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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!  See more info -- including pictures --  here.

OMG - J.K. Rowling has a new story and here it is!

picture of the author and the title of her story

(Click on the image for the chapters) She will be releasing chapters gradually through the middle of July. She is asking for illustrations, and has directions for how to submit them, and if you put them on Twitter, she will see them. So excited to follow this story!!

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

NEW from J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter At Home Hub

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Xello - student access

ISTE Standards- Why Chromebooks Are Important Learning Tools

Search our Ebook & Audiobook collection - best choice for LMC books COVID-19 closure:

spaceship logoClick on the image to go to our ebook & audiobook catalog

Click here to see Ms Phelps' short video about how to use Sora to get just what you want

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]

BLM - What Can We Do? 11 books that can help

Great Big Story: Celebrating Asian -Pacific Heritage Month

15 min video includes: Lion Dancing, Korean American rapper, Hawaiian Hula Dancing, Indian cuisine, and a Cuban/Chinese restaurant in NYC

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month!

Taika Waititi reads 'James and the Giant Peach' with celebrity guest readers

photo of Taika next to a giant peach

[Click on image]  You may know him as the director of (and actor in) Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit. Here he reads one of my FAVORITE books, along with a ton of celebrities who read the parts of James, Sponge, Spiker, Caterpillar, and the entire case of characters!  Such a treat!!

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens

AudioFile Sync Audiobooks for Teens


SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Available April 30 through July 29, 2020, SYNC will give away two complete audiobooks  a week--pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Register for SYNC and sign up for email or text alerts at

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

What were the most frequently challenged books in the U.S. in 2019?

We have #s 1,2,3,8,9 in our LMC, and the biography version of #6. The others are either picture books (4,5,6) or an adult book (#7)

MMSD Online Resources

Online Resources - For more resources click on the Databases tab in this Library Portal

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Inspiring NFL player story!

Throwback video!

46 of the Most Beautiful Sentences in YA Literature

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Click the image to read some BuzzFeed reader favorites!

Don't have a Public Library Card? Get a virtual one for free!

Click on card to sign up for a virtual library card. [You DON'T need one if you already have a library card]

NEW NEWS: Starting Monday, May 11, MPL is starting CURBSIDE PICK-UP OF BOOKS, and phone help. You have to put the book on hold, and the libraries are NOT doing inter-library loans, so you will have to pick up at the library that has your book. More info here.

Everywhere Book Fest - was a few weeks ago - Use the link to see any speakers

Cartoon globe with book in front of it[Click on image to see YouTubes of all the speakers] This looks AWESOME!  Sooo many authors & illustrators that are popular @ VHM!! To name a few: Jason Reynolds, Gene Luen YangJacqueline Woodson, Kwame Mbalia (Tristan Strong series), Meg Medina, Linda Sue Park, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, Kayla Miller, Erin Entrada Kelly, Renee Watson, Kelly Yang, Marie Lu, Max Brallier, Stuart Gibbs, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Nathan Hale, Grace Lin, Nic Stone .... check out the ones that are interesting to you!

Breakout EDU -- Play live M-F @ 1pm (for prizes), or anytime that you want (no prizes, but still fun!)

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How do you play? 
In order to play, visit at 1PM and wait for the game to start. There is no login required. When you complete a game, you can enter to win a prize.
Can students win prizes? 
When a game is complete the player enters their parent’s or teacher’s email address. Winners must reside in the U.S. to win a prize (unfortunately laws and regulations keep us from offering prizes outside the U.S.). 
How much does it cost to play? 
Can I play past episodes? 
Yep! All past episodes can be found at Please note: you can only enter to win prizes when you play a game the same day it is aired.
How difficult are the puzzles? 
The puzzles start easy and get progressively more difficult. Starting with middle elementary going up to middle school. 

How do I know what the topics will be? 
Each Sunday we’ll send out an email with the next week’s topics and prizes. Prizes typically include Breakout EDU kits and Breakout HOME games. 

Don't have wi-fi at home?

From MMSD Instructional Technology/Library Department: 

5-1-20 New info: Charter Spectrum is EXTENDING the free Wi-Fi service through June 30. See here for more info.

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.

More Fun Stuff

All 3 eaglets have hatched!  Now the fun begins -- watching the parents feed them!

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!

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