LMS Library Corner

March 2017 Edition II

Library Updates

These past couple of weeks, we've been busy working with teachers and students on a variety of projects. We've worked with...

  • Mr. McElroy's 8th grade Civics students on research related to U.S. presidents. Check out our POTUS Research Resources page.
  • Ms. Bergstrom's 8th grade English students on research related to WWII and the Holocaust, in preparation for their unit on The Diary of Anne Frank. Check out our resource guide.
  • Ms. St. Germain's 7th grade students and Ms. Echard's 8th grade students on research projects related to famous unsolved mysteries. Check out our Researching Unsolved Mysteries page.
  • Ms. Hashem's ESOL students on a Speed Dating with Books activity. Students went on a number of short book dates in order to meet some "just right" books. Click HERE to see the scorecard!

Current Library Displays

March Madness with Books: We've pitted this year's Virginia Reader's Choice books against each other in a head to head competition. Students are encouraged to read the books and vote for their favorites. Scroll down for more information on this exciting book tournament!
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New Books: We have tons of new books in the library!
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March Madness VRC Book Tournament

LMS Library's March Madness VRC Book Tournament

This month, the LMS Library is sponsoring a March Madness competition with an interesting literary twist- March Madness with books! The librarians have pitted 16 of this year’s Virginia Reader’s Choice books against each other in a head to head competition. The winner of the round will be determined based on which of the books in each pairing receives the most votes. In order to cast their votes, students can simply go to the library website (longfellowlibrary.org) and click on the voting link. In order to be counted, votes for each round of the competition must be cast by Thursday afternoon each week (it was extended to Friday this week). The final championship round will wrap up Thursday, April 6th, so, before spring break, we’ll know which of these Virginia Reader’s Choice books LMS students love the best! In order to be informed voters, students are encouraged to find out more about the books (on the library’s March Madness page) and read as many of them as they can throughout this tournament.

To make things even more interesting-- and competitive--students are encouraged to fill out a bracket sheet to make predictions on which books will win each round of voting. Ultimately, students who guessed accurately about the book tournament winners on their bracket sheet, and who participated in all four rounds of voting, will have a chance to win a prize from the PTA (an Amazon Kindle or a Barnes & Noble gift card!). Completed bracket sheets need to be turned in to the library before the winners of the “Sweet 16” round are announced. We are currently set to announce the Elite 8 on the news show on Monday March 20th. The last chance to turn in completed brackets is first thing in the morning on Monday.

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Find out about our new books...

LMS_ Library's Virtual Bookshelf

Find out what's new in the LMS library!

Battle of the Books Update

As a reminder, Battle of the Books (BOB) meets on Thursday afternoons in Room 121--across from the library. We are currently reading and discussing this year’s Virginia Reader’s Choice books (in no particular order). We are asking all BOB members to fill out this form for each of the books that they read. Ultimately, the book questions that they generate will be used for practice rounds of our competition. To find out more about this club, please visit the Battle of the Books Website.

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Longfellow Middle School's Library Website

Access information and resources related to Longfellow Middle School's library program!

LMS Librarians

Jennifer Polidoro

This is Jennifer Polidoro's second year as Head Librarian of Longfellow Middle School. Jennifer has an MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in Secondary English Education from the College of William & Mary. In her free time, she loves reading, traveling, cooking, and chasing her toddler around the house. Some of her favorite books include Frankenstein, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and Graceling.

What I'm Currently Reading

Lisa Hedge

This is Lisa Hedge's first year as a librarian at Longfellow Middle School after being a librarian at Glen Forest Elementary School for three years. Lisa has an MLS from the University of Maryland. In her free time she loves reading, traveling, listening to music, and yoga. Some of her favorite books include Harry Potter, The Giver, and Catherine, Called Birdy.

What I'm Currently Reading

Interested in helping out in the LMS Library?

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Nicole Yakatan (nyakatan@aol.com), the PTA’s awesome volunteer coordinator. We always have plenty of projects in the library!