Welcome to 
The Middle School of Plainville 
Library Information Center 
Library Information Teacher: Mrs. Lynch
Library Paraprofessional: Mrs. Prokop

Barnes & Noble Book Fair

MSP's library will have a book fair at the Barnes & Noble located at 1599 SE Rd in Farmington on Saturday, December 2. Artwork from Ms Meehan's and Ms Vigue's classes will be displayed. 
Students from The Military Mailroom club will have a variety of holiday cards available for shoppers to write to our troops. 
A portion of profits realized will benefit MSP's library. We hope to see you there.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Kaydin Younger is MSP's iPod6 Winner for 2016-2017

MSP’S Top Readers for 2016-17

Congratulations to these students!

MSP's top readers have already read this many books during this school year!

1. Fogofoluwa Adeniyan 34

2. Janessa Freitas 23

3. Harper Giola 22

4. Kaydin Younger 21

5. Elayna Fontanez 20

6. Gabriel Allen Phen 15

7. Fiyinfoluwa Adeniyan 11

8. Netania Davila 11

9. Dyani Maldonado 11

10. Valiantsin Kasabrukhau 10

11. India Vibert 10

12. Nevaeh Riddick 8

13. Kaelynn Baba 7

14. Nicole Caruso 7

15 Alexandra Frigugliett 7

16. Jeffrey Wasieleuski 7

17. Damien Colon 6

18. Damian Czartoryjski 6

19. Mya Grigerek 6

20. Mason Krystock 6

21. Camdon Mann 6

22. Jessica Schnaufer 6

23. Carl Smith 6

24. Season Tompkins 6

25. Tate Stevens 6

26. Trevor Vellucci 6

Author visited MSP

Jeff Anderson, author of the humorous Zack Delacruz books, visited MSP on Thursday, November 10 during enrichment. Six students from each team attended this fun lecture/workshop. Mr Anderson shared his writing process with students emphasizing the need to write and revise whenever one had 
the chance. He also spoke about not giving up; if one has a 
dream, the only way to reach that goal is to persevere to 
achieve it.

MSP Top Reader - Kindle Winners
All of MSP's top readers were entered into a raffle to win one of two Kindle Fires. The raffle was held on June 6, 2016, and the winners were: Glenroy Virgo and Dyani Maldonado. Happy reading to both of you.

Attention readers who enjoy 

For every book that you read and review, 
will get 
a raffle ticket for a chance to win a DunkinDonuts gift 
card. We'll pick a new winner the final Friday of every month during morning announcements.
Good Luck and Good Reading!

Read Right Run!
Read Right Run's medal ceremony and scavenger hunt was held on Thursday, April 2nd, during enrichment. Although nearly 100 of MSP's students and faculty began this challenge, only several dozen of the most dedicated and motivated of them completed this challenging goal. This is quite an accomplishment! These 
students and staff deserve a pat on 
the back and congratulations on having the grit, 
tenacity, drive, and motivation to successfully complete this challenge.Successful finishers were:

Grade 6 Students:      Grade 7 Students:
Nanci Guiterrez               Becka Beauchamp
Emily Roy                         Cassidy Norman
Jacob Demmons              Mikayla Doucette
Caitlin Charest                 Kaycee Newberry
Sydney Ouellette             Julia Restelli
Medina Ahmedovic         Alexia Sirois
Matthew Lagassey           Vanessa Agustin - Lopez
Alicia Quirion                    
Olivia Unwin                         
Sarah Ford                       Grade 8 Students:
Alexis Charbonneau       Andrea Ybanez
Benjamin Royce              Daniela Rosado-Rivera               
                                            Taniary Barton
                                            Haylie Garrison 

                    Factulty & Staff 
                    Mrs. Lynch
                    Mrs. Von Achen
                    Mrs. Harkey
                    Mr. Berard
                    Mrs. Misseri
                    Mrs. Harris
                    Mrs. Welton
                    Mr. Feltt

Additional thanks to our wonderful sponsors; 
without them the program would not have been possible: 
Plainville Community Fund@Main Street Community Foundation,
Healthy Plainville, 
The Wheeler Regional Family YMCA, 
General Electric, 
Gnazzo's Food Center, 
Fleet Feet Sports, 
and Farmer Joe's Gardens

The FINAL RRR check
Friday, March 13th
Read Right Run students were invited 
to participate with MSP's gym classes 
and enjoyed an energetic Zumba class. 

