Monday, May 2, 2016

Last batch of new books for the school year

Get ready everyone, it's the new books for May!  Since this is the end of it all, there are a whopping 72 titles for you to browse.  Young adult, older fiction, graphic novels, non-fiction and ebooks!

Take a look at the Smore flyer for more information and a link to the complete list!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Last day of National Poetry Month...

...and so I want to share with you all my favorite poem.  Technically it's just a stanza from a much longer poem and while I think the poem as a whole is pretty cool, this one stanza seems to jump out and grab me.

And all the woe that moved him so, 
That he gave that bitter cry,
And the wild regrets and bloody sweats,
none knew so well as I;
For he who lives more lives then one,
more deaths then one must die. 

~The Ballad of Reading Goal by Oscar Wilde

Why do I like this so much?  Because to me it explains why I laugh over books, weep over books, get mad and pitch books across a room.  This is what it means to be a reader.  You are exposed to countless worlds and people.  You experience loss and joy, you live over and over and over.  To be a reader is to live more lives then one.

I hope you all enjoyed poetry month.  We loved seeing what you constructed on the poetry door!  If you are interested in learning more about poetry, stop by and we can direct you to some really good books.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Poemas en Espanol!

Senora Brubaker's Spanish classes got in on the poetry month action and tried their hand at some poetry.  They focused on clothing items and food.   They did a really nice job!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

In honor of poetry month...

I (Mrs. Julsonnet) present to you my favorite poet!

My favorite poet for kids is hands down, Michael Rosen.  Once, when I was at a conference in England, I got to hear (and see!) him present and it was amazing.  Totally, utterly, fantastic.  He's a good example of how poetry doesn't have to rhyme but can rhyme if you want it to! So without further ado, I give you Michael Rosen!


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

National Poetry Month Starts with...

Roses are red,
Daisies are white,
Now that it's April,
There are poems to write!

Come check out our poetry door and try your hand and poetry magnets (or in this case, poetry scotch tape).

Laurel M. worked hard on this poem with some assistance provided by Andrew S.  Nice job, guys!

Friday, April 1, 2016

April showering us with new books!

Today is a fantastic, splendid day!  Gene Luen Yang is visiting today (whoop whoop!) and almost a hundred new books are hitting the shelves as well!

Happy Spring!

Happy Author Visit Day!

Happy Friday!

Click here to see the full flyer with all our shiny new titles!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

YAPA Teen BookCon coming soon!

Are you at least twelve years old?  
Do you like to write stories?  
Do you want to learn how to publish your stories?

The Fredricksen Library  is sponsoring a Teen BookCon on Saturday, April 9th.  It's completely free and there will be author panels as well as a teen writer's workshop.

The workshop will focus on the mechanics of publishing and guide you through the process (for example they teach you how to write a query letter).

Spots are limited in the workshop though so if you're interested you need to contact the librarian soon (like today or tomorrow). 

Cyn Balog  ~  Tom Tancin  ~  Kit Grindstaff  ~  Charlotte Bennardo  ~  Stephanie Keyes
Christine Norris  ~  Wende Dikec  ~  Eleanor Herman  ~  Jeffry Johnston
Susan Shaw  ~  Jennifer Hubbard  ~  Janice Gable Bashman  ~  K.M. Walton
Marie Jaskulka  ~  James Crawford  ~  Gabriella Gill  ~  Joshua Bellin
Alison Ashley Formento  ~  Nicole Zoltack  ~  Laura Campbell

Friday, March 11, 2016

Gene Luen Yang to visit library and LCDS!!

National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and award winning graphic novelist, Gene Luen Yang will be visiting Lancaster Country Day School's Middle School on April 1st!

If you would like to purchase any books to be signed by Gene, download this order form and return it by Tuesday, March 15th.  (I know it's the day we get back from Spring Break, I'm sorry!)

Gene has published many awesome graphic novels of which I'm sure your recognize at least one or two.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

New (and exciting! thrilling! romantic! fascinating! creepy!) books in the library!!

I totally forgot to include the new ebooks on the flyer that was emailed out.  So I'll start with those!

The Pulitzer winning All the Light We Cannot See has been flying off the shelf since we added it to our library.  I went ahead and bought an ebook copy as well so now we have it in print and digital format to make hold times less.

I had a request for two Cassandra Clare novellas.  If you were a fan of her books ( a fan of the new Shadowhunters show) you'll want to take a peak at these.

And finally, The Scorpion Rules.  If you are a fan of Game of Thrones then definitely give this one a chance.  Hostages, war games, evil machinations by powerful people.  This is not an easy book (and I'm serious about the Game of Thrones comparison) but it will be an exciting book.

And of course, our new print books.  Stop by the library and browse for a while.  I'm sure there is something here to keep you busy on your March holidays!

Thursday, February 18, 2016


Did you ever wonder what happened after the Harry Potter novels ended?  What's life like for Harry's son at Hogwarts after having such a famous father?  (Judging by the title maybe not so many good things? eep.)

J.K. Rowling originally answered those questions in a stage play she co-wrote with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.  Since most of us can't actually go to London and see the play, we can now do the next best thing!

They are officially releasing the script as a novel of sorts.  How exciting is that?  You can go here to the Pottermore website to find out more about the story and how to preorder the book.

