Gorzycki MS Library


Sources for Summer Reading

You know you don't want to go all summer without reading a good book. Unfortunately, the Library is closed. The good news is you still have options for checking out a good book.

All students attending Gorzycki MS for the 2015-16 school year must read two books from the Summer Reading List. Please click the above title to link to the lists. There will be assessments over the books at the beginning of the school year.

Many of the books on the Summer Reading Lists are available on OverDrive. You will also be able to order discounted copies from Book People. See Mrs. Johnson in the Library for details.

Stay Informed

Would you like to be the first person to check out a book when it arrives. You can always see what the newest additions to our library collection are. We post pictures of new books every time we buy them on the following social media sites.

Instagram - gorzyckimslibrary

Facebook - facebook.com/GorzyckiMSLibrary

Twitter - @GMSLibrary


Author Visits

International bestselling author, John Flanagan, visited us in December. His visit was tons of fun. Everyone was laughing and enjoying themselves, and Mr. Flanagan had everyone eating out of his hand within the first 3 minutes of his presentation.
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We held our first annual Read-A-Thon to benefit BookSpring in January and February. The amount of reading going on all over campus was amazing. The Library hosted a friendly competition between teachers. The class that read the most minutes won an ice cream sundae party. The class that raised the most money won a pizza party. Students were checking the graphs every day to see which teachers were ahead, and they were going home every night to delve into a book in an attempt to win the sundae party. The winners of the ice cream sundae party were Mrs. Dammann's class and Mrs. McEuen's class. Mrs. Butler's class won the pizza party.

While the competitions were lots of fun, the real reason we hosted the Read-A-Thon was to raise money for Austin area children who don't have access to books of their own. For every $3 raised, a book could be purchased. We raised over $8,000! That means that more than 2,600 children received books thanks to our students' efforts. Way to go Tigers!!!!


This was our first year running a MakerSpace. We had a ton of interest during the first semester. However, things quieted down after Winter Break on the tech side. The craft side of the space was busy all year.

We had several students design and create a quilt we are donating to Project Linus. That quilt will bring comfort to a child in a crisis situation. These students will also be learning to knit or crochet a blanket before the end of the year.

Our tech fans learned some basic programming skills, how to solder, and how to use Makey Makeys. Several students delved into robotics. The group made a cool flashing light display that kept time to some holiday music in December.

We plan on building on our successes next year and we've learned from our setbacks. We will be having an even bigger, better, and more organized MakerSpace next year. We will be holding some competitions and engaging our students in all kinds of STEAM (Science, Technology, Electronics, Arts, Mathematics) activities next year. Keep a look out as we come back to school in the Fall. We have big things planned.

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Social Studies Travelling Displays

We hosted museum quality displays in the Library this year. One display was all about the Alamo. The other was about the Constitution. Many classes took the opportunity to come view the displays while they were here.

Book Fairs

We held a Book Fair in December. It was very successful and we were able to raise some money to purchase books for the Library collection. We will be hosting a BOGO Book Fair in May. This fair will not be a fund raiser, but it's a great way for our students to get books to read for a very small amount of money.

Animals in the Library

Once again, we had little critters visit this year. We hosted several animals, but there were some that were particularly memorable. While not very popular with Mrs. Johnson or Mrs. Mauldin, one of our biggest hits was the snake. At least it didn't shed in front of Mrs. Johnson like last year's snake did. We also had the friendliest guinea pig any of us have ever seen. The hissing cockroaches and their creepy crawly babies were a big hit too. We are looking forward to the parakeet visit later this year, even though we hear they make quite a bit of noise.

Research and Citation Skills

One of the goals we have as a Library is to help students learn how to effectively research topics and how to create citations for the materials they use in that research. To that end, we had the entire 6th grade rotate through the library for lessons. We also had refresher courses for all the 7th grade students during their first iSearch Project.