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Friday, June 15, 2018

Summer Reading 2018!

As we all know, WMS reads all year 'round!

Information about Summer Reading and Book Buzz forms can be found on the school website.

You can choose to read any book, but here are two documents to help you get started:
Image of the "If you liked this book, you may like this book" handout
Books Similar to Books You Liked
List by author, title, and genre(s)

The library has collected this list of recommended summer reading from current nonfiction and fiction titles as a collaborative effort with Pam McCuen, the head of Youth Services at the Wayland Public Library, and in consultation with Departmental Faculty. 


You'll notice that you can click on the tabs to access the list in alphabetical order by author, title or genre.

Remember that you also can click on the Reading link above for additional booklists and award-winners.

Also, don't forget that the ebooks and audiobooks available via our library or the WPL from anywhere with an internet connection. With an adult at home, get a WPL library card and set up your PIN to borrow other ebooks and audiobooks!

Finally, you can use your WPL card to use NoveList K-8 for recommendations.

We wish you a fantastic summer full of wonderful books and look forward to sharing in the fall!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

TLAB: 3/29 @ WPL: Random Fandom

Random Fandom! Harry Potter and more! Thursday, 1/29/18 at the Wayland Public Library -- 2:45-3:45

See Ms. Ravid or Ms. Schmidt by the end of the day on Tuesday, 1/27/18 with permission slip to arrange bus transportation TO the WPL. [link to form here]
(You must find your own ride home or let us know if you take the Boston Late Bus.)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Bookmark Contest (and Workday on Thursday 2/1!)

Feeling creative? 
Get a pass to come to your library during lunch on Thursday to make an original bookmark for this year's MSLA bookmark contest!

Can't make it? Read on, click on the link to get an entry form, and give to Ms. Ravid by Monday, February 12th!

WHAT?
Celebrate your School Library program by designing a bookmark that show the many activities, lessons and experiences happening in your school library.
  • What new and exciting things have you been learning?
  • Show WHY your Library is the heart of the school.
  • What makes your Library program special?

HOW?
  • USE THE ENTRY FORM FOR YOUR SUBMISSION!!!  (WORD | PDF)
  • Do not change the size of the entry form
  • The bookmark outline must be 9.84” in height and 3” wide.
  • ALL ARTWORK MUST BE ORIGINAL. This applies to BOTH hand-drawn and digital works. NO licensed characters may be used.
  • Submit ALL entries through your School Librarian
  • School Librarian will select 1 (one) finalist from each division to send to the state contest.​(DIVISION III: Grades 4 to 6DIVISION IV: Grades 7 to 12)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

TLAB: 1/29 @ WPL: Random Fandom

All students in gr. 6-12 are invited to join an afternoon celebration of FANDOM at the WPL!

WHAT:  Share your favorite fandom! Learn about others' fandoms

HOW:  Please see Ms. Ravid or Ms. Schmidt by the end of the day on Wednesday, 1/24/18 with permission slip to arrange bus transportation TO the WPL. [link to form here]
(You must find your own ride home or let us know if you take the Boston Late Bus.)

WHERE:  Wayland Public Library

WHEN:  MONDAY, January 29th, 2:45-3:45

WHY:  Fun with friends and fandoms -- old and new!

OPTIONAL:
  • Original costume
  • Fan inspired food -- with list of all ingredients for allergies
  • Original fanart or fanfic
  • Lists of awesome books I've recently read

Monday, November 27, 2017

8th Grade: Submit Proposals for Offerings for MLK Assembly

Our assembly in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the 8th grade's opportunity to share their learning about their House Mentor and his messages.

Are you an 8th graders who is interested in participating in our assembly?

ELA teachers are sharing the link to the offering submissions page this week, or click here.

Please submit your proposal by the end of the school day on Wednesday, November 29th. 

If the form requests a draft, please see the appropriate teacher for help. We will notify students of the final assembly selections before winter vacation.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Francophone Countries

So, you are researching Francophone countries, or maybe regions in France.

Here are some resources that can get you started. Don't forget to use all of the GRAPES keywords that you learned in 6th grade!
  • The library catalog:  Look up your country/region. Most books will be in the geography section (910's) or history-by-country section (940-972), but you will also find good information in cookbooks, science, architecture, arts, etc. Some books may be about multiple countries in a region and you will need to use the index or ToC to find yours. There are also some ebooks! Ask if you need the password to access those from your CB.
^--history-by-country, by continent--^
<--cookbooks | ^--geography 


  • Webpath Express:  While you are in the library catalog, click on Webpath Express for a list of websites on your topic that are geared toward students k-12. Remember to try different keywords!
  • Encyclopedia Britannica:  In addition to current information, the online editing of the encyclopedia also has trustworthy images and provides the citation, or bibliography, information.
When you are looking at a resource, remember to use strategic searching! If the website is about architecture in all of France, use ctrl-F (PC) or comnd-F (mac) to find the part of the page with your information.

Cite your sources! Give credit for information, including images!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Creature Feature Search Tips!

Congratulations 7th grade Scientists on a great opportunity to refresh your 6th grade Information Investigator skills!

You have a TOPIC:  Creatures of New England
You KNOW SOMETHING about the topic:  What are features that determine the type of creature
You have a QUESTION:  What are the features of my creature and how can it adapt further?

Let's talk KEYWORDS!
Think like the person who wrote the resource...

  • Where will you use these? 
    • Library catalog:  Not every topic in a book is always searchable in the library catalog. If you can't find the name of the creature itself, what other keywords might help you focus on your information?
    • Book:  Is the entire book about your creature? A chapter? A page? Which is the easiest way to find the information you need: Table of Contents? Index? Looking through the pages in alphabetical order? Is it about the region and you need to find the creature, or about the creature and you need to find the region?
    • Preselected website:  does it have a list of all of the creatures, or do I need to search for a larger category and then find it?
    • Search engine:  Am I allowed to use these, or does my teacher want me to focus on ones that were selected?

What keywords should you make sure to include in your brainstorm?
  1. The obvious keyword:  your creature! 
  2. More general:  broader group 
  3. Synonym:  latin name