The Lower School Library hosts a Scholastic Book Fair each year in November. Specifics will be posted as they become available.
Parent volunteers will be needed. Please contact Katie McGrain if you'd like to help.
For the last seven years the Lower School Librarian has hosted a lunchtime book club for third and fourth grade students.
Book Club meets during lunch and recess. Students bring a bag lunch and drink and Mrs. McGrain facilitates discussions.
Each year Mrs. Lidston challenges the lower school students to read more than a combined total of three thousand books. If the students meet the challenge she will perform some creative and wacky activity such dressing as a Dalmatian and riding on a fire truck while the firefighters spray the lower school students.
Battle of the Books is a reading competition that takes place between various independent schools in the area. All McDonogh Middle School students are encouraged to participate. Students read as many of the books as they can, but must read at least three books on the list to compete. In the spring students compete to form the final battle teams that represent each grade level. For more information please visit the Middle School Library page.
The annual Middle School Book Fair will be held the week of February 24-28, 2014. Each grade level will have an opportunity to visit the book fair during school hours. Book Fair hours are 8:45 to 2:30.
There are three new places where you can find and share books around the McDonogh campus! Three seniors used their Senior Projects in the Spring of 2013 to build each library a "Little Free Library," to promote the sharing of good books in our community! The "Little Free Libraries" can be found in-or just outside-The Leah Watts Dawson Library in the Lower School, The Krauss Memorial Library in the Middle School, and The Kiplinger Library in the Upper School. Community members are urged to take or drop off books that they would like to share.
The 2013 READ with US selection was The Round House by Louise Erdrich. This year's selection was a novel, told from the point of view of Joe Coutts, a thirteen year old Ojibwe Indian in North Dakota. He tells us about the changes that take place in his life after his mother is brutally attacked, and his quest for justice within his small Indian community. Students and faculty responded to the book in discussion groups and activities in the fall.
The 2012 READ with US! selection was A Chance in the World by Steve Pemberton.
The 2011 READ with US! selection was Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.
The US Book Club welcomes both students and teachers. More details will follow after the Activities Fair in September.