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Student Recommended Summer Reading!

posted May 31, 2018, 5:44 AM by Gabriel Grana

The library sent a poll out to students to recommend some good summer reading! 
Check back here soon to discover what Smith students think is worth reading and enjoying over the summer. 


posted May 18, 2018, 9:09 AM by Gabriel Grana   [ updated May 18, 2018, 9:16 AM ]

All library books are due May 25th!

Check your bookbag, check your locker, check behind your ears, check in that place in your room you've ignored for months!
If you think you've lost a book, please let us know so that we can make arrangements. 

Summer Reading recommendation?

posted May 9, 2018, 8:17 AM by Gabriel Grana   [ updated May 9, 2018, 8:21 AM ]

I can't believe the school year is drawing to a close! With that in mind, it's time to start preparing your summer reading list. The school librarians usually pull together a list of recommended titles, but this year we thought we'd ask for student input!

Fill out the form below to submit your choices, no more than 3 times so that we can rank your suggestions. (I mean you can submit more, but I'd like to limit the number of suggestions to sort). 

Summer Reading Survey

Battle of the Books Champions!

posted Apr 17, 2018, 8:12 AM by Gabriel Grana   [ updated Apr 19, 2018, 9:59 AM ]

It is my honor to say that Smith Middle School has won our district-level Battle of the Books Competition! All praise goes to the hard-working students from all three grade-levels who put time into reading many books, sharing information about the books with each other, contextualizing potentially overlapping details within the books, and participating in a rigorous WIN class when they could have chosen something a bit lighter. 

In my first year, Smith came in 4th-place.
In my second year, we came in 3rd.
Last year, we came in 2nd.
It is absolutely no surprise to me that we won it all this year. 

At the end of last year, instead of just enjoying our celebration for a hard-fought second place, students immediately began to strategize. They knew in their hearts that Smith would win it all, and they knew it would take more than weekly practices. Instead, they suggested we utilize a Google classroom, document more about the potentially confusing similarities between books, really becoming experts on specific titles, and running the club through a WIN class. This victory is due to the hard work of these students and the 6th-graders who rose to the occasion and showed that this was not a one-off victory, but the beginning of a tradition. 

Extra special shout-outs are due to the 8th-graders, most of who have been with the BOB team since 6th-grade, and who dubbed me "The Granana". See my tie in the photos below for an explanation. 
  • Erin Mansfield
  • Calvin Hinkle
  • Eve Bryner
  • Eli Elk
  • Noah Siekirski
  • Owen Cole
  • Dennis Sun (joined in 7th-grade)
  • Benjamin McAvoy-Bickford (joined in 8th-grade)

April is Poetry Month

posted Apr 17, 2018, 6:53 AM by Gabriel Grana   [ updated Apr 19, 2018, 4:42 AM ]

April is all about poetry, and here in the library, we are continuing with a few yearly traditions, while also engaging in some exciting new ones! 

Poetry Contest 
Our annual poetry contest is in full swing! Submit unique poems for your chance to win a prize.
  • Submit up to 5 poems by sharing with Mr. Graña or Mrs. Rhodes via Google Docs 
  • Deadline: April 23rd
  • Original poems only
  • Poems will be posted without names, and voting will last until May 4th
Poetry Slam

Poetry Slam Poster

Poetry Displays

As always, come check out our poetry book displays!
Display of novels-in-verse, written by various authorsDisplay of novels-in-verse, written by Margarita Engle
Author Spotlight: Margarita Engle
Poetry collections

In addition to our usual book displays, we have a special bulletin board display to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day! April 24th is Poem in Your Pocket Day, but we decided to share poetry that you can carry around with you already. Located by the library's exit, you're sure to find something that will suit your mood. If you'd like to suggest poems, please share them with us!

Poem in your pocket bulletin board display.


Author Event

posted Apr 17, 2018, 6:07 AM by Gabriel Grana   [ updated Apr 18, 2018, 1:31 PM ]

Smith will have the pleasure of hosting author Stacy McAnulty on May 2nd. Her book, The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, will be coming out on May 1st! To be one of the first to read it, and to ensure that you get your copy signed by the author, use this link to pre-order from Flyleaf by Monday, May 1st. Please see Mr. Graña or Mrs. Rhodes if you'd like to sign-up. 

Want to get a jump on the book? Come see Mr. Graña for an Advanced Reader's Copy. There are multiple copies available for a week-long checkout. 

March is...

posted Mar 6, 2018, 12:02 PM by Gabriel Grana

Women's History Month

Celebrate the pivotal role women have played in this country's history. 
Details coming soon.  

Music in Schools Month

Sign up in the library for performances on the following days:
Mondays March 5, 12, 19
Wednesday, March 7

Karaoke Madness - Thursday, March 22

We'll have a MIDI keyboard set up in the classroom area, as well as iPads with GarageBand on them. You can also check out Song Maker by borrowing a Chromebook during your recess period!

Crafts Month
We'll be hosting a 3D-design class, followed up by a 3D design challenge for the month of April. 
We've recently acquired a Cricut, too! Be on the lookout for a Cricut programming, too!

We'll have special book displays and a variety of activities to take part in!

Flyleaf Book Fair

posted Feb 8, 2018, 8:59 AM by Gabriel Grana   [ updated Feb 8, 2018, 10:56 AM ]

Four of the CHCCS libraries have partnered with Flyleaf to pilot a new type of Book Fair! Over the course of the weekend of February 16-18, a portion of the sales at Flyleaf Bookstore will come back to four of our schools, including Smith, Culbreth, Carrboro High, and East Chapel Hill High. There will be performances from each school over the course of the weekend, with Smith taking the stage on Saturday, February 17th, from 5-7pm. We'll feature student poets and singers, as well as published members of our own faculty, including Kim Lane and John Stevens. 

Check out the flyers below, and then keep reading to learn more about our featured performers!


Battle of the Books/WIN Session 2

posted Feb 5, 2018, 6:48 AM by Gabriel Grana

WIN session 1 is winding down, but selection for session 2 is underway! Please make sure that you select Battle of the Books if you'd like to guarantee a trip to the competition. 

Speaking of the competition, the date has been set: April 12, 2018.

Harry Potter Week Donations

posted Dec 1, 2017, 10:00 AM by Gabriel Grana

Help us create a memorable Harry Potter Week! This document will keep evolving, so check back regularly! 

Additionally, if you are interested in helping out in other ways, please email me: ggrana@chccs.k12.nc.us

Harry Potter Week Donations

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