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  • S U M M E R themed books!

    Posted by Lindsay Deverall on 5/18/2021 1:00:00 PM



    As we approach our final stretch of school, complete the ISAT's, read final chapters, fine tune end of the year projects and stay focused on learning, it's fun to look ahead to when we can pack up our things, sign yearbooks and go home for summer break. 


    Summer reminds me of popsicles on the lawn, staying outside until the street light comes on, baseball games, movie nights at the park, camp fires under the stars, lemonade stands and pick up basketball games. 


    The following Summer themed books will take you down a dusty trail leading to a mountain lake. Whisk you away to a fictional town where characters ride bikes to the beach, run down the dock and dive into the water. Places where you and your family may not have plans to visit - but might you find yourself daydreaming about. 


    In Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashers we get to experience a trip to Italy in the Summer.  Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson tells the story of a teenage girl and her family who return to their lakeside cabin for the summer where she reconnects with a friend that becomes a first love.  Panic by Lauren Oliver is an edgier story about a group of seniors competing in a contest the summer after senior year by taking risks to win a contest through clues and dares. Finally, We Were Liar's by E. Lockart tells the story about a girl who attempts to connect the dots and fill in the blanks of her memories after suffering a head injury.  This mystery kept my attention from the first line until the last page. 

    If you would like to check out some other summery stories, you might like the following:

    The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

    The Truth About Forever by Sarah Desson

    Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

    When Dimple Met Rishi Sandhya Menon

    The Last Song by Nichlas Sparks

    Love & Gelato by Jenna Evan Welch

    The Start of You and Me by Emory Lord

    All Summer Long by Hope Larson




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  • Resilience

    Posted by Sarah Wilson on 4/30/2021

    This last year and a half has been one of the most challenging, difficult, and stressful times that I can recall in my 20+ years of education. As I reflect on all that our students, staff, families, and community have accomplished this year, I feel grateful and awed. We have learned so much together. We have been challenged. We have created. We have tried, failed, and succeeded. We have celebrated. Each one of us has shown great resilience. This is the topic of this month’s blog post.

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    I recently took a workshop sponsored by the Idaho Coaching Network. Rose Hendricks taught a session called “Resilience for Educators: Take Care of Yourself.” The information in her class can be used by anyone.  A critical message in this workshop was take time to take care of yourself. Without doing so, you can’t be resilient. What are some ways that you can practice self-care?

    *Get enough sleep

    *Move your body

    *Eat healthfully

    *Organize your space

    *Try something new

    *Practice gratitude

    *Do what you love

    *Connect with others

    *Create a joy collage of images that bring you joy

    *Practice silent appreciations

    There are other ways that you can practice self-care that aren’t mentioned here. The ultimate goal is to find ways to recharge your body, mind, and soul.


    If you are interested in learning more about building resilience, go to Elena Aguilar’s website, Onward: Stories and Resources to Cultivate Emotional Resilience (onwardthebook.com). Or, check out one of these books from the library: I Can’t Do That Yet: Growth Mindset by Esther Pia Cordova and This Moment Is Your Life: And So Is This One by Mariam Gates.


    The following books feature stories are about characters (real and imagined) that have beaten the odds, overcome adversity, and persevered. They are on display in the library this month.

    Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

    Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

    Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo

    Holes by Louis Sachar

    Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston

    Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

    Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton

    All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

    Into the Clouds by Tod Olson

    Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

    The Saturday Boy by David Fleming

    Squint by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown

    Pieces of Why by K.L. Going

    Rules by Cynthia Lord

    We look forward to seeing staff and students in the library this month. Enjoy our displays on perseverance, resilience, and more!

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  • It's beginning to look like S P R I N G in the LCMS Library

    Posted by Lindsay Deverall on 3/17/2021 11:00:00 AM

    Books in Bloom

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  • LCMS Top Checkouts for 2020-21

    Posted by Lindsay Deverall on 3/16/2021 3:00:00 PM

    Top 25 checkouts


     Through remote online requests, book mobile classroom checkouts and in-person class visits the following book titles have been VERY popular from September 2020 to March 2021.


    25. Cirque du Freak :  Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan 

    24. Best Friends by Shannon Hale

    23. Amulet : Book three, The Cloud Searchers by Kazu Kibuishi

    22. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

    21. The Hidden Witch by Molly Ostertag

    20.  The Baby-sitters Club, 2 The truth about Stacey by Raina Telgemeier

    19. Allies by Alan Gratz

    18. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

    17. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

    16. Amulet.  Book 2, The stonekeeper's curse by Kzu Kibuishi

    15.  The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy

    14. Warcross by Marie Lu

    13. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

    12. Resistance by Jennifer Nielson

    11. Drama by Raina Telgemeier

    10. Prodigy : a Legend Novel by Marie Lu

    9. Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans

    8. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

    7. Legend by Marie Lu

    6. Cirque du Freak : The Vampire's Assistant by Darren Shan

    5. Smile by Raina Telgemeier

    4. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

    3. Guts by Raina Telgemeier

    2. Michael Vey : The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

    1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner 


    These books are available in the LCMS library - however, due to their popularity, you may need to put one on hold if it is checked out.  The librarians will let you know as soon as it is ready and deliver it to your classroom.  


    Happy Reading!!!

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  • Diversity and Compassion

    Posted by Lindsay Deverall on 3/4/2021 12:00:00 PM

    As we continue to celebrate Read Across America Week 2021 in the LCMS Library, we would like to spotlight books that celebrate  Diversity, Compassion and Inclusion.


