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.

Thank you for supporting the DCS Library Book Fair

  Thank you for supporting the Library Book Fair!  The Library made over $1600 (which will be used to bring a visiting author next year) and has over $300 to spend on new books from Scholastic as well.  We also gave gift certificates to more than 20 students to buy books.

   We are back to our normal library schedule.  Don't forget to send in those books your students borrowed before vacation!  And students - don't forget to check out our new book cart for some great new titles from the book fair!

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 -

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 2016-17

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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