Thursday, December 19, 2013

Caught Reading...Melissa Pilcher

Congratulations to Melissa Pilcher who was caught reading after she had completed some work in class by Ms. Lowery.  She is the most recent student at WMS to earn a "Caught Reading" goody bag.  Keep up the good work, Melissa!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Caught Reading...Tiffany Schools

Tiffany was recently caught reading on the bus during, I believe, a field trip by Ms. Michele Mason.  What a great use of her time!


Caught Reading by Ms. Hinton...

Ms. Hinton, one of our 7th grade Language Arts teachers, recently caught some of her students reading at times when they could have been doing something else.  This is great!  These students received treat bags for their efforts.  Students, keep reading!  Teachers, keep catching!

Zach Wix and Cali Hunter

Logan Heckart on the last page or two of his chosen book.

Caught Reading...Bishop Browe

Our SRO officer, Deputy Forrest, stopped by to tell us that she sees 7th grade student Bishop Browe reading...a lot.  In fact, Bishop can be found reading many times as he moves from class to class  - using every free minute available to him.  Currently, he is working on reading his way through the Al Capone series by Gennifer Choldenko.  That's great, Bishop!  Just watch where you're going.  :)

Like all our students who are caught reading at a time when they could be doing something else, Bishop received a goody bag full of candy and coupons (some really good coupons).  We can't wait to see who'll be caught next!

Caught Reading by Ms. Walker

Our 8th grade science teacher, Ms. Donielle Walker, recently caught a few of her students reading during some free time in class.  This is wonderful!!!  Keep it up, guys.

Kendall Goodrum reading Veronica Roth's Divergent on her eReader.

Ryin Raney reading through a magazine, which are great sources of informational text.

Drew Gregory reading ScienceWorks.

Tracey Barrett looks close to the end of the book she's reading.

Each of these students will receive a small token of appreciation from the library for setting such a good example as a reader leader.  Who'll be next?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Caught Reading...Peyton Donoho

When Peyton finished a recent test in Ms. Hayley West's sixth grade class he chose to use this little bit of free time reading.  Good job, Peyton! 

There's more reading than ever going on at WMS this year.  We can't wait to see who'll be caught next!!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Caught Reading...Dalton Williams

Sixth-grader Dalton Williams was caught reading in class one day by Ms. Kreslyn Ruckman.  Way to go, Dalton!  Keep it Up! 

Who'll be caught next???

Caught Reading...Luc Watson

Ms. Beth Williams caught Luc Watson reading Mike Lupica's Come Back Kids after he had finished a test one day.  Keep it up, Luc!

Will you be the next caught reading?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Coming to a Theater Near You...

Okay all you Hunger Games fans...are you geared up to go watch the movie version of the second book in the series???  Tomorrow night's the night for Catching Fire - and I, for one, cannot wait!

And just in case you're all caught up on your HG reading, here are some more books that might pique your interest.

Happy reading!  And may the odds be ever in your favor.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Book Fair a Success

Our book fair has come to a successful end.  Thank you so much, students, staff and parents, for supporting the fair and our library's efforts to encourage reading and raise funds for our program. 

Finally, a special thank you to my library workers, "my girls" as I call them, for helping out during our family nights.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Caught Reading...Perry Gerome

Ms. Karen Jent caught Perry when he decided to come in and read during some free Rx time.  Perry's love of reading is to be commended and rewarded. 

Get caught reading and see what kind of reward awaits you! 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Caught Reading...Ty Lassiter

While waiting on his mom one afternoon, Ty took advantage of some quiet time to read Jerry Seinfeld's Halloween, a funny book about what it was like to trick or treat as a boy.  He was caught reading by one of our custodians, Ms. Trish Hall, who snapped this picture of him.

Ty will soon be rewarded for his good reading habits.

Get caught reading and see how you can be rewarded!!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!!!

Have a wonderful, safe Halloween!!!

And remember...if you dress up as a character from a book please take a picture and email me a copy so that I can feature you on our website.

Email pictures to

Caught Reading...Logan Crowder

After finishing his ACT Explore test, Logan caught up on some reading with Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.

