Booked for the Week

Information Literacy and Activities for BHMS Families

December 14, 2020
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Roller Girls: Principal Kusch and Harley

A few days a week our silent and vacant halls are filled with joy and activity as Principal Kusch and Harley zip down the halls on wheels! Physical activity, whether it's roller skating, yoga, or going for a walk in nature can improve your mood.


This past summer, sixth grader Harley tried inline skating for the first time, which is a great example for all of us to try something new and develop our skills. Principal Kusch started roller skating when she was in elementary school, and her favorite thing to do in middle school was going to the roller rink with her friends. The skates she has now were a 30th birthday gift from her mom. Mrs. Nelson learned to skate thirty years ago, but she hasn't been on her blades for twenty-five years. Thank you to our skaters for inspiring us to try a new activity or return to a hobby of our past.

Principal Kusch Roller Skating in Halls at BHMS

Win a copy of this book!

Jorge and Laura Posada are not the kind of parents who say to their children, "Do as I say." Their parenting mantra instead is, "Let's do it together," and the Posadas have always made good nutrition and fitness a core element of their family lifestyle. Fit Home Team is their formula for getting parents and kids off the couch, arming families with key tools for optimal health, wellness, and overall balance by offering: a simple guide to eating right; nutrition-packed kid-friendly recipes; tips for taking the "work" out of "working out"; inexpensive seasonal activities for staying fit; and an easy-to-follow family progress chart.--From publisher description.


If you'd like to try to win a copy of this book, send an email to Julianne.Ninteman. One entry per family.

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Free Event: Celebrating Somali Youth Voices

Celebrate Crossroads: An Anthology of Resilience and Hope by Young Somali Writers, a recently published book featuring original works written by Minnesota-based Somali teens and young adults. Meet and learn from creators’ experiences and listen to live readings. Presented by the Minnesota Humanities Center. Geared for adults and teens ages 12 and older. Thursday, December 17, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Registration required.
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Get Crafty with Kirigami

Exercise your creativity with the Japanese art of kirigami. You can use any paper you have at home to learn the skill. Although you can find videos on YouTube, Dakota County library and Hoopla have books with many tips and designs. (photo from Roylco https://youtu.be/s-OzWiVOIWk)


The BHMS library is giving away two pieces of fancy kirigami paper to students. Simply email Julianne Ninteman, and sign up for a day/time to pick up your paper in the main entry of the school. Better yet, request some books for your reading enjoyment from Destiny while you're at it. It would be inspiring to see pictures of students with their kirigami creations to post in upcoming editions of Booked for the Week --- hint, hint.

Celebrate Books & Community

Don't sit around the house being bored. Here's your chance to be a published photographer and build a culture of reading in our BHMS family. Look through the list of ideas below, take your photo, and send it to Ms. Ninteman. The photo will be in one of our future publications.


Photo Ideas

1. Take a picture of yourself or your family reading in a favorite place in your home, yard or park trail

2. Take a picture of yourself reading with a pet

3. Using materials found around the home, take a photo of yourself/family reenacting a scene from a picture book

4. Using materials found around the home, take a photo of yourself as a character from a book

5. Other ideas that you have to celebrate reading!


*All photos need to be appropriate for school audiences. (Example: No weapons.)

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Sister Act ~

Above: Abby works her brain and physical muscles with the hefty conclusion to the fantasy trilogy Empirium by Claire Legrand.


Below: Maddy, BHMS grad, reads in style curled up in a cozy chair.

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Teen Social Group

Dakota County Library is excited to announce our new Discord server—a virtual hangout space exclusively for teens ages 13-18.

Discord is a free online platform that gives participants a place to build community and connect with each other using a variety of text-based channels dedicated to specific topics of interest. The library’s Discord Server includes channel topics such as gaming, books, art, writing, anime and manga, movies and TV, emotional support, and more. Chat with other Discord members about your favorite fandoms, ships, AUs, and more on the #writing channel.


The library’s Discord server is an invite-only virtual space for teens ages 13–18 and is monitored regularly by library staff. Teens who live in Dakota County or attend a Dakota County school can join the library’s Discord server by completing an online form.

New Books ~ Check Us Out!

Realistic Fiction & Animals

When Lety offers to write animal profiles at the local shelter where she volunteers, her classmate, Hunter, decides he'd like to do them instead of her. He sets up a competition to see whose profile gets an animal adopted first. Lety is anxious about competing with Hunter because her first language is Spanish and she's still learning English while Hunter is the only fifth grader in her class who reads and writes at a high school level. But she's determined to try her best.

Graphic Novel ~ Historical Fiction

"At the Sevres Children's Home outside Paris, Rachel Cohen has discovered her passion--photography. Although she hasn't heard from her parents in months, she loves the people at her school, adores capturing what she sees in pictures, and tries not to worry too much about Hitler's war. But as France buckles under the Nazi regime, danger closes in, and Rachel must change her name and go into hiding"--Provided by publisher.
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Are you in the mood for books?

Request books through Destiny & Curbside Pickup and get a Mood pencil that changes color with the heat of your hand (while supplies last). After you've requested your book, Mrs. Edelman, Library Clerk, will contact you to let you know your title is ready. Then schedule a time to pick it up at BHMS.

Contact Information

Julianne Ninteman, Library Media Specialist

Black Hawk Middle School & Thomas Lake Elementary

julianne.ninteman@district196.org