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WELCOME TO THE LIBRARY

The JM Library will be open Monday - Thursday, 8:00 - 4:00, beginning August 29.  Students may use the library before and after school, as well as brunch and lunch times.  A limited number of 6th - 8th grade textbooks are available for use in the library.  Computers, to be used for school work only, are also available.

Sixth graders may check out 2 library books. Seventh and 8th graders may check out up to 5 books.  The loan period is 3 weeks.  If a book is needed for longer than 3 weeks, please return it to the library for renewal.  A late fee of $.25 is due for each day a book is overdue.  All fines must be cleared before year books are distributed.

 

LIBRARY MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Moraga School District School Library Program is to support students in becoming independent and effective users of all variety of information; to support teachers and the common core standards through collaboration; and to nurture a lifelong love of reading and learning.

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AUTHOR DEBORAH HOPKINSON VISITS JM!

JM students and staff were treated to a wonderful presentation by award winning author Deborah Hopkinson.  Ms. Hopkinson's presentation focused on gathering information using photos and documents for her historical fiction and non-fiction books.

Here are some comments from our students:

"I liked how articulate she was and I am definitely going to read some of her books."

"I liked the previews she gave about her books and that made me want to read her books."

"I thought it was really powerful having an actual author speak and it was a treat."

"I liked that the subject matter was based on interesting subjects for historical fiction writing."

"I liked how she explained how she went about researching her subject matter and she told us about her illustrations."

"I liked that she familiarized us about the subject matter so I want to read her books more now."

            
                          
                                                                                                 

JM BOOK CLUB NEWS!

All students welcome to the next JM Book Club meeting.

 

When: Thursday, March 9th , lunch time 12:45pm - 1:22pm

Where: Malucelli Room in the library

Don't forget to bring your lunch!                               
 

CALIFORNIA YOUNG READER MEDAL (CYRM) AWARD

Each year students throughout California participate in awarding the CYRM to some very special books.  The titles in each category are favorites of young readers.  Students must read each title in the specific category in order to vote.  

Here are the 2016-2017 Middle School Nominees:  

                            
         

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana

Please share your vote with Mrs. Laucher. All votes must be submitted before April 1, 2017. The winner will be announced in May, 2017!

For more information on the CYRM, visit this website: www.californiayoungreadermedal.org/

 

2017 NEWBERY AWARD WINNERS!

The John Newbery Award is for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.

         
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Freedom Over Me: Eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life by Ashley Bryan

The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

 

All of these books are available in the JM Library.

 

To view all the 2017 American Library Service to Children Award Winners follow this link:    http://www.ala.org/alsc/2016-alsc-book-media-award-winners

2016 NEWBERY AWARD WINNERS!

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Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena                                   

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

 

JM Catalog and Online Resources

Destiny Library Catalog

Online resources can be accessed through WebPath Express on the left side of the Catalog page.

HISTORICAL FICTION BOOKS AT OUR LIBRARY

THANK YOU JM PTA!

Support from the JM PTA provides for the purchase of many library books and supplies throughout the school year.

 

GENE LUEN YANG

San Francisco Bay Area author, Gene Luen Yang, has been named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature!  He is the first graphic novelist to be appointed to this 2 year position.  Read an interview with Mr. Yang here: Interview   

             

THANK YOU!

Thank you to the Moraga Education Foundation (MEF) for their continued support and funding of the library.

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CONTACTS

Library Specialist:  Elizabeth Laucher    llaucher@morage.k12.ca.us

Library phone number:  377-4222

Library Volunteer Coordinator:  Jennifer Tatem

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY LIBRARY

The Contra Costa County Library system offers a great selection of books, ebooks, homework help, and programs for people of all ages, including middle school students!  Here is the link to the home page:      www.ccclib.org