Mock Newbery Kick-off Meeting

The first ever BNS Mock Newbery Club met during lunch on Thursday! The Newbery Medal honors the “most distinguished” children’s book published that year, and the BNS students will pick which book they deserves the medal the most. These books are brand new, borrowed from the Brooklyn Public Library through an innovative pilot program between public and school libraries in New York City. Students have over thirty titles to choose from! The Club meets every Thursday and students will meet and recommend different books to each other as well as evaluate the books based on the criteria used by the Newbery Committee.

file9671307538042Today we got started by making bookmarks to remind us of the Newbery criteria while we are reading. We reviewed: Characters, Plot, Setting, Theme and Style. An interesting discussion followed debating whether a character had to be a person. We’re excited to see how that applies to our books!

Any BNS or BCS student may borrow the Newbery books, but in order to vote in the end ofJanuary the student must read at least three books and attend at least four of our lunch-time meetings. Reading with a grown-up counts, so we encourage all the students to give it a try!

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

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.

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

Summer Reading Kick Off Events

Children’s reading levels often slide over the summer; however, this does not have to happen. Every year, the Brooklyn Public Library campaigns and encourages everyone, especially children, to continue reading over the summer.

The Brooklyn Public Library is launching the 2013 Summer Reading Campaign with fun activities and give-aways for kids and young adults:

Thursday June 6th from 2:00-4:00 pm at local branches, and 10:30am – 3:30pm at the Central Library with special appearances by Spiderman. Check out our local Carroll Gardens Branch – 396 Clinton @ Union.

The theme this year is “Discovering Hidden Treasures” and the statewide theme is “Digging into Reading.”   Discover summer reading lists, game boards, and of course,

Open House Finale – Tuesday 5/21

Join us at 3:30 – 4:30 pm in the library

Games, books, snacks*, computer access, and space to do your own thing!

BNS students can join with their adult. BCS students can join with or without their adult.

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*on sale to support upcoming library events.


Open House at the Library

Join us for the next OH events 3:30 – 4:30pm:

  • Tuesday, April 23rd  3:30 – 4:30
  • Thursday May 9 and Tuesday, May 21

Enjoy your space with games, computers, books, and more!  Snacks will be available for sale to support upcoming library events.

BNS students can join with their adult. BCS students can join with or without their adult.
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Kicking back at Open House

Poem in Your Pocket Day – 4/18

Girls with pocket-sized poems

Here are two for you:


The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

–Carl Sandburg

There was an Old Man with a Beard

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, “It is just as I feared!—
Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard.

Edward Lear

Author Laura Hulbert Visits BNS

Laura Hulbert, author of Who Has This Tail? visited all of the pre-k and kindergarten classes this morning. A great time was had by all and everyone learned a lot about how different kinds of animals use their tails. Laura signed copies of her book which the library will distribute to each pre-k and kindergarten classroom.

Buy copies of Who Has This Tail? or Laura’s other book, Who Has These Feet? from the BNS iStore!


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