Monday, December 15, 2014

Crafts @ the Library

We had a great time decorating Christmas ornaments this past week. Trinity students are so creative!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Q2 Extra Credit

A reminder that the deadline for choosing
a book for the library's extra credit program
is this Friday, December 5th!

Monday, November 24, 2014

January Book Club

The next book for the library's book club will be  

Matched by Ally Condie! 

Watch the book trailer here!


Matched follows Cassia, a girl living in a Utopian/Dystopian society where everything 
is predicted and controlled by the government including who they will be mated with for life.  Cassia's government mandated match is a lifelong friend of hers but when she plugs her 
data card in to see his information another face pops up on her screen. 
Cassia falls for Ky and starts to question the rules of her society (Amazon Review).

Mockingjay Movie Fieldtrip


We had a great time seeing Mockingjay on opening day! It was a thrilling experience, complete with popcorn and candy. Next November seems so far away to find out what happens! But if you would like to find out sooner, you can always check out the library's copy of the Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Wars: Hunger Games vs. Divergent

Hunger Games vs. Divergent.
Vote for your favorite!
Hunger Games
Poll Maker

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Teen Read Week Party

Thanks everyone who came to the Teen Read Week Party! 
Remember to read again next year to be invited to another exclusive party.

Friday, October 24, 2014

November Book Club

Trinity's book club will be reading Shelter by Harland Coben this month!

Trinity partners with the St. Louis County Library to lead the monthly book clubs right here at Trinity. This is a free program that every student is able to participate in!

If you are interested in joining, please talk to Ms. Bava.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Teen Read Week

Celebrate Teen Read Week from October 13th - 24th by reading a “defrightfully” scary book! 

If you participate, you can get an exclusive party pass to a library Halloween party on October 31st, during Academic Lab. Talk to Ms. Bava for details. 

Books are scary good!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Q1 Extra Credit

Do you need a little boost to your 1st Quarter grade? 
Participate in the library's extra credit program! 

Students can find the assignment and directions on the library's website here. The deadline for choosing a book is next Friday 10/3/14 and the assignment is due 10/8/14.

Here are the teachers that participate in the library's extra credit program:

Mr. Bebe
Mr. Cange
Mrs. Chartrand
Mr. Hopping
Mrs. Kennedy
Mrs. Lappe
Mrs. Leonard
Mr. Lund
Mr. Moore
Ms. Reft      
Mr. Shannon
Mrs. Shipp
Ms. Telowitz
Mr. Whalen
Mr. Witte         

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

162 Retellings

Love the originals? Check out some of the books retelling the classics here at Trinity's library! 

 Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson  

Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Eon by Alison Goodman

Here are some other titles at Trinity's library! 
Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter

The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper
Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub
Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein 
Jane by April Lindner (Jane Eyre)
Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli
Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
Cloaked by Alex Flinn
Stork by Wendy Delsol
Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman (Pride & Prejudice)
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Something Rotten by Alan Gratz
Beastly by Alex Flinn

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Library Changes

If you haven't visited the library recently, you might be surprised by some of the layout changes! 

You can now meet in the library's meeting room and access the computers in the library's lab!
More changes are coming soon.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Summer Reading Electronic Projects

Submit your electronic project for your Summer Reading "You Choose" assignment to !

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Welcome Back!

Welcome back Trinity students!!

This is going to be a great year!  The library has a lot of fun things planned for students. If anyone has suggestions for the library, please let Ms. Bava know. 

The first thing the library is doing this year is making sure everyone is correctly submitting their Summer Reading assignments! 

1. The due date for Summer Reading is this upcoming Friday (August 29th).

2.  Make sure you turn in your "You Choose" assignments to your English teacher. Your English teacher also gets your required English reading assignment and your History teachers get your required History assignment.

3. Your teachers will have directions on how to submit your projects electronically (if you choose to submit them in that method).

4. Remember to get your parents/guardian's signature on the Summer Reading form.

5. First time Trinity students only have to submit the Vocabulary log and the Questions/Answer sections. Everyone else has to submit these two sections AND a project.

Questions still? Come talk to Ms. Bava in the library or email her at

Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Reading at Books-A-Million

Still looking for your summer reading "You Choose" book? Books-A-Million at the St. Louis Outlet Mall has all these book titles in their store! 

Visit Books-A-Million at the St. Louis Outlet Mall located at 555 St. Louis Mills Blvd., Hazelwood. Look for the school reading list section of the store. 

