PSMS Library

May 2016

Library Calendar

May 9 -- Creative Writing Club 3-4 pm

May 10 -- Early Dismissal Library Closed after school

May 13 -- deadline for current 6th graders to apply for 7th gr Broadcast Guided Studies see link below

May 16 -- Trendy 12 & Tag Chocolate Fountain Recognition Party by invitation only 1:30 - 2:50 pm Booktalks by JOCO library

May 16 -- ALL library items DUE!

May 16 -- Creative Writing Club 3-4 pm PARTY! Bring treats!

May 19 -- Summer Checkout begins for clean records!

May 20 -- library closes at 3:30

May 20 -- Last day of school! Early dismissal! Library closed after school

July 1 -- Summer hours! Library open from 9 am to 12 pm!

Aug 3 - 4 -- Broadcast Boot Camp *voluntary for students interested in participating in Broadcast next fall. Open to current 6th & 7th grade students & incoming 6th graders

Time to Return ALL Library Materials!

The library will be open through May 20th. Interlibrary loans from other BV libraries may not be available after May 6th to ensure students have enough time to enjoy their selection.

Students are reminded to return all library materials before leaving for the summer. Items not returned by Friday, May 13th will automatically generate a bill. Here's what can happen to resolve missing items and calm frayed nerves:

Items may be...

  • returned;
  • replaced with a new, duplicate item;
  • or paid for by cash or check made out to PSMS. The replacement cost will be indicated on the bill.

A refund will be issued for any item found and returned by May 24th. Please encourage your student to return all materials in a timely fashion. Students will be unable to participate in yearbook signing and the talent show on May 20th if they have outstanding library obligations. Please call library staff with questions at 239-5610.

We will update our obligation sheet daily!

Summer Checkout will be available for current 6th and 7th grade students beginning May 19th for students with no outstanding library obligations.


Summer vacation is just around the corner! This is a well-earned time to relax, have fun, and enjoy the freedom of not following a school schedule! At the same time, however, we wish to encourage students to keep their brains active and to continue to read for pleasure throughout the break. Research conclusively shows that the number of books read during the summer is consistently related to academic gains. When students read what they enjoy, they learn to love reading, and become better readers. And when they become better readers, the effect is cumulative in all academic areas!

For our summer reading challenge for future sixth, seventh and eighth graders, we’ve created a printable bingo card with 25 reading challenges! Join us and challenge yourself to read more, to read more widely, and to have fun doing it all! You can approach the Reading Bingo card however you like: beginners, start by getting one line; if you’re more advanced, try the whole outside box on the card; experts, fill in the whole card! Any student who reads at least 5 books, with padlet documentation, will be recognized and awarded a treat to celebrate their reading achievement in September. To count, the titles must be age appropriate chapter books, fiction or nonfiction, including graphic novels. Go to for all the details and book suggestions.

6th grade science has been busy researching and learning about human impact on the environment and the use of natural resources. They will conclude the year with a project that brings together earth science and engineering strands by looking at how we can design a method for monitoring and/or minimizing a human impact or natural hazard impact on the environment. We will be looking at these concepts through the lens of tiny houses!

What if we traded our dream house for a tiny house comprised of less than 700 square feet? How can I reduce my environmental footprint? What are the environmental benefits of tiny house living? Can I save money if I live in a tiny house? How can a tiny house be more green than a traditional home? Is a house with a compost toilet better for the environment than a septic tank or a traditional toilet that goes to a sewer? Would living in less square footage reduce my family's energy consumption? Are there things I can do to reduce my energy consumption in my house without having to move into a tiny house?

What is your hypothesis? What are your variables? Earth Science Unit 8

Congratulations to our Reading Takes the Cake participants!

Thanks and many congratulations to all of the students who participated in Reading Takes the Cake! We had an EPIC turnout of wonderful cakes! We still have an unclaimed baking sheet -- in case you're missing one! Call the library to claim it!

Best Cake as a Specific Book 1st place to Eleanor Dobbles

Grand Prize for Fairytales -- 1st place to Elizabeth Sutton (& sister) and Elizabeth Phillips

Best Reading Themed Winner -- 1st place to Grace Malm, Sofia Hughes, and Sarah Gordon

Thanks to everyone who supported the library fundraisers this year!

Epic Reads ebook app

Encouraging reading is one of the most important things you can do to help your child succeed. But finding the right books can be tough.

Epic is a new eBook service - it’s like a Netflix for children's eBooks with thousands of high-quality books for the under 12 crowd.

The Home Version is $4.99/month and includes a 60 day free trial.

If you’d like to try it, just use the promo code: “EPICREADS” at

Happy reading!

Thank you PTO Board and members for all you do to support the library throughout the year!

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Prairie Star Middle School Library

Lisa Nocita, Library Media Specialist

Meryl Mayer, Library Para

Kristin Brzon, Library Para



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