Sunday, October 22, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Thank you Ms. Shuborna and Mr. Shoyab for creating our awesome Halloween displays.

Have a spooky Halloween!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Leveling Books

A professional read!  Interview with Fountas and Pinnell from School Library Journal that touches on the leveling of classroom libraries. At the schools I've worked at, school libraries are not leveled but classroom libraries are. This article contradicts that thinking in regards to leveling classroom libraries.

"We certainly never intended that children focus on a label for themselves in choosing books in classroom libraries." (Fountas &Pinnell)

and even better....

"It is our belief that levels have no place in classroom libraries, in school libraries, in public libraries, or on report cards."  (Fountas &Pinnell)

Fountas and Pinnell Say Librarians Should Guide Readers by Interest, Not Level

Our recent article on reading levels and the dangers of using strictly prescribed leveling systems in libraries for young readers sparked much dialogue and debate. One of the most popular and widely used reading systems is the "A to Z" gradient, developed by Irene C.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Denton Little's Death Date by Lance Rubin

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Halloween is coming so how about a creepy, but funny, sci-fi read?  Denton Little's Death Date by Lance Rubin, was not a novel I thought I'd like at first, but I was surprised how engaging it was.  Even though the title sounds morbid, this book kept me laughing.  I'll definitely be reading the sequel, Denton Little's Still Not Dead

This summary is from Amazon because they say it so much better than I do:

Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. For Denton, that’s in just two days—the day of his senior prom.
Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters. . . . Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.
Find Denton Little's Death Date in our library at: SCI-FI F RUB 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Parent Tea: Social Media

Here's a funny video about parents and technology that we shared at our recent Parent Tea on social media use.

Need more informational resources on social media?  Try Common Sense Media for media reviews and parent/family guides!

Awkward Things Your Parents Do With Technology

Cricket, director. Awkward Things Your Parents Do With TechnologyYouTube, Boldly, 19 Dec. 2014,

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Humans of New York Stories by Brandon Stanton

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Aside from the odd Facebook post, I have not read a lot of Humans of New York stories.  I know...I'm a bit behind on this popular project started by Brandon Stanton.

I picked this book up during back-to-school night and couldn't put it down (except to talk to parents, of course!)

The images are superb and it is amazing to hear the many stories people have to share.

I did a bit more research and found the website: There are lots more stories to be found here!

Check out the website and check out the book from our library: 974.7 STA

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Beat the Band by Don Calame

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Beat the Band is the second book in the Don Calame's series that began with Swim the Fly.

Another hilarious book by Don Calame that made me laugh out loud!  It's the beginning of tenth grade and Coop gets a semester-long project in health class about safe sex.

He's paired with "Hot Dog" Helen for the project and decides the only way to win back his reputation is to win the Battle of the Bands contest at school.

Unfortunately, none of his band members actually play an instrument.  "Will Coop regain his “cool” before it’s too late? Or will the forced one-on-one time with Helen teach him a lesson about social status he never saw coming?" (

A very funny book that is great for middle and high school boys!  Find Beat the Band, and the rest of this series, in our library at: HUMOR F CAL.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Banned Books Week

It Banned Books Week! Celebrate your freedom to read!
Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community - librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. (
Find out more about banned books week here: What is Banned Books Week?

Come to the library to check out a banned book or have a look at the mugshots of our MS/HS teachers who were caught reading banned books.