LMS Library Corner

April/ May 2018

What's Been Happening in the Library?

This April and early May, we've been busy working with teachers and students on a variety of interesting projects. We've worked with...

  • English and creative writing students for a poetry stations activity. In honor of National Poetry Month, students learned about different types of poems and practiced creating them at a variety of stations: book spine poetry (using a rolling cart of intriguingly named library books), found poems (using a ginormous stack of old library magazines), magnetic poetry (using our magnetic poetry board), and concrete/shape poetry (guided by some great examples).
  • All five 7th grade English teachers for a reference resources review activity. This lesson was designed to prepare students for SOL questions about the use of atlases, almanacs, thesauruses, dictionaries and encyclopedias. After reviewing their use, looking through book reference resources and comparing and contrasting them to their online versions, students participated in an online interactive Socrative activity to evaluate their understanding.
  • Ms. Layton's 7th grade English classes on a multi-media project to showcase their independent reading books. Students were introduced to Adobe Spark Video, and they learned how to search for copyright-friendly media and create storyboards.
  • Ms. Mulqueen's 8th grade students for their independent reading book trailer project. Students in this class are also using Adobe Spark Video-- to create short promotional videos for their books. The best book trailers from each of Ms. Mulqueen's classes (according to her students-and us!) will be featured on the library website.

Other Library Events

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day was Thursday, April 26th. To celebrate National Poetry Month and recognize this charming literary day, the LMS librarians encouraged all students (& teachers!) to carry poems in their pockets. The poems could have been famous pieces or original creations, written, printed, or digitally inhabiting a mobile device. In exchange for showing us these pocket poems, LMS librarians gave out candy in the library.

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Poetry Cafe

The LMS library held a Poetry Café on Friday, April 27th during all lunch periods. We had an open mic, and students and teachers were encouraged to share some poetry--both original works and more famous poems. Attendees enjoyed eating their lunches (and treats!) in an artsy, zen-like environment while reading and listening to poetry.


Poetry Month Displays

In honor of National Poetry Month, we had a bunch of poetic novels and nonfiction books on display.
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Emoji Recommended Books

Students looking for something funny, scary, contemplative, or bittersweet could simply check out a book with a corresponding emoji.
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Read-Alike Books

For each of these very popular books, we were able to recommend similar titles. The website "What Should I Read Next?" is a great resource for those looking to find read-alike books. Another great resource? Middle school librarians! :-)
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Books Ms. Polidoro has been reading

Books Ms. Hoyle has been reading

Websites of Note

Longfellow Middle School's Library Website

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

LMS_ Library's Virtual Bookshelf

Find out what's new in the LMS library!

LMS Librarians

Jennifer Polidoro

This is Jennifer Polidoro's third 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 Noggin.

Lisa Hoyle

This is Lisa Hoyle's second year as a librarian at Longfellow Middle School. 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 The Lunar Chronicles.