This Week @ WMS Library

May 26th - May 29th, 2020

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Memorial Day Reads

This past Monday was Memorial Day. Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Sora has several very interesting books on the topic of war- these would be a good read for Memorial Day, or any day.


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A WMS Library Book return bin will be placed outside the main entrance of the school on Weekdays, 8 am - 6 pm.

Not sure if you owe any books? Check your email- any students with overdue books received an email on Monday from the WMS Library. You can also ask your homeroom teacher or email Ms. Maroni-Wagner.

If you have a library book at home, return it as soon as possible. If you left a library book in your locker or classroom, let your homeroom teacher or Ms. Maroni-Wagner know.



Curbside Pickup at the Public Library

The Watertown Public Library is now offering curbside pickup for library materials for Watertown residents. Check out the MLN catalog ( and if you see something you want that is owned by the Watertown Library, give them a call. For more details, check out:

MY TRUE STORY Writing Contest

Enter to win Amazon gift cards! Enter an essay that describes your reflections and experiences during COVID-19. There are two levels of competition—one for grades 6-8 and one for grades 6-12. Be part of history! Entries will be added (with your permission, of course) to the Watertown Free Public’s Local History collection. Let future generations what life is like for you at this time. Be creative! To find out the details, please go to:

First Chapter Fridays!

Trying to find a great book to read this summer? We will be reading the first chapter of some great books recommended for 5th to 7th graders. We hope you get hooked and want to read the rest! On May 29 at noon watch and hear the first chapter of Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez on Facebook live. If you like what you hear the books are available on hoopla and/or Overdrive. Even though WFPL is closed, your library card gives you instant access to the whole book, online. For more information, check out:

Visit the WFPL Island on Animal Crossing!

Visit our Animal Crossing island! We'll have freebies, fruit, and cool spaces for you to explore. The library island will be open from 4-5 pm on Monday - Friday and the Dodo Code will be available at right before the gates open. The island will change a little bit every day, so be sure to come back.

Teen Book Discussion Groups

Come and talk about a great book we are reading! We meet every Wednesday at 3:30 PM. This week’s book (on May 27th) is The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. You don’t have to read every book or come to every meeting—just join us when it works for you. Register at the site below, check out the audiobook on Hoopla, listen along, and come to the meeting. For more info and Zoom links, go to



This Week's *Always Available* Book Pick

These titles are always available from Sora (log in with your school email & password). No waiting!

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

January 29, 2035. That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter outside their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time. A last-minute meeting leads them to something better than a temporary shelter—a generation ship, scheduled to leave Earth behind to colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But everyone on the ship has been chosen because of their usefulness. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister? When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?


Check out Sora's collection of literature for young adults, by and about Asian Americans. Below are some of Ms. Maroni-Wagner's favorites:


Thank you to all the students who voted for this summer's One School, One Book. The votes are in, and we will be revealing the winner soon!


Visit the WMS Library Website for Digital Reading Resources & Tutorials

  • How to borrow eBooks and audiobooks from the Watertown Middle School digital collection (Destiny Discover)
  • How to search, browse and borrow eBooks and audiobooks from the MLS Commonwealth eBook Collection (Sora)
  • How to search, browse and borrow from the WFPL digital collection (Overdrive).
  • How to search, browse and borrow from Hoopla
  • How to get a Boston Public Library eCard (

Leah Maroni-Wagner

Watertown Middle School Library

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