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August 2021


Welcome back to a new school year! I am so excited about the library and literacy initiatives we have planned for this year. We spent the first full week of school getting every student a library book. Meeting the new 7th graders and seeing all of our returning 8th graders AND new students to our district was the highlight of my week. 8th graders need to have a fiction novel to complete their FIRST 9 WEEKS project. I have a couple of carts full of new books that I will be getting out on the shelves in the next two weeks. We did so well at the Scholastic Book Fair in April that I was able to purchase A LOT of books for our students. Check out the information in the newsletter and let me know what you think.


-Mrs. Harper

Quote of the Month

Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better. —Sidney Sheldon

Library Info!

  • The library is open Monday - Friday from 7:15am - 2:20pm.

  • Students may check out three books at a time for three weeks.

  • The date due is stamped in the back of the book.

  • Books that are not on hold for another student can be renewed for two more weeks.

Tech Tip

Make it a habit to clean up your chromebook or laptop by running updates and clearing cached images and files on a regular basis. This will keep your devices in top shape and performing at their best. The link below will show you how.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/18__-F1rtYaWV9beBJpwypgDYZX4rZ7qdntKG1q6FAW8/edit?usp=sharing

Fascinating Facts about Libraries


Some libraries employ novel bug-busting methods:

At the Rococo Library in Portugal’s Mafra National Palace, a colony of bats is allowed to reside in the library to eat the book-damaging bugs. During the day the bats sleep behind the elaborate book cases, only emerging at night when the library is closed to hoover up all the pesky insects. Every morning before the library opens, the cleaners must sweep up the scat they drop, a small price to pay to preserve the collection.



(The first 10 students that come in and let me know that you read this fascinating fact gets a sweet treat!)

August Reminders :)

  • Make sure to move your body and drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
  • Turn off or put down your phone and go for a 20 minute walk.
  • Check out a book and read!!
BBJH Library Google Site

Links to additional resources and library information.

Student and Parent Digital Application Resources

Please use the information to access digital applications for MISD.

Currently Reading...

The Guest List by Lucy Foley and Ground Zero by Alan Gratz.

Mrs. Harper


Mrs. Harper is the librarian at BBJH. This is her 4th year in the library and her 21st year in education. She has taught science, ELA and was an academic advisor at The University of Tulsa. Mrs. Harper is originally from Oklahoma where she graduated from Oklahoma City University. She graduated with her Master's in Library Science from Sam Houston State University in August 2020. Her family includes her husband, Joe, her two teenagers Grady and Whitney, and her three furry canines, Gus, Chief and Maggie. Mrs. Harper loves to watch sports, listen to music, read books and travel.

Summer of Dogs!!