Library Updates

  • For everyone's safety, library lunch is going to look a little different. You'll fill out this form if you want to come the following week. I'll shuffle responses and assign you a day (or days) they can come to the library for lunch. 

    Please note - this form will go dark after Advisory. In the event that I can't close it down in time, I'll go by the timestamps on the responses.

    I will do my absolute best to get friends in here together. :) Because this is a new system, please be patient as I work out the issues. 

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  • If you have read The Lord of the Rings, check out this beautifully illustrated comic epilogue written and drawn by Molly Ostertag, creator of the Witch Boy series. 

    Spoiler alerts if you haven't read the book or seen the movies. 

    Click here to read "The Unpublished Epilogue"

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  • Join 2 Smith favorite authors online as they discuss their books! February 11th at 6pm. 

    Click the link to register:


    Advertisement featuring Tracy Deonn and Kwame Mbalia, as well as a description of her book.

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  • Were you just as moved by Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman's "The Hill We Climb"? If so, check out these resources featuring past inaugural poets, as well as video and transcript of Ms. Gorman! 

    Click below to access the Destiny Collection:

    Email Mr. Graña if you have additional resources you'd like to add, or Collections you'd like to see put together. 

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  • Tracy Deonn and DJ Older in conversation! Two of my favorite authors talking about writing, books, magic, and more!

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  • Smiddeo

    Share your smart! What is it that you like to do - maybe a talent you possess, a skill you're honing, or something you're proud of! 

    Click here to check out the Smiddeo site and go to the Share page to watch a video about how to share!  

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  • Summer contact

    Via Email 

    It's summer break, but this librarian (and most other CHCCS librarians) will continue to plot and plan for an exciting 2020-2021 school year. If you have any questions about books or programming, feel free to email me at  

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  • Student Club form

    The student club form will be open again for a limited time, due to some renewed interest. 

    Click here to access the club form. 

    Please remember that any club you apply for should "fit" in the library. For instance, you can't form a social club, or a club that plays computer games. 

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  • Harry Potter Week Planning

    It's time to start planning for Harry Potter Week! 

    Click here to access the Google Form to fill out your ideas to make this year the best year yet!

    Additionally, please join the following Google Classroom so you can help shape the events as they come along: wimjakx

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  • LitCon Bookmark Voting

    It's time to vote for your favorite bookmark designs! Students submitted beautiful, carefully-crafted, created bookmark designs and now it's time for you to vote on your favorites.

    Choose your top 3 favorite designs - the winners will have copies made for school-wide distribution. The originals will remain on display as works of art in the library. 

    You must be signed in to your school Google account to vote. 

    Click here to access the Google form for voting.

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  • Do you want to create a student club? Follow this link to the Student Clubs landing page. Here you'll learn what it takes to form a club that meets in the library during lunch and recess time on Tuesdays. 

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  • The school year hasn't even started yet but we've already got an author visit planned! Huge shout out to Flyleaf Books for sharing the opportunity. 

    Victoria Schwab will be here on September 5th at 9:30 am to promote her new book, Tunnel of Bones, the sequel to the stellar, spooktacular, New Yor Times Bestseller City of Ghosts. (It was also one of Mr. Graña's favorite summer reads).

    If you want to seize this opportunity to hear from and meet a major author, make sure you ask your Language Arts teacher how you can participate. The link below is the flyer for the event, which doubles as the order form for the books (available at a discount). 

    Flyer for the Victoria Schwab event at Smith, including an order form for her books and images of the author & book cover.

    Click here to download the flyer for the event, which doubles as the order form.

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  • Harry Potter Week

    Harry Potter Week is right around the corner - March 18 - 22! 

    The schedule is as follows:

    Monday is Maker Magic Monday

    Tuesday and Wednesday will feature food and games

    Thursday is Magical Arts Day

    Friday is Harry Potter Karaoke! 

    Click here to see a detailed breakdown of daily events!

    We need your donations!

    We are asking that parents help us out by donating items needs for the week. Click here to access the Sign-Up Genius to let us know how you'll be helping!


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  • Reading Challenge

    I've typically shied away from reading challenges because they feel a little constraining, but something about Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge has me hyped!  I've printed a copy of the reading list and posted it to my door. If you're interested, click here to download an editable copy for yourself. The Read Harder Challenge page (linked above) is being updated regularly with book lists to give you an idea of what to read, or you can chat with your friendly neighborhood librarian about some options. :) 
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  • Magic is Afoot

    Harry Potter Week announcement poster, March 18 through March 22

    More details to follow!

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  • Student Clubs

    We are once again opening up the opportunity for students to form clubs. Click here to fill out the form to request confirmation of your club

    Please note - we reserve the right to deny the formation of a club or suspend the club for violation of library rules and regulations. Additionally, it is possible that we will need to close the library to club use for a number of reasons including, but not limited to:

    • Use of the library for another class
    • Library reset days
    • Programming
    • Library-assistants only days
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  • The snow days have come and gone, but the cold still calls you to find a good book to pair with your snuggly blanket at home. Why not find a good one and support the library at the same time! 

    The PTSA is hosting the Bedford Falls Book Fair in the library from Thursday, Dec. 13 through Wednesday, Dec. 19 (no weekend hours, sorry). 

    Cash and credit cards are accepted.   

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  • Harry Potter Week has been delayed due to the snow days! 

    Help us prepare for Harry Potter Week by donating the following items! Please check back early next week for additional items. We'll be updating this list to include items for potions... 

    Donation list will be updated with a sign-up genius. Check back soon. :)


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  • Author Julie Dao will be joining us on November 5th!

    Would you like to introduce her to your fellow students? Please read the PDF below to learn how you can take part in this exciting opportunity!

    Poster for author introduction contest.Poster for author introduction contest.

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  • Library Assistant Due Date

    Students interested in becoming library assistants must complete the requisite steps by Wednesday, September 26 in order to be considered for the first semester. 

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  • Collaboration with Public Libraries

    Recently, CHCCS announced our collaboration with Chapel Hill Public Library (CHPL) and Orange County Public Library (OCPL), and I couldn't be happier! 

    We'll have access to thousands of books, audiobooks, and other resources to make our learning experiences even richer. Some of the resources I'm most excited about include:

    1. NCLIVE: This is a database that contains many resources to help expand those already available via NCWise Owl.
    2. Audiobooks: Through the NC Digital Library, we'll be able to check out electronic audiobooks. You can listen online or through a simple app!
    3. Novelist: a resource that enables you to find new books and read-alikes.
    4. and Brainfuse: Get help with homework online! 

    Click here to read the full district announcement!

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