Hampden Meadows Media Center

October 2013

What An Amazing Month for Readers!

October brought us some very special events. Kate Messner gave out 20 free copies of Capture the Flag and family passes to the Lincoln Book Festival. Dan Santat, author of Sidekicks, came to visit HMS. And many students had books signed by authors at the Lincoln Book Festival. What a fantastic opportunity to meet these talented, funny, kind people in person!


What We Have Been Learning

We have worked on:

  • Setting goals to read as many books as possible from the 2014 RI Children's Book Award nominee list
  • Exploring our library website
  • The organization of non-fiction materials
  • ABC order review and practice
  • Sorting and shelving books using online games
  • Dewey Decimal Rap
  • Finding examples of titles from each section (000 through 900) of the Dewey Decimal classification system


Library Statistics

Between October 1 - October 30:

Total Books in Library: 11,349

Total Circulations: 3,491

Total Holds Placed: 226


Featured Resource: Series Finder website

This website is incredibly comprehensive. When a student or adult is looking to find books in a series, this is your go-to site.


HMS Library "Tweets"!

Follow us on Twitter @hms_library for the latest updates. We follow many beloved authors and illustrators. In fact, a couple are now following our library and have "tweeted" us! Check our Twitter home page for details.


Hampden Meadows Library has a Facebook Page

"Like" Hampden Meadows Library on Facebook to get the latest blog posts.


Looking Ahead

  • We will begin to analyze our Dewey Decimal findings and come up with generalizations for each category. We will create our own signage to help us locate what we are looking for in the non-fiction area of our library.
  • We will move on to the organization of the fiction section of our library.
  • We will begin working on research skills.


Warriors Fan Club Meeting

Students who are huge fans of the Warriors series by Erin Hunter are invited to come to a Fan Club meeting on Tuesday, November 5th at 8:15am. This will be an opportunity for children to get together and discuss a series they all enjoy.

Letters About Literature

From the read.gov website: Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. If you are in grades 4-12, you are eligible to enter the Letters About Literature reading and writing contest Entries are due by January 10, 2014.

Check out read.gov for the contest rules and guidelines.


I am meeting students in the library on Thursday mornings from 8:25-8:50am starting in November. Students are welcome to come for a place to work, discuss their work, and get feedback.


Heartbeat by Sharon Creech was a featured read aloud this month

Our "If You Like... You May Like..." shelves displayed many other great books written in prose.


Schoolwide Graph Showing Which Library Links HMS Students Find Interesting/Helpful