The 5th Grade Review Club Presents: THE WEDNESDAY WARS by Gary Schmidt

15 12 2013

ReviewClubDec2cReviewed by Eoin

If you like something that has funny aspects and is, what I would call, farfetched historical fiction, then this book is for you. THE WEDNESDAY WARS, written by Gary D. Schmidt is 2007, has great, unexpected twists and turns at every page.

The voice of this fantastic book is a seventh-grade boy named Holling Hoodhood. He tells the story of his school year (from September to June) and he deals with the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy. And the fact that his teacher — as he puts it — “hates my guts.”

Each Wednesday, half his class goes to temple and the other half goes to a Catholic Church. Holling is Presbyterian, so he is the only person left to stay with his teacher, the one that he believes hates his guts. During the time he spends with her, he does whatever she says: reads Shakespeare, cleans rat cages, and basically any and all grunt work. It is interesting to read about his adventures in 1967-68, which seems like a really complicated, sometimes sad, period of time. Still, there are flashes of humor, so it is not too sad.

This book is fabulous, from beginning to end. You will will always find yourself wanting to know more.

You know what to do, readers — find this book now!


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


“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.”

Summer books and audiobooks available online

16 06 2013

Picture books/short chapter books

Logo of We Give Books

Always available to read on a computer with internet, We Give Books offers an online library of 150 picture books as well as short chapter books for kids 0 – 10, including well known books  The organization also donates books for each book read.

Check out the summer reading program with weekly book selections and corresponding activities for ages 0-3, 4-7, and 8-10.

 Young Adult Audiobooks


Download MP3 Audiobooks with SYNC.  Free weekly offerings over the summer for high school students with many titles appropriate for middle schoolers.  There are two well reviewed book options each week: a YA (young adult) fiction book or a classic novel.

Reading Resources

11 06 2013

Helping Your Child Become a Reader

Find some good tips on how to encourage reading at home. These Reading Resources offer strategies and tips for building reading and literacy skills at home. Reading Rockets is another site dedicated to teaching kids to read and helping those that struggle.

Photo courtesy of EngageNY

Where To Donate Children’s Books

5 06 2013

imagesThe library is stuffed to the gills with donated books, and while we love to have them, we simply don’t have the space for any more!

We are in the same boat as Brooklyn Public Library which stopped taking donations from the public in 2011. On their website, they have a list of local organizations that do accept used books.

Here are a few more suggestions:

Better World Books

International Book Project

Book Ends

Take care to read each organization’s donation policy. Often, these organizations want books in good condition that are not more than five year old. Good luck!


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