During Friday, February 20th, RRR 
participants enjoyed a particularly challenging 
check-in. Students who won a variety of  
games were rewarded with their choice of books as prizes. 

Friday, January 9th our RRR participants enjoyed 
an exciting and energetic Zumba Class taught by Cindy 
from the Plainville YMCA.

Friday, December 19th, YMCA instructor, 
Jocelyn taught a group of enthusiastic RRR 
participants kickboxing and a taste of a variety of 
martial arts. 

Friday, December 5th, RRR 
participants enjoyed a strengthening, stretching, and 
relaxing yoga practice taught by Jane from the 
Wallingford YMCA.

RRR's 3rd official check-in was on 
Friday, November 14th during enrichment. Brian 
and his 3 person crew from the Plainville YMCA 
taught highly energetic and fun 30 minute interval 
class to 31 6th, 7th, and 8th grade RRR participants. 
Top readers, who have each read 8 books already, 
chose a free book as a reward.


MSP had its Read Right Run kick-off on Monday, 
October 6th. The weather was perfect as 64 students 
and 14 faculty and staff completed their first of 26 
miles together under the watchful eye of Michelle, a running coach from West Hartford's Fleet Feet. 
From now through April 1, 2015, Participants will 
read 26books, do 26 right deeds, and run 26 miles 
in 26 weeks. 

The goal of Read Right Run was fourfold: 
1. To promote reading for pleasure.
2. To encourage participants to do kind deeds.
3. To support physical fitness. 
4. To foster perseverance, independence, and 
personal responsibility. 

Every successful finisher was awarded a medal 
in April 2015. 

MSP's Barber Shop 
was open 
for Business

MSP's students successfully read and reviewed over 1,500 books during the 2012 - 2013 school year. During the annual student/faculty basketball game, the top 5 readers and top 5 review writers became barbers for the morning. They cut Mr. Guarino's hair, during the halftime of the game! 

Our library is always in the process of selecting 
new materials to better meet your reading and 
research needs

If there is a book  you would like us to 
get, please let us know.  

Nutmeg Nominated Author 
Jordan Sonnenblick 
Visited MSP October 2012

Nutmeg nominated author Jordan Sonnenblick visited MSP on Wednesday, October 3rd. He presented at 3 assemblies, one for each grade 6, 7, and 8. His engaging presentations had both students and faculty simultaneously laughing and crying as he disclosed his motivation for writing his first book, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. 

At the time, he was an 8th grade English teacher who wrote the book to help out a student whose younger brother had cancer. His advice to students for becoming a happy adult was to find something they were good at and enjoyed doing. He encouraged them to pursue their dreams and not give up on them, even if life gets in the way.

He also held a writing workshop for 24 teacher selected students. During the writer's workshop, students were encouraged to look at a his style of writing to see if they were able to replicate it. After writing, students shared their paragraphs aloud.  
Many thanks to MSP's PTC whose very generous donation helped to make Mr. Sonnenblick's visit possible.
It was an entertaining and inspiring day for all. 

Celebrate Banned Books Week!

Express your freedom to choose your own reading material!
Select and Read a Banned Book Today
MSP celebrated the American Library Association's Banned Books Week from September 25 - September 29th.  

Grade 6,  7 & 8 social studies classes visited the library for lessons on the First Amendment and how it relates to Banned books. 
Students were permitted and even encouraged to check out, read, and decide for themselves about frequently banned books. 

