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.

Reading Incentives for DCS Students

Deadlines for both the NH Fisher Cats Reading Incentive Program and the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program are now past. Fisher Cats tickets will be mailed directly to your home.  Tickets for the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program will be mailed to the school in late April or early May.  I will send them home in your child's Friday folder, when I receive them.  
   The Rye Airfield reading incentive program goes on all year, so students can continue to participate in this until the end of the school year.  

Rye Airfield

  Rye Airfield Indoor Skateboarding and BMX Park offers a free all-day pass for students reading 5 books in addition to required reading for their classroom. Rye Airfield is a 50,000 square foot indoor skate park which is open year round.  Students need to let Mrs. Schonwald know when they have completed reading a book, and get one special bookmark stamped by the school library.  Once they have earned five of these bookmarks, they can take them to Rye Airfield to redeem for their free all day pass.  There is no deadline for this program. These bookmarks are available to your students throughout the school year.

For more information on any of these programs, please contact Mrs. Schonwald at the DCS Library -

Award Winners Announced

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 2016-17

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Kid's Choice Award Lists for NH

2016-17 Great Stone Face List
Students in Grades 4-6 are invited to vote for their favorite book from the Great Stone Face Booklist at the end of April every year.   Over 6,600 votes were cast by New Hampshire 4th through 6th graders this spring.  The winning book was El Deafo,a funny and touching graphic novel of Cece who loses her hearing at the age of 3 as a result of viral meningitis. Now in 5th grade, with the help of her "Magic Ear" hear the teacher wherever she goes in the school.  A hilarious and poignant story of one girl's efforts to fit in. Congratulations to author Cece Bell on winning this award!    

2016-17 Isinglass Teen Reads Booklist

This year we are re-introducing the Isinglass Teen Reads
Booklist for students in Grades 7-8.  This list includes 12 
diverse titles for middle grade readers. View and print out
a copy of the list here:

2016 Ladybug Picture Book List
    This list of 10 new picture books is recommended for students in PreK through 3rd grade.  Students vote for their favorite book in early to mid-December.  Last year, many classes voted to nominate the book It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee to the list.  We were all very pleased to see it on this year's 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