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Scholastic Book Fair and Costume Contest -- 5/3/17
The Scholastic Book Fair is here until Friday! The book fair is open during nutrition and lunch as well as during Open House (Thursday May 4th)! So make sure you don't miss out and take a moment to come and check out the books. We received some really good middle grade books this year.
Also tomorrow (Thursday May 4th) is the Costume Contest. Come dressed as your favorite literary character for a chance to win a $40, $20, or $10 Scholastic Gift Certificate! Entry fee is $1 and all proceeds will be put towards purchasing books for the library!
Blackout Poetry Continued -- 4/5/17
We've begun Blackout Poetry with the students and the results are amazing. It's astounding the amount of talent that these students possess. I only wish that more of the students realized how much raw potential that they have and took greater pride in it and continued with that potential. Just read some of these poems for yourself and then you'll understand.
There's so many other great poems, it's too hard to choose. If you can come by the library to see them all hanging up. It's great to see so many kids really enjoy writing poetry.
Blackout Poetry -- 3/31/17
April is poetry month and in honor of this prolific month we are doing another activity with the classes. Last year the students participated in Paint Pallet Poetry (scroll down to see projects from last April), but this year we have chosen to have them join us in Blackout Poetry. 
The concept is simple: you take an old book, tear out a page, and then create a poem from the words on the page. All the remaining words not used are then blacked out. 
What is so great about this activity is that it is extremely versatile. It can be very simple or you can make it much more elaborate. Take these poem pages for example.
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We're very excited to introduce the students to Blackout Poetry and hope that it sparks a new crowd of wordsmiths. 
Our March Madness Winner has been chosen! -- 3/14/17
The winner of this year's March Madness and Sullivan Middle School's favorite book is .... drumroll please ... Harry Potter!!
The March Madness Elite 8 have been decided! -- 3/8/17
Our Elite 8 have been decided by the Sullivan students. Today our contestants are:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid vs. I Funny
Drama vs. Wonder
The Hunger Games vs. The Maze Runner
Maximum Ride vs. Harry Potter
March Madness Begins Again! -- 3/3/17
The second annual March Madness Reading Tournament will begin on Monday March 6th! Sixteen contestants will be pitted against each other to see who the most popular book is at Sullivan Middle School. Who do you think will win?
NaNoWriMo -- 10/17/16
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) starts November 1st and is only a couple of weeks away
What is NaNoWriMo you ask? Here is what the NaNoWriMo team has to say about itself:

"National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.

Every year, 400,000 people participate in our programs, including 100,000 young writers and educators through YWP."

Interested? Here's some ways to start preparing yourself:
1. Visit the Young Writer's program-- YWP - NaNoWriMo website and see what it is all about.
2. Sign up either for the Young Writers Program NaNoWriMo and register as a "Young Writer" and set your own word goal OR you can register through the main site - but be aware that you will have to write a 50,000 word novel if you register through there.
You should sign up on the Young Writers Program site if you are: 
  • 17 years old or younger participating on your own.
If you are 13 or older you can choose to sign up on the main site at Just know that you will have to write a 50,000 word novel since the adult site doesn't allow you to set your own word-count goal.
Miss DuPont, one of the librarians, plans on personally participating in NaNoWriMo and will be providing writing assistance throughout November to students who want to participate too. 
She has set up a writing group for the students and has lots of helpful resources so they can each achieve their writing goal.
NaNoWriMo 2016 Participant Banner
Sadako and Our Thousand Paper Cranes -- 10/14/16
Our Sadako display has been finished and it is beautiful! Just check out these pictures or come in and check it out for yourself!
Sadako and Our Thousand Paper Cranes -- 9/21/16
These past few weeks we've been doing a critical thinking activity with the kids where we read aloud the true short story "Sadako" and then afterwards we teach them how to fold an origami paper crane.
Sadako is the shorter, picture book, version of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr, which tells of the moving story of Sadako, a young girl who develops leukemia ten years after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Her best friend informs her of the Japanese legend where if a person who is ill makes a thousand paper cranes, the gods will grant that person's wish to be well again. Sadako sadly passes away before she can finish folding her thousand cranes, but her courage and strength live on when her fellow classmates finish the last 356 cranes for her and raise enough money to build a commemorative statue of her and have it placed in Hiroshima Peace Park. Every year people hang thousands of cranes on her statue. Engraved on its base is their wish: "This is our cry, this is our prayer: Peace in the world."
