The Perkiomen School Libraries
The Library Services program at The Perkiomen School provides the school community with access to the information resources and skills needed by inspired 21st century learners.
This Month @ your library
NEW! Borrow ebooks and audiobooks to read or listen to on your iPad!
We are very happy to announce that the library now offers downloadable eBooks and audiobooks through our new OverDrive site. Borrow books to read or listen to on your iPad! Other devices are also compatible. Log in to the Perk OverDrive site using your Perk username as "Library card number" and your email password as "Pin." Browse our collection of eBooks and audiobooks and start reading or listening in seconds!
Summer Reading 2013
List of books with descriptions
See summer reading assignments for AP courses
Summer Reading Choice Books
Summer Reading Essay Contest
As Helen Keller once wrote, “I have depended on books not only for pleasure and for the wisdom they bring to all who read, but also for that knowledge which comes to others through their eyes and their ears...” As we head into the summer, it is great to think about spending some time with a book. This fast-paced world of ours doesn’t always give us the time to embrace those quiet moments of being lost in a book—to take in the enjoyment, information, wit, and even transcendence contained within a book binding or within the square frame of your electronic reading device. These coming summer months should allow for some reading and reflection space.
Whether you are a new or returning Perkiomen student, you (and the teachers) are asked to read at least two books before returning to school in the fall (and we hope you actually do read more). AP students will have additional books to read. However, all Upper School students will read Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John. All Middle School students will read Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team that Changed a Town, also by Warren St. John. There is also a choice book that each student will select from the list of possible books. Please read through the choices and fill out the following form. In fall 2013, the groups of students and faculty who read each book will gather for discussions and special projects. Mrs. Longstreth, Ms. Goupil, Ms. Hammond, and Mrs. Lambert will read all of the books for either the Upper School or Middle School, and we would like to challenge any students to achieve the same goal. Read all of the books on your division list, and you will receive a pizza party for you and three friends this coming fall.
So, let your book choices this summer ground and transport you in equal measure. Please call if you have questions!
Summer Reading for AP Courses
HIS 490 - AP World History
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond. W. W. Norton & Co. (1999).
HIS 491 - AP U.S. History
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis. Knopf (2000).
HIS 493 - AP U.S. Government and Politics
The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity by Jeffrey D. Sachs. Random House (2011).
HIS 494 - AP European History
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2011).
ENG 490 - AP English Language and Composition
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Broadway Publishing (2011).
The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Ernesto Che Guevara. San Val Publishing (2003).
ENG 491 - AP English Literature and Composition
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. New Directions (2004).
Machine Dreams by Jayne Anne Phillips. Vintage (1999).
About Carnegie Library
The Carnegie Library of Perkiomen School was built in 1913 to serve the needs of both The Perkiomen School and the surrounding community. This library is the only one of its kind to be donated by Andrew Carnegie to a secondary school.
In 2010, Carnegie Library underwent extensive renovations, both to the building and the collection. A major weeding project removed nearly 9,000 outdated books from the shelves to make way for new books and e-resources. The space includes 20 networked student workstations, a classroom area with an ActivBoard, and comfortable reading areas as well as the original oak reading tables and circulation desk.
Nallo Media Center
The Nallo Center in the Hollenbach Middle School is where you'll find middle school students studying, working on computers, designing (and playing) computer games, writing original stories, editing videos, playing chess and Stratego, eating pizza with the Reading Olympics team, and, of course, finding new and exciting books to read.
Contact the library: 215-679-8255 | email@example.com