Poetically Creative for National Poetry Month!

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Mrs. Coutts and Ms. Etchison have been rolling up their sleeves to get a little crafty, a little creative and very poetic with Middle School English classes!

There’s something heartwarming about a group of kids sitting on the floor and reading poetry. And even better than that is what grew out of those lessons! A poet-tree in full bloom with original and quoted works, black-out poetry inspired by poetic beauty already on the page … and hopefully some newfound love for the many types of poetry out there.

Come take a look! If you feel inspired, add a leaf to our poet-tree or create your own black-out poetry and we’ll post it!




Book Controversy: Two Boys Kissing

The ALA just released the list of most frequently challenged books of 2015 and David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing is in at number ten.

Two Boys Kissing is the story of two boys who set out to win a Guinness World Record for kissing, as they try to figure out who they are and what they mean to each other. It’s based on real life events.

This award winning book was challenged for condoning public displays of affection. As Book Rioter Leila Roy put it “I would like to know if the individual who challenged Two Boys Kissing because it ‘condones public displays of affection’ also took issue with… PRETTY MUCH EVERY OTHER BOOK THAT FEATURES A LOVE STORY EVER.”

Read more about why this book was challenged in this article from School Library Journal.

We love the diversity this book represents. Come check it out, read it and tell us what you think.

New Library Contest: Book Face Swap!

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Here’s what you do:

  1. Find a book with a face on it.
  2. Use whatever face swap app you like: Snapchat, Face Swap Booth, Masquerade … you can even do it yourself with Photoshop.
  3. Swap faces.
  4. Save, print or screenshot your face swap and submit it to Ms. Lewis.

The best, funniest and most clever book face swaps will win a fantastic prize!

Good luck to you all!


Exploring Research Together

Fifth graders in Mrs. Dabrowka and Mrs. Kitchin’s classes visited the Teel Campus Library in February as part of their study of the Arctic and Antarctica. With Mrs. Coutts leading the charge, students went on a team treasure hunt to find information in books and library databases. Back in their classrooms, they assembled display boxes that used recycled material (tissue boxes) to present their findings. Each box is adorned with a creative likeness of the explorer along with details of the adventurer’s life and time, complete with bibliographies!

Parents, students and teachers are welcome to come check out the finished products on display in the Teel Library. It was a great day of sharing and learning for the library team and our fantastic fifth graders!

March Madness, Library Style

It’s that time of year again … time for School Library Journal’s annual Battle of the Kids Books! March Madness, library style!

Stop by the library during March to track the progress of this tournament-to-end-all-tournaments! We say this every year, but the books selected for the 2016 competition are really outstanding! There’s a little bit of something for every reading taste. Don’t rely solely on our opinions though, grab a book (or five) and judge for yourself.


Art + Research = Awesome

The library is looking artfully colorful these days thanks to Ms. Leonard’s 8th Grade art class. What began with research ended up with some impressive original artwork.  Research and art? Yes!

Artists borrow ideas from each other all the time! To explore the process of art appropriation, eighth grade artists spent a day in the library researching artists and gathering ideas for their own work. — Ms. Leonard

In this lesson on art appropriation, students learned how to research and take inspiration from an artist, mimicking their chosen artist’s style, color palette, composition and/or subject matter, but without copying an actual piece of art. The resulting pieces reflect the influence, but also maintain a sense of each student’s individual style.

Stop by the library and take a look! You might find some inspiration of your own!

Research Tip: Website Credibility

Successful researchers know easy tricks to evaluate websites at first glance. Follow the acronym ADAPT to evaluate any page you think might be useful.

A: How accurate is the information? Can you verify it elsewhere? Is the site free of typographical or spelling errors?

D: Depth matters. Does the site offer a sufficient depth of information or just pieces that can be misleading?

A: Who authored this site? Can you contact them for more information if needed? Can you verify the site owner’s authority on the topic?

P: What is the purpose of the site? Is this a blog or a fact based page? Check the domain extension (.edu and .gov will likely be legitimate). Be skeptical of sites with big or varied fonts, multiple bright colors, or excessive punctuation.

T: Time is important. How new is the information? If there are no dates listed, look for other clues. Don’t mistake the date the page was created for the date that the information was obtained.


Still not sure? Check out this helpful website credibility guide from EasyBib!