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April 2013




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Occasionally during the lunch period we have a living chess game. We worked with our art teacher to create head pieces to represent the pieces on a chess set, except for the pawns. We used black and white bandanas for the pawns. The chess board was marked out on the library floor using color tape and each square identified with the appropriate letter and number so the living chess pieces know where to move. "Generals" are chosen from our chess club to run the game. They plan the game ahead of time in order to make sure that the game can be finished during the lunch period. We have a lot of fun and on occasion our students will come in costume and add a little play-acting to the game.

Submitted by: Cassandra Barnett, Fayetteville High School


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Through a New York City community based program, New York Cares, a group of volunteers came into our school to paint murals on  the auditorium walls and add a "bit of whimsy" to the library entrance. Students loved the newly painted doors with the library logo and reading student.

Submitted by: Susan Hess, Juan Morel Campos Secondary School


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Each April, the library hosted School Library Media Day to showcase student work created in the library throughout the year. Guests included students from visiting schools, parents and faculty as well as staff from the New York City Department of Education.

Submitted by: Susan Hess, Juan Morel Campos Secondary School


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With the Principal’s promise of full funding for the winning project, the school library sponsored a contest to redesign and revitalize the school’s outdoor courtyard. Seventh grade Social Studies students were challenged to come up with original and innovative ideas to create a welcoming space for members of the Juan Morel Campos community. Working in small groups, students brainstormed, created proposal boards, presented their ideas to a panel of city planners and architects, and refined their ideas into final proposals to be judged by the Principal.

Submitted by: Susan Hess, Juan Morel Campos Secondary School


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Author visit with Cal Armistead - Discuss debut novel, "Being Henry David."

Submitted by: Deborah Owen, Hudson High School



Breakfast With Books is a family literacy event where parents, grandparents and students come together to share their love of reading and the opportunity to share a morning snack.

What a great opportunity to bring multiple generations into our school library.

Submitted by: Kathy Sanders, Taylor Prairie Elementary


"Pass the Book" program kickoff - 20 copies of James Patterson's Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life will be given to select students with instructions to read the book, then pass it on to a friend to read. The program will be tied to a Web site where students will be able to submit a review, and then see who else is reading the book.

You can see my (presently unfinished) Web site supporting the program here.

Submitted by: Mary Haas, George Fox Middle School


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Our 3rd and 4th grade students will be visiting the local public library to interact with a fabulous National Poetry Month window display titled: Emily Dickinson's Garden: The Poetry of Flowers.

They are creating slides with comments that will be posted online.

Submitted by: Kathy Kaldenberg, Lakeview Elementary


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Our Anatomy and Physiology class read, researched and facilitated a community discussion about the Seth Mnookin book, THE PANIC VIRUS. Purchase of the book was made possible by a grant from our local education foundation and we contacted the author through Twitter to schedule a Q & A session with him via Skype.

Submitted by: Kathy Kaldenberg, Solon High School


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6th, 7th, and 8th grade Literacy teachers bring their classes to the library on a regular basis, usually each week.  Kids love to spend time relaxing and reading in the comfy chairs.

Some of our 8th graders and budding librarians are always eager to assist whether it be taking pictures or helping shelve books.  See more at

Submitted by: Diane Brown, Central Middle School


We are having a book fair at our local Barnes and Noble store that will benefit our library.

Submitted by: Katie Stouden, Peters Township Middle School


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For National Library Week, Lawrence High School students discussed the importance of reading, books and libraries. 

Enjoy the video!

Submitted by: Martha Oldham, Lawrence High School


I am a librarian for two PK-7th grade schools. My promotion was not a program but a calendar that I made and sent as an email to both of my schools. It was titled April 2013 School Library and Poetry Month. I included websites and ideas to celebrate libraries and poetry for teachers to use in the classroom.

Submitted by: Larnette Snow, Blue Ridge and Meadows of Dan Elementary
















The Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies is sponsoring a brunchin honor of School Library Month on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Lucille Thomas, Founder of School Library Month, is the honored guest.

The Guest Speaker is Tonya Bolden, award winning author of  Maritcha, A Nineteenth Century American Girl, MLK: Journey of a King, Tell All the Children Our Story:Memories and Momentos of Being Young and Black in America, and many other fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults.  Tonya will discuss her newest book, Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty, as well as her experiences speaking with students and librarians, highlighting the role that school library programs play in a student’s educational career.

Submitted by: Susan Hess, Juan Morel Campos Secondary School




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Our media center hosts a poetry slam in April to showcase our students' creativity, as well as encourage our community to read poetry. This is our third year. We have local spoken word poets mentor our students and they invite adult spoken word poets to judge. Trophies and gift cards are awarded. This year our slam will be held on April 23.

Submitted by: Jeannie G. Wallace, Dixie M. Hollins High School






Community Night @ the Library
On April 26 we will be hosting a community night at the library.  We invite community members to join us for a night of technology.  Our focus will be Google Apps.

Submitted by: Janet Sager, Denmark High School