O'Rourke Library

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Fenwick Book Club

The next meeting is on November 8th in the O'Rourke Library & Information Center. Reading is at the heart of all that they do so come prepared to discuss A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray 1,000 is the 1st in a series (Firebird #1) so this author may take us into and through the holidays.

All are welcome. Join us to have fun, make friends and of course, read.

Over the course of the school year the Fenwick Book Club reads and goes on local field trips, reads and invites authors or other special guest, reads and enjoys refreshments, reads and links movies with source books and above all this group loves to read.

The Fenwick Book Club meets once a month. For October and November 2017, along with the books they read, they are following a podcast called Welcome to Night Vale. Listen with your favorite iTune or Android app.

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.



Summer Reading 2017

Make reading part of your summer

  • Cultivating good reading habits puts us in charge of our own learning. Besides, with practice, reading becomes relaxing and fun. Imagine looking forward to the reading part of your assignments.
  • Have you heard about the "Summer Slide?" Learning or reading skill losses during the summer months are cumulative, creating a wider gap each year between more proficient and less proficient students. (scholastic.com

The Summer Reading Program at Fenwick (details below) includes both a Community One Read and a list of books from the English Department. Questions a comments during summer months may be sent to Diane Smith @ the O'Rourke Library using email dms@fenwick.org

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Fenwick Reading Program

Community One Read (Everyone!)

The goCover  The One Read 2017 Bookal of our summer One Read is to encourage our students to read and provide them with a positive experience. We believe in this as a whole school community; and as such, require everyone, faculty and students alike, to read one book that we will share together in a number of ways.This year’s One Read is Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption and an Unlikely Family by Lisa Fenn. This is the 12th Anniversary of our One Read program and we've selected a book that delivers an experience that is both compelling and interesting for students.

Requirements: All students are required to read Carry On & another book (s) from the 2017 English Department Summer Reading List. Students will be tested in the fall on the English Department Reading List choice and are required to complete a One Read Project over the summer that demonstrates reading and reflection of the One Read Book. The projects are:

  • Letter to the Author ( Freshmen Only)
  • Service to Talk Show Interview
  • Book to Life Photography Exhibit
  • Essay Writing Project

This is more than just an exercise this year.Lisa Fenn will visit the school in late September to meet all of you and tell us more about her life's journey.She'll see your projects and make herself available for any questions or ideas you want to share.

Completed projects are due to Homeroom Teachers on the first day of school in September.Once assessed, the grades will be forwarded to the Religion department in time to be included with the first quarter scores for report cards.

Click here for the 2017 One Read General Information Sheet

Class of 2021

Every grade level reads the same Community One Read. For 2017 the book is Carry On by Lisa Fenn.

ONE READ PROJECTS: There is a special creative reflection option for Freshmen Only titled " Letter to the Author." Freshmen are also allowed to do, instead of the Letter to the Author, one of three creative reflection projects related to the One Read.

The project is due on the 1st full day of school in Sept. 2017.

IMPORTANT: In addition to the One Read book and project, every grade level also has a reading assignment from the English Department. Students are either selecting from the English Department's Summer Reading List or doing a special Honors English Assignment.

Summer Reading Lists, One Read Project Descriptions, Frequently Asked Question Sheets and the Project Grading Rubric are posted below:

Click here for a 2017 Letter to the parents of incoming freshmen

Click here for a 2017 Project Description and Sample Letter to the Author.

Click here for a 2017 Letter to the Author Frequently Asked Question Sheet.

Click here for the 2017 One Read Project Grading Rubric

Click here for the 2017 One Read Service Contact sheet (applies to the Service to Talk Show Project & the 4th essay prompt option)

Click here for the 2017 English Department Summer Reading List for College Prep and College Prep-A ENG I students

Click here for the 2017 English Department Summer Reading List for ENG I Honors

Freshmen (class of 2021) may elect to do, in place of the Letter to the Author, one of the other three One Read Projects:

Click here for the 2017 One Read Service to Talk Show Interview Project Description

Click here for the 2017 One Read Service to Talk Show Project Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Click here for the 2017 One Read Book to Life Photography Project

Click here for the2017 One Read Book to Life Photography Project Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Click here for the 2017 One Read Essay Writing Project Description

Click here for the 2017 One Read Essay Writing Project Frequently Asked Question Sheet

Click here for the complete 2017 Summer Reading List from the English Department


Class 2020

Every grade level reads the same Community One Read. For 2017 the book is Carry On by Lisa Fenn.

ONE READ PROJECTS: There are three different One Read Projects. You only need to do one.. Keep in mind that the author of Carry On will be visiting the school at the end of September. Ms. Fenn will have access so she can see first hand the impact of her book on us..

NOTE: Your One Read project is due (to your Homeroom Teacher) on the 1st full day of school in Sept. 2017.

IMPORTANT: In addition to the One Read book and project, every grade level also has a reading assignment from the English Department. Students are either selecting from the English Department's Summer Reading List or doing a special Honors/AP English Assignment.

The English Department Summer Reading Lists, One Read Project Descriptions, Frequently Asked Question Sheets and the Project Grading Rubric are posted below:

Click here for the 2017 One Read Project Grading Rubric

Click here for the 2017 One Read Service Contact sheet (applies to the Service to Talk Show Project & the 4th essay prompt option)

Click here for the 2017 English Department Summer Reading List for College Prep and College Prep-A ENG II students

Click here for the 2017 English Department Summer Reading List for ENG II Honors

Click here for the 2017 One Read Service to Talk Show Interview Project Description

Click here for the 2017 One Read Service to Talk Show Project Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Click here for the 2017 One Read Book to Life Photography Project

Click here for the2017 One Read Book to Life Photography Project Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Click here for the 2017 One Read Essay Writing Project Description

Click here for the 2017 One Read Essay Writing Project Frequently Asked Question Sheet

Click here for the complete 2017 Summer Reading List from the English Department

Class 2019

Every grade level reads the same Community One Read. For 2017 the book is Carry On by Lisa Fenn.