In conjunction with the story we have been having the students each fold at least one origami paper crane to join our flock (we are going to fold 1,000). Origami is a really cool critical thinking exercise because it stimulates brain activity and actually helps students remember information better and in doing so helps them learn better. It's also very creative... and fun! 
Students have loved this activity so much they are actually going out and buying their own origami paper to help fold more cranes. They've even begun making us a second flock of really really tiny origami cranes. 
Scholastic Book Fair -- 9/15/16
The Scholastic Book Fair will be hosted in the library until Tuesday September 20th.
Make sure your student has a chance to stop by and look at the books. They can even pre-order the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid- book #11!
All Library books are due this FRIDAY!
Please help your student to remember to bring in their books. If they have lost or severely damaged a book they will need to pay for it. If the books are not brought in on time or their fines paid for they will begin to lose privileges (for example: they won't be able to get their yearbook until the books are returned, etc.)
6th Grade Textbooks are due FRIDAY!
7th Grade Textbooks are due MONDAY!
8th Grade Textbooks are due TUESDAY!
Each student should have 5 textbooks (unless they have two sets, one set for each house).  
Paint Palette Poetry -- 4/13/16
We have had about half of our classes come in and begin their Paint Palette Poetry projects and so far we are very impressed with the outcome. 
If you want to try Paint Palette Poetry at home it's an easy fun activity that you can do with kids of all ages (though you may have to help with some of the younger ones).
Step 1: Pick a Palette
            Choose a paint palette that speaks to you and gives you a vivid picture of the poem or                 scene you want to write. 
Step 2: Write a Poem
            Use the names of the paint colors to write your poem. Be descriptive. You don't need to               use the paint colors in order or have them each in their own individual sentence.
Step 3: Paint a Picture
            Try and use only the colors from your paint palette to paint your picture - make it                           monochromatic that's part of the fun. 
Here's an example of a finished poem and painting that one of the librarians did (This Paint Palette Poetry was started in the previous web post).
We also have a couple of finished student poems to spark your inspiration.
Overall the main point to is tap into your creative side and have fun!
April is National Poetry Month -- 4/6/16
In honor of National Poetry Month the library will be hosting a couple of really cool events for the students- Number one being a Poetry Contest!
Poems are due by Friday, April 22nd. Be warned poems with spelling errors will NOT be accepted unless it was done purposefully as a stylistic choice. 
Voting will begin the following week on April 18th. All poems will be displayed in the library and judging will be student based. Students will vote for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners as well as for a Student's Choice Award. These winners will be awarded with a special treat!
This is also a great opportunity for students to begin working on their poems for the Poetry Cafe for Open House on the night of May 5th!
Our other cool event that will be coming to the library is Paint Palette Poetry! A fun and creative activity that incorporates poetry many of the students will be participating in this during class time. Students are each given a paint palette and must make a poem out of the paint colors listed. After they create their poem they then paint a picture to coincide with their poem using those colors (which they will have to create using their fantastic color wheel mixing skills). 
For Example: 
Deep in the Valley of Fire the Savannah Sun cast a Pale Apricot glow over a lone couple sipping on Apricot Ice and Papaya Whip, both hidden from the Desert Dawn under the shade of a Nectarine tree.

The Favorite Book of Sullivan's students has been decided -- 3/23/16
The votes have been cast and counted and the Grand Champion for SMS's first annual March Madness Reading Tournament is....
The Maze Runner!!
16 Enter, Only 1 Will Leave -- 3/7/16
Our March Madness Reading Tournament has begun! Over the next couple of weeks we will be pitting our top 16 most checked out books against one another in a brutal battle to find a grand champion. Each day two books will "face-off" against each other and the students will vote for the book they like best until we have whittled down the competition to two finalists.
Here are our 16 contestants
Dork Diaries #8 by Rachel Renee Russell
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus Series) by Rick Riordan
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Gone by Michael Grant
I Funny by James Patterson
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice Series) by John Flanagan
May the odds be ever in your favor!
Thank You! -- 3/5/16
A huge thank you to all those who helped volunteer for the Scholastic Book Fair. The book fair looked fantastic and was a huge successful. Thank you to all the students/parents who purchased books or items from the book fair because of your support we were able to get over 40 new books for the library for the students to enjoy!
Book Fair Ends Tomorrow! -- 3/2/16
The Scholastic Book Fair ends tomorrow so if you haven't had a chance to come in and see what we have on sale make sure to hurry on over.
