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October Mini Reading Challenge

*Read a book whose title starts with one of the letters of the word AUTUMN or FALL.

*October 10 is Mental Health Day. Read a book with a character with a mental illness and/or disability. 

*October 15 is Student's Day. Read a book either set in a school or where the characters are students.

*Read a scary, supernatural, or horror book for Halloween, October 31.

Read 3 for a sweet treat! Log your books @ https://padlet.com/ltnocita/october

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Trendy 12

Read all of the Trendy 12 books!  These books are selected and voted upon by Blue Valley Middle School students from each of the middle schools.  12 great books!  Read all 12 and you'll be invited to attend our chocolate fountain party in May! 


Teen Read Week

October 8-14 teens & tweens can "Unleash Your Story" at the PSMS library during Teen Read Week! Stop by the library today to find something great to read! We have a little something for everyone, including fantasy titles, adventure books, sci-fi stories and more.

PSMS is proud to partner with the Johnson County Library YAAC to participate in the Teens’ Top Ten, a booklist created entirely by and for teens. The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books from the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries from around the country.

Students have access to publishers’ galleys, not yet published books, and have the chance to read new work first and give their input and suggestions via reviews submitted to the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 8-14, 2017 on the Teens' Top Ten site. The winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week. Titles are suggested for ages 12-18 but as with any book, not every title will be appropriate for every reader.

We have a cart full of galleys waiting to be read! To read one, stop by the cart, browse, and choose! We’ll check it out to you, then you read it, review it, and return it! Galleys are given away at the end of each semester! It’s a great way to get a jump on new fiction!


Discovery Center

The library is launching a new Discovery Space where students can dig into a topic and explore resources independently. Students can learn by watching, doing, and making! Our first discovery station focuses on Hispanic Heritage Month. Resources include books, websites, virtual travel, puzzles, pen pals, travel brochures, and maker activities around Día de los Muertos. ¡Explora!


Unleash Your Story -- YOU in 6 words Video

YOU in 6 Words.

How would you tell your life’s story if you could only use six words? The question, inspired by the legend that writer Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write an entire novel in just six words. Six Words is a simple, creative way to get to the essence of anything—from the breaking news of the day to your own life and the way you live it. Brevity is a virtue. Make a video (30 seconds - 1 min max) to show us YOU in 6 words! You can submit your entry to Mrs. Nocita via flash drive, air drop, or, if a small enough file size, through email. ltnocita@bluevalleyk12.org


Paradigm Challenge

The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires youth to address important social issues. The current Paradigm Challenge invites youth to use STEM skills plus kindness, creativity, and collaboration to generate new ideas to improve personal health through wellness and healing.

All it takes is a one idea. Use your creativity to win up to $100,000 and change the world. The students who submit the top idea in each age division (4-8, 9-13, and 14-18) will attend the Ceremony and compete for The Paradigm Challenge Prize! The deadline for entries is May 1, 2017. If your student would like to form a team to participate, please contact ltnocita@bluevalleyk12.org


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