Yankee Swap Summer Book Exchange

Every so often, wandering through the library with my middle school groups, I’ll hear a sound that is music to my ears: students  “You have to read this book. It’s so good. I’m obsessed with it.” Peer to peer recommendations are incredibly powerful. No matter how well I know a student or how passionately I […]

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Coming Soon: 5th Grade Yankee Swap Summer Book Exchange

WHO: 5th grade readers interested in picking up a new book to enjoy over the summer, share one of their favorites, and participate in a fun book exchange with their classmates. WHAT: 5th grade students have been begging for one more book club this year (I can’t blame them – they did such a great […]

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Cardboard MakerSpace Book Club

Her hair fell into her face and she hunched over, tongue sticking out of the corner of her mouth, fingering an LED light and a strip of copper tape. The cardboard car sat stubbornly askew on the tabletop. She moved silently, in tiny increments, only pausing to wipe her hand on her skirt or tuck her […]

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Coming Soon: 6th Grade Cardboard Makerspace Book Club

WHO: 6th grade graphic novel lovers, makers, creatives, and students looking to try something new! WHAT: A graphic novel book club… with a twist. When I read Cardboard by Doug TenNapel, I was so inspired that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some cardboard. What magic could I make out of cardboard? What was […]

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7th and 8th Grade Book Club: Blind Date with a Book

Love is in the air! Hearts were fluttering with excitement and romance was everywhere yesterday as 7th and 8th graders met in the library for a very unusual book club. At this time of year, many students can feel overwhelmed by schoolwork and uninspired by independent reading. The weather is bleak, the midterms are rough, and […]

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4th and 5th Grade Book Club: Paper Wishes, by Lois Sepahban

After the success of our last book club, I needed a fun and creative idea to keep the momentum going. It was time for 5th grade to have a chance to meet and discuss again, and I knew that this grade had something special – a unique enthusiasm for reading and the ability to hold […]

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Coming Soon: Blind Date with a Book

WHO: 7th grade and 8th grade students WHAT: A book club for your creative side! Set your book up on a blind date by covering the front and back covers and title. Students can use a book from your personal collection or a library book, as long as it is school appropriate. Students, whatever book […]

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Coming Soon: 4th and 5th Grade Book Club

WHO: 4th grade students and their book club hosts – 5th grade readers! WHAT: 5th grade is coming together to plan fun and interesting activities and discussion based around Paper Wishes*, a middle-grade novel by Lois Sepahban. Since they’re in charge of all of the planning, the details aren’t mine to share – but I know it will be great! All participants […]

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Coming Soon: 7th and 8th Grade Book Club

Attention, 7th and 8th graders! Consider this your official invitation to the our very exclusive End-of-the-World Book Club. (Yes, you read that right.) WHO: 7th and 8th grade students as well as staff like Mr. Price, Ms. Mathieson, Ms. Beckwith, Ms. Stevens, Mr. Gulotta, and yours truly! WHAT: An exciting and thought-provoking book discussion about Life as We Knew It […]

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