Mesa Library News

for the week of February 16th to February 19th

Spotlight Book - Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

A perfect murder
A faceless witness
A lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth . . . and he’s only thirteen years old
Meet Theodore Boone

In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.

But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.

The stakes are high, but Theo won’t stop until justice is served.

Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will keep readers guessing and pages turning.
Theodore Boone series by John Grisham (book trailer)

Scholastic Book Fair - Feelin' Groovy

The Book Fair is coming NEXT WEEK!!! February 22nd to February 26th. We're getting some great new titles this time, so start saving your money and prepping your Wish Lists!
Additionally, if we do well on this one, we'll be given the opportunity for a 3rd fair in May that will be a BOGO event! All books at that sale would be buy one get one free!

Black History Month Quotes

The time is always right to do what is right.
-Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., activist

I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
- Michael Jordan

I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear.
-Rosa Parks, activist and "the mother of the freedom movement"

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
- President Barack Obama

Have a vision. Be demanding.
-Colin Powell, the first African American appointed as the U.S. Secretary of State

I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.
-Oprah Winfrey, media proprietor

Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.
-Coretta Scott King, activist

Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.
-Dr. Mae Jemison, first African American female astronaut

The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself--the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us--that's where it's at.
-Jesse Owens, U.S. track and field athlete

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Today's Titanic Tech Tip - Bookopolis

Bookopolis is a fun, free tool that teachers can use to get students excited about reading by letting them connect with friends to share book reviews and discover new books. While our main goal with Bookopolis is to ignite a lifelong love of reading, the features and activities on our site are also nicely aligned to several CCSS Reading and Writing standards for students in Grades 2nd-7th.

By playing in Bookopolis 2nd-8th grade students can:

  • Practice opinion or persuasive writing by posting book reviews. After being moderated, these reviews can be viewed by other Bookopolis students which often leads to higher quality written work when students know they are writing for an authentic audience of their peers.
  • Practice reading comprehension and demonstrate ability to summarize and analyze a text by completing questions in our online book report
  • Practice typing on a digital platform in response to comprehension questions
  • Use a website to collaborate and share with classmates
  • Discover informational, nonfiction, and fiction texts by grade levels with ratings and reviews by other students in our Find New Books section
Welcome to Bookopolis

S. Shanahan, M.A.Ed.

Ms. Shanahan is a recent immigrant to Colorado from Los Angeles, California. She started as a high school English teacher in 1997 in the Los Angeles Unified School District and shifted to the Library in 2006. In 2008, she earned both her second teaching credential (in Library Services), and her Master's in Education (School Librarianship). She knows the CCSS well and can teach classes in 21st Century Skills, the 4 C's, and the World Class Outcomes. She'd LOVE to collaborate with teachers to help build student skills in writing, research, and citing.