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I am Malala and Trash


I am Malala
Check out the two videos above about the "You Choose" books I am Malala and Trash!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Seraphina and Hitler Youth

Some of the interesting titles we have on the Sumer Reading "You Choose" book list have great book trailers! Check out two book trailers below for Seraphina and Hitler Youth. 
Hitler Youth

Friday, May 23, 2014

Trinity Summer Reading!

Trinity's Summer Reading is finally here!!

Each Trinity student will read ONE required book for either their History or English class. Every Trinity student will also read ONE book from the "You Choose" book list. You can find more information on the Summer Reading page located in the right side column.

Happy Reading! :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

St. Louis County Library Summer Reading

Interested in reading some great books this summer? The St. Louis County Library Summer Reading program started May 12th! Stop by any St. Louis County Library branch or see Ms. Bava for reading logs.

Check back soon for information about Trinity's summer reading program! 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Law and Order: LMC

The exciting investigation and court room trial of the book thief was revealed during the last Renaissance Assembly. In case you missed it, here it is again!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Extra Credit Fourth Quarter: Seniors

Attention seniors!

The Extra Credit library assignment for SENIORS is due this Friday, 5/9/14!

Please turn in your assignment to Ms. Bava by the end of the day Friday. You can print it, share it on GoogleDrive, or email it to Ms. Bava.

Check out the library's Extra Credit page for more information!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What's Happening at the Library

The votes are in! Martin Luther King Jr. has been voted the most influential (greatest) person in history. Thank you Mr. Moore for putting together and running this fun contest!

Check out what else has been happening in the library recently:


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Research Tips: Writing in College

Seniors! Check out this great article on the difference between high school and college writing by the University of Chicago.

Here's just a sample:

"You are asked to do this [making a convincing argument for your claim] not because we expect you all to become professional scholars, but because in just about any profession you pursue, you will do research, think about what you find, make decisions about complex matters, and then explain those decisions--usually in writing--to others who have a stake in your decisions being sound ones. 

In an Age of Information, what most professionals do is research, think, and make arguments. (And part of the value of doing your own thinking and writing is that it makes you much better at evaluating the thinking and writing of others)." 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Research Tips: MLA Formatting

Part of being a good researcher is knowing how to present your information in a clear and consistent method.  That is why it's important to know about different formatting styles. The formatting style you will use the most during high school is MLA (Modern Language Association). 

MLA provides a framework for formatting papers and citing sources. With the end of the school year quickly approaching, it's a good idea to refresh your memory on using MLA.

Here are some basic guidelines from Purdue Owl's MLA page:
  • Type your paper on a computer and print it out on standard, white 8.5 x 11-inch paper.
  • Double-space the text of your paper, and use a legible font (e.g. Times New Roman). Whatever font you choose, MLA recommends that the regular and italics type styles contrast enough that they are recognizable one from another. The font size should be 12 pt.
  • Leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks (unless otherwise instructed by your instructor).
  • Set the margins of your document to 1 inch on all sides.
  • Indent the first line of paragraphs one half-inch from the left margin. MLA recommends that you use the Tab key as opposed to pushing the Space Bar five times.
  • Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor may ask that you omit the number on your first page. Always follow your instructor's guidelines.)
  • Use italics throughout your essay for the titles of longer works and, only when absolutely necessary, providing emphasis.
  • If you have any endnotes, include them on a separate page before your Works Cited page. Entitle the section Notes (centered, unformatted)
  • Add your name, professor's name, class name, and date (in this order) in the left hand corner of the paper's first page.
If you need more examples, check out Purdue's Owl sample paper or the MLA Handbook for Writers and Research Papers (7th ed.). You can find a copy of the MLA Handbook in the library! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

New Teachers in the Extra Credit Program

Attention to those interested in earning some extra credit: Mr. Reft, Mr. Hopping, and Mrs. Chartrand are now in the library's extra credit program!

This means students in those classes can now read a book once a quarter for extra credit. Take a look the library's extra credit page for a full list of participating teachers.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April is National Poetry Month!

National Poetry Month in April is a wonderful celebration honoring poetry and its long history in American culture! Poetry can be an exciting read, especially when read out loud. See the below video to see two examples, performed by yours truly!

