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 called “Book Munchers” for third and fourth grade students. The goal of this interactive book club is to broaden the students’ view of the world and to offer windows into other lives and cultures. It has also become a place to share their own personal lives in an inclusive social setting.
Book Munchers will meet five times during the 2012-13 school year. We meet during lunch and recess. Students bring a bag lunch and drink and parent volunteers help facilitate discussions and provide dessert.
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 December 7th through December 11th. Each grade level will have an opportunity to visit the book fair during school hours. Book Fair hours are 8:45 to 2:30.
Free books are available on the FREE BOOK Shelf located in the Upper School Kiplinger Library lobby. Community members can take or drop off books.
The 2012 READ with US selection was A Chance in the World by Steve Pemberton. This harrowing autobiography touches themes of race, child abuse, and identity struggles, culminating in an inspiring coming-of-age story. Students and faculty responded to the read in discussion groups in the fall.
2011's READ with US! selection was Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.
The US Book Club welcomes both students and teachers. More details as after the Activities Fair.