Titles discussed and offered included
 books such as: 

Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel banned for Offensive language “A billion dollars! Holy %#@$.”

Nutmeg nominated Trash by Andy Mulligan banned as “Not age appropriate [and it] tackles tough concepts best discussed at home.”

Drama by Raina Telgemeier banned as it includes LGBT characters, and has an offensive political viewpoint.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis, banned in Utah for violence and language.

Nutmeg nominee, Stolen Children by Peg Kehret, banned for being too scary and violent.

Newbery award winning, The Giver by Lois Lowry, banned for questioning authority.

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein, banned because some of the poems promote “disrespect for truth and authority, and [encourage] rebellion against parents…”

Choose, check out and enjoy reading a banned book today!

Nutmeg Voting at MSP

Image used with permission of the Nutmeg committee

The State Nutmeg Committee 
announced the 2017 Nutmeg Book Award winners!

2107 Intermediate Winner: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
2017 Teen Winner: The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

MSP's students voted for their favorite 2017 Nutmeg nominees, results are:
1st place - The Boundless - 17%  
​2nd place - Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library 15% 
3rd place - Masterminds - 11% 

1st place - Iron Trial - 15% 
2nd place - Night Gardener - 11%
3rd place - Swagger - 10%​

Grade 6 Read-a-Thon

Grade 6 ELA classes participated in a Read-a-Thon in collaboration with MSP's library. In January, students voted to support Doctors without Borders. Students asked parents and friends to sponsor them for $1.00 or more for every 50 pages they read between February 1 and April 1. Students were responsible for keeping track of their reading. 
A total of $285 was raised and donated. Mrs. Baleshiski's homeroom raised the most money and was rewarded for their efforts with a pizza party. Top readers/fund raisers were: Jonah Winkleman and Jacob Schwentke who raised $50 and $25 respectively.

Read Across America

MSP's library had its annual Read Across America celebration on Thursday, March 2nd
NEA's Read Across America is a fun, celebratory way to promote the enjoyment of reading. 
It is a wonderful opportunity for students, teachers, librarians, administrators and parents to share the joys of reading aloud to each other.
Over 275 students in grades 6, 7, and 8 participated as readers or listeners. Teachers, administrators, and Plainville Public Library staff joined the celebration as well, reading aloud picture books, short stories and poetry. 
Mrs. White's 8th grade FACS classes provided beautifully and colorfully decorated cupcakes using this year's diversity theme of Dr.Seuss around the world.  
The MSP library is very grateful for the generosity of Gnazzo's, which donated water and snacks for all readers and listeners. 
Additional thanks go to Snyders of Hanover 
which generously donated pretzels for all participants.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair

MSP's library had a book fair at the Barnes & Noble located in Blue Back Square in West Hartford on Saturday, December 3. 
Artwork from Ms Meehan's and Ms Vigue's classes was displayed. 
Students from The Military Mailroom club had a variety of holiday cards available for shoppers to write to our troops. 

A portion of profits realized benefited MSP's library. 

MSP's library is available Online!


The school libraries at 
MSP and at PHS have joined forces to offer a wide variety of digital resources through Overdrive. Students may access the Overdrive site through the MSP library links page. They should use their regular username and password. eBooks and audio books may be read on computers or Chromebooks. They may also be downloaded onto, ipads, ipods, smart phones, Kindles or Nooks. As with our print collection, if students would like the library to get a particular title, please let us know.

Library Policies

Students may check out up to 4 books at a time. Additionally, all magazines, including the newest issue may be checked out. The time limit for checkouts is 3 weeks

No Name Calling Week
MSP students observed No Name Calling Week from January 18 - 22nd. This year's theme is Celebrate Kindness. The focus is on kindness, as well as acceptance and tolerance of one another's differences. There is also a strong anti-bullying component. Students participated in a lesson during enrichment and signed a pledge not to bully or call others names. 
Completed pledges are displayed in the school's atrium. This is just one of the ways we hope to make MSP a kinder school in which to learn.

