Coding, Saxophoning, Authoring

This past week, we were lucky to have three visitors drop by Saints to share their passions, interests, and expertise with the boys!


Author Visit: Lisa McMann

On Tuesday, the author of “The Unwanteds” series came by to discuss her work and tell the boys about her seventh and final book in the series. The boys excitedly listened to her presentation, asked an array of questions, and then got the chance to have her sign their books. Check out Lisa’s books here:



Coding Workshop: Tech Up Kids

Rita, Anushka, and Ross from Tech Up Kids visited on Friday to help a group of 13 boys refine and continue to develop their computer games, which they are building using the platform Scratch. Games were improved, bugs were de-bugged and was fun was had by all!


Human Library: Professional Musician

On Tuesday, Anna Webber, a professional jazz musician from New York City, visited as the most recent installment of our Human Library. Many budding musicians from Saints signed up to talk with Anna and listen to her play her 94-year-old saxophone. Listen to more here.

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Self-Inquiry Program Sharing Day

Today the library hosted the Self-Inquiry Program Sharing Day; an opportunity for boys who have been working on self-directed passion projects to tell the world about what they’ve been learning. Projects had a huge variety of themes: remote control cars, the solar system, locks, Rube Goldberg Machines, the Titanic, trading cards… and the list could go on…

The boys excitedly presented their projects to parents, classmates, teachers, and each other for the better part of the morning. Once the final visitor departed the boys were exhausted, but it was that good kind of exhausted – the kind where you are proud of what you have accomplished, but you now need to sit down for a bit! A big thank you to everyone who dropped by!

Sharing Day collageSharing Day 4 up

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Wet with morning dew

and splotched with mud, the melon

looks especially cool

~ Basho

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Handmade book tutorial!

For those boys who were in the handmade book activity during Choice Day today, here is a tutorial for stitching multiple signatures together:

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When I’m one hundred

I hope I’m as cool as

Beverly Cleary.

~ Ms Walker

(Today is Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday!)

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Monday’s Thought of the Day

“Knowledge sets us free, art sets us free. A great library is freedom.”

Ursula K Le Guin

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Friday’s Thought of the Day

“Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.”

~ Ellen DeGeneres

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