Our friends at R.J. Julia Booksellers arranged a captivating visit by the author and illustrator team, Matthew Holm and Jonathan Follett on the day their book, Marvin and the Moths, was released! We were the first stop on their book tour! They were surprised by the Welcome sign made by our students and asked to bring it on the road with them! It all began when Jonathan saw Matthew holding his lunch tray, scanning the cafeteria, after losing his seat and invited him to sit at his table...back in Middle School! They've been friends since! Besides reading the first exciting chapter telling the details of Marvin's mishaps his first day of middle school, they told of how they come up with book ideas and the revision process! Yes, they even have to edit their work! Students who pre-purchased a book had the opportunity to meet the authors after the presentation to have their book signed. Thank-you to all that purchased a book making this a free event for our school. We are lucky to have a supportive community that includes our PTO and the Westbrook Public Library.
The mission of the Westbrook Middle School Library is to be a center open to all where students and staff create a unique collaborative community of literacy that educates, challenges, and inspires. Such a media center lies at the hub and heart of the school in a way that helps students experience the excitement to be discovered in their studies. It is a place where students can become lifelong learners and develop the knowledge, talent and commitment that can lead to lives as dynamic individuals in the community.
Westbrook Middle School Library Media Center
GREAT AMERICAN READ at WMS - As part of the PBS Great American Read we will be voting for our favorite books to determine Westbrook Middle School's Great Book from the 100 titles gathered by PBS. Remember, the 100 books are both children's, young adults and adult books. If you need help selecting a book that's right for you, see Mrs. Goad. Handouts of the books are in the Westbrook Middle School library. PBS will announce the one book that won the Great American Read title on October 18, 2018. You may be part of that vote by going to PBS.org. Each Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. (or watch online anytime) you can tune in to watch people talk about their favorite books.
Students, parents, teachers and staff are encouraged to vote for their favorite until October 17, 2018 in the link below.
You may see the books and their descriptions by clicking on this link: List of 100 Books with Summaries
Read the 2019 Nutmeg Book Award nominees have been announced! Intermediate - Grades 5 & 6 Teen - Grades 7 & 8
Summer Reading - Don't forget to fill out and return Governor's Reading Challenge forms at the start of the school year! Record books read and return at the start of the school year. The grade with the highest participation will earn recess! We're hoping for 100% participation for all grades!
Participants of this summer's Governor's Reading Challenge were presented with certificates and top readers by grade were given a gift card to a local bookseller!
Authors Visit 5th & 6th Grade Students - 9/27/16
Destiny Online Catalog
Click on the link below to search for books, use Webpath Express to access websites, and access Destiny's Home Page for additional links and resources.
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Governor's Reading Challenge
Congratulations to the Governor’s Reading Challenge participants! All participants received certificates signed by Governor Malloy! The grade with the highest participation (not the number of books read) by handing in their forms, will earn a special activity (recess or extra recess, another activity determined by grade level). The 8th grade has had the highest participation AND books read in previous years! Our hope is that all grades will win with 100% participation. Do your part and hand in your form. Lost the form? Just write the name of all the books read over the summer on a piece of paper with your name and grade. Bring to the drop off at the circulation desk in the library media center or give to your language arts teacher. Only participants will be involved in the special activity. Don't miss out.Library Media
Read to Vote for Nutmeg 2019 Nominees
Keep reading the 2019 Nutmeg nominees in each category - Intermediate, Teen, and High School levels. Read as many as you can to decide your favorite. Join Connecticut students to decide the winning book for each category. Authors are standing by! We will be voting in April!Library Media
If you would like to read and discuss a book with a group in the library we will coordinate a time/day that could be before or after school or another time that works. See Mrs. Goad for details. Don't miss out!Library Media