January 2016

Hampden Meadows Library

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Hold Shelf Snapshot - See What HMS Students Are Asking For!

What We've Been Learning

Grade 4 - Private and Personal Information

How can you protect yourself from online identity theft?

Fourth grade students:

  • learned about the benefits of sharing information online, but also about the safety and security risks of sharing certain types of information
  • learned what type of information can put them at risk for identity theft and other scams
  • learned to distinguish between personal information, which is safe to share online, and private information, which is unsafe to share.

personal information: information that can't be used to identify you, such as your age, gender, how many siblings you have, your favorite food, etc.

private information: information that can be used to identify you, such as your Social Security number, street address, email, phone number, etc.

Grade 5 - Strong Passwords

How can a secure password help you protect your private information?

Fifth grade students:

  • learned how to identify the characteristics of strong passwords
  • learned how to apply characteristics of strong passwords to create new passwords
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Celebrating the American Library Association Awards on Monday, January 11, 2106

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Newbery/Caldecott Challenge

In honor of the ALA awards given out in January, our library representatives pulled all the Newbery and Caldecott winners for a central display. I have challenged students to read as many Newbery and Caldecott winners as they can in January. Some classrooms were assigned Newbery winners for their monthly book talks. Cheers to you if you took part in this challenge!

2016 John Newbery Medal

John Newbery Medal - for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature

Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Here is the link to his interview about getting "the call" on that Monday morning.

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2016 Ralph Caldecott Medal

Ralph Caldecott Medal - for the most distinguished American picture book for children

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear, written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Here is the link to her interview about getting "the call" that Monday morning.

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Last Stop on Market Street

2016 Caldecott Honor, written by Matt de la Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Last Stop on Market Street had the distinct honor of receiving a Caldecott Honor AND the Newbery medal! This has not happened since 1982 for A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers, written by Nancy Willard and illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen.

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Discussing the Importance of a Balanced Reading Diet

This month we talked about trying to vary the kinds of reading we do. If we always read one type of genre, it's a good time to stretch yourself to try other genres. One area of the library that gets overlooked is our magazine section. We now offer several magazines which you can find below.

Students have generously donated magazines that their families have already read to bulk up our magazine collection. We are very grateful that so many students have shared their magazines for the enjoyment of all here at Hampden Meadows!

Authors Write Back to HMS Students!

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Family Book Club

We had an amazing turn out for the HiLo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth family book club on Wednesday, January 27th. In fact, we had so many participants that we held it in the gymnasium to accommodate our numbers!
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Library Statistics

Between January 4 through January 29:

Total Circulations: 4,063

Total Holds: 273

Top Ten Titles:

1. Rules by Cynthia Lord realistic fiction, Newbery - 20

2. Amulet. Book Six, Escape from Lucien by Kazu Kibuishi graphic novel - 16

3. The Baby-Sitter's Club. Claudia and Mean Janine: A Graphic Novel by Raina Telgemeier graphic novel -12

4. El Deafo by Cece Bell graphic novel -12

5. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After by Rachel Renee Russell hybrid - 12

6. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage mystery , Newbery - 12

7. Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff realistic fiction - 12

8. Wonder by R.J. Palacio realistic fiction - 12

9. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell hybrid - 11

10. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier graphic novel - 11

Top Circulations by Homeroom:

1. Ms. Safran - 258

2. Mrs. Carroll - 237

3. Mrs. Waring - 204

4. Ms. Wilson - 202

5. Mrs. Cunningham - 193

6. Mrs. Cabral - 184

7. Mr. Cassarino - 183

8. Mrs. Myszak - 177

9. Mrs. Hunt - 171

10. Mrs. Ginalski - 159

11. Ms. Testa - 153

12. Mrs. Bailey - 152

13. Mr. Whittaker - 150

14. Mr. Farley - 147

15. Mr. Tedino - 144

16. Mrs. Couto - 142

17. Mr. Tibbetts - 130

18. Ms. Reynolds - 126*

19. Mrs. Clegg - 124*

20. Mrs. DeLory - 121*

21. Mrs. Burke - 112*

22. Mrs. Mitchell - 102*

*Monday classes missed a library class on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

Looking Ahead

Literary Bucket List

If you like to do small road trips and are looking for February break activities here are a couple places you might want to try:

Jeff Kinney, of Diary of a Wimpy Kid fame, has a bookstore in Plainville, MA - An Unlikely Story

Peter H. Reynolds, of The Dot fame, has a bookstore in Dedham, MA - The Blue Bunny Bookstore

Check the bookstore websites to plan for upcoming author visits. We have amazing resources within an hour's drive to meet some literary rock stars!

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