  


Positive by Paige Rawl
I know that a books call number is built on the Dewy Decimal System and has an Author’s last name included, but while reading this book the call number made me ponder so much more than where to find the book.  Being a book by Paige Rawl on the side of this book along with its call number were the letters RAW.  That made me think even harder and realize that this book was just that, Raw.  Through the words of a young woman who was forced to grow up long before she was ready to.  To face very real and life threatening situations just as she entered this world.  Being born with HIV is one thing, but having people around you penalize you and pick on you for simply being you, is heartbreaking to watch, listen to, and of course live through.  Ms. Rawl weaved HIV information into a book about coming through on the other side of bullying.  Her experiences and how she persevered were wonderful to see on paper and so well written.  A young woman so wise beyond her years, who is living life to the fullest with a vast network of support that started with her mother.  An HIV/AIDS activist who’s true message is that people are people and we should all be able to accept others for their differences and realize that no one is exactly like yourself.  This alone should be celebrated and praised in people.  Middle School children can be cruel and we all have a story, it is those people that stop to listen and accept that make the world a better place.

This was a great read that I will take with me in my work and try to emulate the messages and life lessons that Paige Rawls so bravely put into print.  

Thanks Ms. Roth!

Friday, January 15, 2016

It's time to vote in round 2 in the Tournament of Abes!  It's the Sweet Sixteen!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Round 1 Voting!

It's time to decide which books move forward in the tournament!  Click below to vote in the first round of the Tournament of Abes!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Introducing The Tournament of Abes!

20 Books Enter, 1 Book Leaves

OPRFHS Library and The Oak Park Public Library are hosting a March Madness style tournament using the Abe Lincoln Award book list.

Brackets are available now for you to predict what books you think will win each round.  Perfect brackets will win either a Book Table or Magic Tree gift card!  Brackets are due to the OPRFHS Library Dec 18th, and to OPPL by January 3rd.

Starting in January, there will be voting on what books should win each round every other week.  Links to online voting will be here on the blog and on the Tournament LibGuide.

The champion book will be announced at the Tournament of Abes final event at the Oak Park Public Library on March 9th.

You don't have to read the books to participate (but the more books you have read, the more fun the tournament will be!).

Stop by the library today to fill out a bracket and pick up a few of the Abes to read over winter break!

Friday, October 2, 2015

eBooks and Audiobooks at Your Library!

Download the OverDrive app onto your personal device to access ebooks and audiobooks available at OPRFHS.  Titles check out for 3 weeks, then automatically delete from your device.  No remembering to return your book!  If you have questions see Ms. Hooper in the library.