Mrs. Lewis,

Mrs. Lewis, Librarian

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Book Club Votes 2018

Today we will vote for the book titles we will read next year. Please take your time, read the book description and read the book reviews.
Vote for you top five:

The Hate You Give
Ready Player One
One of Us is Lying
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
They Both Die at the End
A List of Cages
Goodbye Days
I Am The Messenger

Thank you!

Thursday, February 1, 2018


Queens Vocational and Technical High School is a member of the MyLibraryNYC Program!!!!!!!!!!
Please follow these instructions to register your card and download the Queens Library App to have access to all of the resources the program offers.
MylibraryNYC instructions
Queens Library App Instructions

Phase Two
Registering students
Book Trailers

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Welcome Back 2017-2018

Welcome Back!

All returning Book Club Members please see me by Friday September 15th, 2017 to sign up for the Readers Realm 2017-2018 school year.
Students interested in joining Book Club for the first time must get an application on Monday September 18th. These applications are due on Monday September 25th, 2017.
Our first Book Club meeting will be held on Friday October 6th, 2017 during lunch periods.
I look forward to seeing you there!!!!!!!

This is a photo from our Spring Book Club trip to see the movie Everything Everything, based on our very well reviewed Readers Realm selection by Nicola Yoon.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Censorship/Privacy Research

You have been tasked to research how some governments censor aspects of society and collects information about its citizens. These resources will assist you with gathering useful information for your paper.

Opposing Viewpoints

Monday, March 13, 2017

Debate: Is College Worth the Cost?

You have been tasked to find facts to support your argument regarding the cost of higher education being worth the expense. Please use these resources to assemble evidence to base your declaration.
Opposing Viewpoints

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Outsiders

For this assignment you have been tasked to utilize literary criticism for research about The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.
These resources will provide you with credible information:
Why not Wikipedia
What is Literary Criticism
Scribner Writer's Online
How to Create a Website Bibliography Citation

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Streetcar Named Desire

You have been tasked to research themes related to A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.  These resources will provide you with related information from magazines, newspapers and academic journals.

Why not Wikipedia?
Queens Library
Easybib Create a citation

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Book Club Movie Trip

We took our first movie trip for the school year to see Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Welcome Back 2016-2017

Welcome back to school everyone!!!!!!

Book Club applications are due today, the list of participating students will be posted on the Library door at 8am Friday September 23rd. I look forward to our first meeting which will be Friday September 30th. You will be given our first selection that day. Be Ready to Read!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Readers Realm Update

Many of our book club selections have been amazing, I must add our last read to the list:
Most of our Readers Realm members adored this book.

These are some of the books we have read so far this school year:
We have just begun:

Last fall we viewed the last installment of the Hunger Games Mockingjay 2.

We are planning our spring trip right now!!!!!

Free Microsoft Office for All Students

Great News!!!!! Microsoft office is now available to all NYC students for free.

Please click on the link below for access to download Microsoft on up to five devices:
Free Microsoft For All NYC Students  


Thursday, November 5, 2015

NYC Reads 365

Need some great book recommendations? Check out this great new site NYC Reads 365.

" NYC Reads 365 challenges New Yorkers to read every single day. Read for pleasure, read to find out, read to argue, read to persuade, read to laugh, read to cry, read to understand, read to forget."

9th and 10th Grade Reading List
11th and 12th Grade Reading List

They even have reading list for your younger siblings too!!!!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Book Club Up and Reading

2015-2016 Reader's Realm Book Club has begun! Our first selection is......

Member's have had a positive response to our latest novel. Our first quiz will be on Friday October 16, 2015. We will continue our chalk assignment and book discussion as well!
Some of our 2014-2015 selections included:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Invisible Man Thesis Assignment- Ms. Rejalaga's Class

These resources will provide you with literary criticism to support your selected Thesis Statement.

