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I’m very excited to announce that a new section debuted in the library today: the Foreign Language section! In this section, you will find books in Spanish and French, as well as dual-language books in Spanish/English and French/English. (You can still find your favorite foreign language movies in the video section of the library, and any foreign language graphic novels will remain in the graphic novel section.)


That you will find in the Foreign Language section: fiction, nonfiction, young adult novels, poetry, and even some children’s literature! Instead of purchasing popular American novels that have been translated into French and Spanish, you will find works by French-speaking and Spanish-speaking writers. We feel that this will help you develop a better understanding of world literature, in all its diverse glory. If you’d like to read more world literature, visit the 800s section of the library!

The Foreign Language section is still small, but we want to make it bigger! If you have any suggestions or requests for new titles in Spanish, French, or any other world languages, for that matter, please tell your friendly ICS librarian!

Happy reading! ¡Feliz lectura! Bonne lecture!


lit mag coverVolume IV of the Literary Magazine was a little tardy this year, but it’s more beautiful than ever! Trivium: Journeys is now available in print and digital formats for your enjoyment. If you find yourself at the school, drop by the front office or the library for your very own copy of the Lit Mag. If you just can’t wait to get your hands on a print copy, check out our digital Lit Mag by clicking HERE

This week, Upper School students are having a blast ripping pages out of an old, unwanted Twilight book, and really going to town with their Sharpies to make some excellent blackout poetry. The finished poem consists of the words on the page that were *not* blacked out. Instead of just leaving the scribbled pages lying around the library, we posted the finished poems on the bulletin board, along with some blank pages just waiting to turn into art, and opened up the blackout poetry fun to anyone who wanted to participate. The final product:

bulletin board

bulletin board

Students in Mrs. Engles’ Creative Writing classes have gotten in on the fun as well! A few of her classes enjoyed making blackout poetry to get ready for Poetry Out Loud.

*Note to all: DO NOT make blackout poetry with books that don’t belong to you!

Originally posted on Oct. 24, 2013 on

Ryn proudly shows off her copy.

Ryn proudly shows off her copy.

In Latin, “trivium” is defined as a crossroads or an intersection. This year’s literary magazine, written, compiled, and published by Indian Creek Upper School students, is an intersection of poetry, fiction, essays, and art.

Keira Henderson’s (’11) “Something’s Missing”, a short personal account, is the first piece and sets a somber tone for the magazine. Hers is the story of a little girl suffering from feelings of abandonment wrought by a neglectful father. Keira’s story is accompanied by an image of a clay sculpture, Snakebear in Blue, by Sarah Zuech (’14), who created a hard blue face that compliments the tone of Keira’s story well.

Sam Ruff’s (’13) “Ripples” is a free verse poem that begs for a change in a world of violence. Maria McGurrin’s (’11) clay Angel, soft yellow and white against a black background, accompanies Sam’s poem.

Liza Slutskaya’s (’12) poem, “Sam’s Smell,” brightens the mood of the magazine with its up-beat rhythm and whimsical topic about a boy who smells so bad that he repels his own blankets. Images of two paintings and one mixed media work, also by Liza, follow “Sam’s Smell.”

Linnea Miller (’12) demonstrates her talent for description in “Climbs and Falls,” her short story about an arduous trek up a mountainous sand dune and the reward that awaited her at the end of her journey.

Trevor Jameson (’11) channels Dr. Seuss in his poem “Slumped,” a call to action which seems to directed specifically at graduating high school students who need a little pick-me-up.

Katy Gilles (’11) addresses a 21st century fear in her essay “Why the Artificial-Intelligence Driven Apocalypse is Definitely Going to Happen.” Her view of robotic technology and its eventual outcomes is full of wit and sarcasm incorporates plenty of pop-culture references.

These are just a small sampling of the wonderful works that you will find in Trivium, available in the David G. Richardson Library and scattered throughout Indian Creek Upper School. Pick up your copy today!

Trivium was edited by Linnea Miller (’12), Caroline Grindrod (’13), Nikole Rocha (’12), Daniel Schelb (’11), and Ryn Seidewitz (’13). Mr. Chip Voros acted as Faculty Advisor.

Originally posted on Feb. 8, 2012 on