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STHS Celebrates Banned Book Week

The Strom Thurmond High School Library recently celebrated Banned Book Week 2016 in an effort to bring awareness to students of the freedom to read what they want as well as appreciate the various and sundry reasons books have been challenged, banned and removed from classrooms and libraries. Since 1982, the American Library Association and Amnesty International have supported the First Amendment after an onslaught in the number of books contested in schools, bookstores and libraries.In honor of that week, September 25 – October 1, the STHS library displayed teachers and students “Caught Reading A Banned Book.”  Please view the slide show of these folks in our line up!For more information on Banned Book Week, click on the following links.

Banned Book Contest

In honor of Banned Book Week the STHS library is having a contest to guess which banned book is shredded in the jar.  So far we have 3 correct answers!  The contest will continue through the end of October.


Hauntings in the Media Center

In light of the upcoming Halloween festivities, the media center has gone all out to create a scary atmosphere as well as a display of our favorite chilling tomes!

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Zen Coloring

Stop by the media center to get into the Zen Zone by coloring one of our Thanksgiving themed bookmarks….


Congratulations to the winners of the “Guess What Book is Shredded in the Jar” Contest! The following contestants won gift certificates to the NJROTC’s canteen:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Crystal Anderson, Olivia Bedenbaugh, Paul Bundy, Jonethen Jefferson, Thomas McCain, Lori Tullis and Michael Zachary! The book in the jar was Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger a book banned often in schools for its violence and profanity. Most often it has been reinstated because of its literary value.


The library is offering a new contest in hopes to encourage students to  read “forgotten” books.  Sixteen Golden Tickets have been randomly hidden in books. Checkout one of these books and you will win a prize!

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Congratulations to Meg Hoffmann for finding the first Golden Ticket in a library book. The book was “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini. Not only did she find the ticket, but she READ the book! Hooray for Meg and her gift certificate for the NJROTC canteen! Who will be next?

Food For Fines

In an effort to help students reduce or completely eliminate all overdue book fines, students can bring in non-perishable food items to support the NJROTC’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit less fortunate families during this holiday season.  One item equals $1.00 and can be anything such as peanut butter, soups, boxed pasta as well as vegetables. What a great “twofer”: Eliminate fines and help those in need! For more information, please see Ms. Burnip or Mrs. McMillan in the library.



So far we have waived $50 in student fines! We will continue to collect non-perishable food items for families in need through the Holiday season!


Please come by and peruse our latest addition of new titles to the library collection.

Graphic Novel – Geis: A Matter of Life & Death (Alexis Duncan)

Non-fiction – Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb (Neal Bascomb)

Urban Street Fiction – Blacktop Janae (L. J. Alonge)

YA Fantasy Series – Poisoned Blade (Kate Elliott)

Murder Mystery – The Female of the Species (Mindy McGinnis)

Non-fiction – Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb (Neal Bascomb)












Keep Calm and Check Out Our New Books