Summer Reading Anywhere with BrainHive, eBooks On Demand


Photo 495Don’t let the Summer Slide happen!

Research shows that students who continue to read for fun over the summer don’t lose the skills they gained in school before summer break. But it’s not always easy to get to a library or a bookstore over the summer when you are vacationing or playing at the beach!

With the extremely generous help of the Pine Glen PTO, Pine Glen students have thousands of ebooks available to them all summer long through our subscription to BrainHive, eBooks On Demand!

Fourth and Fifth grade students have learned how to access BrainHive on their iPads but you can also use the Android app or the web version.

Accounts for 2nd and 3rd graders are coming soon!

To find out more about how to borrow books on BrainHive over the summer, see the flyer below.


Thank You Pine Glen PTO!

PTO Presentation


I had the distinct pleasure of being able to present to the Pine Glen Parent Teacher Organization last night about all of the wonderful things we’ve been able to do in the LTC, in part due to resources that they have provided. Thanks to the PTO for having me, and for the $450 that classroom teachers will use to purchase content-area apps for their classrooms.

Author Visit Excitement!–Jarrett J. Krosoczka is Coming!



On Wednesday, June 19, author and illustrator and creator of Lunch Lady will be visiting Pine Glen students!

Jarrett J. Krosoczka has been passionate about storytelling through words and pictures since he was a kid.  Jarrett is a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Award for the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and is the author and illustrator of twenty books including the Lunch Lady graphic novels and the just released Platypus Police Squad middle-grade chapter book series. Jarrett’s TED Talk on his journey from boy to artist has been viewed more than a half-million times. He is also the host of The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, a weekly segment celebrating books, authors and reading. His work was recently featured on the front page of The Boston Globe and on NPR’s All Things Considered. It has also been recommended by national publications such as Newsweek, The New York Times and USA Today.


Students may purchase author books to have signed and take home. Please print and fill out the order form and return it with the proper funds by Wednesday, June 5 (one day late is okay.)




Shelf Signs Thanks to Our Amazing PTO


This is almost the end of my second year as the School Librarian of the LTC at Pine Glen and I am finally getting around to the task of creating shelf signs for the collection. What? You say. You had no shelf signs? I know, I know, but I think you’ll agree that these were worth waiting for.

Not only did I want to provide signage for the collection but I also wanted to make sure that the signs were useful and meaningful to the students, not just to me. That meant clear, simple, and visual signs. After lots of consideration, I decided to ask the Pine Glen PTO to help me purchase a lot of white cardboard magazine holders. I created signs that include the Dewey subject, the Dewey number and images to match. Then I printed them and attached them on the back side of the magazine holder. Fortunately for me, there is plenty of room on the shelves for these sign holders.

I’ve only just begun labeling the shelves but I already have seen how much easier it is for even the youngest students to find what they are looking for and that is my ultimate goal: developing independent users of the library space and collection.

Thank you Pine Glen PTO for once again supporting the Pine Glen LTC with the vision of creating a friendly and inviting space and turning your kids into enthusiastic and effective library users.

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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.

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