Gateway Library Newsletter

MAY 2022

Good luck on testing this month, Gators! You got this!


  • Lunch/CHOMP Policy
  • May Activities
  • Star Wars Poster Giveaway
  • May the Fourth Reads
  • About Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • Asian and Pacific Islander Reads
  • About Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Book of the Month: (Don't) Call me Crazy
  • Nonfiction section of the month: Mental Health
  • CHOMP Newsletter
  • Teacher Sections

Lunch/CHOMP Policy

You will not be able to eat in the library this year due to COVID. Starting on March 7, masks will be optional in the building, but lunch is still prohibited due to state mandated contact tracing rules. During the school day, the library may be closed during specific periods such as when it is being used by a class or for a special event. Please refer to the schedule posted outside the door to see if the library is open. To come to the library during lunch or CHOMP time, fill out an ehallpass to Ms. Kohout for her to accept then show your teacher your approved pass.

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May the Fourth Poster Giveaway

Check out a book in the month of May and enter to win a C3PO and R2D2 Star Wars poster!
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May the Fourth Be With You

May 4 is also known as May the Fourth to commemorate Star Wars Day! Check out some of the books about Star Wars we have in the library or build the STEM activity in the Makerspace!

Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. To learn more about Asian and Pacific American heritage month, click here!

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Spotlight on Asians and Pacific Islanders

Check out our spotlight section on books by Asian and Pacific Islander authors or about Asian and Pacific Islander people!

Mental Health Awareness Month

Millions of people in the U.S. are affected by mental illness each year. It’s important to measure how common mental illness is, so we can understand its physical, social and financial impact — and so we can show that no one is alone. These numbers are also powerful tools for raising public awareness, stigma-busting and advocating for better health care.

1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34

(Information from the National Alliance on Mental Illness)

To learn more about mental health by the numbers, click here!

Book of the Month

(Don't) Call Me Crazy is an anthology of essays and illustrations that illuminate mental health topics in a straightforward way. It features 33 different voices that start the conversation on mental health. Let's help break the stigma!


Don't forget! There are two sections in the library just for you! One is located in the main collection in the library and features different books to help you with your pedagogy. Find everything from inspiration to techniques and activities! We also have the Staff Take a Book/Leave a Book section located in the library copy room that is available for all staff. Check it out today!

Nonfiction Section of the Month: Mental Health

Do you enjoy reading about real-life experiences and interesting life stories? This section is for you! It has everything from inspiration to adventure! Check it out!