Plus if you purchase a book today (Wednesday) or tomorrow (Thursday) you will receive a raffle ticket to win one of the awesome posters that are being sold at the Book Fair!
Happy Read Across America Day -- 3/2/16
Today is Dr. Seuss's 112th birthday so pick up a book in honor of an author who made reading fun and wacky as a child.
Four new Millionaires -- 3/1/16
Congratulations to our 4 new Millionaires: Anna B., Elizabeth W., Jack S., and Christopher S.!
You've worked hard to get to where you are -- welcome to the club!
The Book Fair Opens Tomorrow -- 2/22/16
There are some really cool new books and great deals to be found at this years Feelin' Groovy Book Fair. Make sure to make some time to stop on by. Book donations for the library are always appreciated :)
The Book Fair will be open during nutrition and lunch time.
Scholastic Book Fair February 23rd- March 2nd -- 2/16/16
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the library! The Book Fair will be open from February 23rd- March 2nd. Nutrition and Lunch will be the best times for the students to come in and look and purchase any books they may want, but they will also have an opportunity to come in with their Lit/Lang classes during the week. Make sure to talk with your student about any books they may want.
Creative Writing Seminar for the next generation of aspiring writers -- 1/15/16
We have put together a quick presentation for students who are interested in creative writing as both a past-time, career, or just want to better their writing as a whole. We will be showing the presentation and hold a Q&A session on Monday, January 25th during their lunch times. 
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Getting hip with the times -- 1/13/16
The library has just recently started an Instagram for our students to follow (since most students this age do not have Twitter yet). Make sure that you (and your student) follow us on Instagram @libraryatsms 
The Meeting of the Millionaires -- 12/9/15
Our twelve Millionaires will be gathering on Monday 12/14/15 during lunchtime in a special honorary Subway meal so that we may congratulate them on there achievement of reading one million+ words this semester. 
Read books, take AR tests on them, and maybe you to can join the inner circle.
These are the books you've been looking for -- 12/9/15
Needing a new book? Why not take a look at our #SMSFeaturedBook or #SMSNotableNonfiction selections. 
All these books have been hand-picked from our shelves by our librarians. They are books that they have absolutely loved, have a great plot, character(s), or information, or are notable in some other way -- in other words they are a must read. 
Another Millionaire has joined the ranks!-- 12/4/15
Another student has joined the Millionaire club this week, having read over 1 Million words this semester. This fills our Millionaire club ranks to nine students and looking at the rest of the numbers it looks like we will have several more by next week. Congratulations David on making the club!
The library has been transformed with library cheer. A snow flurry has swept through, dusting our shelves in time for winter. We have put up a book display with some titles that discuss some of the holidays and a few of the world's religions for students to peruse. 
We also have some great artwork made by the students in Ms. Ledri's class posted up on the walls in a little gallery. Make sure you stop by to see what's going on in the library. 
We have four new Millionaires and a student who's reached two million! Congrats Michelle, Alex, Emily, Rebekah, and Kaylee! 
Let's keep the reading coming!
Fall is in the air and the library is dressed to match! Seems we got caught up in a Turkey Riot though... I guess we'll have to grant them their wishes!  
Millionaire Club
The library has its first four Millionaires (Jed, Kaylee, Maddison, and Isabel)! 
Each student's A.R. account tracks how many words they have read based on the A.R. tests that they take. Once a student reaches one million words they are part of the club!   
If you see these students make sure to congratulate them!
The library will be putting together a "Wall of Pride" in honor of Veteran's Day (November 11th). Any staff or student who has a family member who is an active duty member or Veteran of the military is asked to bring in a photo of your honoree, which will be posted in the library form now until Veteran's Day. Students may pick up a permission slip in the library which needs to brought in with the photo before it can be posted. 
Let's honor those who have served our country!
Online Read-Aloud by Neil Gaiman
Starting Friday (10/30/15) the library will be breaking it's own rule! Students will be allowed to eat their lunches in the library and listen to Neil Gaiman as he reads aloud his novel "The Graveyard Book." This is a privledge and if it is misused we will cancel future readings. We will start the online reading 5 minutes after lunch starts! So come one, come all and enjoy this spooky read. 
Summary of the Book: 
Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are things like ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other.
Want to catch up or listen as well... Click the link to be transported into "The Graveyard Book"