The Joseph J. O'Donnell Learning Commons has a number of special activities, theme centered displays, and contests during the school year. In September we celebrate Banned Book Week which reminds us that we all have a constitutional right to read.
A contest is held which includes informing students about Banned Book awareness. Shirts from the American Library Association are presented to winners of the contest.
Early in the fall, freshman take part in a library orientation through their English classes. This orientation is known as the "Freshman Information Quest". Students are shown the many print and online resources available to them through the Joseph J. O'Donnell Learning Commons and they participate in an active learning experience where they search for answers to questions both online and within print sources in the library.
There are a number of other activities related to encouraging reading and books, including contests such as the Halloween Horror Trivia Contest, February Trivia Blast, the Easter Egg count, and Famous Book Authors Trivia. Everyone is encouraged to enter contests. Winners receive various prizes including O'Donnell Learning Commons shirts. Please take a look at the O'Donnell Learning Commons web site for more information.
In April, in honor of National Poetry Month, the Joseph J. O'Donnell Learning Commons holds a Poetry Slam. Our fifth slam will be in April, 2017.
Students may enter the Poetry Slam and recite their own poem or recite a poem that has been published. If you are more of a visual learner then you can enter the Poetry Slam by choosing to illustrate a poem and present it to the audience.
Each student receives a certificate for participation in the contest. There are a number of gift card prizes for the winners of the Poetry Slam as well as a celebration after the slam with snacks, drinks, and pizza.