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.
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Westbrook Middle School Library Media Center
Library Check Out/Requests: The library is closed for browsing, but checking out books and magazines is on. The library policy is similar to our local libraries and recommended by the American Library Association. You can request a book(s) by either:
- Emailing Mrs. Goad at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Completing a request using the Google Form on the Middle School Library website (listed under “Student Resources”).
- Ask in person if you see me outside the library.
- Speak to me virtually in the Meet in your Library Classroom.
You will be emailed when your book(s) is ready. Book(s) will be delivered in a bag with your name on it to the following places by grade:
Grade 5 & 6: Table outside the library
Grade 7: Windowsill by 7th grade stair entrance
Grade 8: Windowsill by 8th grade stair entrance
Return/Renew/Reserve: Renew you books by emailing me. There are Book Return bins outside the library doors for grades 5 & 6 and upstairs in front of the library windows for grades 7 & 8. Please do not touch the books in the bins.
Books will be left for the recommended number of days untouched in bins before being checked out again. If there is a book you found in Destiny that is already checked out, you may reserve it by emailing me. Once it is available I will email you for pickup at your grade’s location (see above).
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
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.
Read to Vote for Nutmeg 2021 Nominees
Read the Nutmeg nominees in a category - Intermediate (Gr 4-6), Middle School (Gr 7 & 8), and High School levels. Check out the Bitmoji in your Librarty Google Classroom for book talks/book trailers of books. Below is a link to the Nutmeg Book Award website with book summaries within each category. Read as many as you can to decide your favorite. Join Connecticut students to decide the winning book for each category when we vote in April 2021. Authors are standing by!Library Media
Governor's Reading Challenge
Be part of the Governor’s Reading Challenge! Submit a copy of books read over the summer with your name and grade. All participants received certificates signed by Governor Lamont! 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). Use the same summer reading form to be handed in to your language arts teacher at the start of the school year. Only participants will be involved in the special activity. Don't miss out! Email Mrs. Goad with any questions. email@example.comLibrary 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