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WELCOME TO THE LIBRARY!

The JM Library will be open to students beginning August 28th.  The library is open Monday - Thursday, 8:00 - 4:00.  Students may use the library before and after school, as well as brunch and lunch times.  A limited number of 6th - 8th grade textbooks are available for use in the library.  Computers, to be used for school work only, are also available.

Sixth graders may check out 2 library books. Seventh and 8th graders may check out up to 5 books.  The loan period is 3 weeks.  If a book is needed for longer than 3 weeks, please return it to the library for renewal.  

 

Our Library has a wonderful collection of Non-Fiction and Fiction books, from Classics to the latest publications.  New books are added to the collection throughout the year.  Stop by to check one out!

 

 

 

 

CONTACTS

Library Media Specialist:  Elizabeth Laucher    llaucher@morage.k12.ca.us

Library phone: 377-4222

Library Volunteer Coordinator:  Jennifer Tatem

LIBRARY MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Moraga School District School Library Program is to support students in becoming independent and effective users of all variety of information; to support teachers and the common core standards through collaboration; and to nurture a lifelong love of reading and learning.

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BOOK FAIR SUCCESS!

Thank you to all the parents who volunteered their time and energy to help make the book fair a success.  Thank you also to the families whose purchases help support the library and encourage reading.  Have a wonderful summer swimming, traveling, relaxing, and READING!

                      

A BIG THANK YOU TO JM PTA!

The PTA recently provided funds for the purchase of 30 Chromebooks for use in the library.  These Chromebooks will be used by students during open library hours and also when classes are held in the library.  Our students are thrilled!     

                                  

2018 NEWBERY AWARD WINNERS!

The John Newbery Award is for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.

            

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Piecing Me Together, Long Way Down, and Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut are also Coretta Scott King Award Winners!

To view all the 2018 American Library Service to Children Award Winners follow this link:  http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2018/02/american-library-association-announces-2018-youth-media-award-winners

JACQUELINE WOODSON NAMED NATIONAL AMBASSADOR FOR YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE!

Ms. Woodson has chosen the phrase “Reading = Hope x Change,” as her platform as Ambassador. “I definitely believe that reading can change us and shape us in so many ways, and through it we can be exposed to people and places and ideas that we might not otherwise come across or confront in real life,” she said. “A platform about the importance of reading and having conversations across the lines of books is really important to me.” 

                                            

AUTHOR TAMARA IRELAND STONE VISITS JM!


Sixth grade students were treated to a wonderful presentation by New York Times bestselling author Tamara Ireland Stone.  The visit was both educational and inspirational for our students as she discussed her writing process.  Ms. Stone's new novel, Click'd, is STEM inspired and also focuses on friendship, competition, and the value of failure.

Here are some comments from our students:

"I liked that the book is about a girl who creates a game and is also a soccer player."

"She was very inspiring and a very good speaker."

"I liked how she explained there can be a lot of failure in the writing process, and you need to be persistent."

"It was cool meeting the author and I'm looking forward to reading her book."

"Good description of her writing experience."

"I liked that she answered a lot of questions."

"She inspired me to write more stories."

"I liked how she talked about herself and then asked about us."

"The story conflict in Click'd sounds really interesting."

"As soon as I heard about the book I wanted to read it."

                         

CALIFORNIA YOUNG READER MEDAL (CYRM) AWARD

Each year students throughout California participate in awarding the CYRM to some very special books.  The titles in each category are favorites of young readers.  Students must read each title in the specific category in order to vote.  

2017-2018 Middle School Nominees:  

                            
                                                              
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen WINNER!

Tesla's Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman 

 

2017-2018 Young Adult Nominees:

                                      

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys   WINNER!

 

Please share your vote with Mrs. Laucher. All votes must be submitted before April 1, 2018. The winner will be announced in May, 2018!

For more information on the CYRM, visit this website: www.californiayoungreadermedal.org/

2017 NEWBERY AWARD WINNERS!

The John Newbery Award is for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.

         
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Freedom Over Me: Eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life by Ashley Bryan

The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

All of these books are available in the JM Library.

JM Catalog and Online Resources

Destiny Library Catalog

Online resources can be accessed through WebPath Express on the left side of the Catalog page.

HISTORICAL FICTION BOOKS AT OUR LIBRARY

THANK YOU MEF!

Thank you to the Moraga Education Foundation for their continued support and funding of the library.

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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY LIBRARY

The Contra Costa County Library system offers a great selection of books, ebooks, homework help, and programs for people of all ages, including middle school students!  Here is the link to the home page:      www.ccclib.org

You need a CCC Library card to access the many databases available to students.  Apply online for an e-card.