New Books!

I’ve got all kinds of new stuff in the library. I need to spread the word!

Here are a few new titles:


The Fear series, by Michael Grant.

When all the adults suddenly disappear, crazy things start to happen. Teenagers are in charge! And they’re developing secret, strange powers! AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!

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Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man.

A superhero of color? YES PLEASE!

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I Hate my Selfie, by Shane Dawson.

All my students seem to know who this person is and why he hates himself(ie).

I will not pretend to understand.

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A Little History of the World, by E.H. Gombrich.

This seems like a lovely and approachable account of, well, the history of the world. I’m actually looking forward to reading it myself!

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So there you go. I’ll keep posting as new books come in.

Happy reading!

And Just Like That, Summer’s Over!

How did that happen? June was just a couple of weeks ago, wasn’t it?

Apparently not.

School is back in session, and, after a couple of days of groaning and moaning, I’m excited to be back and ready to embark upon year two of OPERATION LEADERSHIP LIBRARY!

The space is getting more and more lovely, as the old and dusty books are being replaced by new and exciting titles. There are sections now! Fiction and non-fiction, of course, but also Biographies and Memoirs, Fantasy, Dystopia, and even Sports! (I’m working on an Animals section, for our many dog and cat lovers, but there are only four books in it thus far. It’s a bit sad.)

I’m excited to be open for more business hours this year. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, students can come in during lunch, and Mondays they can also come in after school. Last week, I had three lunchtime visits. Yesterday, though, I had EIGHT STUDENTS IN ONE LUNCH HOUR! I was so excited, I might have scared them off!

Things are picking up at the LHS library, folks. You should come visit!

Here are a couple of books I read this summer that I highly recommend:

This is a gorgeous story of a mixed-race girl – half Black, half Danish – who loses her family in a horrible tragedy. She is taken in by her grandmother, where she is forced to choose between her Black and her Danish background.

Another really good one:

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A 16 year old boy is murdered on the street, in front of plenty of witnesses. Told from multiple perspectives, the story delves into what happens to an entire community when one of their own is killed.

So many good books! Do you have any good reading recommendations? Please let us know!

Stay tuned for more tales from The Leadership Library!



Happy Summer!

It’s been a lovely summer! I’ve made LOTS of trips to various bookstores throughout the city: Bird and Beckett (Glen Park), Folio Books (Noe Valley), and Green Apple (Inner Sunset). I’ve also had the pleasure of spending some time in Healdsburg, in Sonoma County, a cute little town with plenty of sunshine and a downtown with TWO BOOKSTORES! Last week, I went to a bookstore every single day, and, some days, I went to both bookstores! THAT is my idea of a great time! I found all kinds of good stuff for LHS students.

For our sports fans:


It’s Warrior fever around here!






For our animal lovers:




One of our new graphic novels, perfect for our history buffs:






Required reading next year?




For anyone who’s ever struggled to find her or his place in the world:





This is just a tiny preview of lots and lots of good books. It’s going to be a great year for our readers at Leadership High School!

Wait What?! It’s Already June?

I’m embarrassed it’s been so long since I’ve updated the blog. How did that happen?

I’ve started a major reorganization of the library, so it’s a mess. But it will look fantastic by the time August rolls back around. I’ll keep you posted.

Here are some of the books our faculty and staff plan to read this summer:

– Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael

– A History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman

– East of Eden, John Steinbeck

– The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd

– Cien Anos de Soledad, Gabriel Garcia Marquz

– Last Chance in Texas: The Redemption of Criminal Youth

– Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain

– Columbine, Dave Cullen

– All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy


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What about you? What’s on your reading list?

Have a great summer!

A Thermometer!

I’ve been meaning to make one of these for awhile, but I was shy about it. I’ve never drawn a big thermometer before! Sometimes trying new things is scary.

But I went ahead and drew it and here it is:





It’s a bit blurry, and I didn’t include the little temperature marks like you see on a regular thermometer, but it’s still pretty good, right? Look at all that money we’ve raised!

We are almost a third of the way there. That’s pretty great.

Wanna donate? Wanna get us a little bit closer to our goal? Please hit the donate button now. And don’t worry – you don’t need to donate thousands of dollars or even MILLIONS of dollars!

(Hundreds and tens and ones work as well, as do gold doubloons and two dollar bills. Every little bit makes a difference!)


Everyone Loves the Library!

I’d like to have a big ribbon-cutting ceremony for the library, but I don’t want to do that until we’ve filled all the shelves (Donate now, if you want to help!).

Regardless, students have been coming in to check out the space, and they are super excited about what they see. They are ready to read! Look at their beautiful and brilliant faces!




Some stop by for a quiet place to work on homework. That’s nice, too!




And some stop by because they are so excited to help out. Just like me, they LOVE books!



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Our brilliant history teacher, Ms. B., tells us about a book that has her super excited! Thanks Ms. B.!


I just finished Midnight at the Pera Palace, which is all about the birth of modern day Turkey. I did not select it, but am part of a World History educators book group, so it was chosen for us. I LOVED it! It taught me so much about a place that I didn’t know much about beforehand. It discussed all different parts of Turkey’s complex history and even though it was non-fiction, it was easy to read and a page turner. My favorite part of the book had to do with Istanbul’s complex network of spies during WWII, the early women’s rights movement, and the descriptions of how Mustafa Kemal created a Turkish group where before there wasn’t one. I would definitely recommend this book to history buffs. 



The Library Is Open(ish)!

Last Monday, February 23, we moved into the brand new, beautiful, amazingly wonderful LEADERSHIP LIBRARY! YAY!


I have emptied a bunch of boxes, and still have some more to unpack, but it already looks like a real library. I haven’t figured out how to organize everything yet, and I still need to enter all the titles into my Google doc/checkout spreadsheet, but we are well on our way to having a fully functioning library. Yippee!

I’ve had many magical moments, when students have stopped by to check things out.  “Is this our new library?” they ask. They seem so pleased. They’ve never had a library in their high school before!

Thursday night, February 26, Leadership had an open house event, and lots of former students came to see how much their old school has changed. They seemed quite pleased with the library space (though concerned about the dearth of books on the shelves. Help us fill them!). Seeing their beautiful faces and how much they’ve grown and matured through the years reminds me how lucky I am to do what I do.



Wanna help us fill the shelves with excellent books for our hungry readers? Please donate! (Click the donate button on the home page.)





Just When I Think I’ve Got It Figured Out…




A tenth grade boy just walked into my room:

“Oh hi, did you get that book I wanted?”

“Yep. I’ve got it right here.”

“Yesssss,” he whispers and smiles.

I hand him the book. He looks happily at the cover, judging it.

“Thanks!” he says, and walks out the door.

Really? The Outsiders?

It’s my first joyful surprise for the day (and it’s not even 10 o’clock!)