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Velma Bell Hamilton Middle School: Home


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Link to Ms Phelps video #1

twitter birdFollow @VHMLMC - Ms Phelps will be updating during our COVID-19 shutdown (click on image)

Did you knoWord Spotifyw our school has its own Spotify playlist??  Click on Spotify Icon to open our 'Velma Bell Hamilton MS Power & Positivity Mix" [Have a suggestion for a song to add that has a message of POWER and/or POSITIVITY? email it to Ms Phelps!


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.

Not Canceled

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

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(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!!

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 see how to connect your school Sora with the Wisconsin Digital library - gives you the most choices in one place!

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

Search our Catalog



Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with SORA eBooks & audiobooks!

Sick of the view out of your windows? Use Window-Swap!

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

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

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!!

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

All Subjects






Biliteracy Reading Spanish

Social Studies





Throwback video!

46 of the Most Beautiful Sentences in YA Literature

Click the image to read some BuzzFeed reader favorites!

Inspiring NFL player story!


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Please fill out THIS FORM and I will figure out the best way to get you back up and running!


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: MPL is doing 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.

Hamilton Middle School Art Contest (6th Grade)

Spectrum is offering 2 deals: FREE & REDUCED PRICE internet this fall

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] 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. It is FREE!
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 . 
Can I play past episodes? 
Yep! All past episodes can be found at

More Fun Stuff

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!