Berta Palacios Library E-Newsletter

1st E-Newsletter 2019-2020


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Reading is a priority at Palacios Library!

Hope your summer was awesome!

This year is going to be a fantastic and challenging year for you.

Many new books are waiting to be read in the library, so let's make this a great

fun-filled year!


PSJA Back to School Expo


August 1, 2019

Southwest ECHS

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Pictured left to right:

Mrs. Linda Hinojosa, Palacios Librarian, Mrs. Laura Quiroz-Torres, Anaya Librarian and

Mrs. D. Letty Gonzalez, Librarian PSJA SOUTHWEST ECHS


Palacios Extended Library Hours

OPEN 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


P-SJ-A Reading Laureate Program

The P-SJ-A Laureate Program Reading degrees can be earned based on the student

Accelerated Reader word count.

The program is named the "YOU" of Reading.

Deadline to earn degrees: Friday, April 17, 2020.

Reading Degrees

1st Grade

P-SJ-A A.R. High School Diploma

100,000 Word Count

& 85% Avg.

2nd Grade

P-SJ-A A.R. Associates Degree

250,000 Word Count

& 85% Avg.

3rd Grade

P-SJ-A A.R. Bachelor's Degree

500,000 Word Count

& 85% Avg.

4th Grade & 5th Grade

P-SJ-A A.R. Master's Degree

1,000,000 Word Count

& 90% Avg.

P-SJ-A A.R. Doctorate's Degree

2,000,000 Word Count

& 90% Avg.

Word Count Reading Challenge

Word Count Reading Challenge

The first student to reach their reading goal for their grade level

receives a book and a character book plush!

1st Grade Word Count Goal-100,000

2nd Grade Word Count Goal-250,000

3rd Grade Word Count Goal-500,000

4th Grade Word Count Goal-1,000,000

5th Grade Word Count Goal-1,000,000


B.R.I.G.H.T. Summer Reader Logs

Logs due at Palacios Library on

Monday, August 26, 2019


B.R.I.G.H.T. Summer Readers for 2019

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B.R.I.G.H.T. Summer Reader Award Presentation

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September 16, 2019

Pharr Event Center

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Million Father March

Monday, September 2, 2019

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September is Library Sign Up Month

Literacy Afternoon September 9, 2019


Battle of the Texas Bluebonnet Books 2019-2020

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The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle by Christina Uss

"Bicycle has lived most of her life at the Mostly Silent Monastery in Washington, D.C. When her guardian, Sister Wanda, announces that Bicycle is going to attend a camp where she will learn to make friends, Bicycle says no way and sets off on her bike for San Francisco to meet her idol, a famous cyclist, certain he will be her first true friend."

Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes

"Paloma Marquez is traveling to Mexico City, birthplace of her deceased father, for the very first time. She's hoping that spending time in Mexico will help her unlock memories of the too-brief time they spent together. Paloma meets Lizzie and Gael, who present her with an irresistible challenge: The siblings want her to help them find a valuable ring that once belonged to beloved Mexican artist Frida Kahlo."

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

"Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been home schooled. Now, at 12 years old, she's technically ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test — middle school!"

The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

"When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on."

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

"Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood."


Patriot Day


“Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. Many Americans refer to Patriot Day as 9/11 or September 11.”

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"We will never forget."

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Mrs. Hinojosa, Librarian & Justine C. dressed in red, white and blue.