As we delve into the new Common Core standards we realize the importance of exposing students to lots of nonfiction text.  This article will provide a "Top 9" list of great magazines for children. 
There are 20 RI Children's Book Award nominees.  Voting takes place in February and the award is announced in March.  Any student is allowed to vote if he/she has read at least 3 of the nominees.  Of course, reading all of the nominees is a terrific goal for a reader to set for his/herself.  It's a great way to be aware of some of the best children's literature that has recently been published.  
This week I am posting 5 book trailers.  My hope is that: 
1. watching the book trailers makes students want to read the books and 
2. watching the book trailers gives students ideas about how they could do book recommendations using technology. 
We'll be exploring #2 more during the school year...

All the nominees

The One and Only Ivan 

THe Year of the Book

The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan

Barnum's Bones


Our library volunteers are busy getting tickets ready for the summer reading Kindle raffle.  We are collecting summer reading logs and reflections until tomorrow, Friday, September 13th.  Be sure to put your name and homeroom number on your sheets and bring them to the library ASAP! 
We have a few blocks that are still available if you would like to volunteer at the HMS library.  We are also in need of parent volunteers to help us with a new endeavor: the HMS book room!  Every teacher has graciously donated multiple copies of book titles to the book room for students to engage in book clubs in their classrooms.  22 teachers donating their books adds up to quite a hefty amount of books.  If you are interested, please contact our HMS library volunteer coordinator, Jenny Fitzpatrick at jennyfitz@
Do you have an hour or two to spare per week?  Are you looking for a way to be more involved in your child's school/district?  Consider being a HMS Library volunteer!  
If you have not volunteered in the past, you will need to attend a training session with Tracey Orchard, our volunteer coordinator.  All volunteers must get a criminal background check before working in our schools.  I'd love to have you as a part of the team! 

Looking for a way to keep track of your reading habits?  Try for a fun way to see your books displayed.  I just started a shelf to keep track of our toddler's favorites.  You can also set reading goals. It's a really fun site!