GO Virals! Brendan Reichs Visit

oct 6 reichs science is fun

Brendan Reichs, the co-author of the Virals series, visited the Loquacious Library for 7Reads.  He gave a wonderfully entertaining and interesting presentation on forensics, how forensic scientists gather information, and about his Virals series.  Students also found out about an upcoming series which will start with the book Nemesis.


Later in the day, Brendan hosted a writing session and gave practical tips and strategies about writing a book.
oct 6 brendan with writing group fun

Brendan was extremely generous with his time  – signing books and talking to students between sessions.

Thank you Brendan for visiting Spartanburg High School and the Loquacious Library!

7Reads – Mary Alice Monroe

On September 9th, Spartanburg High School hosted Mary Alice Monroe, author of Skyward and The Butterfly’s Daughter, for our special 7Reads program.  Run at the high school by the school library staff (Susan Myers, Ashley Layne, and Myra Webb), 7Reads fosters the love of reading in students.

male half of corporationIn the morning, the entire student body met in the gym for a special 7Reads assembly.  Before Mary Alice spoke, the Corporation gave an amazing performance of “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips.  Mrs. Monroe then addressed the student body and told the students about her writing – how she writes and what inspires her.  The author encouraged students to pursue what they were passionate about.


After the assembly, about sixty-eight students sep 9 fourth mary talks to group came to the library to hear Mary Alice and ask questions.  The author talked about the revision process, how to handle revising a book, and other ways to become a good author.  Students asked great questions about how to get discovered by the publishing houses.

sept 9 lunch whole group


For lunch, select students, our principals (Mr. Stevens and Mrs. Kidd), Dr. Pruitt, Dr. Redish, Ms. Campbell, the library staff, and Mr. Babcock ate with the author and her publicist, Mrs. Bennett, and talked about the author’s books.


sep 9 library students with author and pruittIn the evening, the public was invited to a special panel discussion with all three 7Reads authors – Mary Alice Monroe, Dr. Mary Ann Solebee, and Mr. Kobe Wilkerson III.   After the authors shared their books, Mary Alice stayed on stage and was joined by Savannah Stinson, Mary Vann, John Poole, Jake Keim, and William Harper for a discussion of books and writing.

Thank you to Dr. Pruitt for funding 7Reads.  Without this backing, we wouldn’t be able to host the authors.

You can view more 7Reads photos at our Facebook page.


Yes, students are already reading their 7Reads books.  7Reads is a summer reading program.  Students choose (actually, they run most of the program – we just manage it) one book from a list of seven titles. The district gives each student a copy of the book he/she chose.  We delivered the bulk of the titles this past Tuesday (May 21st).  Today, we had several students reading their books in the library, and they were at least halfway through!

may 23 summer reading pi may 23 summer reading almost done lockdown

may 23 summer reading half way lockdown


7Reads was a huge success.  Thank you so much to you all (the students) for picking such great titles.  The authors enjoyed their stay with us and thought all of you were amazing, polite, intelligent people.  I posted just a few photos below, but you can see wayyyyyy more on our Facebook page.

Sebastian introduced the authors at the 7Reads community event.