masters-of-disguise-coverWe’re thrilled to announce that we will be reading another fascinating nonfiction book by Rebecca Johnson during the month of January. The book, Masters of Disguise: Amazing animal tricksters, reminds us how truly incredible the animal world is.

Students will have an opportunity to answer a few trivia questions for each chapter, giving all students a chance to win a gift card each week.

And to add to the excitement, Rebecca will be skyping with us on Thursday, January 19th in the Library!

Download the flyer for more information.

When life gets tough…

Posted: December 8, 2016 in Reading

crenshawDid you have an imaginary friend when you were little? If you did, maybe that friend is still with you from time to time? The main character, Jackson, in the story Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate only vaguely remembers his imaginary friend who first appeared when he was a little boy–the first time his family fell on hard times. Now, there is no doubt his family is in trouble again, and Crenshaw reappears just when Jackson needs support the most.


Question? What would be your idea of a perfect imaginary friend? Reply to this post and join in on the conversation!


seventh-most-important-thingWe are excited to announce that every student and faculty member at James F. Doughty School will receive a copy of our fall discussion book, The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall, as a gift from our school. We pride ourselves on being a school of readers, and after hosting numerous book discussion opportunities and author Skypes throughout the years, we are so fortunate to have the chance to share this beautiful story with everyone in our building. Thanks to Shelley Pearsall’s generous offer of donating three free Skype sessions, each grade will have the opportunity to meet Shelley and discuss the book during the school day on December 2nd.

Here are some important dates relating to the book:

  • 11/7 “Tour” the world’s most famous museums, 2:30-4:00
  • 11/9 Listen to the music, see some shows, and sample some foods from 1963 2:30-4:00
  • 11/16 Make art from recycled materials, 2:30-4:00
  • 11/17-18 and 12/1-2 Students and faculty are encouraged to bring in or make an object that represents them to hang on our tree in the Library
  • 12/2 Grade 6, 7 & 8 students Skype and discuss the book with author Shelley Pearsall

Thank you to many of our 6th graders for creating fabulous book review podcasts!

Here’s a small sample of what’s to come in our soon-to-be new PODCAST section.

Top Secret

Play Evan’s book review podcast

A great and terrible beauty

Play Carly’s book review podcast

Land of stories Enchantress returns

Play Cole’s book review podcast

Comic Squad

Play Seth and Brady’s book review podcast

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)



JFDS Library News March 2016 thumbnailJoin us for some fun during March, April, May and June in the Library!

Take a minute to download this flyer and then mark your calendars for the activities that interest you!




March is going to be filled with MAGIC! Don’t miss getting your hands on a copy of The Iron Trial at our library.

There will be after school discussions, computer gaming, and hopefully a Skype with author Holly Black!

From the Magisterium website: “Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst—and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .”

Read more about The Iron Trial here.

Here’s my choice!

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How Cool is This? Read Across the U.S.

Posted: January 31, 2016 in Reading

Thanks to our very own Mrs. Kennedy for sharing this infographic!

Use Atriuum to find out which of these young adult titles we have in the library.

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Click on the image above to see the entire list!

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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We’ve chosen another Maine Student Book Award nominee from this year’s list, Ice Dogs, by Terry Lynn Johnston. I will have copies available in mid-December.

Here are some details about the book:

  • the main characters are 14-year-olds Victoria, a dog sled racer, and Chris, who she rescues while out mushing
  • it is a story of survival and friendship, and is a nail-biting adventure!

READ more about the book HERE.

Malala jacketWe hope you will join us this fall as we read and discuss the book, I am Malala: How one girl stood up for education and changed the world, by Patricia McCormick. As in years past, we have chosen books for our school-wide discussions that offer us a glimpse into young person’s life. This young readers version of Malala’s original memoir is an unforgettable tale of a young woman who dared to make a difference.

We invite students, who have chosen to read or listen to the book, along with a guest, (parent, older sibling, other relative, close family friend) to join us the evening of Thursday, December 3rd from 6-8 p.m. for a light dinner and engaging discussion and hands-on activities centered around the book.

In addition to our evening discussion, we also have an assortment of after school activities planned. These activities are open to any student, whether or not they have signed up to read I am Malala.

This is your chance to speak up for a book you’ve loved this year, and share WHY it was so important to you as a reader.

Anything goes–print, audio, eBook, as well as all genres–fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels!

To suggest a book, click on the “talking bubble” at the top right of this box, then add your comment in the box!

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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:


Don’t miss this…

Posted: March 11, 2015 in Reading

We will be SKYPING with author D.J. MacHale on March 24th @ 2:45 in the auditorium! 

pendragonD.J. has quite a few fans at JFDS, and thanks to one very persistent 7th grade boy, we are now going to have the opportunity to meet this famous author via Skype.

The Merchant of Death is the first in the Pendragon series.  Here’s a description about this title from NoveList:

“Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby. He is going to save the world. …Before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.”

Read an excerpt (a piece) from The Merchant of Death, here.

Sign up in the Library if you’re planning to join us on the 24th!