Off the Shelf

Fall 2017

Recommended Reads

We've noticed that many members of our staff have been checking books out from our Young Adult Section for the past couple years. And it's no wonder when the stories are so inviting and intriguing. If you want to have your hand on the pulse of YA literature, here are some books we recommend:

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Dumplin by Julie Murphy

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Everyday by David Levithan

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

2017-2018 Junior Awesome Library Assistants (JALA)

The Junior Awesome Library Assistants are a group of students from each grade that meet twice a month during lunch and recess. They provide feedback to us about all aspects of the library: collection development, services, programming. We depend on them to act as a voice within the student body to advocate for the library and to spread awareness of everything available to students through library use.

Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 7:30am to Monday, Nov. 20th, 3pm

30 Organug Road

York, ME

Our goal this year is $4500, and if we reach this goal the students will be able to choose whether to silly string staff members or give them pies in the face!

Family Nights are November 16th and Monday the 20th.

If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Kerrie Lattari at

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Coffee Back in the Library

Last year our Keurig coffee machine died unexpectedly. We spent the remainder of the year mourning it, but we have decided to be strong and move on.

There is a new Keurig hard at work in the Library office, and there are K cups ready to go! Right now there is a Cinnamon Hazelnut coffee that is also available; it's perfect for the crisp autumn mornings that are moving in now.

We also have green tea and Lemon Ginger tea.

Maker Madness is here!

Are you familiar with the Makerspace movement?

A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools. At its core, the maker movement is about creating something out of nothing and exploring interests while learning from your own experiences, as well as sharing those experiences with others.

York Middle School is home to three makerspaces to encourage students and staff in all grades and areas of curriculum to think creatively and problem solve. The makerspace in the rear of the library is a low-tech steam lab, in which students create with a variety of materials ranging from Legos to cardboard. In order to keep our makerspace supplied, we are always accepting donations of household items such as:

-Popsicle Sticks (and other wooden pieces)

-Odds and Ends (spools, bottle caps, jars, springs, etc.)

-Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Tubes



-Old Decks of cards

-Washi Tape



We also appreciate donations of craft materials such as:

-Black Markers (Crayola or Sharpie)

-Duct Tape (Silver and patterned)

-Masking Tape

-Glue Sticks

-Mini Hot Glue Sticks

-Pom Poms

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Volunteers Needed!!

If you like interacting with the kids, and can be flexible. If you enjoy reading middle-grade and Young Adult books, and feel at home in libraries and bookstores, then the YMS library is the perfect place to volunteer!

We love when parents of our students get involved in our building, and the library has become a hustling hub of activity.

We appreciate any amount of time you're available to help, even an hour a week.

If you're interested in volunteering in the YMS library, please contact Kerrie Lattari at

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