Thursday, November 11, 2010

Winners Announced

Our school's celebration of Teen Read Week was a great success.
Everyone who participated in the scavenger hunt was able to choose a free gift from the library and three people went home with a little more change in their pockets. Congratulations to Haley Brazel, Jesse Hovater and John Allen Wright for being the winning entries in the hunt!
Scavenger Hunt winners
Jesse Hovater and John Allen Wright. Not pictured, Haley Brazel.
Students also had a chance to participate in an art contest, in which they would recreate the cover of a favorite book. Congratulations to Gordon, Abbey, Alyson and Bryan for their awesome artwork! Their entries were selected as the four winners. However, all creations entered were really, really good.

Art Contest winners

Gordon Vaught, Abbey Hinton, and Alyson Carter. Not pictured, Bryan Jenkins

As you may know, the library stays open late each day Monday - Thursday and students are always welcome to stop by for help on homework, research, etc. During TRW, each student who came was entered into a drawing for prizes. Those winning something for this were Randy Barlow, Destynie Henry, Anna Cook, Katie Young, Emily Thomas, Peightyn Gross, Gracie Oliver and Morgan Hall.

The library would like to thank everyone who particpated. We're already getting excited about next year.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Scavenger Hunt List Now Posted

Scavenger Hunt List 2010
All items will be returned.

WMS and staff are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Each item on the list is associated with a Newbery medalist or honor book.

A tombstone rubbing (from one dated prior to 1940)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

A 1962 penny
Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm

A drycleaner’s receipt/tag for shirts
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

A wooden spool (with or w/out the thread)
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

A picture of our current town mayor
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

A teacher’s signature
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

A Montana state quarter (these were issued in 2007)
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

A child’s plastic play shovel
Holes by Louis Sachar

A plastic or wooden apple
Rules by Cynthia Lord

A picture of a girl on a red swing
Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

An owl (not a real one - may be a stuffed animal, toy, etc.)
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

3 recipes that include peanuts as an ingredient
Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson

Sea Salt in an emptied baby food jar
Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes

A pamphlet from/advertising a nursing home or assisted living home
The Giver by Lois Lowery

A lace handkerchief
Number the Stars by Lois Lowery

The deadline for turning in items is Friday, Oct. 22 at 3:00 p.m. Of course, you may return them any time prior to that. However, once you have made a turn-in you cannot add to it later. For ex., you find and turn in 10 items. The next day you find 2 more items. You cannot turn those in.

Good luck!


Scavenger Hunt
October 18 – 22, 2010

Any student at Westmoreland Middle that chooses to participate

To celebrate Teen Read Week and have some fun!!!
You will be given a list of items to find and will have a few days in which to find them.
You may go it alone or partner up and form a team.

Everyone who participates and turns in at least 8 items on the list will be entered into a drawing for an individual prize.

The person or team who is the first to turn in all items on the list will win the grand prize of $25. If you are a team you will, of course, have to share the prize.

You should not go out into neighborhoods unaccompanied. Make sure you have a parent with you.

You may not buy (or allow your parents to buy) or steal items. That would be cheating. You should either ask for them or find items that are free, such as things you would find in nature. If you cheat it will take the fun out of it and you will not feel good about yourself.

The hunting may be done wherever your parent(s) chooses. The turn-in spot is our school library beginning Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 a.m.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Many thanks...

...for your kind donations!!!

Spencer Baughn

Haley Brazel

William Green

Rachel Morris

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tutoring Available

Come and SIT a while with Ms. Creasy. Free afternoon tutoring is available in the library. If interested, parents should call and schedule a session. Currently, these sessions are limited. Beginning on October 11 tutoring will be held each Monday-Thursday from 3:00 - 4:30.

Students may bring a snack with them to tutoring. Bottled water is also allowed.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Used Magazine Sale Continues

Our used magazines will continue to be on sale throughout next week.
Stop by and get you one while they last.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Used Magazine Sale

The library will be having a used magazine sale beginning on Monday, August 30 and running through Wednesday, September 1. All magazines are .50 each and are from this past year. Some of the titles for sale include...

People Stylewatch
Petersen's Hunting
The Tennessee Conservationist
Road and Track
Four Wheeler
Teen Vogue
Girls' Life
Dance Spirit
Disney Family Fun
American Cheerleader
US Weekly

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Meet Our Library Workers

8th Grade
Katie Young and Rachael Herschberger

7th Grade

Taylor Crawford and Destiny Harrison

6th Grade

Mallory Graves and Peighton Gross

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Become a Friend of the WMS Library

Henry Ford once said, "My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me." Bringing out the best in our school library takes many friends, people just like you who value the library.

For a donation of $10 per member (or $25 for a family membership) you can help enrich the library experience for our students. Your membership makes it possible for us to add even more materials to the collection and it supports many of our annual events.

Each member’s name will be added to a roster visible on this site. In addition, each student who becomes a friend (even through a family membership) will have his or her picture taken for our local paper, the Observer.

If you wish to become a member please stop by the library for a form -OR- simply write the names of those in your family wanting to join on a sheet of paper and return it, along with your donation, to Ms. Creasy. Checks should be made payable to WMS.

