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ASHFALL by Mike Mullin



You can read the first two chapters of this book online! Click on the title :   ASHFALL

Author visit


Mike Mullin, author of the exciting new book, Ashfall, will visit our library on Friday, March 16 to meet with some of our eighth graders.  This fictional, young adult book tells the story of Alex, a fifteen-year-old boy who has been left home alone for the weekend. Alex is forced to flee when his house is mysteriously destroyed in the middle of the night. He struggles to survive while searching for his family in the midst of the ever-present ash that continues to fall from the sky.

I have purchased 6 copies of this book for the library, which are circulating quickly!  If you would like to read this book, you can reserve  it by logging in to your Destiny account , typing in the title of the book, and placing a hold on it (or you can ask me to place a hold on it for you).

2011 Summer Reading Lists completed!


I am pleased to announce that the Lawrence School’s 2011 Summer Reading Lists have been recently updated, printed, and are available for distribution. Current 6th grade students at Morse Pond School will be taking their lists home soon.

All incoming 7th and 8th grade students are required to read ONE book from the lists over the summer. Students can choose to read any additional book (not from the lists) and answer the questions on the Note Sheet for extra credit. During the first week of school in September, students will be asked to complete a writing assignment in class based upon the book that they read over the summer. This will count as their first grade in English class.

The books from the lists are on display in our school library for students and parents to browse. Please visit the Falmouth Public Libraries, where the books will be featured and available for checking out.

Happy Reading!

Book Fair April 8 – 14


The library staff will be hosting the annual Book Fair in the LMC during the week of April 8 -14. Students will come with their English teachers on the following assigned days:

Friday, April 8:  Ms Hennessy  (Team 1)

Monday, April 11:  Ms. O’Connell  (Team 4)

Tuesday, April 12:  Ms. Galligan  (Team 3)

Wednesday, April 13:  Ms. Alves  (Teams 2/5)

Thursday, April 14: Ms. Sciarretta  (Team 6)

Each day a trivia question will be read over the announcements, and students may submit the answer for a chance to win a free book from the fair!

We will also be open during the Lawrence School  Blast on Friday night from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

Hunger Games book club event


This week the Lawrence School library hosted a book club event to celebrate the popular science fiction trilogy, The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins.  Ms. Botelho and Ms. Blair modeled the  after the survival games that were featured in the novels.

Students participated in three competitive activities in which scores were kept. The first event was the Tribute Trials,  an online game ( similar to the Choose Your Own Adventure series where students (tributes) were asked eight questions related to survival. The second activity was The Cornucopia Challenge, in which various items necessary for survival were placed in the hallway. Students were divided into three groups (districts) and formed a relay team, with the object being to race to the pile to select one item at a time to help them survive.  Theme-related snacks (dried fruit, peanuts, trail mix, beef jerky, and cupcakes from Peeta Mellark’s bakery!) were eaten while Ms. Botelho read from a short script. When an item was mentioned,  students held up them up to score points. The final event was a trivia game on the Smartboard. Students and staff members used the clickers to answer the multiple-choice questions culled from the novels. The scores from the three events were totalled, and the top three winners earned prizes (Hunger Games t-shirts from Hot Topic and a snugli backpack).

Special thanks to Ms. Diotte, FHS school librarian, for  joining  us, along with  Ms. Dietlin and Ms. Johnson.

Please contact me with any book title suggestions for our next event!

Hunger Games discussion questions:


 Please click on “Comment” below to join us in the discussion of this book.

1.  What do you think is the cruelest part of the Hunger Games? What kind of people would devise this spectacle for the entertainment of others?

2.  Why does Peeta join with the Career Tributes in the beginning of the Games? What does he hope to gain? Why do they accept him when they start hunting as a group? Why do groups form in the beginning when they know only one of them will be able to survive?

3. What makes Katniss and Rue trust each other to become partners? What does Katniss gain from this friendship besides companionship? Is Katniss and Rue’s partnership formed for different reasons than the other groups?

The Hunger Games book club meeting


We will be hosting a book club event after school on Wednesday, February 16, featuring The Hunger Games trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. 

This futuristic science fiction story is about a  sixteen-year-old girl, Katniss, who becomes a contender in the annual Hunger Games, a nationally televised event in which  she is forced to rely upon her wits and strength to eliminate the competition in order to become  the sole survivor. This easy-to-read young adult book  was exciting and original, and difficult to put down!

Book Club activities include theme-related snacks, a trivia contest, and a cornucopia challenge. Prizes will be awarded to the top two ‘tributes” or participants in our games. Please join us for a fun afternoon!

Destiny has arrived!


The big news in the LMC is that our new software system, Follett’ s Destiny Library Manager, has been installed!! Library Teachers Ms. Abbott (Morse Pond), Ms. Diotte (FHS) and I participated in a three-hour training Webinar yesterday during the in-service afternoon, and are excited about sharing the new system with students and teachers.

This web-based automation management system was purchased over the summer for Lawrence, Morse Pond, and Falmouth High schools. Students, parents, and teachers will now be able to access our library catalog (OPAC)online.

Some of the new features include:

Title Peak:  color images of the book cover; summary; literary reviews

Power Search:  advanced search capabilities such as AND, OR, NOT

Visual Search:  search by categories, easier for emerging readers and

                               English language learners

Book Reviews: students can write/share  reviews of books they have read

To preview Destiny’s “Guest Screen”,  click on the following link:

Twilight: the Graphic Novel


There is an exclusive first look of Stephenie Meyer’s new graphic novel in the current issue  of the magazine Entertainment Weekly (1/29/10), which can be found in the Lawrence School Library. The article features a brief interview with the author and 10 pages of the graphic adaptation of  Twilight: The Graphic Novel .  The 224-page book, based more upon the original novel than the movie, is due out on March 16.

So what do you Twihards think about this? Would you go out and buy this new graphic version for $19.99 and read it or do you think that you have reread the first book and seen the movie so many times by now that you could recite the lines in your sleep?

To read more about the graphic novel, click on the Publishers Weekly link below:

Authors visit

Linda Winston and Mary Ann Hoberman

Linda Winston and Mary Ann Hoberman

Mary Ann Hoberman, the current Children’s Poet Laureate, and
Linda Winston  spent over 9 years compiling  over 100 poems celebrating nature and science. This collection, which encourages environmental awareness, was recently published under the title The Tree That Time Built , and borrows its’ name from Darwin’s theory of evolution. Included with the book is an audio CD, which consists of  44 poems read by 20 poets and artists.

Over fifty students had the opportunity to meet the authors when they visited the Lawrence School Library on Wednesday, October 21.  Ms. Hoberman and Ms. Winston read poems from their new book, and talked to students about their love of the written word while sharing experiences from their own childhoods during the lively, hour-long question and answer session.

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