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Summer is almost here

It's time to start thinking about the end of school and the beginning of summer, and as we do that, here are a few important dates to keep in mind:

Last day to check out materials: 23 May

All items due: 27 May

Summer checkout: 2-11 June

The summer reading lists are now posted under "Suggested Reading," but we'll post them here as well.

Remember, these lists are just suggestions. Studies show that it is imperative that students read, read, read during the summer so they don't lose the progress they've made throughout the year. The most important thing is that students get in the habit of reading for pleasure. Don't focus too much on what they're reading, focus on how much they're reading and their enjoyment of the experience! 

Summer Reading Lists

Posted by Mrs. Karen Field in Books on Monday May 5
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Red Dot Books Explained

It was great to speak today at the MS Parent Coffee about "Red Dot" books in the Mellon Library, but I realize that the small screen may have made it difficult for those in the back to  see the Keynote presentation; therefore, I've attached the slides here.

We are thoughtful about which books we label as red dots, but we realize that all children and families are different, so please do not hesitate to talk to us about choices your chldren are making when it comes to independent reading. We want all children to read the most engaging and appropriate books for them.

Posted by Mrs. Karen Field in Books on Wednesday January 29
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Thanks to the AMC for Another Great Year

We would like to thank all AMC members for their hard work this year supporting the ASL libraries through the book sponsorship program. A special thanks to Co-chairs Melissa Janssen and Liz Bengis who put in many hours and came up with great new ideas.

Thanks also to all the families who participated in the Birthday Book Club, sponsored a book, gave a donation or used the Amazon links this year. These generous donations keep the libraries strong.

We wish everyone a happy and safe summer holiday!

Posted by Mrs. Karen Field in American Memorial Collection on Tuesday June 11, 2013 at 03:06PM
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Library Due Dates & Summer Checkout

These past two warmish days in London remind us that summer is just around the corner. Please mark your calendars with the following dates:

All library books are due no later than 28 May

Summer checkout begins 3 June and runs through 12 June.

Also, don't forget to stop by if you need help downloading and using the app for Overdrive, our audio and ebook library, so you can check out books all summer long from anywhere in the world.



Posted by Mrs. Karen Field on Wednesday April 24, 2013 at 12:37PM
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Author Michael Grant to Visit

Author Michael Grant is visiting ASL on 23 April and speaking to sudents in grades 5 through 8. He's here to promote Light, his newest book in the Gone series.

Visit the author's website for more information. Click here.

Books will go on sale starting tomorrow in the Mellon Library. Light will be available for £12.99 in hardback. Other books in the series will be also be available in paperback for £7.99. The Children's Bookshop will have a table set up next week Monday and Tuesday as well. Books can be set aside for Grant to sign for those who are interested.  

Posted by Mrs. Karen Field in Author Visit on Monday April 15, 2013 at 10:20AM
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Author Event at St. John's Wood Library

Author Liza Klaussmann will speak at the St. John's Wood Library from 5:30 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 11th December. Born in New York, Klaussmann now lives in Primrose Hill and is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Herman Melville.

Her first novel, Tigers in Red Weather, has already sold in a dozen languages. In it, Tiger House, newly inherited by the beguiling Nick, is where the beautiful and the damned have always come to summer in Martha’s Vineyard. World War II is just ending, and Nick’s husband is coming home. Everything is about to change. Tigers in Red Weather is a simmering novel of passion, betrayal and secret violence beneath a polished and fragile façade.

The event is free. Please ask the St. John's Wood library staff to reserve your copy of the book stjohnswoodlibrary@westminster.gov.uk. 


Posted by Mrs. Karen Field in Author Visit, Books on Tuesday December 4, 2012 at 02:19PM
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Mrs. Dyer-Westacott Tweets

When the question, "What should I read next?" comes up in the Mellon Library, everyone knows that Librarian Joan Dyer-Westacott is the go-to person.  

Now you can keep up with what she's reading by following her on Twitter:  JDWreadsagain.


Posted by Mrs. Karen Field on Tuesday December 4, 2012 at 11:17AM
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Support ASL Libraries through Your Amazon Purchases

The American Memorial Collection (AMC) has started a program where you can help to support the ASL libraries when you purchase items through Amazon. It is very easy and costs you nothing! All you need to do is enter Amazon (either the US or UK sites) using our links below. When you make a purchase, a percentage of the total sales (all items are included, not just books) will be credited to the AMC account--the more items that are purchased, the more AMC earns! AMC will forward the earnings on to both libraries so the librarians can make purchases which are vital to maintaining their collections. Please create a bookmark so that every time you go to Amazon, you will go through the AMC link. These links are also on the AMC page on asl.org. Anyone can use these links, so please forward them to your family and friends and let them know that this an easy way they can help to support ASL!  Questions to amc@asl.org.
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=amerschoinlon-21&linkCode=ur2&camp=1634&creative=19450
Amazon USA: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=amerimemorcol-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325

Posted by Mrs. Karen Field on Monday September 17, 2012 at 09:11AM
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Upcoming Literary Festivals

You can find wonderful literary festivals all around England throughout the year, but here are a few of the more local options this fall. 

The Blenheim Palace Literary Festival at Woodstock 2012

The Blenheim Palace Literary Festival gets underway this week, September 12-16 and features such speakers as poet Roger McGough Lord Ashdown, Geza Vermes and Diarmaid MacCulloch, Hannah Rothschild, and Liz Earle. For more information, see the festival website



The Soho Literary Festival

The Soho Literary Festival will take place at the Soho Theatre from September 27-30. Speakers include: John Major, Michael Palin, Ruth Rendell, P D James, Michael Frayn, Kate Summerscale, Charlie Mortimer, and Fay Weldon to name a few. To see a complete listing, visit the festival website.  


The London History Festival 2012

The London History Festival is scheduled from November  19-28 at the Kensington Central Library and Waterstone's Kensington. Speakers include Sam Willis, Keith Lowe, Leonie Frieda, Antony Beevor, Susan Ronald, Helen Rappaport, Kate Williams, Tom Holland, Hugh Thomson, Sonia Purnell, Paddy Ashdown, and Patrick Bishop. More information can be found on their website

Posted by Mrs. Karen Field on Tuesday September 11, 2012 at 11:55AM
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Which? Magazine

Which? magazine was mentioned during Scoop and many of you have been interested in accessing the magazine from home. This publication can be very helpful as you look at purchasing the best goods and services for the best prices.

The user name and password are case sensitive and are as follows:

Username:  asleagles
Posted by Mrs. Karen Field on Friday September 7, 2012 at 01:58PM
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