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We had a great Battle of the Books! In a dramatic upset, Out of My Mind, which was eliminated in the first round, was resurrected by popular vote and went on to win it all! Thank you to all the judges, Lily Z., Alexia D., Eliza S., Eliza S., Caeli A., Liam G., and Allison A.

Dedham Middle School is hosting Building Bridges: Portraits of Immigrants and Refugees, a touring photo-text display created by the award-winning Family Diversity Projects of Amherst, Massachusetts. This exhibit will be available to tour with classes (or on your own for your own interest and enjoyment) in the Dedham Middle School library from March 8 through March 29, 2019.

Building Bridges is a series of photographs and corresponding interviews of people who have come to the United States as immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers from all over the world. The exhibit seeks to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes about immigrants and refugees as a way to prevent bullying and hatred towards this marginalized group of people. “Building Bridges is crucial in this time of political divisiveness. The exhibit, which seamlessly combines exquisite photos with moving text, breaks down stereotypes about immigrants and refugees in a unique and powerful way. It makes an indelible impression on the heart and soul of everyone who sees it.” — Bill Newman, ACLU of Massachusetts attorney, Western Massachusetts Legal Office.

Family Diversity Projects, Inc. is a local non-profit organization that has created this and several other powerful and moving exhibits that travel nationwide to mental health centers, hospitals, high schools, colleges, universities, corporations, museums, libraries and faith houses. BUILDING BRIDGES consists of photographs by Mark Chester and Gigi Kaeser and text from interviews conducted by Peggy Gillespie.

Our exhibition of Building Bridges is made possible by the generous support of the Dedham Education Foundation - Nancy Bradley Memorial Fund.

For more information about this exhibit prior to its installation, please visit Family Diversity Projects web site at: https://familydiv.org/exhibits/building-bridges/

The nominations for the 2019 DMS Battle of the Books are in! The battle will begin Friday, March 1st. The top 8 nominations will compete to become DMS' 2019 favorite book! The Round 1 matchups are: Fish in a Tree vs. The Wednesday Wars, Smile vs. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown, Out of My Mind vs. The Outsiders, and The One and Only Ivan vs. Auggie and Me.

Stay tuned to find out which books will advance to the second round!


In honor of the upcoming Academy Awards, the spotlight is on books that have been made into movies for the month of February! Stop by and take a look at the many, MANY books that have become movies!

Our theme for the first month of 2019 is Myths and Legends! On display are books on many different mythologies including, Greek, Celtic, Norse, and Egyptian. We also have legends from Africa, Europe, and Native American cultures. Both fiction and nonfiction books are available!

The spotlight is on narrative nonfiction for December! Narrative nonfiction books are nonfiction books that read like fiction! Narrative nonfiction books are a great way to introduce yourself to nonfiction reading because they read just like a novel.

November is National Novel Writing Month! If you're interested in taking on the challenge of writing a whole novel in just one month, join the writing club! Email Ms. Lechan for more information.

In November the spotlight is on favorite authors! We have a whole tableful of books by some of DMS student's favorite authors, including Jeff Kinney, Raina Telgemeier, Mike Lupica, and J.K. Rowling.

It's October, so of course the spotlight is on scary stories! On display in the library is a whole table-full of reads featuring ghosts, horror, thrills, chills and scares of all kinds! Stop by a check it out.

You're wanted for the Library Squad! Are you a reader? Are you creative? Do you have lots of ideas? Then you're wanted for the Library Squad! Ms. Lechan is looking for 12 students to have a say in what goes on in the library. You'll get to have an input on what books are purchased, get to read new books before anyone else, come up with monthly themes, and more! If you're interested, come to an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 25th after school in the library.

Did you know that there's a National Novel Writing Month? Well, there is! If you're an aspiring writer, join the Writing Club and get to work planning for November when you'll try to write a whole novel in just one month! If you're interested, come to an informational meeting Thursday, September 27th after school in the library.

Welcome back (or to!) DMS! For September the spotlight is on Banned Books Week, which runs from September 23-29. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom we have to read! All over the country, and the world, books are challenged or banned in schools and public libraries. Appreciate that you can read practically anything you want! Take a look at our display of books that have been banned or challenged somewhere in the United States, and find out why! Check out the American Library Associates website for more information.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. On display this month are novels with characters who deal with a variety of mental health issues, from anxiety to depression to obsessive-compulsive disorder. We also have nonfiction books for those looking to learn more, and memoirs from people who have been managing their mental health much of their lives.

April is National Poetry Month! The library has poetry books on display, as well as novels in verse. And check out our Poet Tree, hung with some of the DMS Library Squad's favorite poems.

The winner of the 2018 DMS Battle of the Books is Number the Stars! Although our final round judge had read Wonder many times and thought the characters and plot were fantastic, and was impressed with the unique plot of Everything, Everything, she was won over by the plot twists, love, and bravery shown in Number the Stars. Thank you to all the judges and to YOU for your nominations! Disappointed your personal favorite book didn't win? There's always next year...

Are you ready for the Battle of the Books? The nominations are in! 8 books are ready to go head to head in March to determine DMS' ultimate favorite book of 2018! Your match-ups for Round 1 are: Harry Potter vs. Number the Stars, The Hunger Games vs. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Wonder vs. The Outsiders, Everything Everything vs. Hatchet. Which book will reign supreme?

In honor of National Library Lovers' Month, the DMS Library Squad created a bulletin board where students can leave a note saying what the love about reading, books, or the library.

Spotlight on: historical fiction! Sometimes a forgotten genre, historical fiction is great! Not only do you get a great story, but you can experience a different time and place.

It’s time for the statewide bookmark contest!

This year’s theme is: “Your School Library...The Heart of Your School.”

Celebrate your School Library program by designing a bookmark that

  • Shows the many activities, lessons and experiences happening in your School Library
  • Show what new and exciting things have you been learning
  • Show WHY your Library is the heart of the school
  • Shows what makes your Library program special

The winner from each grade will be submitted to the statewide contest!

Pick up an entry form in the library. Entries must be submitted by February 8th.

December's spotlight is on mystery! Stop by the library and check out an intriguing mystery for your Winter Break!

November spotlighted an original design by the Library Squad! They decided November was a month to be grateful...for books! What book are you grateful for?

November is National Novel Writing Month! 15 students have accepted the challenge of writing an entire novel in just one month! They must set aside their inner editor and just write. Will they reach their word count goals? Wait and see!

It's almost time for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF! Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began 67 years ago as a way to help kids still affected by World War II. Since then, millions of children across the United States have gone door to door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!" The annual tradition of Kids Helping Kids® — involving donations big and small — has helped to raise more than $175 million since 1950. This year Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF funds will be used for recent hurricane and earthquake relief.

Looking for a terrifying read to get you in the mood for Halloween? Stop by the library! We have all sorts of scary reads on display, from a little spooky to absolutely terrifying!

For September the spotlight is on Banned Books Week, which runs from September 24-30. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom we have to read! All over the country, and the world, books are challenged or banned in schools and public libraries. Appreciate that you can read practically anything you want! Take a look a our display of books that have been banned or challenged somewhere in the United States, and find out why! Check out the American Library Associates website for more information.