So long, 2014-15! It’s been a great year!

On Tuesday, everyone piled into the cafeteria to celebrate our eighth graders’ milestone as they move on to high school next year.  Even though it’s what they should be doing, it’s always sad to say goodbye!  We here in the library will really miss our eighth grade students, and wish them the greatest of success in the future!

Although the library is closed all summer, we’ve got some great resources in our virtual collection that students and staff can continue to access.  See the ebook page for details, and visit to log in!   Many of next year’s Black-Eyed Susan Award nominees are available as ebooks.  Speaking of which, if you want to get a head start on preparing for next year’s voting, here’s the list of next year’s nominees – also available from your public library!

2015-2016 nominees

Meanwhile, if you’re curious about what’s been going on in the library all year, here’s a nifty infographic with some figures for your perusal:

Last but not least, if you still need to return books, the AMS office will be open Monday through Thursday all summer.  We have a bin in there and will be accepting returned books whenever you can get them to us!  Our fantastic financial secretary will also be on hand, armed and ready with a list of students and the books they owe, so if you need to pay for something she’s the lady to see.

In my last post I mentioned a big announcement I had hoped to make this spring.  Due to some unanticipated facility issues, I’m postponing that until the fall, but stay tuned.  We have big news coming!

Until then, keep reading, and thank you all for an amazing, educational adventure of a school year.  I’ll leave you with a quote from the wonderful poet Pablo Neruda:

“The books that help you most are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.”

Book return

Oh my gosh!  So much has been going on that I’ve been falling behind on posting.  I wanted to first thank all our wonderful read-a-thon volunteers.  Students had a great time at the event and we’re getting lots of awesome feedback about how to make it even better next year!

I’ll post an end-of-the-year summary of all that’s happened in the next weeks, and I also have an important announcement I’m hoping to make next week.  But for now, I have to talk about returning library books!

All library materials are due back on this Thursday, June 4th.  We’re no longer able to hold report cards, so we’re really at the mercy of our patrons and their parents when it comes to getting books back.  The school team is doing a great job of reinforcing and reminding students to return library books, but we need our students and parents on board too!  The bottom line is, the more books are returned, the fewer we have to replace, and the more funds we have for new, exciting materials.

If students have lost a book, we have a ton of options for them.  This flyer details them (click to download) and I can give them prices on demand.  Please note that if they’re replacing a book it needs to be the same title, but we don’t care about the format (paperback, hardcover, etc).


So that’s all for now – bring back your books!  If you see a friend with library books, throw that friend over your shoulder, bring them to the library, and make them return their books!  No, don’t do that, keep your hands to yourself.  But you sure can help by reminding your friends!

And here, for your viewing pleasure, is a video one librarian made to inspire her students to bring ’em back.  Like her, we’re all about the books here at AMS!


AMS Read-A-Thon

On May 28th we will hold our Readathon at Annapolis Middle School. What is a Readathon?, you may ask. It is a reading marathon in which students, parents, teachers, and community members are encouraged to come and read as long as they can! Leading up to the event, we have challenged students to read 1,400 books  in these 3 weeks. While at the event some serious participants will sit and read the entire time, there will be additional activities for the less-competitive, including Read Alouds, Book “Sales”, and a Reading Café. There will be representatives from our community partners such as the Public Library and giveaways.

One of the highlights is the Read Aloud Room; this will be a great opportunity for all participants to hear selected stories shared by teachers, students, and community members. We would love to have you as a guest reader for any 15 minute time slot from 2:00 until 5:30. Click here to sign up:

We are also in need of parent volunteers to help monitor students, serve food, and direct activities.  Interested in volunteering but not eager for the spotlight?  Follow this link to sign up to volunteer:

The physical library may be closed, but the virtual one is always open!

In spite of the best efforts of our administrators, sometimes the presence of technology resources in the library means our space has to be closed for testing.  While our students aren’t able to get to the library to check out books until May 18th, we still have online collections they can access!  So guys, if you haven’t already, visit  You can log in with your student ID and use the last 4 digits of your student ID as the password.  There are about 400 awesome fiction & non-fiction ebooks in our collection, and you can view them in a browser or download them to read later.  Visit the eBook page for more information!

And while we’re at it – a shoutout to our awesome administration team for doing everything they could to make sure the library stayed open and operating as much as possible during testing!  We’ve heard from colleagues at other schools both in and out of Anne Arundel County, and we have yet to find anyone whose library closed their doors for fewer days.

Spring Online Book Fair is Live!

The in-school book fair starts this coming Monday, April 13th, but you don’t have to wait until then to get started on your shopping!  Visit the online fair at and shop the entire Scholastic catalog.  Orders placed online will be shipped to the school before May 5th and distributed through student homerooms.


2015-2016 Black-Eyed Susan Nominees Announced!!

There’s a fantastic group of titles nominated for the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award this year.  For those unfamiliar with the award, it’s the only kids’ book award that’s awarded by, well, kids.  Students across Maryland have the opportunity to vote for their favorite if they have read at least 3 of the 10 nominees at the level they’ve chosen.  Nominees must be books published in the past 3 years, and are chosen by Maryland school librarians who are also avid readers.  Recent winners include Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, Wonder by R. J. Palacio, and One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia – just to name a few!

This year’s list includes some familiar authors like Kenneth Oppel, Jacqueline Woodson, Doug TenNapel, and Jennifer Holm, but there are also some exciting first novels like The Crossover by Kwame Alexander and Malala Yousafzai’s autobiography, I am Malala.  It looks like a great set of books at all 3 levels for which AMS students can choose to vote – that’s Grades 4-6, Grades 6-9, or Graphic Novels Grades 4-6.  You can download the PDF with all the levels right here!

2015-2016 nominees

Spring Book Fair Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the Spring book fair from April 13-17 between 7:45 AM and 3:15 PM.  Our busiest times of day will be from 7:45-8:15 in the morning and 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM during lunches, but classes will also be visiting throughout the day on Monday-Thursday.  Sign up here:, or email Ms. Buck at


Our Fall book fair was a huge success, putting over 500 books in students’ hands and raising over $3,000 in Scholastic dollars to support our library program.  We have a slew of great new books in the library, and were also able to purchase much-needed new rugs for our cozy seating area!  The Spring book fair promises to be just as successful with some great titles for sale.  Because of the success of the fall Fair, we’ll also be receiving more books to sell so we will have an even wider selection!  That means parent volunteers’ help will be even more vital.  We were extremely fortunate to have a wonderful group of parents help out with the fall Fair, and we thank you in advance for once again donating your time and energy.