Welcome to NCS Library! Mrs. Harriman, Librarian

Search the library database anytime, anywhere
     Did you know you now can search NCS Library's entire circulation inventory online from anywhere using your own electronic device? It's true!
     Last year NCS updated its library software and now students, staff and parents are able to search the NCS database by book title, topic or author. Simply go to http://aos93.follettdestiny.com/ and search away!

Kindergarten goes fishing for 'Jangles'
     NOBLEBORO - Students in the NCS kindergarten classroom and their eighth-grade buddies listened to a library read-aloud of David Shannon's popular fish tale "Jangles" in January. They then made their own Jangles fish using paper, feathers, stickers, glue, markers, googly eyes, fishing line and other items. They all swallowed that tale hook, line and sinker!

NCS celebrates
summer study
     NOBLEBORO - Eighty-seven students celebrated summer study with spirited games of limbo and Twister during a special event Oct. 12 at NCS.
     Children in grades 1-8 who logged their summer reading and took part in an online summer school program were recognized with certificates, pins, fun and games during the event. 
     The group gathered in the gymnasium and also received a sweet treat and "Book Bucks," which can be spent at the school book fair. The Book Bucks are generously donated by the NPTO.

A new sign reminds younger children at NCS of library rules. It encourages them to sit "criss-cross applesauce," use quiet library voices, and always remember to have "walking feet."

Prolific author speaks
     BOOKS & BRUNCH...Eighth-graders attended the "Books & Brunch" program at Lincoln Academy on April 15, and met author Gary D. Schmidt, seated. He signed copies of his book, "Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy," which students had read, and discussed the writing process. Students, staff and community members also enjoyed a Maine-themed lunch.
     REWARD...A few favorite library books have gone missing! Have you seen them? Anyone who locates and returns any or all of these books will collect a prize from Mrs. Harriman. No overdue book penalties will apply. Check your bookshelves and return one today!

Caption Contest

Library Caption Contest
     The Library Caption Contest is back! You can enter this popular weekly contest by stopping by the library to see the photo of the week. You may then submit a caption electronically, using the form above, or simply write it on a Post-It note and stick it to the photo. It changes weekly and is located just inside the library door.
    Weekly winners are notified during the morning announcements. See Mrs. Harriman to collect your prize or for more details.

How to win The Caption Contest
    1. Write clever captions to go along with the photograph. 
    2. Be funny.
    3. Enter every week! 
    Several of the best entries that went along with this recent photo (see above) included: "I need to get the vacuum cleaner!" by Jack in Gr. 6; "I'm too old for these darn kids!" by Scott in Gr. 8; "OK, I'm going to say this once: I'm not your MOM!" by Ashly in Gr. 6; "Help, they want to eat my toes!" by Cheyenne in Gr. 6; "Floor is lava!" by Noah in Gr. 4; and "I'm the worst dog ever!" by Landon in Gr. 3.
     Stop by the library to see this week's photo, and enter for a chance to win!

NCS library gets a Chance
     NOBLEBORO - Each week, volunteer Chris Sprague of Nobleboro brings her dog Chance, a Stabyhoun, to school.
     For 90 minutes, Sprague sits on a comfy blanket with her dog, who is certified by Therapy Dogs International. They listen while students read picture books aloud. The children show pictures to Chance, and sometimes explain the meanings of words.
     "I always wanted to work with children, ever since I was young," said Sprague. After she read about therapy dogs being used with children through reading, she was intrigued.
     "I did a lot of research," she said, and she soon decided it would be a good fit for her and her furry friend, who adores children. She contacted NCS Principal Ann Hassett, and through a collaboration with the school library and classroom teachers, the new program was launched a year ago.
     Before they start each session, Sprague spreads out a special alphabet blanket, and then slips a red bandana with a therapy dog badge around the pup's neck.
     "For me, the amazing part is once you put on that red scarf, he knows he's working," Sprague said of her dog. "Once we start, he doesn't get up, he doesn't move. He is really there listening."
     An bond has developed between Chance and three second-graders and two third-graders, who have been reading to the dog weekly. The children greet Chance with smiles and pats, prompting a lot of tail wagging and an occasional lick on the cheek. The youngsters go on to read for 20 minutes and then reward Chance with a dog treat for being such a good listener.
     "While they're reading they're giving him a pat or giving him a snuggle and showing him things and really including him in what they're doing," Sprague said.
     She notes she has been able to witness their reading skills develop over the year, which is a wonderful bonus.
     "I've seen these kids get more comfortable. They don't come in shy anymore, and they're reading with more confidence," she said. "There definitely is less hesitation."
     Sprague got her dog from a Pennsylvania breeder when he was just 8 weeks old. The Stabyhoun hails from the Netherlands, and there only are about 250 dogs of this type in North America. She first discovered the breed after seeing two of them in Vermont.
     "Watching them with their humans, they were very well-behaved and well-mannered, and that is what we wanted," she said.
     She and her husband Ted owned and operated The Newcastle Inn for eight years, then sold it and moved to Vermont. They continued as innkeepers there for 17 years before returning to Maine a few years ago and settling in Nobleboro.
     "We always knew this was home," she said.
WINTER BOOK FAIR...The Scholastic Book Fair was held in the NCS library in December. Sponsored by the NPTO, it was staffed by volunteers and many students took the opportunity to spend the "Book Bucks" they earned by doing their summer reading and math. Thanks, NPTO!

