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.

Need a Computer for Homework? 

Students in Grades 4-8 may borrow a Chromebook overnight from the library to complete homework. The permission slip is available from the library as well as linked below.  Students can also borrow a portable hotspot for internet access to use for completing homework using the permission slip from below.

Visiting Authors Coming Soon!

 Cynthia Lord
Author Cynthia Lord will be visiting with all 4th through 6th grade classes on Monday, October 22nd.  Lord is the author of several award-winning books for middle grade readers. Two of her books have been chosen for the Great Stone Face Booklist.  Her book Rules won numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor Award, and the Great Stone Face Award.  We have the opportunity for families to purchase her books in advance of her visit for a 20% discount, thanks to Gibson's Bookstore. Below is a copy of the book pre-order form which is going home with students. Please return these by Wednesday, October 3rd, in order to ensure that the books will be here in time to get them signed by the author.

David Elliott

Author David Elliott will visit DCS on Wednesday, November 7th.   His picture books have won numerous awards including a Parent’s Choice award, The Ladybug Picture Book Award and Cybils Awards for poetry.  They have also been included in best of book lists from the New York Public Library, School Library Journal and the American Library Association. We have the opportunity for families to purchase his books in advance of his visit for a 20% discount, thanks to Gibson's Bookstore. Pre-order forms for his books will be coming home soon.

Summer Reading Follow-up

  Summer Reading is over and most of the books have been returned to the school library.  We would love to get feedback from students and parents on which books worked well for students and which worked not so well, so we can work toward improving the summer reading list for next year. If you or your student has a suggestion for next year's summer reading list, we'd also like to hear that.  You can contact the library at or 603-463-7422 x201. Thank you for supporting your child's reading!   If your student has not returned his or her book, please ask them to drop it off at the library!

Ladybug Picture Book Award  

   Students in Grades K-3 vote for their favorite Ladybug Picture Book during the month of December each year.  Students choose from 10 picture books selected by children's librarians throughout the state of New Hampshire.  The Ladybug Picture Book Award is a kids choice award, given to the author and illustrator whose book receives the most votes from children in New Hampshire.  
     Over 21,000 children in the state of New Hampshire participated in voting for their favorite book last December. Looking for a great book for kids - check out this year's Ladybug! 

Ladybug Picture Book List 2018

Great Stone Face and Isinglass Teen Reads Award Booklists

   DCS students in Grades 4-8 have an opportunity to vote for their favorite book on the Great Stone Face (Grades 4-6) or Isinglass Teen Reads (Grades 7-8) reading 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 2018 Great Stone Face Award Booklist: 

Great Stone Face Book Award PowerPoint Apha 2018_2019.pptx

The 2018 Isinglass Teen Reads Booklist:

Isinglass Teen Reads Booklist 2018-19

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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.

2018 Ladybug Picture Book List
   Coming soon - a new list of great picture books.  Students in K-3 at DCS helped me to nominate two titles for this year's list:  I want that nut! by Madeline Valentine and After the fall by Dan Santat.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that one or both will be 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