Booked for the Week

Information Literacy and Activities for BHMS Families

June 11, 2021

360 Library Books Need to Be Returned!

Bring Them Back Overdue Library Book Parody
Return your books, so others can enjoy them next year! If you forgot to bring them when school was still in session, you can drop them off in the main office Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Those are the summer hours. Thank you for your help in keeping our collection strong and diverse for all of our readers!

Maud Squad Champion

Congratulations to Chloe L. who read all ten Maud Squad books and won the Master Kahoot and grand prize at Maud’s Birthday Bash on Tuesday. Thank you to all of the members of our club for your thoughtful discussions. Let’s look forward to in-person activities next year!!! Thank you to the BHMS Boosters for their support.

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Bee a Maker

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Cross-Curricular Learning at BHMS

7th grade life science classes taught by Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Digre teamed up with technology teacher Mr. Glass for a cross-curricular unit on pollinators. Take a look at the process of building bee hotels.
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Engineering Mousetrap Cars

Congratulations to Jayden for developing not only the fasted mouse trap car but the one that went the farthest in all of sixth grade science.
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Little Free Library Challenge

Little Free Libraries promote literacy and community. Take a look at students and staff who submitted a "shelfie" with their own LFL, a favorite one in their neighborhood, or one from another adventure. Congratulations to Avery and Elijah whose names were drawn as winners for gift cards to Vendella in Eagan. Have something good to drink while reading a book. Thank you to the BHMS Boosters for their support!


We were going to garage sales and I saw so many Little Free Libraries and got so many books! I can’t wait to read them.
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Mrs. Schnobrich, 6th Grade Reading Teacher

My husband I were enjoying a relaxing day in Stillwater when I visited this LFL.
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This is a Little Free Library in my neighborhood. It's my favorite one!
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Ms. Ninteman, Library Media Specialist

I knew it wouldn't be fair to enter the contest with a "shelfie," but I wanted to show the LFL where I live. When hunting for apartments, one of the places had an LFL. It was a sign that this was the place for me! The LFL needed a make over, and my landlord let me paint it. Here's a look at the finished project and a shot of the back when I was painting.
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More Ways to Be a Maker

Whether you are building a Little Free Library or bee hotel, making smoothies or trying fashion hacks, writing poems or creating music, there are many ways to be a Maker. Click this link to get 146 books and thousands of DIY ideas from Ebooks Minnesota.

Make Art

The Eagan Art House is excited to launch ArtSpark!, a new Eagan-based arts initiative that creates opportunities for people to explore their neighborhood using art as a springboard for connection and inspiration. ArtSpark! is a FREE monthly program that meets our community where they live—at local parks, specifically Quarry Park, Moonshine Park and Sky Hill Park-- creating space for art-making, both with art kits that can be picked up at low-contact pop-up events and with a series of drop-in, in-person art workshops with guest artists. The first art kit pick up is Monday, June 14, 5:00-7:00 in Quarry Park. Details
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Making It

You don't need cable or dish to enjoy crafting and constructing television shows. Watch the family friendly Making It, where diverse competitors are not only amazingly imaginative but kind. If you're an adult who was a fan of Parks and Recreation, you'll love seeing Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman as hosts. The new season premieres Thursday, June 14, 7:00 PM. Try the "At Home Challenges" such as Table Scapes, Party Banners, Felt Wall Hanging, the Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Tube Challenge, or get a head start on Valentine's Day cards.
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Summer Celebrations


Adults and families can find several Juneteenth events around the metro. In Minneapolis, for example, you can take part in Story Strolls, hear live music, attend a drive-in movie showing of "42", listen to a community panel discussion, watch the film The Great Debaters, enjoy Family Night, and more. To get the details and see photos from previous years' events, click here.

"Juneteenth History: Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is one of two freedom celebrations held throughout the United States; the other is the Fourth of July.

It originated in 1865 and is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19 of that year that Major General Gordon Granger and his troops landed at Galveston, Texas, where they announced – and enforced – President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had officially taken effect two and a half years earlier. Find out more about the history and evolution of this celebration at" ~ from MPLS Park & Recreation Board.

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Dakota County Library Events

Thursday, June 17, 7:00 PM (Virtual Event) Spend an evening with children's book author Dawn Quigley, who will provide a live reading and discuss her newest book Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-be Best Friend. A citizen herself of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe in North Dakota, Dawn will discuss her childhood experiences growing up and not seeing books that represented her Native community. Registration required. Geared for adults and children ages 5 and up. A Minnesota Legacy Program.

Summer Solstice Party

Sunday, June 20, 4:00-8:00, Whitetail Woods Regional Park Celebrate the start of summer with music, food and fun. Enjoy lively performances from musical groups Cathy and Abel, Sawyer's Dream and Duniya Drum and Dance. Presented in partnership with Dakota County Parks. Geared for all ages. A Minnesota Legacy Program. *More information

Music in the Park

Tuesday, June 29, 5:00-7:00, Whitetail Woods Regional Park Listen to the sounds of UMTG —Hip hop and R&B group and Take the Weekend — Young Twin Cities rock band. Spend a summer evening under the big sky of Whitetail Woods and enjoy entertaining musical performances and tasty food trucks. Blankets, chairs, and picnic meals are welcome. Presented in partnership with Dakota County Parks. Geared for all ages. A Minnesota Legacy Program. *More information

Summer Reading Book Challenge

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People of all ages can participate in Red Balloon's Summer Reading Challenge, but only kids and teens can win the prizes from businesses on Grand Avenue. Click Red Balloon to get the details on rules, prizes, and FAQs. The deadline to submit Bingo cards is August 20, 2021.

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Celebrate Pride Month with Books

Rising 6th Graders

Welcome to Black Hawk Middle School! We hope you'll join our summer reading challenge, which can be combined with other reading challenges from Dakota County Library or book stores like Red Balloon. We have a list of books in a variety of genres for Book-O and a challenge cohort list. In the fall we will have a meet up during homeroom to share projects people may have created, talk about books, and just socialize in-person! Click here for more information. Contact Dave Herem, GT and Social Studies, or Ms. Ninteman, Library Media Specialist, if you have questions.
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Contact Information

Julianne Ninteman, Library Media Specialist

Black Hawk Middle School & Thomas Lake Elementary