Booked for the Week

Information Literacy and Activities for BHMS Families

October 19, 2021

First Book Checkout of the School Year

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Back to School Jamboree

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Jamboree in the Library Media Center

To welcome BHMS families back to school and spread some joy, the library gave students three tickets for a chance to win brand new books during the Jamboree. Four of our lucky winners are pictured below.
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Scavenger Hunt

Growing up and moving on to middle school and all of its opportunities is thrilling, but it can also be a bit overwhelming at times with so many new things to learn. To help with the transition, the library welcomed this year's sensational sixth graders with a scavenger hunt. Pairs of students combed the library during the lesson looking for important items on their list, such as the return bin, the printer, and biographies. After scanning a QR code for each item, they received a clue- a special word. Once the hunt was complete, students could unscramble the words, which formed a special message from author Isabel Allende. It was so gratifying to have students back in person and having fun moving around and focusing on the activity.
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Meet Author Eliot Schrefer

Tuesday, October 19

Book Week is coming soon to the U of M, and everyone has the opportunity to meet award winning and best selling author Eliot Schrefer when he presents “It’s lonely out there for a human: How literature for young people can bond us with the natural world."


"Description: Children have a natural inclination to anthropomorphize the world around them, effortlessly assigning emotional states to the non-human. Zoology has classically encouraged us to do the opposite, to avoid assigning human feelings to non-human animals. But how might this “anthropodenial” maintain the narrative of human exceptionalism that has fueled environmental degradation and climate change… and how might literature for young people provide a hopeful solution?"


The event is FREE and open to everyone! People can attend virtually or in person. Get the details here, and if you wish to attend in person, RSVP by October 13.

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The library is hosting a gently used book give-away during fall conferences, November 3 - 4. We are looking for donations of books that are appropriate for middle school students and are in fairly decent shape. If you have books that are at the elementary level, we’d appreciate a few of those for younger family members that might be with older siblings at conferences. Students can bring donated books to the library, or families can drop them off in the main office starting Monday, October 18. Thank you for your generosity and for creating a culture of reading.

Hispanic Heritage Month

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Although, readers don't have to wait for Hispanic Heritage Month to enter the pages of books with Latinx characters by authors of that culture, we spotlighted achievements of some Hispanic leaders and amazing stories from all genres. Students and staff members could browse and checkout books from our display and test their knowledge at our interactive bulletin board.


As a special treat, everyone was invited to try rosehip tea last Thursday morning because it plays a role in the book Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. The protagonist Esperanza recalls the philosophy and wisdom of her grandmother. “Abuelita said the rosehip contained the memories of the roses and that when you drank tea made from it, you took in all the beauty that the plant had known.”


Over thirty students attended the tea, and it was truly heartwarming to see students being happy, relaxing, and socializing. I wasn't sure if students would like herbal tea, but at one point Mr. Bonshire stepped up to help with filling glasses before the tea pots ran dry. There were many positive comments and interesting things students shared about themselves:

*This stuff is great!

*This is something really relaxing during stressful times.

*Can I have another refill?

*My family drinks tea all the time. My mom has a whole cupboard of it. We give her tea as gifts.

*I like trying new things. I hang out with my aunt, who's like 30, and she's always learning about and trying something new. She makes her own Kombucha.

*Where can I get rosehips?

*I'm going to take a recipe. And one for my friend. And one for my aunt.


Our tea guests had the opportunity to browse books by Latinx authors and view the mini-biographies about Hispanic or Latinx leaders researched by Ms. Boyd's Spanish language classes. Watch for more morning events in the library, and remember- we open at 7:50 AM, so feel free to visit every day.

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LGBTQ+ History Month

Bayard Rustin, civil rights leader; Megan Rapinoe, soccer champion and human rights activist; Alan Turing, scientist who invented the universal machine that cracked the Enigma code; We'Wha, Pubelo of Zuni artist; Alberto Santos-Dumont, engineer and first person to fly an aircraft in public; Al-Hakam II, great ruler of Al-Andalus; ChevaléreD'éon, secretary and spy: How well do you know these people and their accomplishments? October is LGBTQ+ History Month. Visit the library to checkout books to learn more about these and other talented leaders. There are also great reads with LGBTQ+ characters. Whether you identify with the LGBTQ+ community or are an ally, or just enjoy a wonderful story, we have outstanding books to celebrate and support LGBTQ+ History Month.
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These Socks Could Be Yours

Vibrant and vintage library book card style socks are sure to brighten your day and make your feet feel fine. If you'd like to try to win them, visit the library to get a ticket and enter your name in the drawing by Thursday, October 28.

Great Reads for National Disability Awareness Month

Historical Fiction

It is 1805 and Mary Lambert has always felt safe among the deaf community of Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard where practically everyone communicates in a shared sign language, but recent events have shattered her life; her brother George has died, land disputes between English settlers and the Wampanoag people are becoming increasingly bitter, and a "scientist" determined to discover the origins of the islands' widespread deafness has decided she makes the perfect "live specimen"--and kidnapped her.

First Heart

Maud Squad is what we at BHMS call the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards, an annual read and vote program started in honor of Minnesota author Maud Hart Lovelace. Although we have not officially kicked off Maud Squad this year, students are welcome to start reading the books and turning in their slips. Abigail was the first student to earn a heart and point for herself and her homeroom. Congratulations! Maud's Birthday Bash for individual competitors and the Fancy Breakfast in the Lovelace Literature Café for the winning homeroom are back! The formal launch and further details will be coming soon.
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Season for Scary Books

Thrills and chills await those who can't resist a spooky booooooooook! Visit the library and checkout mild, moderate, and mega scary books from our display. More frightening finds await you on the shelves.
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Have Fun Creating & Socializing

Make a Scandinavian midsommer paper flower crown, beaded rings, and a traditional Hmong cross stitch design. Help others by preparing crayons to be made into objects for Crayons for Cancer. Talk to Ms. Ninteman in the library if you have questions and to get permission slips.

Who: All are welcome!

When: Mondays, 3:15-4:45 PM Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15, Nov. 29

Where: Library Media Center

Schoology Group Code: 6R8V-CS7R-BHS4Z

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Crafty Donations

Supplies for the Crafting & Community Service Club are provided by the school for all of our members. There are a few items that we would LOVE to have donated, however, to help defray costs. They will be used beyond this trimester's class.

What We Need:

*Hot glue guns ---A few suggestions are Craft Smart Mini Glue Gun, High Temp or High Temp Mini Glue Gun by ArtMinds. We'd also welcome 1-2 regular size hot glue guns.

*Precision Scissors by Recollections (Small, pointed Fiskars will work, too. They need to be capable of making tiny, precise cuts.)

*Dual tip Permanent Markers, 12 ct, Artist's Loft (The dual tip Sharpie brand is fine, too.)


Donations can be dropped off in the main office or the library media center. Please leave your name, so we can send a thank you letter.

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Contact Information

Julianne Ninteman, Library Media Specialist

Black Hawk Middle School

Hours 7:75-11:45 AM

julianne.ninteman@district196.org