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Summer listening

Posted: June 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

This summer if you find yourself with some time on your hands, consider listening to a fabulous podcast series called “The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel.” I know I am going to start listening!

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel is a scripted podcast for middle grade kids, performed by middle grade kids. It is a fun, high-quality, serial mystery that can be described as Goonies meets Spy Kids meets Stranger Things for 8-12 year olds. It was voted as one of the top 50 podcasts of 2016 by The Guardian, and was recently honored as a Peabody award winner.”

April is National Poetry Month

Be part of the JFD Library Poetry Podcast effort this year!  Browse through our library’s diverse poetry collection, find a favorite, record yourself reading aloud in Garageband, and have your recording posted here, to Readingrocks.

Here’s my attempt! (click on the image)


Here are a few photos of our Skype, on January 5th, with Terry Lynn Johnson, author of Ice Dogs. Terry entertained our crowd of 170+ students and faculty with stories of her mushing days, as well as the highs and lows of being an author!

The photo at the top is Terry’s first published article, and below Terry demonstrates the position of each dog on the line using stuffed huskies!

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Dear JFDS readers,

This is your chance to help contribute to our Library book, eBook and audio book order for next school year!

Here is the link to the VERY SIMPLE form where you can enter a specific title, author, series or add just a general recommendation.

Here are a few more links that might help trigger some ideas!



MARVEL, then go to NoveLIst K-8 Plus:


To our amazing readers…

Posted: March 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

Every winter, the American Library Association announces the long-awaited list of Youth Media Awards at their Annual Winter Meeting. This year, while we were all waiting patiently to see which books would be chosen for awards such as The Newbery Medal, Michael Printz Award, and others, I decided to ask all of you, our wonderful students, to contribute to our “Favorite Books List.” More than 200 students chimed in and came up with a list that illustrates your commitment to reading as well as what a diverse community of readers you actually are. Thank you all for taking the time to be part of what will be our own annual celebration! CLICK on the list below to download your copy.
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Zombie Makers is our very first school-wide discussion book in eBook format!

Don’t miss this exciting read. Here are a few things you need to know…

– Download a copy of the book from your new Follett Shelf BryteWave app

– There will be weekly trivia contests beginning the week of December 8th!

– We will be Skyping with the author, Rebecca Johnson, in early February. Anyone who has read the book, participated in the trivia contests or attended at least two after school activities around the book may attend the Skype session.


What’s new you ask?

Posted: September 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

Our JFDS Bulldogs are off and reading already, and it’s high time everyone has access to this year’s new titles!

Open the PDF below by clicking on the image, and then save the pdf file to your desktop or reading folder on your laptop.

JFD Library new books list

Fiction titles are listed first, followed by nonfiction titles.

The call numbers are noted for each book. See the example below!

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Author Shelley Pearsall via Skype on March 7th


Our stage 6 tetrahedron contains 4,096 individual “stage 0” tetrahedrons! It was completed on February 27th 2013

Thank you to all of the students and teachers who attended the All of the Above dinner and discussion last Thursday night (March 7th) at JFD. I hope you had a good time “meeting” Shelley on Skype, I know I did, and fun with the Math Minute-to-Win-It games in the gym. This is an unforgettable story, so pass it on to someone who hasn’t read it yet!


The Buy One, Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair is here from May 22nd through May 30th in the JFD Library!

Read about some of the titles you will find at this year’s fair!

I love spring for so many reasons. I love seeing the Forsythia bushes bloom all over town (the bushes with lots of yellow blossoms). I love watching our students nurture their reading by placing books on hold, offering recommendations to friends, and requesting books from other libraries. And, I love when I  have the chance to order new materials for our library!

Here’s your chance to offer suggestions for new library books, magazines, eBooks, and Playaways! Just click REPLY to this post and provide as much information as you have. For example, a student who loves science fiction, but doesn’t have an author in mind, might write “More science fiction with aliens, please!”

Don’t wait too long–my orders have to be in soon! And, thank you in advance for your ideas!