Middle School Library Newsletter

December 2017

History Day Resources

Through the Saint Paul Public Schools and the Saint Paul Public Library’s print and electronic resources, students have multiple ways to find resources to support their History Day research and project creation.

Resources Available through the Saint Paul Public Library

Library Go: Through the Library Go program, students can use their Library Go account numbers to check out up to five physical resources (books, DVDs, etc.) from any Saint Paul Public library to support their History Day research.

On the Library Go home page for students, there is a link to History Day Help. This page includes information about upcoming History Day Hullabaloos (gatherings at libraries where students can get extra help on their History Day projects), along with research resources.

Students may also use the “Research” tab to explore other databases not included in the SPPS Virtual Library.

BookClubs in the Twin Cities

Hey readers! Here are the author visits that are happening in the Twin Cities during December. Check it out! #Read #AuthorVisits

Tech Corner

December 4-10 was Computer Science Education Week. Continue learning about CS at home!

Create Your Own Google Logo

Use Scratch, a block-based programming language, to make the letters dance, sing, or even run on Google’s Hour of Code activity. Create an account to save your work and tweak it later.

DIY & Maker Ideas

Unplugged coding games to play at home:

Get Involved at the Public Libraries

Library After Dark

A teens only program available after the Library closes. Come play games, watch movies, or just hang out.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

5:30-7:30 PM

Sun Ray Library

3M Community Room

Maker Break @ the Public Libraries

Head to the public library over winter break for awesome Maker Break activities!

Beat Boxing

Explore the different ways you can use your body as an instrument to tell stories with rhythmic sound. Learn create vocal percussion sounds using your mouth, lips, tongue, and voice. Beat boxing is one of the elemental skills used in hip--hop. Learn the basics and compose your own beats alongside a SteppingStone teaching artist.

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

3:00-4:30 PM

Rondo Community Library

Teen Programming Room

Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

3:00-4:30 PM

Rice Street Library

Meeting Room

Registration begins Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Puppetry & Mask Making

Rod puppets, shadow puppets, finger puppets and masks - the possibilities are endless! Learn how to bring these characters to life. Become a master of different forms of puppetry and be creative with different materials. With the help of a professional teaching artist, explore the magic world of puppetry with voice, movement and 3D construction.

Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

1:00-2:30 PM

Sun Ray Library

3M Community Room

Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

2:00-3:30 PM

Rondo Community Library

Homework Center Overflow

Stage Makeup

Learn special skills to transform your face into a different character with make-up. Explore different styles of makeup (old age, fantasy, animal, zombies, cuts, and bruises) with hands-on experience with professional stage make-up through shadows, fades, and highlights. Drop-in.

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

3:30-5:00 PM

Arlington Hills Community Center

Homework Help Centers @ SPPLibraries

Arlington Hills

Mon-Thurs, 4pm-7pm

Dayton’s Bluff

Mon-Wed, 4pm-7pm

Rice Street

Mon-Wed, 4pm-7pm

Sun, 1pm-4pm


Mon-Wed, 4pm-7pm


Mon-Thu, 4pm-7pm

Sun Ray

Mon-Thur, 4pm-7pm

Sun, 1pm-4pm

More info...

BrainFuse Homework Help (online)

smART Pass

You can use your library card to get tickets to performances and museums. The St. Paul Public Library is partnering with cultural organizations that are willing to open up a number of free admissions.

Searching for Performances

To find a performance, use your library card barcode and PIN. Search by date or date range, name of organization, place, city location, type of event, and additional search options such as family friendly. Using “all” for search options will give you more. Remember to use them so they don’t go to waste!


Once you make a reservation for free admission, you will not be able to make another one. You can have two active reservations at a time. Keep track of your reservations on the "My Reservations" tab.

Note: If you reserve admissions in the future, you cannot take advantage of new offers that might be added to pass listings. It is often better to reserve in the immediate future and only one date at a time to avoid problems.

Picking up Tickets

It is important to follow directions for each offer carefully. For example, some theaters may require you to call the box office so that they can assign you a reserved seat. Some will hold your tickets at Will Call and ask to see your printed smART pass voucher. You may be asked to show I.D. when you arrive, as smART pass admissions are not transferable. See SPPL website for terms of use and frequently asked questions.