OHMS Library Newsletter

Inform Integrate Inspire | Spring 2015

There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs.


--Henry Ward Beecher

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Learning in the Library


These are the classes and lessons that happened in the library or with the Librarian:


Learning How to Ask Your Own Research Questions with the QFT with Mr. Roy and Mr. McGraw's Africa Resources Project.


Using the Guided Research and Inquiry Process (GRIP) with Mr. Sugerman's Ancient Rome Project.


Using Easybib and Creating a Google Site with Ms. Kappel's Westward Expansion Project


Finding and Citing Copyright Friendly Images for Ms. Sack's Energy Project


Identifying and Choosing a Biography for Mr. Arnold's Biography Project


Engaging in Inquiry-Based Learning with Dr. Cave's Latin Capstone Project


Using EasyBib to Cite Your Sources for the Spanish Country and Menu Project with Senora Modica, Senora Martinez, and Profesora Feeney

What were Middle Schoolers reading this Spring?

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Collaboration Highlight

I blogged about the great experience I had working with Tre and Ms. Johnson on the creation of the Origami Star Wars book trailer. There's only one thing left to say: "Over 420 views!"

Origami Star Wars Book Trailer

A Visit by the Newton Free Public Library Librarians!

The Oak Hill Library was happy to host the amazing Newton Free Public Librarians in our library to booktalk great books and to get to know our students.
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Resource Spotlight

It will come as no surprise to you that I love summer reading. But it may come as a surprise to you to find out that I don't read books for adults. Ever. There are so many wonderful and amazing and completely satisfying books written for children and young adults that I never have a lack of great books from which to choose. But reading youth books also gives me many opportunities to connect with my students and suggest the right books for them.


My challenge to you this summer is to read a book (or two or three) that your students would read! You'll be surprised at what you find.


I've included two great summer reading lists to get you started. No excuses!


Happy Summer Reading!

Celebrating Authors, Illustrators, and Those Who Stand Up to Social Injustices

On Friday, May 8, the Oak Hill Library hosted authors Anne Sibley O'Brien and Perry O'Brien. They spoke to our 6th and 7th graders about their book After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance. It was a great day of learning what it's like to write, illustrate, and publish a book as well as hear the stories of how the authors were involved in their own acts of nonviolent resistance.

Quick Facts

  • 175 Classes visited the Library to use resources and computers!
  • 1,577 Checkouts in March, April, and May!
  • The Library hosted one Parent Coffee, one Faculty Appreciation Lunch, and a Retirement Party!
  • The Library was closed for 16 days due to PARCC testing. At least the students had great books to read! (see image below)
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