By now almost all middle school clusters have come into the library media center for an orientation and chance to check out books. In this upcoming week we will get the remaining clusters in for orientation as well. I want to create as much access as possible for the students and staff of BMS. It is a spectacular space but it means nothing if it is not utilized by our valuable patrons!
Here is a schedule for open library opportunities throughout the day:
8:10-8:40am Monday - Friday: Get a pass from Mrs. Van Leer or Mrs. Roy in the library media center the day before, tuck it into your backpack, and show it to a teacher assistant in the morning to come upstairs.
Any time your teacher allows you throughout the day: Your ELA teacher has library media center passes available to give you when you come to agreement on a good time to come to the library media center to check out a book.
3:20 - 4:10pm Monday - Thursday: You do not need a pass to come to the library media center after school.
You need to know about this AMAZING opportunity! Padma Venkatraman, the author of this year's middle school Global Read Aloudtitle The Bridge Home will be here among the greatness of this author panel. I hope to see you there!
Launching Young Lives: Why Authors Love Libraries
A Fundraiser to Benefit the Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA)
Sat, Sept 21 from 2:30 to 4 pm
Free and open to all
What makes libraries wonderful? Four award-winning authors for children and teens will hold a panel discussion on the subject: “Launching Young Lives: Why Authors Love Libraries.” Moderated by the Lincoln School’s Meagan Lenihan, the event will include a book sale and signing and light refreshments. Sale proceeds will be donated to the RI Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA), a grass-roots organization supporting the state’s libraries.
Featured authors Linda Crotta Brennan, Kara LaReau, Nancy Tupper Ling, and Padma Venkatraman are linked by excellence. Their prizes and starred reviews are for poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction, picture books and books for young teens. Books available for signing range from current events to fantasy, and from light-hearted adventure to fiercely heart-warming realism—for the children on your gift list, look for recent publications such as Brennan’s Climate Change and Air Quality; LaReau’s middle-grade trilogy, The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters; Ling’s The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful; and Venkatraman’s The Bridge Home. Books on the Square will handle sales, authors will sign books, and COLA membership materials will be available.
The event is co-sponsored by Barrington Public Library and the Rhode Island Coalition of Library Advocates. COLA, founded as a citizen activist group in the 1980s and now a section of the RI Library Association, encourages library users to get involved. Libraries promote intellectual freedom and inquiry for all ages, and serve as incubators for creativity in childhood and maturity alike. COLA, like a statewide Friends of the Library group, advocates and promotes library services in all types of libraries. Membership information will be available at the event, or visit https://colari.org/.
Parents, Teachers, Students! Clearly is a really impressive Google Chrome extension you want to know about. If you are reading an online article and use the Clearly extension, it will eliminate distracting advertisements. Readers can also choose a different font and size that works for their eyes. There is even an audio option that reads to you. The voice is a bit robotic but it will provide lots of access for our readers.
Mike Lupica is coming to Barrington Books on Saturday, September 14th from 2:30-4:00pm to discuss his new book. Stop over to say hello if you are in town. I know he would be THRILLED to meet members of the Barrington Little League team!