Thank you for your continued support.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to another great year at Westmoreland Middle School. We look forward to seeing you in the library many times throughout the year.

Going home with students on Thursday or Friday, August 12 or 13 is a welcome brochure packed full of all kinds of useful information about our library, as well as a form for those wanting to become a Friend of the Library. Parents, if you do not receive one please just call and I'll be happy to send another home.

One thing I would like to make you aware of here is the address to our online catalog. If you would like to see what materials we have in our library please visit OPAC - our Online Public Access Catalog.

Again, here's to a fabulous year!

Ms. Creasy

Saturday, June 5, 2010

And the winner is...

Congratulations to 8th-grader Alexis Hodge! She is the winner of two free tickets to the Nashville Zoo. Alexis was the 16th person to comment and tell us her favorite book, which happens to be It by Stephen King, and 16 was the number chosen at random. Again, congratulations, Alexis. We''ll get the tickets to you and take your picture for the paper just as soon as possible.

The library would like to thank everyone for entering our contest and also the Nashville Zoo for donating the tickets.

We hope you have a great summer and remember to KEEP READING!

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Don't forget to enter our ZOO TICKETS contest

These tickets are valid until 12/31/10 so you have the rest of the year to use them.
To enter the contest just go to the original post dated 5/25/10 and follow the directions.
Remember, this contest is open to all WMS students and staffulty.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Battle of the Books Winners (Updated w/ photos)

Congratulations to our winners!

6th Grade

Dusty Scruggs

Randall Barlow, Jr.

Chelsea Rose

Sierra Whiticker

7th Grade

Jessica Gregory

Alex Kemper

Cody Jackson

Abbey Hinton

Katie Young

8th Grade

Morgan McDonald

Clint Watson

Ryan Whiticker

Shanese Atkins

Tristin Neal

An update - May 27...
A big THANK YOU to Ms. Gail Eller for being our scorekeeper and timekeeper during the battles. This was Ms. Gail's second year to help. She is great supporter of our library, always willing to help out in any way she can. Thank you, Ms. Gail

Win Free Zoo Tickets Here!!!

To celebrate the end of the school year and how wild we are here at WMS about reading we're giving away two free tickets to the Nashville Zoo (a $28 value).

You want to win, don't you? Excellent! Here's what you do.

At the bottom of this post you will see the word comments written beside the time of 8:23 a.m. Just click on that word and a sidebar will open up. In this side bar tell me, using a complete sentence, what your favorite book is. This could be a book you read this year or one you read years ago. Your complete sentence should look something like...

My favorite book is The Tale of Despereaux.
I love the book Tangerine!
The best book ever has to be Hatchet!
Don't forget to sign your comment. Just click on the name/URL circle and then you can add your name.
Some basic rules:
1. You must post your first and last name.
2. You may only enter once.
3. To be eligible you must comment before 10:00 p.m. June 4, 2010
4. This contest is open to students and staffulty of Westmoreland Middle School.
A winner will be chosen at random and contacted within a few days.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

All Library Books Are Now Due

All library books, except those being read for Battle of the Books, are now due. All fines and fees need to be paid prior to Field Day - Friday, May 21.
Please check for your name on the library poster in South Wing lobby or the one outside the library.
Students who are reading a book for Battle of the Books will need to make sure it is returned by the day of the battle - Wednesday, May 19.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

2010 Battle of the Books Lists

This year's Battle of the Books will be held on May 19, 2010. This will, again, take place in the library. Teachers are choosing their teams as I type. Parents, please accept this as your invitation to attend. Exact times will be announced in the very near future.

Due to all the snow days we had, longer spring break, TCAP prep time that could not be intruded upon, and some other unforeseen circumstances we have been left with precious little time for this year's event. Our shortened lists reflect this.

Despite this, we are still very much looking forward to the battles. They always turn out to be a lot of fun for those involved.

6th Grade
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Summer of the Swans
Island of the Blue Dolphins
The Dollhouse Murders
Love, Ruby Lavender
7th Grade
Tuck Everlasting
The Teacher's Funeral
Each Little Bird That Sings
Al Capone Does My Shirts
The Giver
8th Grade
The Midwife's Apprentice
Here Lies the Librarian
Jacob Have I Loved
The City of Ember
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

National T.V. Turnoff Week

Ms. Creasy's little boy putting on his best sad face at the prospect of a week without t.v.
This week, April 19 - 25, TV Turnoff Network is hosting National TV Turnoff Week.

One of the main goals of the program is to show parents and children that watching television doesn't have to be a daily activity (or as it is in the case of some families an all day and night activity).

Why limit your screen time? Well, you can become be more physically fit. And doesn't everyone want to look great? Also, you'll have more time to do things that will make you smarter and your grades will improve. And another thing, research shows that by not watching so much t.v. you'll actually be in a better mood more often and end up being a nicer person. So,

1. Better body

2. Better grades

3. More friends because you have become just so darn nice

Wouldn't it be worth giving up a little t.v. for these things?