Remember, reading more ways than one.  Get caught reading and see what you get?

Get Caught Reading

We all know that reading pays off.  The more one reads, the more one knows.  Students who are well read have a higher vocabulary, tend to do better in school and score higher on tests. at WMS...students randomly caught reading could benefit in other ways, too!!! Like free snacks or school coupons or gift cards or who knows what!!!  Who doesn't love free stuff???


Get Going.  Get Reading.  Get Caught!

Friday, October 25, 2013

To All the Lovely Bad Ones

Allow me to share with you a poem that I was taught in school to get this last weekend before Halloween started off the right way.  The poem, written by J.W. Riley in 1885, tells of an orphan girl who went to work for a family and would tell the children ghost stories after dinner each night.  It was inspired by a real-life girl named "Allie".  However, when typesetting the poem for print, a mistake was made and the title character of the poem was changed to "Annie". 

I hope you'll take time to read this at some point.  It's a classic! 


by: James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916)


To all the little children: -- The happy ones; and sad ones;

The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;

The good ones -- Yes, the good ones, too; and all the lovely bad ones.

LITTLE Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,

An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,

An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,

An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;

An' all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,

We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun

A-list'nin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,

An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you

Ef you




Wunst they wuz a little boy wouldn't say his prayers,--

An' when he went to bed at night, away up-stairs,

His Mammy heerd him holler, an' his Daddy heerd him bawl,

An' when they turn't the kivvers down, he wuzn't there at all!

An' they seeked him in the rafter-room, an' cubby-hole, an' press,

An' seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an' ever'-wheres, I guess;

But all they ever found wuz thist his pants an' roundabout:--

An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you

Ef you




An' one time a little girl 'ud allus laugh an' grin,

An' make fun of ever' one, an' all her blood-an'-kin;

An' wunst, when they was "company," an' ole folks wuz there,

She mocked 'em an' shocked 'em, an' said she didn't care!

An' thist as she kicked her heels, an' turn't to run an' hide,

They wuz two great big Black Things a-standin' by her side,

An' they snatched her through the ceilin' 'fore she knowed what she's about!

An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you

Ef you




An' little Orphant Annie says, when the blaze is blue,

An' the lamp-wick sputters, an' the wind goes woo-oo!

An' you hear the crickets quit, an' the moon is gray,

An' the lightnin'-bugs in dew is all squenched away,--

You better mind yer parunts, an' yer teachurs fond an' dear,

An' churish them 'at loves you, an' dry the orphant's tear,

An' he'p the pore an' needy ones 'at clusters all about,

Er the Gobble-uns 'll git you

Ef you




Thursday, October 24, 2013

Be a Book Giver


     World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading held on April 23, when thousands of passionate volunteers across America give away millions of books within their communities to adults and teens who don’t regularly read.

     Many of us at WMS have signed up to become book givers for the upcoming event and we'd like to invite you to join us.  It's FREE, and very easy to apply.  Please visit for more information.

     If you do decide to become a book giver, please let me know before you sign up, so that we may better coordinate our efforts.

     Looking forward to hearing from some of you.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Don't Forget...You Could Win This!

Win this and more!!!  Go HERE for details.

What's New in the Library: October

Check out some of the books we received in our recent order.  And just in time for Halloween, too!

Unsolved History:  Debatable Deaths by G. Blackwood

Jeffrey's Favorite 13 Ghost Stories by K. Windham

Ghosts by P. Parks

Haunted Houses by D. Williams

Paranormal Files:  Ghosts by S. Webb

Burial Grounds by R. Lynette

The Unexplained:  Ghosts by J. Guy

Stop by and check 'em out!

Monday, October 21, 2013

It Pays to Dress Up for Halloween!

Do you still dress up for Halloween?  I hope so.  Many middle school kids still do.  In fact, many adults do.  My own daughter (who is now in college) has always tried to dress up in some way for this fun night!

girls who like The Hunger Games series may want to try this

We're polling our readers to see how many plan on dressing up.  Look at the top right of this blog and you'll see the question and answer choices.

