This year’s Allen-Stevenson Book Fair took to a new space, while the schoolhouse is undergoing building work. Barnes & Noble, not far from the School, provided the perfect venue for a chance to gather around an abundance of books for readers of all ages. Tables were set up by division and genre, as is the norm at the Fair, and were piled high with an impressive selection of books curated by the Library team.
We know you are planning to read a ton over the summer and where better to get ideas than boys in the Middle School? To see book trailers, reviews, quizzes and more, visit the Fifth Grade digital bulletin board. These three book blogs from Fourth and Fifth Grade boys will definitely spark excitement about books! There's Book Pigeon from Marcus L., as well as Book Worm and TSN Book Blog from boys in the Fifth Grade.
Want to listen to an audiobook from the library’s OverDrive collection? We have new devices in the library for you to borrow so that you can listen to the book of your choice. The first step is to choose the book that you want to hear from OverDrive. Then, fill out this form and check back a few hours later with Mrs. Reid at the circulation desk.
Expand your reading horizons by Reading Without Walls. We challenge all A-S students to explore books about characters who look or live differently than you, topics you haven’t discovered, or formats that you haven’t tried. Once you have read a book for the challenge, please see Mrs. Reid in the library so that you might put your very own sticker (with your name and the title of the book you read) on our "brick wall." Please read these guidelines for specific information.
Lively, thoughtful discussions amongst avid readers took place in the Library this past week as the boys who read a number of the books for this year’s Adi’s Reading Challenge, named to honor the life of Aditya Srinivasan '19, joined in voting parties to select their choice for the ALA’s Newbery Medal. Adi’s Challenge included some of the best children’s books published in 2017.
A full week of pizza-voting parties and lively discussion of the contenders resulted in our predictions for books likely to win the Newbery Award. 4L - The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla 4B - Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart 5th Grade - The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla 6th and 7th Grades - Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson Please join us on Monday, February 12, during Snacktivity (10:30 - 11:00) in the library to watch the award announcements. May the best book win!
Digital Fluency is an important part of the Fifth Grade curriculum. Media literacy is one component of the course. Before the boys can understand the concept of ‘fake’ news, they need to comprehend standards in journalism. To give the boys a real-world perspective, Library Director Sarah Kresberg invited her friends, Randy Smith and Mary Chung, both journalists, to speak to the Fifth Graders at Allen-Stevenson about their profession. Mr. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, has worked for a number of publications over the past 30 years, including The Wall Street Journal. Currently, he is working as a freelance journalist for The New York Times. Ms. Chung is the Founder and Managing Partner of Smash Street Media, having worked previously at the Financial Times and Chicago Tribune.
Tech Tuesday on January 30 involved teachers manning a wide array of stations at which parents could learn about the many different tech tools that are being used by their sons at School, many of which are accessible at home.
A number of these resources are available through Allen-Stevenson’s Library database page. Go to aslibrary.net, click on databases and log in with your school website credentials to access these private pages.