Mrs. Watson's Library Page

This week we celebrate our right to read!

"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular."

Here at EDMES, we have been reading a few books that have been challenged in the past and discussing what concerns people might have had with these texts. We discussed how people who challenge books are not mean or evil, they just disagree strongly with the content or find themselves uncomfortable with the subject matter discussed. We wrapped up our discussion by focusing on how lucky we are to have the freedom to make these choices for ourselves!

Welcome Back!

We will be starting all classes this Fall with a review of how to use the EDD way in the library so we can be respectful, responsible and safe. We will spend a few classes on library orientation and then our 2nd-5th graders will jump into lessons on how to use Destiny, our online card catalog and the Destiny Discover website to find just the right book. We will end the month by celebrating Banned Books Week!

On Destiny, students can search by keyword, author, subject, title or series and can filter their results by reading level!

If students log into Destiny Discover, they can place books on hold and keep track of their favorites!

Here is the best part. Parents and students can log onto Destiny Discover from home to see what books are out or overdue! Students need to know their Library ID number. (This is the same as their lunch card number). The ID number is both the username and password for this site.

Spring, that wonderful time of year when a (not so) young girl’s fancy turns to….collection development. I have been geeking out seriously hard this week since discovering the data analysis available to me from the library software. Here are just a few of the graphs I created this week to help with collection development as I look ahead to the 2017-2018 school year.


Thank you for making our Book Fair such a huge success. The books you bought online and at school will enabled us to add $4000.00 worth of books to our library!

Book Fair Week is here at last!

We would love you to be a part of our Book Fair Family Event. It’s taking place on March 15th. Our book fair will be open from 5:30-8:00 and the PTA Ice Cream Social will be running from 5:30-7:00. You can enjoy a sweet treat and shop for books for your entire family!

Unable to make it Wednesday?

Click on the Book Fair 2017 tab and order the books you would like online.


Students may shop during our “School Hours” shopping day, Friday,March 17th. This will be the ONLY day cash or checks should be sent into school with students. Please make checks payable to EDMES.

All purchases at our in-school Book Fair and our Online Fair benefit our school. Thank you for helping get more kids reading, and kids reading more.

See you at the Book Fair!

Mrs. Watson

Because we have had so many snow dates, next week we will continue to learn about Ilvermorny with the 4th and 5th graders. We are reading “Holes” in 3rd grade, Sideways Stories From Wayside School in 2nd Grade and James & The Giant Peach in 1st grade.

In March we will be getting ready for our Scholastic Book Fair! This year families may shop online from home ( or during the Book Fair Open House & Ice Cream Social! Students will be able to visit the Book Fair during their regular library times to make a “wish list” but will not be shopping during school hours unless previous arrangements are made in advance. If you are unable to shop online or attend the Ice Cream Social, please email me at so we can set up a time for your child to shop during school hours. Our Book Fair theme this year is camping!


I love the Fridays when we have Book Buddy time! Mr. Sag’s 5th graders and the ½ day Kindergarteners are really enjoying their time together.

Earlier this month , we celebrated Valentine's day by offering "Best Buddy Book Bundles" for checkout. Students could choose to read the same book as a friend or read books with similar themes and characters. #twinsies

Also this week we will continue to explore J.K. Rowling's writings about the history of the wizarding world right here in New England. We will learn the history of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and some of the "Fantastic Beasts" native to Massachusetts and NH.

Earlier this month we featured books that have been made into movies. With Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events remake, many students have been eager to learn what happens next to the Baudelaire orphans. #readthebook