EWS Library News

find out what's new @ our library and in the world of books and tech integration

Online Book Fair Continues Through Nov. 5th

October 28, 2014 by · No Comments · Messages

ShopOnlineBookFairThe cases and boxes may be gone from the library, but you can still continue shopping!

Visit our online fair, and you can still find  a great selection of books and other items. Purchase online, and items will be shipped to the school free of charge.

There are also books remaining to donate to the library and to some of the students’ classrooms. Please contact Mrs. Lorbert about these donation opportunities.

All purchases benefit our school–thank you for your support!


2014 Book Cover Contest: Creativity at its Best!

October 28, 2014 by · No Comments · Book Cover Contest

Students as book cover designers! The entries in this year’s contest showcased the creative talents of our students. More photos coming soon!

Our Fall Book Fair is Going On Now!

October 23, 2014 by · No Comments · Messages


Our Fall Book Fair opens on Wednesday Oct. 22nd, Parent-Teacher Conference Day and will be open from 9:00 am-2:30 pm in the Library. The fair will continue through Monday, October 27th, during school hours. You’ll find a great selection of books and related gift items.

Can’t make it to the fair?  A selection of items will be available for purchase online. You can visit our Online Book Fair website  by clicking on the icon below.  The Online Fair will be open through November 5th, and all items ordered online will be shipped to the school at no cost to you.

Classroom wish lists will be posted, and you will be able to donate books to the Library or your child’s classroom.

Be a Book Designer in Our Annual Book Cover Contest

October 3, 2014 by · No Comments · Book Cover Contest


Here’s your chance to create an original work of art based on a book you have read.
Imagine that you have been chosen to design a book cover and could use any art medium at all (paint, crayons, markers, collage materials, etc).

All students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade may participate and can pick up a piece of poster board in the library. Instructions are here: Book cover contest flyer 2014

All entries must be returned no later than Monday morning, October 20th in order to be viewed by our panel of judges. Winners will receive gift certificates to spend at the East Woods Fall Book Fair, coming to our Library beginning on Parent-Teacher Conference Day.

Have fun being creative!

Our K-4 Theme: Getting to Know Great Authors

September 12, 2014 by · No Comments · Library Theme, Messages

author in the spotlight pic

This year, the Lower School Library Theme, Getting to Know Great Authors, will introduce students to what it takes to be a great author or illustrator. We will learn about the writing process and conduct several comprehensive author studies to discover personal experiences that help inspire the authors to write the books we read.

Some of the first few authors in the spotlight are Kevin Henkes and Doreen Cronin for students in Kindergarten and First Grade, and Jon Scieszka, Tomie DePaola and DyAnne DiSalvo for students in Second through Fourth Grades. We look forward to learning more about these talented authors and reading some great books!

Readability: Great Free Tool for Distraction-Free Reading Online

September 9, 2014 by · No Comments · Web 2.0 tools


Readability is a tool that makes reading online much easier. Very often, web pages are cluttered with lots of sidebars, ads and additional content that make online articles more difficult to read. Readability, created by Arc90 Labs, removes the surrounding material, leaving the main article much cleaner and easier to read. Readability works with most browsers and is easy to install on your computer or mobile device.

Watch this video to see how it works.

Here’s to a Great New Year!

August 31, 2014 by · No Comments · Messages


Welcome back, everybody!  Hope you all had a good summer break and found lots of interesting books to read. Library circulation will be starting very soon, and we have great books for everyone. 


More Summer Reading Fun

August 6, 2014 by · No Comments · Online resources, Recommended for Students


From the folks at Reading Rockets, here’s a great site that helps families explore reading adventures for their children. The free resources from Start with a Book include favorite themes such as dinosaurs, building, animals, sports, superheroes and music and include great themed reading adventure packs. Children can have fun while strengthening their reading skills. The flyer below contains more information as well as the site’s web address. Have fun reading & enjoy the rest of the summer!


It’s Officially Summer–Have Fun Reading!

July 8, 2014 by · No Comments · Messages, Recommended for Students


 Welcome to the lazy, hazy days of summer! In between all your fun in the sun, take time to relax with a great book. If you’re looking for some suggestions for books to read this summer, here are some good places to look:

A Book and A Hug 

 Here you will find all kinds of book suggestions, by age, by reading level, or by category. You’ll also find great book reviews, including some  written by our very own Fifth grade students.



 Summer Reading Lists 2014-Association for Library Service to Children
 At this site, you can find three different full-color brochures of annotated lists that you can print out. Three Summer Reading book lists are  available for K-2nd, 3rd- 5th and 6th-8th grade students.


summerreading_hornbook Summer Reading 2014-Horn Book Magazine
This magazine has been reviewing great children’s books since the 1920′s! The summer reading guide has lists of suggested titles from picture books to high school fiction and non-fiction lists that can be printed.                                     

Book Review: A Snicker of Magic

June 17, 2014 by · 1 Comment · Book Reviews by Students


Title:                 A Snicker of Magic
Author:             Natalie Lloyd
Reviewed by:   Isabella C.

This book is about a girl named Felicity Juniper Pickle, and she can see words. Her family has never settled down anywhere, until they find Midnight Gulch, a town rumored to once have been magic. But one day, the magic went away, and Felicity  may be the one to bring it back.

I would recommend this book for people who enjoy fantasy books, books about adventure and books that can touch your heart. It you like all of the above, then this book is for you!