December 2015

Hampden Meadows Library

What We've Been Learning

Grade 4: Talking Safely Online- a Common Sense Media lesson

We discussed the differences between in person friends and online-only friends. We brainstormed a list of private information we should never give out and compared the list to the Common Sense Media list. Students were proud to find that their list pretty much matched up with Common Sense Media!

Private Information You Don't Share


  • full name
  • age
  • home address
  • phone number
  • name of school
  • email address
  • birth date
  • passwords
  • credit card number
  • mother's maiden name
  • family members' workplaces
  • photos in which you can be recognized



Grade 5: What is Cyberbullying? - a Common Sense Media lesson

We discussed the similarities and differences between in-person bullying and cyberbullying. I read aloud a cyberbullying scenario and the students came up with ways to handle the situation. We compared the student-generated list to Common Sense Media's list.

How to Handle a Cyberbullying Situation


  • Tell a trusted adult
  • Don't respond or retaliate
  • Take a screenshot and/or print and save bullying messages
  • Block the bully
  • Talk to a friend
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A Night Divided

It seems the more desperate the situation, the longer the hold list for a book in Hampden Meadows Library! A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen is a historical fiction book set during the time when the Berlin Wall went up to divide East and West Germany. We were lucky enough to have a parent volunteer send in a piece of the Berlin Wall to show all the students.
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Introduced the New Family Book Club Title

Our next Family Book Club title is Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick. It is a new graphic novel that Mr. Sangiuliano and I think kids and adults will enjoy. We look forward to meeting on Wednesday, January 27 at 7:45am in the Hampden Meadows Library. Children and parents read the book in preparation and come to the meeting to engage in a fun icebreaker, activity, and discussion.
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December Book Tasting

We got a new batch of books this month including every "Who Was" book we didn't currently own. That biography series is a huge hit with our readers and I want to honor their interests by ordering what they are asking for. We also now own any Big Nate books we didn't have in our catalog. We got many new fantasy series as well. Students love a good old-fashioned "book tasting" to add new titles to their "To Be Read" lists. It is a great way to set reading goals for themselves while being exposed to any new titles coming into the library.
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Library Council

We have two amazing library representatives from each of our 22 homerooms in the building who meet before school on a monthly basis. Leading our Library Council are five Library Officers consisting of three fifth graders and two fourth graders. The officers meet for a weekly lunch to work on the agenda and discuss how the library council can improve the library. These conscientious officers run the meeting complete with beginning and ending the meeting using a gavel! The bulk of the meeting is used for committee work. We are incredibly fortunate to have students so invested in their reading lives and the library that they come to school early to do this important work! See the agenda below for more details.
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Common Sense Media Parent Presentation

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I will be presenting the features of Common Sense Media to the parents at the PTO meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. The meeting will be held in the Hampden Meadows Library at 7pm. Mark your calendar!
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Barbara O'Connor Shout-Out to HMS

Author Barbara O'Connor creates a Year in a Minute video each year and, once again, Hampden Meadows plays an integral role. When I tweeted out "Love having our school represented so well in @barbaraoconnor's year in review, she replied "And y'all so deserve it. The best school hosts EVER!"

Here it is: http://www.greetings-from-nowhere.blogspot.com/2015/12/year-in-minute-2015.html

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Library Statistics

Between December 1 and December 22:


Total Circulations: 1,375

Total Holds: 184


Top Ten Titles:

1. Smile by Telgemeier -graphic novel 12

2. Amulet. Book Five, Prince of the Elves by Kibuishi - graphic novel 10

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Kinney - hybrid 10

4. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After by Russell - hybrid 10

5. Sidekicks by Santat - graphic novel 10

6. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Russell - hybrid 9

7. Sisters by Telgemeier - graphic novel 8

8. Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All by Russell - hybrid 8

9. Adventures in Cartooning by Sturm and Arnold - graphic novel 7

10. The One and Only Ivan by Applegate - fantasy 7


Top Circulations by Homeroom:

1. Ms. Safran - 172

2. Mrs. Clegg - 140

3. Mrs. Burke - 111

4. Mrs. Cunningham - 109

5. Mrs. Waring - 108

6. Ms. Wilson - 108

7. Mrs. Ginalski - 100

8. Mr. Farley - 98

9. Mrs. DeLory - 97

10. Mrs. Mitchell - 97

11. Mrs. Couto - 90

12. Mrs. Cabral - 81

13. Mrs. Myszak - 81

14. Mr. Tibbetts - 80

15. Mrs. Carroll - 76

16. Ms. Testa - 73

17. Ms. Reynolds - 73

18. Mr. Cassarino - 72

19. Mr. Tedino - 70

20. Mr. Whittaker - 66

21. Mrs. Bailey - 56

22. Mrs. Hunt - 51

Taking Full Advantage of Your Public Library

I LOVE "book talking" new titles we are adding to the library as well as giving students a chance to sift through new titles before I add them to our library catalog. The only downside of this is that a HUGE amount of students want that one book and the hold list is really long. I always mention that the public library can get the book for students much quicker than waiting on our hold list at school. Here is a blog post about how to take full advantage of what your public library has to offer:

6 Ways to Become a Power User at Your Public Library

Looking Ahead

The American Library Association will be announcing the children's book awards such as the Newbery and the Caldecott on Monday, January 11, 2016. In honor of this, I will be asking students to consider trying the Newbery or Caldecott challenge. This means reading and keeping track of as many Newbery/Caldecott winners and honors as possible. Our library reps have pulled all of those books from the shelves to create a display for easy access for students.

Here are lists for your convenience:

Newbery and Honor Books, 1922-Present


Caldecott and Honor Books, 1938-Present

For fun:

Newbery Quiz

Caldecott Quiz

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Mrs. Roy's Favorite Books of 2015

Here is a blog post I did on my favorite reads of 2015. Happy reading!