New Books, New Section!

 

Our Scholastic Book Fair was a great success this year, and because of our community’s support, the library was able to purchase a plethora of new books to grow our collection! We even started a new section called Fun Facts. The Fun Facts section includes high-interest, nonfiction books such as “National Geographic’s Weird But True” and “Guinness Book of World Records” just to name a few. This section is already so popular with our middle schoolers, most of the books never even made it to the shelf before they were checked out. To celebrate all the new titles, students got to enter their name in a drawing to be the first to check out the new books. Pictured here are the proud winners!

Book Fair is Open!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is off to a great start! 

We will be open through December 17.

This event will only be open to middle school students during school hours.
Adults can set up an ewallet for a secure, cashless way for your child to shop at the fair at scholastic.com/fair. 
You can also shop online at scholastic.com/fair.
Every purchase helps raise money for our library.
Thank you for supporting WOMS library!

Welcome to the WOMS Personal Growth Section!

I am so excited to get our middle schoolers excited about personal growth books! This section was just set up today and is already almost empty. Personal growth books are designed to help our kids develop a growth mindset, understand themselves, improve relationships, build character, and have the tools they need to navigate the challenging circumstances they face in middle school. Yay for personal growth at WOMS!

 

Thank you, Western Weatherseal!

White Oak Middle School wants to give a big shout out to Western Weatherseal for their generous donation to the library! Students were able to vote for books they would like added to our collection, and those votes were used to select 33 new high-interest titles! We are exceedingly grateful Maria Yosten chose to partner with the library to support literacy and fuel our kids’ passions for reading.

 

 

Book Club is a Hoot!

WOMS book club is in full swing! 36 students have joined me in the Think Lab during lunch to read and discuss “Hoot” by Carl Hiaasen.  This Newberry honor is a hilarious book with powerful topics like activism and bullying. The spectacular group of students participating and the tasty treats are the highlight of my week!

 

Bully Prevention Month

The month of October is Bully Prevention Month, and we are raising our awareness with new books! The middle school library purchased 10 books this month all dealing with the topic of bullying. These titles share real and fictional stories of kids who were bullied and how they overcame it. These empowering, informative stories will equip our readers with compassion and resilience. Check out this video of Shave Koyczan’s poem, “To This Day.”

Marshmallows, Campfires and Ghost Stories

White Oak Middle Schoolers kicked off the month of October with a campfire, marshmallow roast, and Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book.” So maybe the fire was digital, but we used our imaginations and had a great time. While enjoying our tasty treat, we listened to the first chapter on audiobook and compared and contrasted it with the graphic novel version. Both versions are must-reads!

White Oak Middle Schoolers Remember 9/11

 

To honor and remember those who lost their lives in the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we read “The Man in the Red Bandana” during Storytime with Mrs. Kelley. Students were inspired by Welles Crowther’s story of heroism and sacrifice. 6th graders also got to take a virtual tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum with Mrs. Lobue using our Google Expeditions cart.

Newbery Medal Books Featured

 

During the month of September, our library is featuring Newbery Award-winning books and authors! The student library aides created a fabulous display so these great books are easily accessed, and they are flying off the shelves.

During storytime with Mrs. Kelley, we featured Richard Peck, author of “A Year Down Yonder” and “A Long Way from Chicago” by reading one of his shocking short stories, “The Most Important Night of Melanie’s Life.” I don’t think anyone saw that ending coming.

 

Another featured author during storytime was Christopher Paul Curtis, author of “Bud, Not Buddy,” and “Elijah of Buxton,” just to name a few. We read an excerpt from the “The Watson’s Go to Birmingham,” and got a feel for how he skillfully uses humor in his writing despite the very difficult situations his characters face. For more on this amazing author, here is a video.

The next author that will be featured later this month is Pam Munoz Ryan, author of “Esperanza Rising,” “Echo,” and “Becoming Naomi Leon.” I know everyone will enjoy following her characters on their amazing journeys.

What our readers have to say:

Lucas Frazier, 8th grade, read “The Watson’s Go to Birmingham.” He said “I think it is good. It is just relatable.”

Layne Simpson, 8th grade, said “I thought “A Year Down Yonder” was really interesting and cool, and I was surprised by the ending.”

Brandon Phillips, 8th grade, read “New Kid” by Jerry Kraft. This book won the Newbery Medal in 2019 and is the first Graphic Novel to achieve this award. He said, “I would recommend it, especially if someone is new to school.”

Tessa Pruitt, 8th grade read “The Higher Powers of Lucky” by Susan Patron and said, “Usually I read like two chapters of a book and stop. This is the only chapter book I’ve actually read all the way through.”

Grace Pratt, 8th grade, read “Penny from Heaven,” a Newbery Honor book by Jennifer L. Holm. She said “I’m kind of picky about my books, especially about historical fiction because they can be hard to follow, but this one was really interesting and easy to read for me. I recommend it.”