Pdale Middle School LRC

Jan/Feb 2015 Newsletter

Parent/Child Book Club

Our first parent child book night was held Thursday, January 15th in the middle school LRC from 6 to 8 pm. We had 4 groups participate in the library and 2 groups who weren't able to make it to the library that night are holding their own parent/child club at home. Mrs. Steinmetz would like to thank those that were able to participate. It was a lot of fun! Please stay tuned for more information about upcoming book clubs.


The books that were selected for the parent/child book clubs were:


  • Big Nate Strikes Again by Lincoln Pierce
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • War Games by Audrey Couloumbus
  • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher



Let Mrs. Steinmetz know if you would like a list of titles with multiple copies if you are interested in holding your own book club.

Upcoming Events

  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Award voting
  • MS Readers
  • Open Library

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award

Students were given a list of 20 books that have been nominated for the RCYRBA 2015 at the beginning of the year. In February, we will be voting for our favorite of those 20 books, which will then be sent to the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA). In order to be eligible to vote for their favorite book, students will have read at least 3 of those titles listed at the time of voting, which will be at the end of February. We even have some students that have read all 20 titles!! Mrs. Steinmetz will then send the total votes for each title to ISLMA, who will then tally votes from school across Illinois and announce the winning title in March!


In order to vote, students need to have read at least 3 of the following titles before the end of February and reported to Mrs. Steinmetz which books they have completed.


Here is the list:


  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow
  • Almost Home by Joan Bauer
  • Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close
  • A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
  • Unstoppable by Tim Green
  • Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald
  • Never Say Die by Will Hobbs
  • One For the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • The Clockwork Three by Matthew J Kirby
  • Ungifted by Gordon Korman
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  • Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
  • Slob by Ellen Potter
  • The Five Lives of Out Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin
  • Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
  • Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

MS Readers - Round 2

We will be selecting groups and books for MS Readers coming up soon! Please see below for the timeline. We can always use some parent volunteers to read the book and moderate the book discussion when the group meets. Please contact Mrs. Steinmetz if you are interested.


  • Week of January 26th - students will be visiting the library during their Language Arts classes to receive information about books and book club dates.
  • Friday, February 6th - Book club selections and group member names are due to Mrs. Steinmetz.
  • Week of February 2nd - Books will be ordered for groups that need extra copies.
  • Week of February 9th - Books will be distributed to group members, adult moderators will be selected.
  • February 9th - March 13th or 20th - Read!
  • Friday, March 13th - Meet during lunch/Rec period to discuss books! 10:43-11:27 8th grade, 11:30-12:14 6th grade, 12:27-1:01 7th grade.
  • Friday, March 20th - 5th grade only - meet during lunch/Rec period (11:30-12:14) to discuss books!

Open Library

As always, the middle school library is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30. Anyone is welcome!

Rikki Steinmetz, Pleasantdale Middle School LRC director

Any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me