Friday, February 5, 2016

History and Literature is more fun when you can COLOR it

Today is your last chance to participate in #ColorOurCollections.  This is a week long initiative where many museums around the world have opened up some of their collections for anyone to download and color.

Here is one of my favorite pictures from the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Woodcut in Edward Topsell, Historie of Serpents. London, 1608

Or how about some roses from the University of North Carolina Libraries?

Floral catalogue of Pomona Hill Nurseries, Pomona, N.C. : J. Van Lindley, proprietor : roses, chrysanthemums and other green-house plant, 1889


 A complete list of participating libraries can be found here on the Library Journal website.  
Enjoy coloring!

Monday, February 1, 2016

New Books in the Library for February!

February is going to be a busy month here in the library.  Kick off the month with a new book, we have quite a nice selection to choose from.  Look over our Smore flyer for some ideas, but click on the button at the top for the complete list.

And ebooks of course.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Have some free time this weekend?

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has this hilarious program (page? online app you don't download?) that lets you design your very own 18th century wig.

World Civ students, perhaps something to enhance the projects on England and France I know you guys are working on right now?

Check out my wig!  I thought the fan was a nice touch.

And if the history of fashion intrigues you, we have some great books on the topic here in the library.  Some of my personal favorites are:

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

ALA Youth Media Awards...(aka the Caldecott and Newbery Medals)

We didn't have a library club this trimester so there wasn't a Newbery Gala where students watched the award ceremony.  If we had though, I can tell you none of the students would have guessed which book would win this year.

First off the honors.  There were three and I was pleased with all of the winners.  In no particular order, the Newbery honors are:

So now we have the winner...drum roll please!

Surprised?   Me too.  However, if you look at the criteria for the actual award there isn't really anything that says it can't be a picture book, it's just not usually done.  What do you guys think?  If you want to take a look at the book, we have it in the Lower School Library, Mrs. Knauer has it out and would be happy to show it to you.

Monday, January 4, 2016

It's January! Welcome back everyone!

And to welcome you back, let's kick off this new year with some amazing new books!!!  December went by so fast, if there were some titles you wanted to read but didn't get the chance, we'll be leaving many of the December titles out on the shelves as well so make sure you look close at everything on display!

It seems like the new year is starting off by ending several series.  This can be good though because it means that authors like Melissa Meyer, Cynthia Voigt and Gail Carriger and set their keyboards to new and wonderful stories!  James Dashner just finished his sequel to The Rule of Thoughts (but considering how well his Maze Runner series flowed, I have no concerns it will flag).

And of course, the ebook catalog, while separate is definitely still a large part of our collection!

Several people came by before break and Mrs. J helped them set up their Overdrive app so they could download ebooks.  It's not too late (though the offer for candy has expired...sorry!), stop by anytime and Mrs. J will be happy to get you on your way!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Happy Friday and Happy December!

It's going to be a fast and furious month!  We only have two weeks of school but they'll be packed with new trimester assignments, winter concerts, the Upper School Winter Assembly and chaos in the hallways as Middle School attempts to throw every type of decoration imaginable at their lockers and hope it sticks.

And of course there is the added bonus of new books in the library.  A whopping 75 titles this month (including ebooks).  So if you're still trying to hold onto some of that relaxation from Thanksgiving break, or your Second Trimester schedule is a little lighter then you were expecting, come on down to the library and check out what there is to keep you occupied.

And you all know how to find the ebooks but in case you forgot, they can be accessed on the library page of our school website (under academics) or directly through the Overdrive app on your iPads.  Here's the new titles for this month.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thnksgiving Break...don't forget those books!

If you have some time, make sure you swing by the library and pick up some fun reading for your Thanksgiving break!

Your cousins driving you crazy?  Sneak away and read a book!

Your weird Uncle from Iowa still asking you what you want to be when you grow up?  Get too busy to talk with a book!

Bored with football (the Cowboy's will probably lose anyway) a book!

Too full after eating to run around outside?  Curl up with a good book!

Pretty much my solution to every holiday issue you possibly have is to read a book.  Come see what might help you out this Thanksgiving!!

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Drink Competition and Book Fair

The Barnes and Noble Book Fair is just around the corner! 

You still have time to win a $10.00 B&N gift card by entering the Name That Drink competition.  Come by the library and submit your clever name for the Caramel Macchiato.  Competition ends TOMORROW (11/17) so make sure to stop by before time runs out!

The Book Fair is Thursday, November 19th.  Events will be happening all day so make sure you stop by after school and check out some of the action!

Monday, November 2, 2015

It's November and that means...NEW BOOKS!

Well I haven't heard any opposing feedback about the new book flyer so we'll continue with this method for a while.

Of course you can access the actual flyer through your email or by clicking on this link.

And the new ebooks of course

Remember with the ebooks you don't have to return them, they return on their own after two weeks.  You can check them out as many times as you need to finish one.  Nothing is ever overdue!

Enjoy all the offerings for November and as always, feel free to recommend books for next month!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Exciting app for The Ranger's Apprentice series

Have you ever read a really fun book and thought, man, I wish I could jump inside and be part of this world!?

Well Penguin Publishing and John Flanagan are giving you that chance with an archery app based on Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series.