Author Tim Green Visited MSP October 14th, 2015
We were very fortunate to have Nutmeg nominated author Tim Green visit MSP. 
Mr. Green played for the Atlanta Falcons as a linebacker and a defensive end during the 1980s and 90s. He was also a radio and television sports commentator for National Public Radio and Fox television. 

Mr. Green graduated from Syracuse University law school and is currently a practicing attorney. He is the best selling author of 32 books including courtroom dramas for adults
​ and ​
sports themed titles for children including the Baseball Great and the Football Genius series. 
His characters are faced with serious 
 which they must overcome. Instead of giving up, they persevere, making them excellent role models for middle school students.
Mr. Green spoke about the importance of kindness and acceptance of other's differences. He focused his presentations on the importance of hard work, determination, perseverance, and most importantly, education, as it is education that gives one choices in life. 
He went on to explain that what makes one rich in life is not the things that one acquires, but the positive relationships one builds and maintains. One of the things that made his presentations so accessible to students is his energy and enthusiasm.

If you’d like more detailed information about Mr. Green and/or summaries of his books, please visit:http://timgreenbooks.com/ 
Many thanks to the Elizabeth Norton Trust Fund 
​for ​
their generous contribution which 
​helped to ​
enable us to bring Mr. Green to MSP.

 Visited MSP Spring 2015
Nutmeg nominated author of One For the Murphys and Fish in a Tree  visited MSP on Wednesday, March 25th.
She spoke with 6th grade reading and LA classes and then provided an interactive writer's workshop for 40 teacher
selected 6th grade students. 
Ms Hunt discussed her inspiration for writing and reminded students that writing, like all worthwhile pursuits in life, requires lots of practice and continual revision. Her presentation mirrored MSP's commitment to a growth mindset.
Her message to students is that hard work, effort, perseverance and being true to oneself are keys to success. 

Read Across America - 2015

Read Across America 2015

Read Across America

Author Tim Green 
visited MSP October 2013

Nutmeg Nominated Author and former Atlanta Falcon football player Tim Green visited MSP on October 9th. 

MSP students were treated to two wonderful presentations by Nutmeg nominated author Tim Green. 
Mr. Green, a former Atlanta Falcon linebacker, is the New York Times best selling author of 26 novels for children and adults, as well as a practicing attorney. Students were captivated by his engaging presentations. 


A very special thanks to the Elizabeth Norton Trust Fund and to MSP's PTC for their generous contributions which enabled us to bring Mr. Green here to MSP.

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MSP in October 2011

Charles R. Smith, author, poet and photographer visited MSP on October 12th and performed 3 interesting, interactive, and highly engaging presentations. While discussing the writing process, Mr. Smith performed many of his poems accompanied by a variety of his photographs. 

He has created many books and CDs for our students to enjoy. The MSP library has copies of many of his books and students are welcome to check them out.

Many thanks to the  Plainville Community Fund and the MSP PTC which helped to fund his visit.

You are welcome to visit his website to view and listen to the books and poems he has written and read his biography. http://www.charlesrsmithjr.com/

Nutmeg Nominated
 Author visited MSP

Nutmeg nominated author, Leslie Connor visited MSP on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010. She has written several novels including: Waiting for Normal and Crunch

She did three presentations, one for each grade. The students were focused and engaged. Following her keynote presentation, students asked interesting and specific questions about topics as diverse as: her dogs, the writing process, her favorite authors and how to publish a book.

The afternoon writing session was such a treat. 24 students, 8 from each grade selected by their LA teachers came to the library ready to write. Students created some really interesting, surprisingly long and complex stories in only 45 minutes. 

She was happy to autograph copies of her books. Many students took advantage of this opportunity.

A special thanks to the MSP PTC for its generous donation which made Leslie Connor's visit possible.

Last updated October 27, 2017

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