    Visit the links below to read more about these books and check one out VIRTUALLY here. 


    Happy Reading! 




    To Kill a Mocking Bird  by Harper Lee


    The Secret Life of Bees  by Sue Monk Kidd


    The Number of our Stars by Lois Lowry


    The Giver by Lois Lowry


    Wonder by RJ Palacio


    Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Midlred D. Taylor 


    Loser by Jerry Spinelli


    The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak


    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford


    Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson


    Born a Crime middle grade adaption  by Trevor Noah


    Orphan Train Christina Baker Kline


    You Should See me in My Crown by Leah Johnson





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  • Read Across America

    Posted by Lindsay Deverall on 3/1/2021 6:00:00 AM

    Read Across America Week is celebrated across the country to acknowledge READING.  Offically observed March 2nd in honor of Dr. Suess's birthday.  Children of all ages are encouraged to make reading a daily HABIT.


    Take a peak at the books below to share the gift of reading with a younger sibliing, friend, or neigbor!


    The Day you Begin 

    by Jaqueline Woodson 



    by Kazu Kibuishi


    by Jason Reynolds



    by Peter H Reynolds


    The Tale of Despereaux

    by Kate DiCamillo



    by Kate Applegate 

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  • Change

    Posted by Lindsay Deverall on 2/24/2021 2:00:00 PM


    Spring Leaves


    The snow is slowly beginning to melt.  The days are getting a bit longer and we are getting ready to set our clocks an hour ahead.  


    As the saying goes, "Nothing is consistent but change."  


    With constant change in our lives, it is normal to feel confused or maybe anxious.  The following books may help you feel less alone.  





    by Alice Hoffman


    The Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

    by Dusti Bowling


     New Kid

    by Tim Green




    Finding Audrey

    by Sophia Kinsella


    Turtles all the Way Down 

    by John Green



    by Raina Telgemeier 


    Fish in a Tree

    by Lynda Mullaly Hunt




    24 Hours in Nowhere

    by Dusti Bowling


    Hello, Universe

    by Erin Entrada Kelly


    The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

    by Leslie Connor




    Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    by Ann Brashares


    Stand Tall

    by Joan Bauer


    Dear Mr. Henshaw

    by Beverly Clearly 


     No matter the change, remember you are not alone and there is always someone here for you.




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  • Your Librarians, Then & Now

    Posted by Sarah Wilson on 2/4/2021

    Mrs. Deverall and Mrs. Wilson were reminiscing on their middle school years and first library experiences. We had fun recollecting, and hope you enjoy this blog post and learn something about your librarians.

    Your Librarians Then...

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     Mrs. Deverall


    Your Librarians Now...

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    Q: What was your favorite book series, author, or stand-alone novel in middle school?

    LD: The Giver, by Lois Lowry

    SW: Stephen King

    Q: What was your earliest memory of being in a library, school or public?

    LD: It was a preschool field trip to the Boise Public Library. I still remember the smell of the library and the red velvet carpet. 

    SW: Going to Cascade Public Library with my mom and sisters. We got to check out puzzles and books. The librarian was always nice and gave us stickers.

    Q: Why is reading meaninful to you?

    LD: It has turned me into a life longer learner and seeker of knowledge.  Reading helps me to be more empathatic and experience what it is like to walk a day in some one else's shoes. 

    SW: Reading has always helped me relax and feel happy. I love reading all kinds of stories (fiction and nonfiction) and learning about people and events. Reading connects me to new people, ideas, and experiences.

    Q: What are some things that you love about working in the library?

    LD: Everyday is different!  I enjoy making connections with students through books and recommendations.  I love discovering new books and hidden gems.  

    Mrs. Deverall is currently reading:

    Hurricane Child


     SW: I enjoy getting to know the students and finding out what they enjoy reading. It makes my heart happy when a student tells me how much they loved a book that I recommended to them. I also love the challenge of finding the "right" book for a finicky reader.

     Mrs. Wilson is currently reading:

    Sisters of Shadow and Light Cover

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  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Posted by Lindsay Deverall on 1/11/2021 3:00:00 PM

    New Year New Beginnings

    "The time is always right to do what is right."


    Celebrating the life and achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr., an influential American Civil Rights Leader.


    Martin Luther King, Jr. "lived, worked and sacrificed to make the world a better place." 


    At the March of Washington in 1963, he repeated the mantra,

    I have a Dream


    He offered the hope that, "my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."


    The following books contain themes of courage, doing the right thing, standing up for what you believe in, determination, bravery and hope.


    All American Boys by Jason Reynolds


    Darby by Jonathon Scott Fuqua


    After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay


    The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine


    Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson


    Hidden Figures by Margo Lee Shetterly


    One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia


    Revolution by Debrah Wiles


    The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis


    The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President


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  • New Books, New Year!

    Posted by Sarah Wilson on 1/11/2021

    New Book Titles


    Hello Explorers! Please check out some of the new YA, MG, and Graphic Novels that have come to the library since you were away on break! As new titles are processed and added, you can find them in Destiny Discover under "Recently Added" or search by topic and sort by the published date. I'm working on building my favorites list for this year right now! Jennifer Nielsen's book, The Warrior's Curse, and Alan Gratz's book, Ban This Book, are on my 2021 reading list already! What's on your list? If you need a recommendation, please email Mrs. Wilson or Mrs. Deverall and we'd be happy to get a book checked out to you!

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