Booked for the Week

Information Literacy and Activities for BHMS Families

December 7, 2020

BHMS Graduate Publishes Book

Dealing with the pandemic can be difficult, but Aimen Patel, EVHS student, has used her talents to help others by writing and illustrating For JoJo, School is NOT Like Always. As a kind older sister, she saw the need to provide comfort to toddlers and early elementary students. Even if you don't have a young child in your life, you'll want to read Ms. Patel's book, so you can say I knew her when . . .
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New Books

Historical Fiction

It is June 6, 1944, D-Day, and Dee Carpenter (true name Dietrich Zimmermann), an underage private in the United States Army, is headed for Omaha Beach, seeking revenge for his uncle, who was arrested by Nazis when Dee was a little boy. Meanwhile, Samira Zidano, an eleven-year old French-Algerian girl is looking for the French resistance, desperate to deliver the message that the invasion is about to begin, and get their help in freeing her mother. This is the most important day of the twentieth century, and both children want to fight, and survive.

Event: History of the Spoken Word

Learn how spoken word has been used by African American youth, from expressing themselves and their community, to creating a world-wide musical and cultural phenomenon known as hip hop. Presented by Marcellus Davis. Geared for youth ages 12 and older. A Minnesota Legacy program. Saturday, December 12 --- . Video available here after 8:00 AM.


Photo from: WordUp411

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Maud Squad Social & Book Discussion

Whether you want to read all ten nominated Maud Squad books or just one, you are welcome to join us for our social on Thursday, December 10, from 2:30 - 3:00 PM. It will be relaxing to take a break from the day and meet new people. To sign up, log into Schoology and enter the code: RFNF-HTHN-Z92B7


Our discussion of Posted by John David Anderson will be on Tuesday, December 22, time TBD.

Where can you get the books?:

BHMS - print (request through Destiny), eBooks through MackinVia

Dakota County Library - print, eBook, and eAudio. If all of their copies are out, you'll notice that you can get a copy through Hoopla within DCL. Here's a tip: If Hoopla is at its maximum checkout for the day, just try it again early in the morning.

Share Your Creativity

Don't sit around the house being bored. Here's your chance to be a published photographer and build a culture of reading in our BHMS family. Look through the list of ideas below, take your photo, and send it to Ms. Ninteman. The photo will be in one of our future publications.

Photo Ideas

1. Take a picture of yourself or your family reading in a favorite place in your home, yard or park trail

2. Take a picture of yourself reading with a pet

3. Using materials found around the home, take a photo of yourself/family reenacting a scene from a picture book

4. Using materials found around the home, take a photo of yourself as a character from a book

5. Other ideas that you have to celebrate reading!


*All photos need to be appropriate for school audiences. (Example: No weapons.)

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Super Spy ~ Mrs. Pixler

What pieces of clothing and props do you have at home to become a book character? Although this photo is from Book Character Dress Up Day a few years ago during Spirit Week, it's an excellent example of something you can create during distance learning and share with our community. Read the list of ideas above to decide what works best for you and submit your photo.

Homework Help & More - For All Ages

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Get FREE homework help, learn a new language, explore careers, and more through the Dakota County Library and MELSA. All you need to access BrainFuse HelpNow is your DCL card barcode and PIN/Password. You do NOT need to create an account with HelpNow unless you need to share your screen or an image of a homework problem. Tutors are vetted and have passed background checks. Learn more by going to DCL resources and clicking on HelpNow.

Are You in the MOOD for Books?

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Request books through Destiny & Curbside Pickup and get a Mood pencil that changes color with the heat of your hand (while supplies last). After you've requested your book, Mrs. Edelman, Library Clerk, will contact you to let you know your title is ready. Then schedule a time to pick it up at BHMS.

Good Reads for Winter

There's something for all readers - adults, teens, tweens, children - in the Star Tribune's list of over 50 recommended books. You'll find titles for yourself and ones to give to others: Good Reads for Winter

Contact Information

Julianne Ninteman, Library Media Specialist

Black Hawk Middle School & Thomas Lake Elementary

julianne.ninteman@district196.org