J. Douglas Adams Middle School

BoxTops 4 Education

BoxTops

BoxTops 4 Education Collection

We’re collecting BoxTops for Education where the proceeds will benefit the library to purchase new books and videos!  They are the little pink, purple and white coupons on food boxes and cans.  We earn 10 cents for each one we save.  When everyone turns them in, it adds up!  The Advisory class who brings in the most coupons over 625 quarterly will earn a “Donut and Juice Party.”  Will your class be the top collectors?   Coupon Sheets are included in the weekly announcements.  They can be turned in loosely in baggies/envelopes, too. They are due BY October 28th for our next submission date.

California Young Reader Medal Program

Join in on the fun at AMS reading the CYRM books!  Read the books, take a quiz, come to the party at the end! Check them out from AMS Lib or the Public Library (or purchase them).

View the catagories at the californiayoungreadermedal.org website.

CYRM

The California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) program encourages recreational reading of popular literature among the young people of our state. Since its inception in 1974, millions of California children have nominated, read, and voted for the winners of the California Young Reader Medal.

Young people recommend the titles of their favorite books for nomination, or teachers and librarians note repeatedly read or requested titles, and these are submitted to the California Young Reader Medal Committee. Members of the committee read the suggested books, discuss their merits and appeal to children, and then decide upon a well-balanced list of nominees.

To be considered for nomination, a book must be an original work of fiction published within the last four years by a living author. Recommendations for nomination are due each year by April 1 for consideration as a nominee the following year. It is a two-year cycle from the time of nomination by students to the presentation of the California Young Reader medal to the winning authors and illustrators.

Library

Welcome To Adams Middle School Library

"There is more treasure in books than in

all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island."

  – Walt Disney

New Books

Auggie & Me - Three Wonder Stories by Patricia Palacio: Wonder (book one) tells Auggie's history from six different perspectives, but there were some characters whose unique perspectives were not shared--until now.

 

The Marvels by Brian Selznick: The journey begins on a ship at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel.  After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theater.  There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes marvel is banished from the state.  Nearly a century later, Joseph Jervis runs away from school and seeks refuge with an uncle in London.  Albert Nightingale's strange, beautiful house, with it's mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family and the past.

 

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton: As Apollo 11 mission prepares to go to the moon, Mimi Yoshiko Oliver gets ready to move to a new state.  But in 1969, Vermont is mostly white, and for half-black, half-Japanese Mimi, her appearance is enough to make her feel alien.  She struggles to fit in with her classmates, even as she defies stereotypes by entering science competitions and trying to take shop class instead of home ec.  And through teachers and neighbors balk at her "unconventional" family and her refusals to conform, Mimi's dreams of becoming an astronaut never fade - no matter how many times she's told no.

 

Hot Pink - The Life & Fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli by Susan Goldman Rubin: Shocking pink-or hot pink, as it is called today-was the signature color of designer Elso Schiaparelli and perhaps her greatest contribution to the fashion world.  Schiaparelli (1890-1973) was one of the most innovative designers of the early twentieth century.  Hot Pink explores Schiaparelli's childhood in Rome, her introduction to high fashion in Paris, and her swift rise to success while taking care of her daughter, Gogo.

 

The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce: 

Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for anything. That sort of planning pays off when you’re the smallest kid in your class. Rory is even prepared (mostly) for Tommy-Lee, his nemesis, who starts most days by throwing Rory out of the back of the school bus. Don’t be scared, his favorite book says, be prepared. And Rory aims to be. What’s more heroic than that?

 

But Rory isn’t prepared when he suddenly and inexplicably turns green and finds himself stuck in an experimental hospital ward. The doctors are just as baffled as Rory is, and that’s when he begins to wonder: What if this isn’t caused by his genes, or a virus, or something he ate? What if it’s something even more extraordinary? After all, more than a few superheroes’ careers began when they turned green. Could this be a sign that he’s meant for something greater? Rory is going to find out—and that’s going to start with escaping from the hospital.

 

Brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson: The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South"--Provided by publisher.

 

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick: Malala Yousafzai describes her fight for education for girls under Taliban rule, the support she received from her parents to pursue an education, and how the Taliban retaliated against her by trying to kill her.

 

The White House is Burning by Jane Sutcliffe: Describes the events of August 24, 1814, the day during the War of 1812 that British troops entered Washington, D.C., and proceeded to pillage and burn the nation's capital city, as reflected in first-hand accounts in diaries, journeys, letters, and...

 

Leaving China by James McMullen:  A memoir by illustrator James McMullan, focusing on his life after World War II began, in which, he and his mother moved from one place to another--Shanghai, San Francisco, Vancouver, Darjeeling, and more.

 

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin:Examines the history of the atomic bomb, discussing the discovery of the behavior of uranium when placed next to radioactive material, the race to build a bomb, and the impact of the weapon on societies around the world.

 

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana:  

"At the end of August 2005, ten-year-old Armani is looking forward to her birthday party in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where she and her extended family live, but Hurricane Katrina is on the way, bringing destruction and tragedy in its wake.

 

Stay Where You Are & Then Leave by John Boyne:The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight--but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission. Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realizes his father is in a hospital close by--a hospital treating soldiers with shell shock. Alfie isn't sure what shell shock is, but he is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place

Hours of Operation

7:20-3:30 M-T-TH-F

7:20-1:00 Adjusted days

You can reach Mrs. Pospisil at 925-513-6450 X4480

or jpospisil@brentwood.k12.ca.us

Helpful Websites

Scholastic Book Fair

In the Library -  Sept 26-30

Open  7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Online -  Sept 21-Oct 7

Parent - Teacher Conference Week

http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/jdouglasadamsmiddleschool

Adult helpers are requested before/after school and during both lunches.

Book Donations

Book Donations

Book Donations Accepted

We encourage and accept book donations and funds to build our library collection!  Drop off in the office or library.