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Contacts & Hours
HOURS
Mon through Fri 7:35>2:08

HEAD LIBRARIAN
Claudia Palframan
cpalframan@cpsge.org

LIBRARY MEDIA TECH
Pam Parent
pparent@cpsge.org
Policies
Students can check up to two books at a time. Books are checked out for two weeks. Students can return books when their class comes to the library for classes or circulation. The library is also open in the morning during homeroom for students to return books or select new books.

Students are responsible for the library materials checked out in their name. Items that are lost or damaged need to be paid for. Students have the option of replacing lost items with an exact replacement.
Donations
We do accept book donations. Books should be current, clean and meet the library's book selection criteria. We are currently looking for :
Bone - all volumes
Halo - all volumes
Harry Potter - all volumes
Amulet - all volumes
Wimpy Kid - all volumes
Big Nate - all volumes

Any questions, please contact us at the library: cpalframan@cpsge.org or 413-594-1881, x1135
Library News
The library will be open after school on Monday and many Wednesdays for students to have a quiet place to complete work, read, or use the technology. Please use the link under "Quick Links" for the permission slip and more information.

We have had a rainy start of school, and books are being returned to the library wet. We are not able to properly dry library books, they quickly become moldy and need to be discarded. To help with this, please put a plastic bag in your backpack to put library books and other really important papers in - it will save us all a lot of aggravation!

Graphic Novels are “Real” Books

3 months ago

Graphic Novels are
“Real” Books


Graphic novels are increasingly popular with both students and adults, and are very different from the comic books many of us have read and remember fondly.  Graphic novels are longer, have more complex story lines, and cover a wide range of genres, including both fiction and nonfiction.  Like a standard novel, a graphic novel tells a story in a sequential manner, using both text and images.  The text and images support each other and add to the complexity or richness of the story.  According to researchers, the reader is using more of his or her brain while combining both the text and images into a complete story. 


Graphic novels increase a reader's comprehension and interpretation of a story or topic.  They engage both reluctant readers and visual learners.  This is wonderful, as reading should be a pleasurable activity.  Students who read more develop increased background knowledge and vocabulary, which leads to greater ease in reading more complex texts.  
                                 
The American Library Association has an excellent list of suggestions:
http://www.ala.org/alsc/graphicnovels2016


At our library at DMMS, graphic novels are extremely popular and we cannot keep them on the shelves! 

 

 

Library Classes
Students come to the library every other week for classes and circulation. Students are encouraged to select reading materials based on their individual interests. Students will learn how to use the library’s print and on-line resources, how to evaluate resources, how to find and use accurate information, and more. Library and information literacy classes support the school’s curriculum and are often taught in collaboration with the classroom teachers.