Gale Database
University of Pennsylvania Literary Criticism
Queens Library Databases

Monday, December 1, 2014

Landmark Supreme Court Case Project-Mr. Schimenz/Mr. Macdonald

You are required to provide background, debate, decision, impact and landmark status for your assigned Supreme Court Case.

These online resources will furnish you with the research you will require to complete this project:
Cornell Law
Gale Database

Sites recommended by your Teachers:

Create your bibliography page here:
Harvard "What's Wrong with Wikipedia"
Student Hoaxes World Media On Wikipedia
Easybib Website Citation

Monday, September 22, 2014

Welcome Back to School Everyone!!!!!

And the First Place Trophy goes to............................
Last June for the first time Readers Realm members received trophies for reading the most books and receiving the best scores on quizzes.

Second Place was Vasiki!!!!

Third Place was Mohammed!!!!!!

We congratulate all of them on reading for the fun of it because they were not aware that prizes were being awarded.

The Readers Realm Book Club Application Assignment is due tomorrow by the end of the day. Unfortunately, due to the number of applicants I will not be accepting any assignments after September 23rd. Please do your best to hand it in by 9th period.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Book Club

We have recently completed another John Green book Looking For Alaska. It was highly rated by our Book Club members and we are looking forward to our Spring trip to see our one of our early selections of this school year. We are going to see the movie based on The Fault In Our Stars.
We are reading our last selection for this school year which is the blockbuster Divergent. For those of us who have not seen the movie, we plan on watching the DVD during Book Club early next school year.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Readers Realm is reading.....

Our February book club selection was Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini

Our current selection is The Dead of Winter 
by Chris Priestley

Book discussion will be held at the end of the month.
Enjoy reading!!!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book Club Catching Fire Trip

Last month Reader's Realm Book Club took a trip to see Catching Fire on opening day. We had a lot of fun, first we ate at Cheeburger Cheeburger then we saw the movie which all of us thought was great.

We are currently reading Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Book completion and discussion date are scheduled for January 24th.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mrs. Carey's Class The Catcher in the Rye

You have been tasked to read various pieces of literary criticism to provide information proving your thesis statement. Today we will define literary criticism and explore several critical essays related to The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

Define Literary Criticism
Queens Library
Google Scholar
Resource you can use to create a citation
Example of Database Citation
Consequences of Plagiarism
Plagiarism Checker

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Book Club Reads

We have just completed The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Most book club members rated this as amazing and we plan on reading more by John Green.

Now we are reading Dead to You by Lisa McMann.  We will discuss this book on Friday November 22nd.

Here are some other titles we have read so far:


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Freshmen Orientation

Welcome to Queens Vocational and Technical High School Library


This blog address is:
 Open periods:
  • Monday             3,4,6,7,9,10
  • Tuesday            2,4,5,6,8,9
  • Wednesday       2,4,5,6,8,9
  • Thursday          1,2,4,5,7,8
  • Friday               1,2,Book Club    
Library Rules:
Students are welcome to the library during your free periods; to use the Internet for research, use Microsoft office, borrow books and read.
  1. All students must show your program to Mrs. Lewis and sign in.
  2. There is no food, drinks or gum chewing allowed.
  3. Students are allowed to play computer games. Students are not allowed to access Facebook, twitter or other social media sites. Schoolwork takes priority over other activities.
  4. Please ask Mrs. Lewis before you print.
  5. You must remain in the library the entire period.
Borrowing Rules:
You may borrow one book for two weeks after showing ID. You are allowed to renew and place material on hold. 
Heidi Dalibor 
Lori Teel

Mircrosoft Office For All NYC Students 

Worldbook Online
Britannica School, Britannica Academic and Britannica Escolar 

Define Plagiarism

Outside Resources:
How many of you have an active library
Apply for your library card
New Chapter Card
Read down your fines
Internet at Home

To locate the public library closest to your home or school visit these websites:
Queens Library
Brooklyn Library
New York Public Library
Book Club

Who likes to read?
NYC Reads 365
Read Kiddo Read