Summer of SYNC!

Are you an audiobook addict? Then we’ve got great news for you! The Summer of SYNC is back this year with 32 FREE AUDIOBOOKS for you. That’s right. FREE to download and FREE to keep forever!

From now until August 16, AudiobookSYNC will offer 2 free audiobook downloads per week.

  • Check out the list here (or a more visual list below)
  • Listen to sound clips from the books here
  • Sign up for email or text alerts so you don’t miss any books

Follow these steps to get your audiobooks:

  1. Download the Overdrive app to your phone, tablet, or computer
  2. Head over to the AudiobooksSYNC website
  3. Click each book cover to download (enter some info for stats)
  4. Your book will download
  5. Import the book to your Overdrive app
  6. Listen to the sweet, sweet words

That’s it! Stop by the Memorial or Senior High libraries if you need any help, and happy listening (reading)!

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SBR: Last Night I Sang to the Monster

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Synopsis:

Zachariah Johnson Gonzales is a seventeen year old, adolescent male who has a therapist named Adam. He’d much rather have a dog, but we never get what we truly want in life, now do we? At least, that was what the emotionally distant teenager thought, for you see… things are not the best for Zach. Due to amnesia related to trauma, he refuses to face the monsters of his past and represses them with the use of alcohol and drugs. One day, however, he is sent to a rehabilitation facility by the will of his aunt, where he must face the ultimate monster in his life: that day when it all started to spiral out of control….

Inspiration and Hidden Message:

Last Night I Sang to the Monsters has a dense psychological profile, which is highlighted throughout the novel through various characters, with Zach being the main focus. The story, though fiction, takes inspiration from many real life situations and current struggles of humanity, like gang violence and the stigma around mental health. Overall, the most prevalent theme within the novel is healing, both mentally and physically, as well as finding the strength to move on from the past, though it may haunt you.

Writing Style:

Last Night I Sang to the Monsters is told in a first person point of view through Zachariah’s eyes. Because of this, many things are left in the dark until Zach himself figures it out, let it be misheard conversations, opinions on those around him, et cetera. The diction within the novel also reflects the thought processes of the seventeen year old: short and easy to understand sentences paragraphs. However, that does not mean that the story as a whole is easy to understand.

Saenz, the author, laces dark and whimsical imagery during much of the novel, usually to reference the fact that Zach is in his head, a dream, or a flash back. He also divides the chapters into chapters relating to reality and those related to Zach’s inner psyche.

As a whole, the clash between writing styles is used so artfully and so meaningfully that it is safe to assume that this was indeed intentional. I absolutely love this choice because it really drives home the idea that Zachariah is so torn between the now and then as well as reality and fiction that it drives him to do such irrational things.

General Audience:

Last Night I Sang to the Monsters is generally marketed to young adults due to the suggestive themes as well as a relatable character. However, I would like to argue that general audience fits more along the lines of those who enjoy looking into the human psyche and relations. Also, due to the heavy themes, symbolisms, as well as overall aesthetic, this book would also be appreciated by a more mature audience.

Personal Opinion:

How many times can I say that I LOVE this novel! Not only does it have a gripping, emotional roller-coaster of a ride plot and story line, but it is also SO much fun to dissect the psychological aspects of it! I find that it was, also, a quick and enjoyable read due to the descriptive simplicity of Saenz’s choice in words. I HIGHLY recommend it to those who enjoy this kind of novel!

Expanded Hours!

Welcome to Semester 2, Bolts!

Check out our Weekly Hours page to see our updated weekly schedule, including expanded lunch hours. You spoke, and we listened!

Our after-school hours vary, so check the schedule to see which LMC is open on a given day. Students are always welcome no matter what building you call home.

Don’t forget that you can always reach us on Instagram, Twitter, or by email if you have any questions!

-Ms. Finney

Book Club: Six of Crows

The MHS Book Club meets every Tuesday from 2:30 to 3:30 PM in the Memorial HS Library Media Center.

Our current read is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and we were inspired to build a playlist about the book on Spotify. Some of the songs are serious, and some of the songs… not so serious. Check it out the playlist here!

Have you read Six of Crows? What songs would you add?

The Book Club will meet one more time after the Winter Break to discuss Six of Crows, then we will move on to our next book: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

If you’d like to borrow Six of Crows, we have a copy in both the Memorial and Senior High libraries! It’s also available on the free Open eBooks app.

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On the First Day of Bookmas…

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Starting Monday, December 5th, the Millville High School Libraries will be hosting a 12 Days of Bookmas Giveaway!

From December 5th to the 20th, we will be giving away ONE BOOK EVERY DAY! You may even have a chance to win a signed book or complete series!

HOW IT WORKS

Every morning we will post about a book we are giving away on our Instagram account. You will have a chance to submit up to 3 entries to win that book!

RULES

  • You must be a MHS student 
  • You must be following our Instagram account: @boltsandbooks
  • Up to 3 entries per student per day
  • “Like” the daily post = 1 entry
  • “Like” + Repost of the daily post = 2 entries
  • “Like” + Original post tagged #boltsandbookmas = 3 entries

SECRET SANTA!

  • Every day we will do a bonus Secret Santa post after school
  • It could be any time from 2:30 – 7:30 PM
  • You could win a signed book or complete series!
  • Be the first to comment on the post and you win!

Winners will be announced on December 21st.

Winners can pick up their prizes from the Memorial or Senior High Libraries on December 22nd and 23rd.