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Local author and good friend, Steven Manchester, has graciously provided a free pdf copy of his 2018 New York Book Award winning novel, 3 Shoeboxes!  Click the file link below to begin reading "the latest emotional rollercoaster of a novel from a master of tearjerkers and family fiction"!  For Epub or Mobi formats, please contact me, or Steve, directly.

For other novels by Steven, please see the "2nd Annual Local Author Expo" page.   

Feel free to leave a review of the ARHS Library Facebook page!  

Happy Reading!  

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Pam Garramone

If you are feeling unbalanced, here are four ways to help get back to good habits, optimism and well-being:

  1. Stay Connected!  Phone a friend, friends, family, talk to telemarketers, anyone!  Stay connected especially if you're single and live alone!  Stay connected even if you're "social distancing".  Say hi to people on your walks.  Resist the urge to isolate.  Physical distancing doesn't have to mean social isolation - stay in touch digitally - it's more important now than ever.  Social connection is the number one happiness booster!  We need people and people need you.
    • TRY TO: Reach out to two people every day that you haven't spoken to in awhile or people who make you feel good!
  2. Practice Self-Compassion  Notice and acknowledge your feelings without judgment.  Give yourself a break.  Allow and accept your feelings without resistance.  Try not to say, "I shouldn't be feeling this way."  Or, comparing yourself to other people who are embracing this and using their time productively or creatively.  See if you can say this is what it is and these are my feelings.  Whatever works right now for you, is okay and find and good enough.
    • TRY TO: Take 10 minutes for self-care and self-compassion every day.  Ask, "What's the next best thing I can do right now for me and for the people I love?"  You first, then others.
  3. Do something just for you that feels good.
  4. Practice Gratitude  What can I be grateful for and appreciate in this moment?  There is always something to appreciate around you.  Remember, when practicing gratitude to be specific.  Maybe now is the time to write a gratitude letter (or text) to someone who has helped you overcome and obstacle or just someone you appreciate in your life.  

Actions for Happiness resources

(all information taken from direct email from Pam Garramone, 3/20/20)

2nd Annual Author Expo

CLICK HERE for Authors scheduled to appear.


Library Rules and Policies

Students are welcome to sign in to the library during their Academic Lab period to read, research or use the computers.  Students must report to their Academic Lab for attendance and wait for the "ding-dong" before reporting to the library.

Students will respect the needs of others by following the rules below:

  • Students may not bring food, candy or drinks in to the library.
  • Appropriate electronic device use is allowed.  This includes use for research, reading, or for listening with earphones.  Violations of the Electronic Device policy will be address by Administration.
  • Students must work quietly without disturbing others.  Collaboration with peers on assignment is allowed so long as it does nto interfere with the learning of others.  Anyone causing a disturbance will be asked to leave.
  • Students have the option of choosing their slots for every 7 Day cycle via SignUp Genius.  Rules for sign-up are as follows:
    • Only 25 students will be allowed to sign up;
    • Students who sign up MUST report to the library;
    • Students will receive an invite on their school email every Day 6 for the upcoming cycle.
    • Students must choose the Day(s) and block to submit.  Options will be available for the entire cycle (Day 1 - 7);
    • A confirmation email will be sent to the student and should be kept in case it is needed by their Academic Lab teacher.
    • Sign ups for a particular day will close at 8:00 pm the day prior.
    • Students who do not receive or who wish to be removed from the email list must contact Mrs. O'Brien directly.