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This is historical time. I started a FlipGrid so that VHM students and staff can submit short videos updating how we are doing - let's record our history!

Follow VHM LMC on Twitter - Ms Phelps will be updating frequently during our COVID-19 school break (click on image)

Painting of Velma Bell Hamilton, older middle aged African American woman, smiling and sitting on a chair 

Click on Mrs. Hamilton's portrait  to learn about our wonderful namesake!

Not Canceled

Newbery Winners 2020 - hover over pictures to see description of each

Xello - student access

Search our Ebook & Audiobook collection - adding this box due to school COVID-19 closure:


Click on the image to go to our ebook & audiobook catalog

Click here to see tips for searching Sora (Overdrive) 

Click here to go to Wisconsin's Digital Library ebook & audiobook catalog (much bigger than ours)

Click here to Audible -- Amazon Audible now offers FREE Audio Books! [and then maybe choose Tween or Teen]


Search our Catalog

LMC Entryway Slide Show

In Honor of April, Poetry Month -- favorite poems!

I sometimes think that I am not a huge poetry fan, but when I think about things that I have read and enjoyed, I realize I LOVE a lot of poetry!  For me, it started with good old Dr. Seuss, then Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening," all the great poetry in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glassthen all the wonderful poetry in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series, and moving on to 'The Simpsons' great version of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" ... so I hope you have some favorites too!

Here are some of mine:

In honor of April Poetry Month

Inspiring NFL player story!

Throwback video!

46 of the Most Beautiful Sentences in YA Literature

picture of star-filled night skky

Click the image to read some BuzzFeed reader favorites!

Don't have wi-fi at home?

From MMSD Instructional Technology/Library Department: 

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

See more information here.

Have fun and do good

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Click the three lines in the top left corner to choose your category and difficulty level.


More Fun Stuff

Have you read Jason Reynold's 'Ghost'? This is the friend who the story is based on

photo of author Jason Reynolds with the speaker in this Ted Talk, Matthew Carter

Click on the picture to open the 15 min TedTalk called "Your Story is Your Superpower!"

What is the Next Book in that Series????

Queer Youth Book Club

The Queer Youth Book Club  is a social reading group  for LGBTQIA+ middle and high school students.  Click on the image to get info about the books, dates, and locations of meetings!

Click on Library Bear to follow us on TWITTER!

Giant brown teddy bear sitting at a computer in the Hamilton Middle School library.