Are YOU up to the challenge (albeit I am two days late with this announcement)? Can you make it through the rest of the week with no television? What are some things you could do instead of watching the tube?

How about...

1. Put together a puzzle.
2. Visit the library. Borrow a book. Attend library activities.
3. Go skateboarding, roller skating, or ice skating.
4. Listen to the radio.
5. Visit the zoo.
6. Paint a picture, a mural or a room.
7. Find out about your area's community center or park's activities.
8. Read a book aloud to your younger sister/brother.
9. Volunteer for a community organization or charity or help an elderly relative or neighbor by doing some house or lawn work .
10. Play with your pet.
11. Write a letter to a friend or relative.
12. Start a neighborhood basketball, soccer, or kickball game.

13. Go through your closets and clothes. Donate surplus items to Goodwill, the Salvation Army or a local rummage sale.
14. Start a diary/journal.
15. Go to a museum.
16. Play cards.
17. Make up a story and write it down.
18. Ask an older family member to tell you a story about his or her childhood. Write about it.
19. Learn some new riddles or jokes.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Upcoming Dates

April 23, 2010
Nashville Sounds game
7 p.m.
April 26, 2010
Wild About Reading shirts will be ready to ship from the company. I am not sure of an exact arrival date.
May 19, 2010
Battle of the Books
WMS Library

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Nashville Sounds Reading Program Ends

Our yearly reading program sponsored by the Nashville Sounds has officially ended. I say officially because it is now too late to earn a free ticket to the game. However, I will continue to give away the other coupons to whomever wishes to continue reading and filling out book slips.

This year was our best yet for participation in the program with 44 students earning free tickets. Way to go!!!

Coming soon...Battle of the Books 2010 info.

These students were our prize winners in the reading program.

Patrick Nettles
Cedric Spahr
Dylan Todd
Justin Macon
Jacob Troutt
Hayley Andrews
Chassity McCullough
Jason Cook
McKenzie Tuttle
Courtney Estes
Keyleigh Atteberry
Samantha Parker
Katie Moss
Makayla Perry
Tyler Law
Anna Cook
Chelsea Green
Martin Valles
Samantha Tyler
Katie Young
Harley Estes
Logan Pfeiffer
Danielle Hallfrisch
Luke Pridgen
Clint Watson
Lauren Calvert
Kendahl Oakley
Lilly Phillips
Kyleigh Pfeiffer
Alyx Olinde
Baylee Keen
Cierra Allen
Jerrica Patterson
Chelsea Rose
Emily Thomas
Caleb Yankee
Chris Zirock
John Anderson
Braeden Hill
Joash Harper
Kaitlyn Burnett
Brittany Oke
Jacob Harper
Zach Denning

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

School Library Month T-shirts

The library is offering for sale a really cool t-shirt in honor of School Library Month which is coming up this April.


T-shirts are $12.00 each and come in children and adult sizes, as well as color choices of Chocolate Brown, Kiwi, or Indigo Blue. Please add $3 if ordering a 2x or 3x size.

The shirts are made of quality pre-shrunk cotton and go along with the Where the Wild Things Are book/movie theme which is very popular now. The chocolate brown shirt is super cool with great contrast and my personal favorite (in the event the company will only allow one color this is the one that will be ordered).

Order forms are being sent home with 6th grade students. If you do not receive one please call and we'll be sure to send one home to you.


Be sure to order one to show your support for reading and our library.

Proceeds will go to buy more books.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Want Free Pizza? READ

Our Nashville Sounds Reading Club will run from Friday, February 26 through Friday, March 26. Specific details about the program are below. We encourage all our students to participate in this event.

Date of Program
2/26/10 - 3/26/10
How It Works
Students should read two grade-level chapter books of their choice over the 4 week period. Upon reading each book they should fill out a book slip (these can be found in the library). The book slip will require some information about the book such as title, author's name, # of pages, and a short summary.
For Book Slip #1
Free personal pan pizza
Free ticket to the April 23 Nashville Sounds game
Free meal at the Opry Mills Aquarium
For Book Slip #2
Free meal at the Rainforest Cafe - Opry Mills
Free book from Barnes and Noble Booksellers

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

And the winner is...

Here's a list of this year's book winners, as announced yesterday by the American Library Association.

The John Newbery Medal
Named for the 18th century British bookseller. It is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Newbery Honor Books
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

The Michael L. Printz Award
This award is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It is awarded to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Printz Honor Books

Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Punk Zilla by Adam Rapp
Tales of the Madman Underground: A Historical Romance, 1973 by John Barnes

Thursday, January 14, 2010

What's coming up...

Welcome back. I trust everyone had a fabulous Christmas and enjoyed the bonus vacation days we received due to that little snowfall. Believe it or not there are still patches of snow to be found around the school.

As we head into this second semester be sure to check back often for information about upcoming events such as the Nashville Sounds Reading Club and the annual Battle of the Books.

Also, keep in mind that tutoring is still offered in the library each afternoon (except Friday). Students staying should be picked up outside the main entrance by 4:30 p.m.