April 2021

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Poetry Choice Board

30 days of fun, interactive and informative activities to get your staff and students reading, writing and listening to poetry. Click here or on image to take you to the choice board.

Looking for some poetry and novels in verse recommendations - go to this Smore newsletter for some great books.

JISD Reads Together

JISD Reads Together

The goal for JISD reads together is to get as many staff, students and families to read the same book from grades K-12. We are also putting together a JISD digital cookbook. To pull out those favorite recipes and share so we can all taste the deliciousness.

Come on Kirby family of staff and students - I know we have readers out there that will enjoy this book. You can check it out from Sora, the library or the ELAR teachers on campus. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me and I will be happy to help.

Author virtual visit with Pablo Cartaya on May 20th!

Click on the images below for more resources and information.

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School Library Month Choice Board

School libraries are more than just books. Not that books are not important, they are, but libraries offer our students a place of safety and belonging. A place to be creative and explore. This year, our library has missed the students. It has been exciting to visit with students again before school when they visit to checkout library books.

Until our library is fully open again next year, I have created a School Library Month choice board - try one, some or all of the activities. Go on a virtual field trip, try coding, be creative with art or writing. Whichever activity you choose - just enjoy and have fun!

Thank you for being a part of the library and its community of learners and readers!!!

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The Kirby Middle School Library will be hosting an in person book fair April 19-April 22. We are so excited about the upcoming fair - we hope to see you there.

  • Of course, if you are not comfortable visiting in person, you can always visit or online fair starting April 11th.
  • Covid-19 safety measures will be in place. (All who enter must wear a mask & sanitize their hands as well as social distancing.)
  • Want a preview of what is coming - take a look at this virtual flyer!!!

  • Parents/Guardians - set-up an e-wallet for no-contact payment. Parent video HERE.

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In BeTWEEN Book Club - staff & students are invited!

The In beTWEEN Book Club will meet April 27th @ 4:30 p.m. We will discuss the book, Flunked by Jen Calonita. Click here for details.

Gilly wouldn't call herself wicked, exactly. But when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you must get creative to make ends meet. Gilly's a pretty good thief (if she does say so herself). Until she gets caught.

Gilly's sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School where all the teachers are former (super-scary) villains like the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother. Harsh. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there's more to this school than its heroic mission.

There's a battle brewing and Gilly must wonder...just how good these bad guys really are?

San Antonio Book Festival

The 9th annual San Antonio Book Festival will take place virtually, April 9th-11. Over 175 authors and more than 110 sessions will be available all for FREE!!

Click here or on the image below for more information and how to register.

Audiobooks SYNC 2021 - coming April 29th!

Do you want access to 26 audiobooks for FREE?

Click on the picture to see each week's releases!

SYNC is a FREE summer audiobook program for teens 13+ sponsored by AudioFile Magazine. Titles are delivered through the Sora app. SYNC gives away two complete audiobooks a week for 13 weeks. And the best part? Once you download them, they are yours always. This year, the program runs April 29-July 21.

Register HERE to get started! You can also get alerts about title releases by texting syncya to 866-984-0598.

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About the Librarian

My name is Gina Lehman, and I am excited to be your librarian again this school year. I am proud to say that I have spent all 24 years of my educational career in Judson ISD. I began my career teaching reading for 6th and 7th graders at Woodlake Hills Middle School. For the past 18 years I have enjoyed serving as librarian at Kirby Middle School. I strongly believe that we all can achieve academic success, be inspired for creativity and develop a love for reading by finding the stories that touch our lives.