ONE READ PROJECTS: There are three different One Read Projects. You only need to do one.. Keep in mind that the author of Carry On will be visiting the school at the end of September. Ms. Fenn will have access so she can see first hand the impact of her book on us..

NOTE: Your One Read project is due (to your Homeroom Teacher) on the 1st full day of school in Sept. 2017.

IMPORTANT: In addition to the One Read book and project, every grade level also has a reading assignment from the English Department. Students are either selecting from the English Department's Summer Reading List or doing a special Honors/AP English Assignment.

The English Department Summer Reading Lists, One Read Project Descriptions, Frequently Asked Question Sheets and the Project Grading Rubric are posted below:

Click here for the 2017 One Read Project Grading Rubric

Click here for the 2017 One Read Service Contact sheet (applies to the Service to Talk Show Project & the 4th essay prompt option)

Click here for the 2017 English Department Summer Reading List for College Prep and College Prep-A ENG III students

Click here for the 2017 English Department Summer Reading List for ENG III Honors

Click here for the 2017 English Department Summer Reading List for ENG AP Language and Composition

Click here for the 2017 One Read Service to Talk Show Interview Project Description

Click here for the 2017 One Read Service to Talk Show Project Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Click here for the 2017 One Read Book to Life Photography Project

Click here for the2017 One Read Book to Life Photography Project Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Click here for the 2017 One Read Essay Writing Project Description

Click here for the 2017 One Read Essay Writing Project Frequently Asked Question Sheet

Click here for the complete 2017 Summer Reading List from the English Department

Class 2018

Every grade level reads the same Community One Read. For 2017 the book is Carry On by Lisa Fenn.

ONE READ PROJECTS: There are three different One Read Projects. You only need to do one.. Keep in mind that the author of Carry On will be visiting the school at the end of September. Ms. Fenn will have access so she can see first hand the impact of her book on us..

NOTE: Your One Read project is due (to your Homeroom Teacher) on the 1st full day of school in Sept. 2017.

IMPORTANT: In addition to the One Read book and project, every grade level also has a reading assignment from the English Department. Students are either selecting from the English Department's Summer Reading List or doing a special Honors/AP English Assignment.

The English Department Summer Reading Lists, One Read Project Descriptions, Frequently Asked Question Sheets and the Project Grading Rubric are posted below:

Click here for the 2017 One Read Project Grading Rubric

Click here for the 2017 One Read Service Contact sheet (applies to the Service to Talk Show Project & the 4th essay prompt option)

Click here for the 2017 English Department Summer Reading List for College Prep and College Prep-A ENG IV students

Click here for the 2017 English Department Summer Reading List for ENG IV Honors

Click here for the 2017 English Department Summer Reading List for ENG IV AP Literature & Composition

Click here for the 2017 One Read Service to Talk Show Interview Project Description

Click here for the 2017 One Read Service to Talk Show Project Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Click here for the 2017 One Read Book to Life Photography Project

Click here for the2017 One Read Book to Life Photography Project Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Click here for the 2017 One Read Essay Writing Project Description

Click here for the 2017 One Read Essay Writing Project Frequently Asked Question Sheet

Click here for the complete 2017 Summer Reading List from the English Department

Mission

The O'Rourke Library and Mission Statement

The mission of the library is to support the curriculum of Bishop Fenwick High School. The librarians make available print and non-print materials that meet the students’ diversified needs. The librarians also assist the students in developing independent skills in using the library for research and recreational reading.

The library is integrated into the school in the following ways:

  • Conducting classes focused on research and life long learning skills for students for efficient and responsible information use
  • Providing hands-on experience in the use of reference materials
  • Providing access to Summer Readings & Projects
  • Presenting booktalks to students to stimulate recreational reading
  • Providing pathfinders, bibliographies and lists of specialized materials
  • Home of the Fenwick Book Club
  • Providing computers, printers, and copiers for use of teachers and students.
HOURS (school academic year calendar)

Monday-Friday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Book Club

O'Rourke Library History

O'Rourke Library History

The Bishop Fenwick High School library is dedicated to the O’Rourke sisters, Sister Madeleine Louise and Sister Julienne, blood sisters and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Sr. Madeleine was professed as a Sister of Notre Dame in 1920, and Sr. Julienne in 1938.

Sr. Madeleine Louise arrived at Bishop Fenwick in 1963 after thirty-six years in Japan teaching at a Notre Dame High School. Sr. Julienne joined her at Bishop Fenwick in 1967.

They worked together for 28 years and made the Bishop Fenwick Library one of the busiest rooms in the school. Both sisters retired from Fenwick in 1979 to the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worcester, MA. Sr. Madeleine passed away in January of 1986 and Sr. Julienne in January of 2001.

oPPORTUNITY MEETS ACHIEVEMENT WITH

CARRY ON BY lISA FENN



On September 27, 2017, author Lisa Fenn and two-time Paralympic medalist Dartanyon Crockett brought their special message of faith, redemption and service to Bishop Fenwick High School, a coeducational college preparatory school (Principal, Brother Thomas Zoppo, FSC) in Peabody, MA.... (click to continue reading)

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Bishop Fenwick High School Yearbook Collection

Click here to view the Fenwick Yearbook collection from the 60's to today!