LIVINGSTON, NJ — In its continuous effort to promote a reading culture, Livingston High School (LHS) recently held its fourth annual “LHS Summer Reading Lollapalooza!,” which included two one-hour book-club-style forums during the first week of school.
Over the summer, students chose two books to read from lists provided by the school. This year, more than 140 staff members and seniors agreed to moderate book talks—so there were more than enough books from which to choose. From autobiographies to fiction, classics to modern, there was something for everyone.
Students came together last week to chat about what they read, guided by questions and topics suggested by the forum leaders. In addition to dozens of LHS teachers and seniors, district administrators also volunteered to be a part of the Lollapalooza, including Superintendent Dr. Matthew Block, Assistant Superintendent Lisa Steiger, Curriculum Directors Marybeth Kopacz and Natalie Topylko, LHS Principal Mark Stern and Assistant Principals Marjorie Duffy, Mary Kate Pretto, and Danielle Rosenzwieg.
Stern went a step above and beyond by bringing in a special guest: Mark Feinsand, co-author of “Mission 27: A New Boss, A New Ballpark and One Last Rink for the Yankees’ Core Four.” Students were treated to a book talk, book signing and Q&A session with Feinsand.
In a letter to parents and students, Stern and Kevin Wittmack, English Language Arts Supervisor for Grades 7-12, stated that they want to send a message that LHS is a community of readers.
“Reading is not the domain of solely the English department, but an activity that transcends discipline or department,” the letter said. “All of us read to live; it fills our heads and nurtures our souls.”
While all of the forums were unique and the books were all different, the message was the same: reading should be a celebration.