If you are interested in learning more about National Poetry Month, visit the Academy of American Poets website.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Research Tips: Online Safety

Part of being a skilled researcher is knowing how to protect yourself online! Here are some easy things you can do to protect your information: 

     Keep your personal information private.
     Only add friends you know in real life.
     Set your profile and blog to private.
     Use a nickname that doesn't identify your location, gender, or age.
     Never meet in person with anyone you first met online.
     Contact the site administrator if someone creates a social networking page in your name.
     Alter your pictures and videos before you post them to remove identifying information.
     Profile and photo share only with people on your friends list.
     Don’t post your plans or whereabouts on your site.
     Ignore harassing or rude comments posted on your profile.
And most importantly: 
     Think about the possible consequences of the information and photos you post! 

Watch the short video below to see five teens find out how how much information an Internet researcher is able to find out about them online.  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Extra Credit Program Third Quarter

The extra credit library assignment is due tomorrow, Friday 3/7/14!

Please turn in the assignment to Ms. Bava by the end of school tomorrow. You may print it, share it on Google Drive, or email it to Ms. Bava.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Win passes to a screening of Divergent!

Calling all Divergent super-fans! The St. Louis County Library is giving away passes to attend an early screening of the movie Divergent on Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 p.m. at Ronnie’s Cine.

Even more exciting: a Red Carpet Event outside the theater at 6:30 p.m. will have two cast members from the movie, Christian Madsen (who plays Al) and Ben Lloyd Hughes (who plays Will) attending, and they will be signing autographs!

Here’s how to win screening passes:
1. Answer this trivia question correctly: Name Tris’ 7 fears.
2. Email your answer to with the subject DIVERGENT – SLCL Contest

Deadline to enter is Thursday, February 27, at 4:00 p.m. Five random winners will be chosen. Screening passes will be e-mailed to them on Friday, February 28. Screening passes are good for you and one guest.

Please note that anyone is welcome to attend the Red Carpet

Event at 6:30 p.m. at Ronnie’s, but make sure you arrive EARLY! Good luck!

See the original post from the St. Louis County Library here.   

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Party at the Library

Thank you to all that came and participated in the library's "I Love My Library" party last week! 



Congrats to those that won the library's trivia! Here are the questions and answers: 

1. How many books are in Trinity’s library?   Approximately 9,500
2. How long is the checkout period for Trinity’s books? 2 weeks
3. What collection are comic books in?  Graphic Novel    
4. Where would I find a book on American history that I can only read in the library?  Reference   
5. How many databases does the library have?    4  
EBSCO WilsonWeb, Opposing Viewpoints, Gale Virtual Ref. Library, and Teen Health and Wellness

6. Where would I find a book about Martin Luther King Jr.?  Biography 
7. What is considered one of the greatest libraries in ancient times? The Great Library of Alexandria
The Royal Library of Alexandria, or the Great Library of Alexandria was located in Alexandria, Egypt, from 3rd century BC to around 30 AD. It was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. It was actually part of a large research institution. Scholars from all across the world would travel to the 
library to study.  

8.  The oldest library in the United States is where:   Harvard University   
The oldest library in America began with a 400-book donation by a Massachusetts clergyman, John Harvard, to a new university that eventually honored him by adopting his name. It is the third largest library collection in the US, Harvard's library system grew from a bequest in 1638 by John Harvard of 400 books.

9. The oldest public library (free to everyone) in the United States was founded on April 9, 1833 and is named:  The Peterborough Town Library, New Hampshire

Peterborough Town Library in Peterborough, New Hampshire, was the first tax-supported free public library not only in the United States, but the world. The library was established in 1833 by a vote of the town. Originally housed in a storefront, the library moved to its final location in 1893, where it remains today.           

10. The Library of Congress used ___________’s book collection to rebuild their own collection when their building was destroyed: Thomas Jefferson

The initial collection of the Library of Congress was in ashes after the British burned it during the War of 1812. The library bought Thomas Jefferson's vast collection in 1815 and used that as a foundation to rebuild. 

11. Who donated $1,500,000 to build 33 libraries from 1899 to 1917? Andrew Carnegie

A Carnegie library is a library built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929, including some belonging to public and university library systems. The downtown St. Louis Central Library was built with a substantial gift made in 1901 by Andrew Carnegie, along with six neighborhood branches, four of which (Barr, Cabanne, Carpenter, and Carondelet) are still in use.
12. The Library of Congress adds approximately how many items to their collection each day: 12,000   

The Library of Congress receives some 15,000 items each working day and adds approximately 12,000 items to the collections daily.

13. How many libraries (of all kinds) are currently in the United States? 119,987   

Bonus Question:
What is Ms. Bava’s favorite book? 
The Lord of the Rings

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Research Tips: Primary vs. Secondary Sources

What kind of sources do you use in your research? There are two different kinds - primary and secondary sources. 

