Saunders Middle School Library

A place to explore, create, discover, relax and read.

Important Information About the Library:

Hours of Operation: 7:45-2:45 M/W/F; 7:15-4:00 T/TH

Librarians: Rian Crothers crotherm@pwcs.edu

Jennifer Velesz veleszjs@pwcs.edu

Library Media Assistant: Sandra Daly dalysl@pwcs.edu

Our goal at Saunders Middle School Library is to provide a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere where students may study, read, and research.

Welcome back Super Spartans

We are so excited to begin a new school year. We have added many new and interesting titles to our collection, and are eager to share them with you. Beginning September 15th through the 25th, we will hold our Fall Book Fair. It is always a fun time as we hold contests and award prizes. It is our biggest fundraiser, and it allows us to continually add needed books to the library collection here at Saunders. Please consider supporting our book fair. We will be open from 6-7 p.m. on Back-to-School Nights for parents to stop by and make purchases.

Rising sixth graders will have a library orientation through their language arts classes the first week or two of school. They will learn about the library's routines, rules and procedures. Students in good standing (no fines or overdue books) may check out two books for two weeks. Overdue books have a 10 cent fine (per book) per day. If the fine is $10.00 or more, students are not allowed to participate in after school activities including clubs and sports. Coaches and sponsors do check, so please make sure books are returned or renewed by the due date.

We have a few computers set aside in the library for individual students to use for academic purposes before, during, and after school. Students are required to have a signed tutoring pass if they are using the computers before or after school . The tutoring passes may be picked up in the library. Work may not be saved on the computers, so students will need to have a device on which to save the information.

We are here to provide academic support to the school community, so if you have a question (or a request) please come and see us. We strive to acquire the books you want to read. We also happily help students with research, whether it is an academic topic or a topic of personal interest.

Lunch Bunch Book Club

Starting in October, we will once again begin our lunch time book clubs where small groups of students from each grade level will meet once a week to discuss and share thoughts and insights about the book they have chosen to read. Further details to follow soon.

Brown Bag Lunch Signups

Beginning in October we will have an area of the library set aside for students who wish to come to the library during lunchtime and read. They may eat their lunch and read at the same time. Their entrance pass will be to "Bring-A-Book".

September is National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30 day period starting on September 15th. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18th respectively.

Top Ten Best Latino Literature for Middle School

Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora

Chato Goes Cruisin' by Gary Soto

Tales Our Abuelitas Told Us by Alma Flor Ada

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Dancing Miranda by Miranda Baila

Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

Trino's Choice by Diane Gonzales Bertrand

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

There's a Coqui in My Shoe by Marisa de Jesus Paolicelli

Helpful Websites for Parents

Reading at home and reading resources:

http://www2.ed.gov/parents/read/resources/edpicks.jhtml


General Academic Support:

http://www.finditva.com/


http://www.eric.ed.gov


http://www.solpass.org/middle.php

User name is the name of the school and the password is ' saunders '.