BNS/BCS Library Launches its First EVER Mock Newbery Club!

29 10 2013

newbery medal Help Us Choose the Newbery Award Winner!

The BNS/BCS library is forming a Mock Newbery Club where we will read some of the contenders for this year’s highest awardfor children’s literature. Copies of these books will available in the BNS/BCS Library. Students will read several books and vote for their favorites in a January election.

 

About the Newbery Award

Since 1922 the John Newbery Medal has been awarded to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children”. Each year a committee of librarians, book sellers, reviewers, and professionals who belong to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) meet in January to determine the winner. This hardworking committee has read an overwhelming number of books and face an extremely difficult decision.You can read the award criteria here.The BNS/BCS Library is holding its own Mock Newbery Election. Join Us as we read some of the best books for children published in 2013!We invite parents and their children to participate in our discussion and voting. Stop by the BNS/BCS Library for more details.





Calling All 6th Graders…New Book Club Forming!

21 10 2013

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Like to read?

Join the…

BCS 6th Grade Book Club

Friday Nov. 1st

In the LIBRARY!

What’s a book club? A small group that reads a book together and meets to talk about it.

When will it meet? Every 2-3 weeks in the library during lunch. Bring a home lunch or quickly pick up a lunch in the cafeteria first. 

What will we read? Books you like! Our first selection will be Wonder by R.J. Palacio. (You’ll get a copy at the first meeting.) Part of each meeting will be deciding what to read next.

Questions? Email school parent, author, and book club leader Cathleen Bell at CathleenDavittBell@gmail.com.





Jane Kelley, Brooklyn Author, Visits BCS 6th Grade

16 10 2013

images-1Jane Kelley, author of The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya, Nature Girl, and The Girl Behind the Glass, paid a visit to Candace’s 6th grade class today. BCS was the first stop on her book tour to promote her latest book, The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya, a wonderful story about an orphaned gray African parrot and a sick girl who together find a lasting friendship and rediscover hope. She will be returning to our building next week to meet with 4th and 5th graders so stay tuned for information on how to purchase an autographed copy of her new book for your child.

Jane will also be at the Community Bookstore in Park Slope on Wednesday, October 23 at 7pm.





Book Fair 2013 Kick-Off!

11 10 2013

The boxes are unloaded, the books are displayed, and the kids are ready to buy. Book Fair 2013 is officially underway! Stop by anytime, October 11-17. We have extended hours on Tuesday and Wednesday when the library will be open to families from 8:00-5:30. The selection the amazing this year and we are excited to be offering great books for all ages.IMG_1583





Declare Your Love

8 10 2013

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“Every day, in countless communities across our nation and the world, millions of children, students and adults use libraries to learn, grow and achieve their dreams. In addition to a vast array of books, computers and other resources, library users benefit from the expert teaching and guidance of librarians and library staff to help expand their minds and open new worlds. We declare and affirm our right to quality libraries -public, school, academic, and special – and urge you to show your support by signing your name to this Declaration for the Right to Libraries.”





Want to Increase Your Social Skills? The Answer is READ!

4 10 2013

A new study published in the journal Science concludes that when we read literate fiction (not those steamy beach reads), we are more likely to perform better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence.  Research suggests that reading literary fiction requires us to use our imaginations, compelling readers to infer and heighten our awareness of emotional nuance. Read the full article from the New York Times here.Image

Do we need more convincing? We’re imagining that soon reading will be able to cure the common cold.





3 Recent Memoirs Attest to the Power of Libraries and Books

2 10 2013

Though we all know about the power and transcendent capacity of libraries, books and reading, these three recent memoirs reveal how their lives were transformed- saved- by books. Read the article hereImage.








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