ALSO, if you do happen to dress up - and you dress up as a character from a book - please email me a picture (my address is below).  YOU COULD WIN a gift card from Wal-mart, plus other Halloween goodies!!!


Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

Thing One, Thing Two from the Dr. Seuss books

Frankenstein's monster from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Dracula from Bram Stoker's Dracula

The wimpy kid or Rodrick from Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Anne of Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Harry Potter  from the series by J.K. Rowling

Pippi Longstocking from the Astrid Lindgren book of the same title

Captain Underpants

Any characters from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland

Peter Pan by J.M Barrie

Percy Jackson from the Rick Riordan series

and so many, many more.  Don't believe me?  Just Google.

And anything a guy would need to go as the Mad Hatter could easily (and cheaply) be found at the Goodwill store and Wal-mart (spools of thread).

I really hope you'll dress up.  I can't wait to see you!!!  

My email address is

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween Contest 2013

To celebrate this spooktacular month, the library is having a contest!  To enter, leave us a comment telling us your favorite scary book or story (it can even be one you've heard) and a little about a brief summary (2-3 sentences) of what it's about and why you like it.  If it's a book, be sure to give the author's name (if you know it).  If it's a story you've heard told, tell us where you heard it.

We'll randomly draw for a winner on Friday, October 25.  The winner will receive a cool prize bag full of Halloween goodies.

Remember...when you leave a comment, just sign in as "anonymous", but be sure to type your name (first and last) and grade at the end of your comment.  I have left a comment as an example.

Good luck.

P.S.  Each person may leave up to 3 different comments.
P.S.  Teachers and others:  We welcome your comments, as well.  You just won't be able to win. :(
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Book of the Week: Who's Haunting the White House?: The President's Mansion...

...and All the Ghosts Who Live There.

Welcome to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC…better known as the White House. From the outside, it looks innocent enough. But step through its front gate and you may be surprised by what you find! From ghostly sightings of Abigail Adams to strange happenings in the Lincoln Bedroom, the book Who's Haunting the White House? showcases the spooky side of history.  Check it out!

You'll find this book in the 100's section.  Call number 133.1.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

3:15 Stories

Love to read a good, scary short story?  Enjoy watching scary movies?  With the 3:15 series by author Patrick Carman you get the best of both worlds.  You'll listen, read and watch.  Designed to be read in 15 minutes or less, each story is available as an app for 0.99.  Check it out. 

FIRST, click HERE to watch a short video about the series.

THEN watch the trailer for "Buried Treasure", the first story in the series, below.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Book of the Week: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

October is here and it just happens to be one of my favorite months for reading.  Who doesn't love a good ghost story?  So for this month, each of our Book of the Week selections will be something to send a tingle down your spine.

The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trilogy by Alvin Schwartz is one of the best collection of stories for upper elementary and middle school students around.  Each book contains short works of folklore and urban legends with some songs and "jump" stories.  One of my favorite pieces is "Harold", which is found in Scary Stories 3:  More Tales to Chill Your Bones.
Happy hauntings reading!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Afternoon Tutoring Available

Afternoon tutoring is now available in the library Mondays - Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:30.  Assistance will be provided with homework, studying for tests and organizational skills in a small group setting for interested students.  Placement is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.  Students may attend one day or all four.  Transportation is not provided.  If you wish to enroll please call or stop by and see me.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

What's New in the Library: September

Check out these great new titles...all part of some very popular book series.

A Big Thank You to...

     ...Kaitlyn Harris for becoming a Friend of the Library.  Kaitlyn's donation to our library is very appreciated and will be put to good use.

     Remember, all donations this year will go toward purchasing a class set of Lois Lowery's book Gathering Blue.

     Thanks again, Kaitlyn!!!

A Big Thank You to...

     ...Isabella Ayala for becoming a Friend of the Library.  Isabella made a monetary donation to our library and donated a package of new pencils.  Both will be put to good use.

     Monetary donations will be spent on purchasing a class set of the book Gathering Blue by Lois Lowery.  The library is also appreciative of donations of boxes of Kleenex and packages of new pencils. 

     Thank you, Isabella!!!