Deerfield Community School Library/Learning Commons

The DCS Library has approximately 12,000 volumes for student and staff use.  K-8 students can check out 2 books each week from the library.  The loan period for books is 1 week for Grades K-5 and two weeks for Grades 6-8. 

The online information center is here for you to use 24/7 to gain access to information, online resources, databases and so much more!  Are you a writer?  Feel free to submit a poem to the We are Poets blog.  Have you read a good book lately?  Recommend it on the Book Discussion blog.  
  If you have suggestion for things which could be added to our new online community, email Mrs. Schonwald.

Summer Reading for DCS Students

    Studies show that students can lose 3 months of reading progress over the summer.  There are several things students and families can do to prevent this 'summer slide'.
   1. Check out books for the summer!  The DCS Library will check out up to three books to students entering Grade 2-8 for the summer.  Students can check books out during the last week of school and bring them back at their first library class of the new school year.
   2. Use DCS Tumblebooks, Worldbook Online, Gale Virtual Reference Library or other ebook libraries.  DCS maintains three ebook libraries for use of students and families 24/7 365 days a year.  Any of these resources (plus many more) can be located by clicking on the page below called "Trusted Websites for Research and Fun".  The sites mentioned above require a user name and password, which are listed in the last issue of the Bridge for the 2016-17 school year, and can also be obtained by calling the school (463-7422) or emailing Mrs. Schonwald (
  3.  Required summer reading book - Students entering Grades 5-8 will have a summer reading requirement.  Students will chose one book from a selection of titles given to them during the last week of the school year.  There will also be a brief assignment.  The list of titles and summer reading assignment is posted below.  Feel free to contact me any time for more information.  I do check my school email periodically over the summer.

5-8 Summer Reading List 2017

Summer Reading 2017 Note Sheet Grade 5

Summer Reading 2017 Note Sheet

  Happy Summer Reading!
             Mrs. Schonwald and Mrs. Moore

Great Stone Face and Isinglass Teen Reads Award Winners

   During the first week in May, award winners for NH's Great Stone Face (Grades 4-6) and Isinglass Teen Reads (Grades 7-8) Awards were announced at the NH Library Conference. DCS students in these grade levels have an opportunity to vote for their favorite book on the list before April vacation each year.  Students  must read two or more books from the list to be eligible to vote.

More information about the Great Stone Face and Isinglass Teen Reads Awards can be found here:

The 2017 Great Stone Face Award winner is: 

The 2017 Isinglass Teen Reads winner is:

This year's Ladybug Picture Book Award was won by It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee, a book which DCS kids nominated to the 2016 list!  About 150 K through 2nd graders voted for their favorite book from this list in mid-December.  The winner was announced early in January.

Caldecott, Newbery and Coretta Scott King Award Winners

The American Library Association announced the winners of this year's Youth Media Awards yesterday.  The winner are:

Caldecott Award:  Radiant Child: The story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

Newbery Award: The girl who drank the moon by Kelly Barnhill

March: Book Three won the Corretta Scott King Award, as well as the Sibert Award for best Informational Book and the Printz Award for best Young Adult book.

We are growing! by Laurie Keller won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for best early reader.

For the full list of ALA Award Winners, click here.

Great Stone Face Booklist 2017-18


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Kid's Choice Award Lists for NH

2017-18 Great Stone Face List
The 2017-18 Great Stone Face List was announced on May 5th, 2017.  Here is a link to the new list: 
2017-18 Great Stone Face Reading List
The full list of winners for the 2016-17 list can be found here: 
2016-17 Great Stone Face Voting Tally

2017-18 Isinglass Teen Reads Booklist

During the 2017-18 the Isinglass Teen Reads List will probably be merged with the Flume Reading List for high school students.  This list has not yet been released.  Look for it here soon.

2017 Ladybug Picture Book List
    This list of 10 new picture books is recommended for students in PreK through 3rd grade. The list is introduced to students in the fall.  Students vote for their favorite book in early to mid-December. 
   Here is a copy of this year's list:
2017 Ladybug Picture Book List.

DCS Learning Commons 2.0

Lots of online information sources are available through this page for students to use for homework help, skills practice, and exploration of new ideas and concepts.
Online resources available on the left for your use include:
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - a 250-volume collection of e-reference books for Grades 4 and up
  • Worldbook online encyclopedia for Grades K-8
  • Tumblebooks electronic picture book library
  • Ebscohost  magazine, newspaper and primary source database
  • Novelist K-8: A source for reviews, read-alikes and recommended fiction books.
  • Selected website links are also available to support classroom projects