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Back to School

Posted: August 23, 2021
By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

Another school year, and it’ll be a good one! Here are some helpful tips to start the school year. right and stay strong Create a daily routine. Whether in person or virtual, it’s important to create a daily routine for the school week. An “early to bed, early to rise” routine along with a consistent

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The Middle is Open!

Posted: August 19, 2021
By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

The Middle has re-opened with guidelines to make sure that everyone can have fun and be safe. What can you do in The Middle? Meet up with friends, play board, card, and video games, use art cart supplies, and check out Tom’s reading recommendations specifically for middle school students. If you’re in 6th, 7th, or

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Red, White, and Whole by Rajani Larocca

Posted: July 23, 2021

Reha feels torn between two worlds: school, where she’s the only Indian American Student, and home, with her family and community. But Reha’s parents don’t understand.  She feels disconnected from her mother, or Amma. Although their names are linked – Reha means “star” and Punam means “moon” they are a universe apart. Then Reha finds out that

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Change

Posted: July 9, 2021
By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

Change is constantly happening, not only in our lives, but around the world. Homework, after school activities, new games to play, people traveling more, and COVID-19 restrictions being lifted.  It can be a struggle keeping up with all of it!One challenge is knowing when and where to wear a mask. Just have one handy at

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Volunteering Update

Posted: May 25, 2021
By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

It is great to see COVID-19 restrictions relaxing. Right now, we still can’t have volunteers in the library, but that shouldn’t stop you from volunteering! Our volunteering options are activities that you can do at home at anytime.  Your activities will count if you need volunteer hours.    If you have questions, please let me

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A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Posted: May 20, 2021
By: Eman, 7th grader at Hadley Junior High

A Long Walk to Water is a moving novel about the struggle to have a safe life in South Sudan during the Sudanese war in the 1980s. Salva Dut had a normal life before the rebels invaded his neighborhood. The story follows his struggle as a refugee and his journey to America. The books also

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The Inkberg Enigma by Jonathan King

Posted: April 26, 2021
By: Goodreads.com

Miro and Sia live in Aurora, a fishing town nestled in the shadow of an ancient castle. Miro lives in his books; Sia is never without her camera. The day they meet, they uncover a secret. The fishing works, the castle, and the town council are all linked to an ill-fated 1930s Antarctic expedition. But

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Pity Party by Kathleen Lane

Posted: March 22, 2021
By: Goodreads.com

Dear weird toes, crooked nose, stressed out, left out, freaked out Dear missing parts, broken hearts, picked-on, passed up, misunderstood, Dear everyone, you are cordially invited, come as you are, this party’s for you Welcome to Pity Party, where the social anxieties that plague us all are twisted into funny, deeply resonant, and ultimately reassuring

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Where We Read

Posted: March 8, 2021
By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

Everyone talks about the importance of reading. As a librarian, of course I applaud reading! Reading Lowers blood pressure  Increases vocabulary and comprehension Inspires creativity  But sometimes, even with a good book, I just can’t get into reading. Where I’m reading could be hindering me. I don’t have a fireplace in my apartment, but when

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