AMS Library News

Spring 2016

Library Closed for PARCC 4-28 to 5-5 Pd. 3-6 and 5-6 to 5-23 Pd. 1-4

Technology during Testing

Oh my gosh. It is the worst. Basically all of our technology is taken for testing until May 23rd.


This is not a problem. This is a great opportunity for our students to brush up on their print research skills! Using print resources develops different cognitive skills and can result in better retention. Also, in the event of the apocalypse, that's all our students will have.

So if your students are preparing for research, why not request some print resources and have them get some valuable experience? Request forms can be found here:

Remote Book Checkout

In order to continue reinforcing our schoolwide culture of reading, we will be doing remote book checkout in lunches throughout the testing period.

  • Ms. Buck or Ms. Pfeiffer will be present at each lunch to take students' requests for books.
  • The requests will be filled the following day and brought to the same lunch, as long as the book is checked in. Holds will work as they usually do.

Please take this opportunity to bring the library into your classroom. We'd be happy to do library activities outside the library, whether it's research, book talks, read-alouds... the sky's the limit! Just email Do it now! You know you want to!

Lastly, we will still be delighted to see one student at a time from each caring community throughout testing.

Free Comic Book Day @AMS

Friday, May 6th, 8am-3pm

1399 Forest Drive

Annapolis, MD

Thanks to our wonderful friends at Third Eye Comics, we'll be giving out free comics to any interested AMS students all day May 6th to celebrate this year's nationwide Free Comic Book Day (officially May 7th, but that's a Saturday). Students can pick up their comics:

  • In the library during Caring Community
  • At lunches
  • In the library during pds. 5 and 6

Weekly Maker Crafts

Teachers and students can stop by the library any time during the week! The Makerspace volunteer team are organizing weekly crafts that students and staff can make. Supplies and instructions are provided - just bring your creativity and plan to take about 10 minutes out of your day to make something awesome! This week's craft is decorating bookends for the library. Next week we will be making flower pens.

MackinVIA Virtual Library

Remember, the library may be closed during testing, but our virtual library is always open, with free access to:

  • Audiobooks
  • eBooks
  • Research databases

Go to and log in

  • Login: Your student ID or employee ID (6 digits)
  • Password: last 4 digits of your student/employee ID

For informational videos and printable guides, visit

2016-2017 Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominees have been announced!

This year's list includes a new level of graphic novels for grades 6-9. There are some really wonderful titles by great authors like Louis Sachar, Sharon Draper, Thanhha Lai, and Gene Luen Yang, as well as some great newcomers. For the full list, visit the library website!