TVHS Inspiration Pursuits

Inspiration Pursuits are meant to help you learn more, dig deeper, and explore our world by inspiring you to pursue learning in your own way, through opportunities available in the library and throughout the school.

Each quarter, there will be a new focus topic, around which will revolve many learning opportunities.  Each Pursuit has four parts: Answer; Create; Read; and Connect.

Our goals:

  • Bring awareness to important topics.
  • Encourage new learning.
  • Inspire new thinking.
  • Build school community through shared discussion and activity.
  • Encourage collaboration among students, staff, and students and staff together.
  • Allow space and time for creative and critical thinking.
  • Allow space and time for creativity and innovation.

Quarterly Topics for 2017-18:

  • SEMESTER 1: The Power of Words
    • Quarter 1 Focus: Banned Books.  We will talk about how the power of words causes people to challenge and want books banned.  Why do certain words have more power than others?  Competition:  Write a powerful short story or poem.
    • Quarter 2 Focus: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  November is NaNoWriMo, so this quarter is dedicated to writing an entire novel!  We will help support you as you write with sessions to share writing tips.  Competition:  Letters About Literature.  Choose a piece of writing that has had an impact on you and write a letter to the author explaining why their work has had an impact.
  • SEMESTER 2: The Power to Create
    • Quarter 3 Focus: Creating and Making.  We will have weekly creation themes, and at the beginning of March, we will judge all creations and give out prizes!  Competition:  Weekly creation challenges!
    • Quarter 4 Focus: Create a Better World.  The Earth takes care of us, so let’s take care of our Earth!  Come for discussions about how to build a better world and take care of our beautiful planet.  Competition:  Earth Day recycle!



This quarter, the focus is CREATION and IMAGINATION!

Get ready to use your creative powers to make cool things!  Each week starting Jan. 22, there will be a new weekly theme for your creations.  Come on each Monday in the months of January and February for a snack and to start working on your masterpiece!  Each week there will be a drawing for those who participate in the week’s creation theme.

BONUSES: Snacks on Mondays and a weekly chance for a prize!

Weekly Themes:

  • Jan. 22: Paper creations (origami, book sculptures, etc.)
  • Jan. 29: LEGO creations
  • Feb. 5: Junk box recycle
  • Feb. 12: Free choice – choose something to create!
  • Feb. 26: Make your own robot!
  • March 5: Prizes awarded for the overall winners

Here are some questions to think about as you begin your creative pursuit:

  • What is your favorite way to make things?  What do you enjoy creating?
  • How has the power of creating helped the world make progress?
  • What powerful inventions and creations amaze you?  Which intrigue you?
  • What would you create to solve a problem in our world today?

Other ways to engage in this creative pursuit:

  • Come by the library and grab a book to READ and get some ideas to inspire your creativity!
  • CONNECT with others by coming to the library each Monday to start your creations.
  • CREATE something new each week based on the weekly themes or materials.
  • ENTER the weekly drawings by participating and creating something based on the themes.

QUARTER 2: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

The goal of November is to write an ENTIRE novel over the course of the month!  We will have various sessions throughout the month to help support you and give you tips to help you write.

Here are some questions to think about to keep you digging deeper into the power of words:

  • What responsibility does writing hold, in terms of power and how words affect those who read them?
  • What gives words power?
  • What responsibility do you have, as a writer, in using powerful words in your writing?
  • Is the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” still true?  Think about words being used online and in social media.  How are those words powerful?

Competition:  Letters About Literature.  This is also a national competition, for which you could win $1000!

For the TVHS competition:

  • Choose a written work that has impacted you.  It can be fiction or non-fiction.
  • Write a letter to the author of that work explaining the impact their work has had on you.
  • “Mail” your letter in the library by Dec. 1.  (There is a box to put them in.)
  • Prizes will be awarded Dec. 7.

For the NATIONAL competition:

Other ways to engage with this topic:

  • Come by the library to get a book to READ.  Reading helps improve your writing skills by giving you models for your own writing.  We also have lots of books about writing to help you.
  • Come by the library to give voice to your opinions!  CONNECT by adding your ideas on the board.
  • CREATE something that represents censorship using the materials in the makerspace.

Event Dates:

  • Nov. 1: NaNoWriMo kick-off day – get that novel started!
  • Nov. 14: Novel progress check!  How is it going?  Get a few tips today!
  • Nov. 28: Only TWO more days to finish your novel!  Get a few more tips and support today!
  • Dec. 1: Writing competition entries due today.
  • Dec. 7: Writing competition prizes awarded.
  • Dec. 15: Winter Book Tasting.



The theme of this year’s Banned Books week is “Words Have Power.”  The power words have is one reason there are banned and challenged books – some people don’t like the power of certain words, and so want to ban the books that contain them.

Your challenge for this quarter’s Inspiration Pursuit is to think about the power of words.  Here are some questions to think about as you expand your knowledge on this topic:

  • Why do certain words have so much power?
  • What gives words power?
  • Can words be used in a “good powerful” way and a “bad powerful” way?  How?
  • How do powerful words affect you?

Competition:  Write something powerful!  Write a poem, an essay, a short story, a journal entry or whatever you would like that you feel represents the theme “Words Have Power.”  Competition starts Sept. 12 and judging will be Oct. 19.

Other ways to engage with this topic:

  • Come by the library to get a banned or challenged book to READ.
  • Come by the library to give voice to your opinions!  CONNECT by adding your ideas to the library’s flipgrid or put some ideas on the board.
  • CREATE something that represents censorship using the materials in the makerspace.

Event Dates:

  • Sept. 12: Writing competition kick-off and discussion of the power of words.
  • Sept. 26: Banned Books Week celebration
  • Oct. 19: Writing competition judging!