Primary sources are original records. Some examples are: 

  • firsthand accounts of events 
  • letters
  • personal journals and diaries 
  • interviews
  • memoirs
  • reports
  • maps
  • photographs
  • films, videos or sound recordings 

Here are some great (and credible!) websites to find primary sources.

Primary records are different than secondary records, which are created after an event occurred. Secondary sources analyze and interpret primary sources. Some examples are:
  • books
  • journals
  • magazines
  • newspapers 
  • reviews

Important note: Sometimes the same source can be both a primary and secondary source. What does this mean?? 

Newspapers are usually considered secondary sources because they report and comment on an event that already took place. However, newspapers can also be primary sources. If you are researching the American reaction to World War II, the New York Times newspaper could be a primary source because the editorials or comment section show public opinion at the time. If you aren't sure your source is primary or secondary, come talk to Ms. Bava! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I Love My Library Party

Do you love reading?! Or books? Or just hanging out at the library?

Come share the love at the "I love my library" party this Friday!

Be ready to recommend one book you love (or hate) in 3 minute speed booking rounds.

Yummy snacks will be provided! Please let Ms. bava know if you will be attending.

When: Friday, February 14th
Time: Academic Lab
Where: The Library

Friday, February 7, 2014

Cozy up at the Library

The library just got cozier! Check out these new floor pillows in the library. Study and read in comfort now!

After you are feeling cozy and warm, take a look at the new community puzzle. Once completed, it will be glued and displayed in the library. So stop by on your way to class to plug in a piece or two!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

St. Louis County Library Visit

Do you want access to over two million CDs, DVDs, eBooks, and audio books?

Then come get a library card from the St. Louis County Library on Monday 2/3/2014 during Academic Lab!

The St. Louis County Library Representative will be in the LMC. Please speak to Ms. Bava if you have any questions!

Find your closest St. Louis County Library Branch! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Get Library Magazines on Your iPad!

You can now access some of the library's magazines on your iPad! 

Check on the digital issues of Teen Vogue and Smithsonian by following the directions below. You will need to get the usernames and passwords from Ms. Bava.  

1. Download the magazine app from the Apple store. It will download into your Newsstand. 
2. Open up the app. Tap the Sign In link on the left hand side of the page.  
3. Sign in by using the username and password you received by Ms. Bava. 
4. Once you are signed into the app, you can access current and prior issues by just tapping on the Library link at the bottom of the page.

Check out the magazine page on the right hand side of the library's website to get digital access to other magazines! Keep checking back as digital access to new magazines will be added. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Second Semester

Welcome back Trinity students!! 

Hopefully your Christmas break went well and you all enjoyed your snow days. Right on time for the new semester, the library has gotten in some new books. Come check them out today!

The exciting sequel to Veronica Roth's best selling book Divergent!

One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victoru with her chosen fraction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflicts between factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable - and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions, but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discovers, and shifting relationships, Tris must finally embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.Amazon Review

The final book in Veronica Roth's Divergent series!

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent. Amazon Review

The Fall of Five 
Book four in the Lorien Legacies series by Pirracus Lore, The Fall of Five will keep you on the edge of your seat!

The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians?

John Smith - Number Four - thought that things would change once the Garde found one another. They would stop running, They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win.

But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they're hiding out in Nine's Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move.

The six of them are powerful, but they're not strong enough yet to take on an entire army - even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. Most important, they'll have to discove the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors.

And when the Garde receive a sign from Number Four - a crop circle  in the shape of a Loric sumbol - they know they are so close to being reunited. But could it be a trap? Time is running out, and the only thing they know for certain is that they have to get to Five before it's too late.

The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war.

Lorien will rise again.  Amazon Review

Alex Rider: Russian Roulette 

The final book in the Alex Rider series; A must read if you enjoy James Bond type action!

Alex Rider’s life changed forever with the silent pull of a trigger.

When Ian Rider died at the hands of the assassin Yassen Gregorovich, Alex, ready or not, was thrust into the world of international espionage—the world’s only teenage spy. Alex vowed revenge against Yassen and the two have battled ever since. Yet, years ago, it was none other than Alex’s own father who trained and mentored Yassen, turning him into the killer he would eventually become.

What makes us choose evil? Why did one boy choose to kill while another chose to risk his life to save others? In some ways, Alex Rider and Yassen Gregorovich are mirror images of each other. Yet the paths they traveled turned them into mortal enemies.

This is Yassen’s story. A journey down a darkened path. Amazon Review