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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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Flash Facts by Sholly Fisch

Posted: February 23, 2021

Have you ever wondered what’s at the bottom of the sea? Why polar ice melts? Or which tools forensic scientists use to solve a crime? Well look no further! Everyone’s favorite Scarlet Speedster is here to answer all your burning questions! Barry Allen, with the help of some of his close friends, will take readers

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Write a Review!

Posted: February 21, 2021

We’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions about books, movies, TV Shows, Video Games, and Music! It only takes a few minutes to write a review!

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Junior High Drama: A Graphic Novel by Louise Simonson and Sumin Cho

Posted: February 15, 2021
By: Goodreads.com

Welcome to Memorial Middle School, where drama fills the classrooms and follows students home on the bus. Social awkwardness. Mean girls. Hallway gossip. It’s all part of life in junior high, but maybe it helps to know you aren’t alone. Can Lucia avoid the boy-girl party? Will Kamilla overcome her self-consciousness and try out for

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

Last month I had a Middle School program – “New Year, New Journal” which was awesomely attended! One of the things I discussed was the why journaling is beneficial. Improve your writing. A great way to improve your writing skills is simply to write! One way to achieve this is with a journal. Don’t feel

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A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi & Laura Shovan 

Posted: January 26, 2021
By: Goodreads.com

Sixth-graders Sara and Elizabeth could not be more different. Sara is at a new school that is huge and completely unlike the small Islamic school she used to attend. Elizabeth has her own problems: her British mum has been struggling with depression. The girls meet in an after-school South Asian cooking class, which Elizabeth takes

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Trespassers by Breena Bard

Posted: January 12, 2021
By: Goodreads.com

Gabby Woods is looking forward to another summer vacation at her family’s lake house, even though she would rather bury herself in a mystery novel than make new friends. But soon Gabby meets Paige, a snarky kid from Chicago, and they get caught up in a local mystery: the sudden disappearance of a glamorous couple

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Tom’s Picks

Posted: January 6, 2021
By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

A QR (quick response) code is a type of matrix barcode. You can use a smartphone camera or a QR code reader app to scan the code, which will navigate to a URL.    QR Codes have been around much longer than I thought – since 1994.  Years ago, they were quite the craze, and then they

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The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer 

Posted: December 8, 2020
By: Goodreads.com

Get to know the Nekton family, underwater explorers who are always up for adventure in The Deep. Where the hit Netflix series began! Journey into The Deep with the daring aquanaut family, The Nektons, aboard their state-of-the-art (and oh, so shiny) submarine, The Aronnax. When an earthquake off the coast of Greenland leads to strange

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