The Haunted Library 2019

On October 29, the Haunted Library opened its doors once again for a one-night-only,  hands-on family celebration. Much like last year’s event, the 2019 Haunted Library invited ghouls and ghosts to attend in their costumes and explore creepy projects and games together. This year, middle schoolers were completely in charge of the event – from […]

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Coming Soon: Family Book Club, Love Sugar Magic

It’s Fall Family Book Club time, and we’re adding a pinch of magic to our Book Club recipe! Students and their families are invited to read Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble, by Anna Mariano. Family Book Club is designed for students and their parents/families to share the story together at home. After completing the novel, all […]

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Coming Soon: Sunday STEM Shenanigans!

You know by now that I love weaving literacy and computer science together to create programming and experiences that are exciting, hands-on, and engaging for kids. So when Shenanigans Toys reached out to me about offering free high-quality storytimes with a science, technology, engineering, and mathematical twist, I was so thrilled! We’ll be working together […]

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#STABSummerReading: July 2019

Can you believe that it’s already August? As usual, the summer is going by in a flash – I know that my teacher friends are already counting down the dwindling days until we’re back in our classrooms, refreshing and creating for the new year. But it’s not quite that time yet, we’ve still got some […]

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Coming Soon: More Free Summer Programming with New Dominion Bookshop

Local to the Charlottesville area? I’ve been working with New Dominion Bookshop, the beloved Charlottesville institution, to bring free family programming out of the library and into the city this summer. You can read more about the partnership here. We had a whale of a time at our first round of events (ha! Whale! Narwhal! […]

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#STABSummerReading: June 2019

Happy summer! Have you been following along with the #STABSummerReading fun on social media? If you haven’t heard, #STABSummerReading is a way for our reading community to stay connected and engaged during the summer months when we’re not together in the library. Research has found that students who do not read over their summer vacation […]

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20,000 Pennies: How a Book Club Transformed our School Community

This article was published on Nerdy Book Club on June 24, 2019. You can read in its original format here.   I stood in the middle of the room and listened to the sound of more than 20,000 pennies clinking and jingling around me. To my left, a fourth grade student helped her first grade buddy to […]

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Pride All Year: Kid-Approved LGBTQ+ Titles for Middle Grade & Young Adult Readers

Happy Pride Month, my friends! It’s June, which means that Pride celebrations are in full swing – there are rainbows, commercial collaborations, and booklists everywhere you turn. In February, I shared a list of picture books popular in our library that celebrate gay families, and I was so moved by your responses. Thank you – […]

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Coming Soon: Free Summer Programming with New Dominion Bookshop

This article was written and published by Beth Stefanik on STAB.org. Read in its original format here.     Learning Village Librarian Sarah FitzHenry has partnered with New Dominion Bookshop, owned and operated by Julia McCrae Kudravetz ’98, to provide free summer programming to all Charlottesville readers. “I will be offering the same kind of […]

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