KINDERGARTEN MUMMIES...Children in Mrs. Stewart's kindergarten read a picture book called "Halloween Hustle" in library Oct. 21 then made their own mummies out of paper, glue and googly eyes. Great job, kindergarten!

Students in Grade 2 created "Creepy Carrots" inspired by the picture book with the same name during library class in October.

illustrate 'Harold
and the Purple Crayon'
     Children in Ms. Stewart's kindergarten classroom visited the library Sept. 23 and heard a read-aloud of the children's classic, "Harold and the Purple Crayon," written by Crockett Johnson.
     After listening to the story and viewing the illustrations, the students drew their own pictures inspired by the book. Their creations are on display in two of the library windows near the door, so be sure to take a look next time you visit the building!

Fifth-grade students peruse the books they selected during a visit to the NCS Library in September.

Sixth-graders are learning about using library reference books and online resources as research tools during a new class at NCS.
Grade 6 begins 
research skills class
     Sixth-graders in Mrs. Sabina's class are embarking upon a new library class designed to hone their research skills.
     The class started in September with an introduction to the reference section at the NCS Library, discussion about online databases such as MARVEL, and a refresher about the non-fiction section of the school library.
     Future weekly sessions will cover topics such as plagiarism, online encyclopedias, reliable sources, note-taking, using periodicals and more.

Read-aloud chapter books chosen by older NCS pupils
     NCS students in Grades 4 and 5 have the privilege of voting for which chapter book they would like to hear read aloud. Last week they selected winners from three choices offered by Mrs. Harriman.
     Grade 4 chose "The World According to Humphrey," a tale about a classroom hamster who goes home with a different student every weekend. The book details Humphrey's adventures, and it already has been a popular choice. 
     Grade 5 chose "Out of My Mind," a book about a 10-year-old girl who cannot see or speak, but who has a photographic memory. Those around her initially are unaware of her abilities to understand, due to her lack of mobility and communication. Another excellent choice by NCS students.

    BOOK NOOK BUDDIES - Classmates read during their library time after checking out books.

    CHICKA CHICKA...Last year's kindergarten class watched a short video called "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!" and read the book aloud during library. They then made their own coconut trees and ABCs!

Students celebrate 
the birthday of Seuss
     NCS students in Grades K-6 participated in the annual Community Read-Aloud, sponsored by United Way, March 2, and celebrated the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss on March 3.
     Kindergartners in Mrs. Powell's class enjoyed green eggs and ham in the library to commemorate the event. They wore striped stovepipe hats just like the Cat in the Hat, and played "One Fish, Two Fish" tic-tac-toe while they waited to eat. 
     Guidance Counselor Ms. Renaud cooked the ham, Mrs. Harriman cooked the eggs, and Kieve Educator in Residence Kelci O'Neill read "Green Eggs and Ham."
     NCS's own Mr. Brown read "Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?" to kindergarten students earlier in the week, which has become a tradition.
     On Wednesday, volunteers from United Way visited five NCS classrooms and the library, reading aloud from picture books and sharing their love of books. Thanks to all who volunteered.

MAYFLOWER...Children in kindergarten, Grade 4 and Grade 5 channeled their inner Pilgrim and created 3D Mayflower ships during library time.

 *Video Book Review*
Garrett reviews
'20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'

Garrett's Video

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