LMS Library Corner

May 2017 Edition II

Library Updates

These past couple of weeks, in spite of our recent closure for SOL testing, we've been busy working with teachers and students on a variety of projects. We've worked with...

  • Ms. Bergstrom and Ms. Kane's 8th grade English students on a book stations activity. Students explored various pages on the library website (What Should I Read Next?, Popular Book Trailers, & LMS LibraryThing) and went on a number of book dates before checking out some independent reading books.
  • Ms. Donohue's 7th grade students on a Reference Resources Review lesson to correspond with their SOL review. Here's a link to our PowerPoint.
  • Ms. Hashem's ESOL students on a research project learning about countries and cities around the world by creating detailed maps within Google My Maps and analyzing cultural artwork using Google Arts & Culture.

We've also been working on an enormous book order for next year! Whenever we're ordering library materials, we always welcome input from our library patrons. Students, teachers, and parents can make purchase requests using this form.

Current Library Displays

Lights, cameras, action!: Read one of these popular books and then watch its film adaptation. Already seen the movie? If you LIKED the movie, you'll LOVE the book!!
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Other Announcements...

Public Library Cards

In an effort to promote summer reading, we'd like to encourage all LMS students to acquire library cards (if they don't have them already!) for Fairfax County Public Library.

Even if students aren't able to make it to the public library over the summer, as long as they have a library card, students will be able to borrow an endless supply eBooks through FCPL's Overdrive account. Overdrive is a book lover's dream! There are tons of wonderful Young Adult books and no late fees! When your loan period is up for a book, the book simply disappears from your account. Ebooks may be downloaded onto Kindles, Nooks, iPads, or smart phones. Students who don't possess one of these devices can read eBooks on their computers. Overdrive also offers innumerable audiobooks that can be played on any device that plays mp3's. It's such an awesome resource!

To obtain a temporary library card (good for three weeks), students and parents can apply online. In order to acquire a more permanent card, you will have to pay a quick visit to your local library. If you would like us to do the leg work for you, we can coordinate with the Youth Services director at Dolly Madison to have your son or daughter's library card delivered to LMS before summer break. If you are interested in pursuing this easier option, please complete this form ASAP.

As always, let us know if you have any questions!

Jake Halpern's Visit

Jake Halpern, an accomplished author of young adult books, paid a visit to Longfellow on Monday, May 15th. Students and teachers were entertained by his animated and inspiring presentation. The pictures below were taken during the event.

Find out about our new books...

LMS_ Library's Virtual Bookshelf

Find out what's new in the LMS library!

Battle of the Books Update

As a reminder, Battle of the Books (BOB) meets on Thursday afternoons in Room 121--across from the library. Our last meeting of the year will be held on Thursday, June 8th. To find out more about this club, please visit the Battle of the Books Website.

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Longfellow Middle School's Library Website

Access information and resources related to Longfellow Middle School's library program!

LMS Librarians

Jennifer Polidoro

This is Jennifer Polidoro's second year as Head Librarian of Longfellow Middle School. Jennifer has an MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in Secondary English Education from the College of William & Mary. In her free time, she loves reading, traveling, cooking, and chasing her toddler around the house. Some of her favorite books include Frankenstein, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and Graceling.

What I'm Currently Reading

Lisa Hedge

This is Lisa Hedge's first year as a librarian at Longfellow Middle School after being a librarian at Glen Forest Elementary School for three years. Lisa has an MLS from the University of Maryland. In her free time she loves reading, traveling, listening to music, and yoga. Some of her favorite books include Harry Potter, The Giver, and Catherine, Called Birdy.

What I'm Currently Reading

Interested in helping out in the LMS Library?

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Nicole Yakatan (nyakatan@aol.com), the PTA’s awesome volunteer coordinator. We always have plenty of projects in the library!