News and announcements
ASL will host Ann Bausum, author of several award-winning books for young people, October 27-29. Ann’s books deal with dramatic, often turbulent periods in American history and contain a strong current of social justice. Although some of her books are intended for HS audiences, such as her newest, Stonewall, about the Stonewall riots of 1969, she has written other non-fiction titles for MS and upper elementary students, such as Sergeant Stubby, America’s First Ladies and Freedom Riders. In her own words, Ann’s goal is to, “make history relevant, engaging, alive, and irresistible.” While she’s here, she will speak to Middle and High School classes, but will also take the time to work with each of our grade 4 classes, sharing her strategies for research and writing. Find out more about Ann and her books at her website here.
Don't forget to turn all books and materials into the ASL libraries by 26 May in the LS and 29 May in the Mellon. If you know you've lost an item, drop into the library to find out how much you owe. All losses should be reconciled by 29 May.
Summer checkouts begin 1 June in the Mellon Library and 2 June in the LS Library.
Thoughout the summer you can access Overdrive, our audio and ebook library. Stop into the Mellon Library if you'd like to know more or need help setting up your device.
Ask us about summer reading lists as well.
Have a great summer!
Jacqueline Woodson, this year’s Bergeron Fellow, will be visiting ASL the week of March 2. Her latest novel Brown Girl Dreaming won the National Book Award for 2014 in the Young Adult category. Her other awards include the Margaret A. Edward’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, The Coretta Scott King Award, Three Newbery Honor Awards, A Caldecott Medal and the Parents’ Choice Award.
If you would like to own a copy of one of her books, please fill out the online order form and bring in cash or a check made out to ASL by February 12, 2015. Orders will not be placed unless they are paid for ahead of time.
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Which toaster should you buy? Which car is safest or provides the best gas mileage? Which Broadband carrier best suits your needs? The answer to these and many more questions are found in Which? magazine. Which? conducts independent studies on products and services here in the UK (much like Consumer Reports) and publishes these findings in easy-to-read articles, charts and rankings. Print copies of the magazine can be found in the Mellon Library, or better yet, use our online subscription by clicking on the following link and using the username and password given:
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
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.
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!
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