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I recently polled most of our students during book browse visits and asked them what their favorite book was so far this year. Click on the image to link to their responses and maybe give one a try!

Wonder is almost here

Posted: November 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

I would imagine you already knew that the book Wonder is coming out as a movie on Friday, November 17th. I hope every student in our school gets to see it eventually, but for those who haven’t read the book, please consider checking out one of our many copies available in our library. We have so many copies because we read Wonder as a school-wide read the fall of 2013.


I’ve decided to get multiple copies of Palacio’s second book, Auggie and Me, as a way to continue Auggie’s story and get to know three of the supporting characters in Wonder, Julian, Charlotte and Christopher.

Consider signing up to reserve a copy for yourself and join us at one of the discussions happening in December!

In the meantime, here’s a fun way to celebrate the lessons the book can teach every reader, young and old.

Click on the image to create a personalized Wonder poster


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!

A Long Walk to Water

Posted: April 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

We hope you will consider signing up to participate in our final book discussion of the year centered around the book A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park! Students and families interested in obtaining a copy are asked to return the permission slip found on the Long Walk flyer.

Good Reads and NoveList

Posted: November 7, 2011 in Uncategorized


The folks at EBSCO’s NoveList have made many improvements over the past few years, but this new feature to the database will make using this tool even more useful. Most books in NoveList will now have a link to the Good Reads website–a blog of sorts with over 6,000,000 members who are READERS just like you! So the next time you find youself in NoveList, take a minute to click on the Good Reads link, and find out why their readers liked or perhaps disliked the book you were thinking about reading.



New books…ahhhh…

Posted: September 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

There’s nothing like the feel of a brand new book. The covers are still shiny, the pages crisp, the stories yet to be discovered. But, truth be told, my favorite book is the one that has had its spine taped, the occasional page dog-eared, and a slightly dull cover, because it means that book has been read, over and over again, by the students and teachers at JFDS.

I hope one of my favorite books that I read this summer becomes just that, well-read, and well-loved. It is called A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. It appears on this year’s Maine Student Book Award list for 2011-2012, and I am thrilled the MSBA committee has included such a powerful story about the ethnic conflicts in Sudan. I hope this story will find its way into many of our students hands this year, and they enjoy the story of Salva and Nya as much as I did.