Posts Tagged ‘Book Group’

Join us this March and April as we read Jordan Romero’s inspirational memoir about summiting the seven tallest peaks on each continent.

If you’re not quite sure about the book, just read a few pages and see if it’s for you. We have two really great activities to go along with the book:  a trip to University of Maine’s climbing wall, and a Skype with Jordan!

Download the flyer and find out what else is happening in our Library this spring.

 

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!

 

 

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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 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.

A good book, dinner, discussion, and skyping with an author! Be there November 10th @ JFDS!

We hope you will join us this fall as we read and discuss the book, Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan. As in years past, we have chosen books for our school-wide discussions that offer us a window into another middle schooler’s life. In this story, we will meet the compelling and unique character, twelve-year-old Willow Chance.

We invite students who have chosen to read the book, along with a reading partner, (parent, older sibling, other relative, close family friend) to join us the evening of November 10th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a light dinner and engaging discussion centered around the book. The highlight of the evening will be a discussion, via Skype, with the book’s author, Holly Goldberg Sloan. Students who are unable to find a reading partner are still welcome to attend that evening and may bring a guest.

Download the flyer below:

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Wonder’s beginning…. just listen!

Posted: November 15, 2013 in Reading
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Wonder NPR Podcast link

Take 8 minutes to listen to this fantastic interview from with the author of Wonder, R.J. Palacio.

Share your thoughts on what Wonder means to you on our book discussion page!

The interview came from National Public Radio’s Backseat Book Club.

Piggy Bank Mania!

Posted: April 23, 2013 in Reading
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A huge thank you to our art teacher Mrs. Robbins for hosting the first Toby Gold activity–Paint Your Piggy Banks!

As you can see from the photo below, these four piggy banks now have their own unique personality.
We still have some piggy banks left to paint, so if you have been reading Toby Gold, or are waiting for a copy, stay tuned to when the next “Paint Your Piggy Bank” session will be held.

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