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The Book Fair is Coming!


House of Hades Coming October 8 and a Visit from Rick Riordan!


HoHcoverwebThe fourth book in the Heroes of Olympus series will be available on October 8, The House of Hades! To celebrate, Rick Riordan is touring the country and he is stopping in Arlington. The event is hosted by the Burlington Barnes & Noble.

Find more information here.

Who’s excited!?!


Bam! Pow! It’s Our New Graphic Novel Collection


StripDesigner_StripWe love our little LTC (Library & Technology Center.) It has great books, a computer lab, a story throne, chromebooks, a handful of iPod Touches, a Wall of Awesome, a tower of cushions, and amazine volunteers. But the one thing we didn’t have was Graphic Novels. So we asked our super supportive PTO if they would fund a new collection.

And guess what? The PTO said yes!

Once they arrived (as you can see by the photos on the right) students have been exploring, reading, and enjoying the books in the new graphic novel collection.

But often I am asked many questions by parents and teachers about graphic novels. Here are the most frequent ones:

What are Graphic Novels?

Graphic novels are books written and illustrated in the style of a comic book that resembles a novel in length and narrative development.

Why Graphic Novels?

Graphic novels can dramatically help improve reading development for students struggling with language acquisition as the illustrations provide contextual clues. They are also a great way to reach reluctant readers!

But Do Graphic Novels Count as Real Reading?

The excellent graphic novels available today require readers to be actively engaged in the process of decoding and comprehending a range of literary devices which leads to the development of critical skills necessary to read more challenging works. Yes, they count as real reading.

So far, some of the students’ favorites are Lunch Lady, Babymouse, Amulet, Tintin, and Binky the Space Cat.

Thank you, PTO, once again for generously supporting the LTC and giving all the students of Pine Glen the opportunity to explore, read, and love graphic novels.

Read a Winner!


Congratulations to all of the great books that won an award at this year’s ALA Youth Media Awards!

Find them in the Pine Glen LTC.


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Pine Glen Loves Picture Books


We are celebrating our love of picture books during November, official Picture Book Month! It’s a nationwide celebration that reminds us that picture books were the very first books we loved and continue to bring joy to us in endless ways everyday. The official Picture Book Month web site features a new article every day written by an author or illustrator tackling the question, “Why are picture books important?”

Sharing picture books is a great opportunity to study how text and illustrations work together to tell a story, a common standard in the Reading frameworks. This is a small sampling of some of our favorite picture books we are sharing this month:









To bring that picture book love to our digital lives, we are also learning about Tumblebooks in the library. Students can read Tumblebooks at school or at home. We are excited to share this wonderful literacy resource with our teachers who are always looking for engaging ways to help struggling readers.

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