Author Archives: Barbara Zinkovich

May Madness

The idea of creating a ‘battle of the books’ competition during the month of March has become increasingly popular in schools in the last few years as a way to encourage reading by tying it to the frenzy surrounding the … Continue reading

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Children’s Book Week and Book Fair

It’s that time of year! I love celebrating Children’s Book Week! We are preparing our 2nd Book Fair during that time to also kick off summer reading. Make plans to stop by and stock up on plenty of paperbacks for … Continue reading

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Grand Friends Day – April 11, 2015

Derby Academy Library invites all our Grand Friends to commemorate their visit to Derby by donating a book to the library. A selection of new books will be on display and available for purchase from 8:25 – 10:00 a.m. in … Continue reading

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Take an old friend on vacation – Bring home a classic!

Mrs. Fish and I began the Grade 4/5 classic book club this week with Harriet the Spy. My favorite part of the meeting was discussing what makes a book a classic and which books they’ve read so far in their elementary years might … Continue reading

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Mock Newbery Book Club Award Party

I challenged the Grade 4 and 5 book club to read as many books from our list as possible from September 2014 to January 2015. Students met every third Wednesday to discuss books, watch book trailers, learn about authors and, … Continue reading

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Historical Fiction – the forgotten genre?

For the past several years I’ve noticed a decline in student interest in historical fiction. Fantasy and the sub-fiction genre of dystopian literature have eclipsed all the others in the hearts of young readers.  Well-written historical fiction novels bring history to life and can provide … Continue reading

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Hour of Code

Hour of Code – Click here for a powerpoint December 8 through 12 is Computer Education Week. Last year, many educational organizations used this week to create the Hour of Code initiative to encourage young people to investigate computer programming. In 2013, … Continue reading

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Spoken Word Poet Christopher Johnson

Derby was lucky to have a visit on December 2 from Christopher Johnson, a spoken word poet and performance artist from Providence, Rhode Island. Mr. Johnson performed for Grades 4 through 8 at Morning Meeting and conducted poetry writing workshops for … Continue reading

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QR Codes in the Library

QR codes are everywhere these days! For the uninitiated, QR codes are the square bar codes you find on labels, coupons, in magazine ads or even in brochures. QR code readers are a free download to any smart phone or tablet … Continue reading

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