The featured author of the week was 43rd President George W. Bush. Since leaving office, he has authored several books. WOMS library is currently showcasing his work, “Portraits of Courage,” a collection of portraits painted by Bush and essays written by the former president to honor wounded veterans that severed when he was commander in chief.
Students were encouraged to unleash their creativity with creation stations set up in the library. The stations included stop motion, blackout poetry, legos, stacking straws, and water coloring upcycled book pages and postcards. It was so fun to watch kids shine and enjoy creating!
Simply setting out a few sanitizable games around the library has really livened things up! Kids have been popping in to play Connect Four, Suspend, and Checkers just to name a few of the games we’ve set out. At times things have gotten pretty intense due to the competitvie nature of middle schoolers (and teachers), but it has been so nice to see everyone take a break from their phones for some old fashiond fun!
This Valentine’s Day students learned all about how to build self-esteem and show love to themselves during our Pop-Up library club! We had over 40 middle schoolers take time out of their day to celebrate what makes them unique and loved. In addition, they learned 26 new ways to practice kindness to themselves! Check out our presentation here.
This month our library is featuring African American authors, activists, and world-changers in honor of black history month. We added several new books to our collection, but students are most excited to see Jason Reynold’s Track series added to our sports fiction section. And just in time for track season, too! Click here to check out the author himself reading chapter 1 of “Ghost,” the first book in the track series.
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!
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!
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.
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!