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!
     Last year NCS updated its library software and now students, staff and parents are able to search the NCS database by book title, tpic or author. Simply go to http://aos93.follettdestiny.com/ and search away!

"The Professors" won it all!
NCS team wins LA's
Battle of the Books
     NEWCASTLE - A team of sixth-graders from NCS won the Battle of the Books trivia competition at Lincoln Academy on March 24.
     The five-student team, dubbed "The Professors," bested the competition with 55 total points. Seven other teams from AOS 93 competed, representing NCS, Great Salt Bay School, Bristol Consolidated School and Jefferson Village School.
     The winning team from NCS included Isobel Petersen, John Rice, Cheyenne Wadford, Dante Maskell and Alden Hunold. NCS had two other teams in the competition. The seventh-grade team from NCS, "The Bucket Squad," came in third place overall with 45 points. Team members were Paige Lafrenaye, William Sherrill, Olivia Stiles, Ivan Coffin and Ben Sawyer.
     The eighth-grade team from NCS, "The Lit Squad," landed fourth place overall with 37 total points. Members included Madison York, Katelin Tozier, Madison Vess and Tegan Gallagher. Absent was Emma Wriggins.
     Participating students read four books from four different genres in recent months, then wrote questions, and quizzed each other in preparation of the battle. The winning team won gift cards from Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta.
     All students received T-shirts and celebrated with a pizza party after the competition. LA library staff hosted the event and donated beverages and dessert. Pizza was donated by The Penalty Box and Hilltop Stop in Damariscotta and Newcastle Publick House.
"The Bucket Squad"
"The Lit Squad"

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.

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.
     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 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 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 a few years ago and settling in Nobleboro.
     "We always knew this was home," she said.

NCS kids vote for
Chickadee Award
     Students at NCS voted for the 2017 Chickadee Award, an award given to the favorite picture book selected by children each year across Maine.
     Grades 2-4 voted in this popular annual contest, and they selected "Mother Bruce" as their favorite with 14 votes total. In second place was "Emmanuel's Dream" with 11 votes. "Land Shark" won third place at NCS with 8 votes.
     Kids statewide chose "Land Shark" as their favorite book, with "Mother Bruce landing 3rd place with youngsters across Maine!
CIRCUS SHIP...Kindergartners heard a read-aloud of the picture book "Circus Ship" by Chris VanDusen during library time in April and then created their own circus art.

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!

     BOOK BUDDIES...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.

    BOOK NOOK...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

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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