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Historical Fiction in the Lower School library

Historical Fiction can come in all shapes and sizes. Picture books are a wonderful way to introduce historical fiction and chapter books can carry the reader to distant lands. The Buffalo Soldier by Sherry Garland Realizing that his future lies … 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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Grade 4 Pumpkin Book Projects

Each Grade 4 student received a small, orange pumpkin a few weeks ago and turned it into a work of art! Their task was to think of a character or symbol from a book they’ve read recently, write a book review and … Continue reading

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Skype with Author Adam Gidwitz

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Derby Welcomes Melissa Stewart

Melissa Stewart presenting Animal Adaptations: Bats to Grades 1-2 Melissa Stewart, a local award-winning non-fiction author, presented to the students in the Lower School Library on October 2nd, 2014.  Ms. Stewart shared her love of science with several different approaches … Continue reading

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Summer Reading 2014

Have you stopped by Sarah Derby Hall to see the summer reading display? The border is made of postcards from all over the United States and many other countries. I couldn’t wait to check my mailbox during the summer and … Continue reading

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