Welcome to NCS Library! Mrs. Harriman, Librarian

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     Did you know you now can search NCS Library's entire circulation inventory online from anywhere using your own electronic device? It's true!
     Students, staff and parents may search the NCS database by entering a book title, topic or author. Simply go to http://aos93.follettdestiny.com/ and search away!
NEW BOOKS! The Summer Book Order has arrived & Mrs. Harriman is busily putting out all of the new books for your enjoyment. We purchased 100 beautiful, new books over the summer, including picture books, novels, young adult titles, graphic novels and more! Visit the library to check one out soon.
SPRING BOOK FAIR...Students peruse the popular Buy One Get One sale at the NCS Library. The Scholastic Book Fair ran from April 30-May 4.

ROUND ROBIN - Mrs. Courville visited kindergarten library class in May and read the book "Round Robin" to students. She then led the then-kindergartners in drawing the main character in the book. They all did a wonderful job drawing their own "Round Robin." Thank you, Mrs. Courville!
Summer Reading Program
celebrated, student wins bike
     NOBLEBORO - Seventy students celebrated summer reading in the gym at NCS on Oct. 27.
    Children in grades 1-8 logged their summer reading and then reaped the rewards. Not only did they get to enjoy lots of good books, but pupils also were recognized during a fun afternoon of dancing, certificates, and "Book Bucks," which can be spent at the school book fair. The Book Bucks are generously donated by the NPTO.
    One special reader, Eloise in first grade, won a bicycle donated by the Alna-Anchor Masonic Lodge #43. She turned in pages of reading logs, which was unprecedented for a first-grader.
    Physical Education and Health teacher Michelle York organized two dance-themed games for the students. Principal Ann Hassett commended the students on all of their summer reading. The fun was followed by the presentation of certificates, Book Bucks and a sweet treat for all involved.
     A new bike was awarded to the first-grader who read the most over the summer. The bike was donated by Alna-Anchor Masonic Lodge #43 and presented by Principal Hassett.

 Grades 4 & 5 create
cereal box book reviews
    Students have been enjoying "Dr. Who Flakes," "Wimpy-O's" and other book-themed cereals along with their Corn Chex and Raisin Bran in recent weeks. Grades 4 and 5 have been listening to a read-aloud of Rodman Philbrick's newest book, "The Big Dark," and then working on cereal box book reviews. This annual project allows students to choose a favorite book, come up with a cereal name, then decorate a real cereal box with information from the book. 
     They write about literary elements including setting, plot and characters, then write a summary of the book and rate it based on a five-star system. The cereal boxes are on display in the windows and atop the shelves, alongside the books that inspired them. Stop by the library and check them out!
Renner and Cecil work on their cereal box book reviews in the library.

Kindergartners illustrate
'Harold and the Purple Crayon'
     Children in the NCS kindergarten classroom picked up their purple markers and tried their hand at illustrating the classic children's tale "Harold and the Purple Crayon."
     They drew picnic lunches, apple trees, sailboats, skyscrapers, policemen and more. All of their artwork was inspired by the book by Crockett Johnson.

    PICTURE BOOK PALS...First-graders in Mrs. Henry's classroom share books they selected during library time.     

Library Caption Contest
     The Library Caption Contest is a popular weekly contest students and staff can enter by stopping by the library to see the photo of the week. Simply write a caption on a Post-It note and stick it to the photo. The photo changes weekly and is located just inside the library door.
    Weekly winners get a prize and are notified during the morning announcements. See Mrs. Harriman for details.

NCS library gets a Chance
to have volunteer therapy dog
     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.
     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."
     A bond has developed between Chance and four second-graders and three 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 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 the kids get more comfortable. They're reading with more confidence," she said.
     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 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.
     "We always knew this was home," she said.
     A second-grader shares a book about a skunk with Chance the therapy dog after Chance had a run-in with a skunk the previous week.

NCS students meet acclaimed author
Rod Philbrick at LA Books & Brunch 
    NEWCASTLE - Students and staff from Nobleboro Central School were among those who heard acclaimed author Rodman Philbrick speak about his writing career May 4 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle.
    The Lincoln Academy Library hosted a “Books and Brunch” event, with guests listening to a talk by Philbrick in Poe Auditorium, followed by lunch in the library.
The students had read Philbrick’s latest book, “The Big Dark,” as part of the recent Battle of the Books event. 
    They had a lengthy question-and-answer session with the writer, who said his parents once lived in Waldoboro. He discussed his career path, his writing process and schedule, and the inspiration for various characters, settings and plot lines from different books.
    The LA kitchen staff created a meal inspired by “The Big Dark,” which included crepes, bacon, homefries, eggs and more. Participants later had an opportunity to chat with the author privately and have books signed.

After a read-aloud of the book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," students made their own coconut trees during a library class in April.
TOP FINISHERS...Last year's Battle of the Books champs returned to the event March 23 at Lincoln Academy. They won the "Best Team Theme" award and came in second overall in the competition with 49 points, just behind the winning BCS team, which had 51 points overall.
Battle of the Books teams
duke it out at Lincoln Academy
    NOBLEBORO - Ten students from Nobleboro Central School faced off against 10 other teams at the "Battle of the Books" March 23 at the Lincoln Academy gymnasium in Newcastle.
    Last year's champions, this year renamed "The A Team," won the "Best Team Theme" award for their costumes and won second place overall in the event. They scored 49 points, finishing just two points behind the winning team from Bristol Consolidated School. Teammates included John, Isobel, Dante, Cheyenne and Alden.
    NCS's second team, "The Secret Agents," came in third place overall at the Battle of the Books, scoring 44 points total. That team included William, Olivia, Ivan, Paige and Cutter.
    This year's battle included 12 teams from across AOS 93's five schools. Students read four books from four different genres, then wrote questions, quizzed each other, and faced off in the trivia contest, which was sponsored by the LA Library Team and AOS 93 librarians.
    After the competition, nearly 100 students gathered in the LA Library for a pizza party and conversation. Pizzas were donated by three area pizza shops."The Secret Agents" finished third-place overall in the Battle of the Books at LA.

 COOL CATS IN HATS...Mrs. Stewart's kindergarten class enjoyed a "Green Eggs & Ham" read-aloud in the library Feb. 27, followed by a breakfast of REAL green eggs and ham cooked by Mrs. Harriman from the NCS Library. It was in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday March 2 and has been a fun school tradition.
     TURKEY TALK...Students made centerpieces for the Thanksgiving Feast.

     THE LITTLE OLD LADY...Kindergartners in Ms. Stewart's class heard the Halloween story "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything" in October. They then assembled and decorated the scarecrow featured at the end of the book. Great job, kindergarten!

'Wild Things' invade library
     NOBLEBORO - Kindergarten students from Mrs. Stewart's class heard the popular Maurice Sendak book, "Where the Wild Things Are" during a recent library read-aloud. 
     The children then went on to create their own masks using paper plates, cardstock, markers and glue. Once their wild masks were complete, they took their rightful place on the stage near the library mural inspired by the classic picture book. Great job, kindergarten!

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

Garrett's Video

For more Video Book Reviews from NCS students, visit our Archives.
BOOK BUDDIES...Classmates share their books during library time.