Student Book Review

Seraphina by: Rachel Hartman


Seraphina is a delicately woven tale, full of breathtaking music, sacrifice, and a heroin’s struggle to find belonging in a world turned against her. The book sweeps its readers into a whirlwind of romance, fear, love and hate while simultaneously incorporating a strong theme of music with every turn of its pages. One of my favorite characteristics of the book is how personal the author makes everything. With every experience our heroine went through, the emotion was always there. It was as if the reader was standing just feet away from the characters peering into their lives, experiencing everything with them while still keeping the suspense and rapid pace that is such an appealing asset of the book.

–Grace Friedman, 7th Grade

RSS Senior, Danielle Sang, Reviews September Girls


“September Girls, by Bennett Madison, is an enchanting teenage adventure without the unnecessary frills. Following the eerie, unpredictable and romantic tale of protagonist, Sam and his summer spent at the beach “where people come to disappear”, this story will leave you hooked to the very end. You will discover that we may not all be alluring, September Girls but you can feel for Sam, as he discovers what makes these Girls so special.”

-Danielle Sang, 12th Grade

Science Mixed with English

We like to mix things up here at Steiner, and the library is no different.  I’m proud to introduce our readers to one of our newest acquisitions:

Link to the AMNH event I attended on Sunday, March 9.

This book takes science writing to a new level, optimizing the talents and foci of the father/son author team.  Steve Palumbi is a marine biologist and geneticist at Stanford University, while his son, Anthony Palumbi, is a writer and film/video game designer.  The team gave a dynamic presentation, and they were kind enough to inscribe the book to our RSS students, “with hope for the next generation.”

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Sister Libraries: The Waldorf School of Garden City

On Friday, Oct. 4, I was able to make a visit to the Waldorf School of Garden City on Long Island, to shadow and exchange ideas with fellow librarian, Elizabeth Fanning.  The WSGC library is large, housing books for both the lower and upper school levels.  It was wonderful to experience one of Ms. Fanning’s library classes in person (I was there for the 4th grade class), as well as participating in the Parent Study of Anthroposophy, which took place in one of the library’s side study rooms.  I will also be studying “How to Know Higher Worlds” by Rudolf Steiner, so I can discuss it with Ms. Fanning, as part of our ongoing correspondence and collaboration.

Additionally, I asked lots of questions about the mixed challenge and blessing of hosting a joint middle-high school book club.  The group is reading Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, which I’m sure will be a hit (a very enjoyable read–and good choice for mixed abilities and interests, as it’s easy enough for 6th-8th grades, but engrossing enough for older teens as well).  But there is always the logistical challenge of fitting such activities into the school day; they have opted to host it as an after-school club that parents pay extra for.  Perhaps not a perfect solution, but it works to some extent.

It is always so much fun to interface with other teachers working in a similar school, but in a different context.  I made further use of my time at WSGC by catching up with our former colleague, Crisanne DiDonato, and Gardening Teacher (extraordinaire) Jeannine Davis, who gave encouragement, inspiration, and ideas for collaborating with our Green Initiative here at The Rudolf Steiner School.  We may even be able to organize a student visit to do some work with composting and biodynamic preparations.

Paris Review

If anyone would like some fun pre-summer reading in between classes, come by the library and pick up an old copy of the Paris Review.  We have chosen to not renew our subscription, and have several back-issues that you would be welcome to take home.  First come, first pick!