Bell Library News

November 2013

We're thankful for a lot in the library

November has been lively in the library! This month, we're especially thankful for new books, beautiful music, colorful walls, and movies about girls named Katniss.

Be sure to stop in to see the new paint colors in the cafe. The kitchen area will be wallpapered over the Thanksgiving break, so make sure you stop in when you get back from break. In addition, new lamps and wall decor will be added. We are very grateful to the EWS Parents' Association for donating their time and resources to this project.

In addition, be sure to get cozy in our new reading area, at the far end of the fiction section. Thanks to Environmental Services for helping us find couches and lamps to give students one more place to curl up with a good book.

The Library Advisory Board is currently planning a video game night, a picture book drive, and a library outreach campaign. In addition, they are doing preliminary research on developing the library cafe. If you are interested in joining LAB, or have any ideas for how the library can better support our school community, please email the club head, Maggie Richardson.

Did you know that you can access the library's catalog from any computer or device? Just click on this link to search for books and media in our collection.

Bell Library Connections, November 2013

In this month's installment: teaching with primary sources, "cheat factories," online thesis builders, community reading, and more.

Library Coffeehouse: a new tradition

The Coffeehouse on November 15 was a great kick-off to an ongoing series. The event was kicked off by an amazing performance by InfiniTango, the tango fusion band headed up by Lucca Troutman '08. Following that, fifteen student and faculty performers and groups performed music, skits, and poetry. Below, watch Britt Comacho '14 perform "Sunday Morning" by Maroon Five on her ukulele.

Britt on the ukulele

InfiniTango gets the crowd on their feet

Dancing at the coffeehouse

Collection Update

The YA (Young Adult fiction) collection has had a complete overhaul, with older and unused materials weeded and new titles added. (Weeded books are available for sale in the library.) The books have been circulating heavily, thanks in part to student-created displays and our new Reader to Reader cards, which students and faculty can use to recommend books to each other. If you would like the library to purchase a book, please use our book request form.


On Sundays, the library has started hosting Crafternoons with various DIY projects. See below for our next date, and check out the lovely bracelet one student made with ribbon, a hot glue gun, and a bracelet clasp.

Catching Fire week

Monday, Nov. 18th 2013 at 8am to Friday, Nov. 22nd 2013 at 3pm

230 Bushy Hill Rd

Simsbury, CT

Take our Catching Fire quiz, vote for your favorite district, make a Girl on Fire hair clip, and more!

Library Crafternoon

Sunday, Dec. 8th 2013 at 2pm

230 Bushy Hill Rd

Simsbury, CT