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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! 

A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielsen 5th-8th

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 8th+

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott 7th+

Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender 7th+

Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel 7th+

House Arrest by K.A. Holt 7th+

Lightning Queen by Laura Resau 5th-8th

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 7th+

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 7th+

Seven Second Delay by Tom Easton 7th+

Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall 5th-8th

Somewhere There is Still a Sun by Michael Gruenbaum 5th-8th

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin 5th-8th




Put Up Your Feet and READ! Friday Funraiser

The wildly popular Put Up Your Feet and Read Friday Free Read event is back! Join us in the library during your guided studies class on Friday, December 15th for book merriment and tasty treats! 11-2:50 pm. For $3 you can support the library and spend time listening to book talks with Johnson County Librarian Dawna Ofstehage or in the pursuit of reading for pleasure with a snack and beverage. For each $3 a student spends, he/she will be entered into a raffle to win a catered lunch with a friend served by library staff and an amazing reading gift bag in May! All proceeds will be used to purchase additional library resources including books, ebooks, games, and makerspace materials.


Discovery Center

The library is launching a new Spark Lab where students can discover a topic and explore resources independently. Students can learn by watching, doing, and making! November's discovery station focuses on Geography to help students prepare for the National Geographic Bee. Stop by the library to begin your exploration!

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Teens Top 10 & Galley Program

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!


Board Game Night! Friday Night Fun! December 1

On Friday, December 1st the library will host our first Board Game Night in the library for students! From 6-9 pm students can come experience fun, fellowship, and food while playing a wide range of cooperative and novel board games. Move over Monopoloy, we've got some super fun games. Today’s most popular board games are incredibly diverse. There are games designed for just a few people and others that can be played by large groups. Some games are all about strategy and critical thinking, while others come down to pure luck.

Gameplay can range anywhere from a few minutes to a few days, but there’s one thing all these games have in common: They’re incredibly fun! Students will enjoy pizza and snacks while enjoying cooperative gameplay.

Students must sign up in advance @ https://goo.gl/forms/Qe9vnefGvECD7CIC3

We would love to have

5-6 Parent and/or high school student volunteers to help us with gameplay

And dessert donations of nut-free treats on Friday, December 1st.

If you are interested, please email ltnocita@bluevalleyk12.org or call 239-5610 Community service hours are available!


There will be a wide selection of games available for all ages for sale during the event and by order. Check out Gamewright’s website for product information. All prices include sales tax. Cash or Checks in the exact amount are due at the time of purchase or with the order form. Order forms will be accepted through Monday, December 4th. Thanks for supporting the PSMS Library!


Winter Break Reading Challenge

Complete and return your form to the library by January 5th


Build a Snowman

Do you want to build a snowman?

Well now you can with this fun, and educational, Google Slides activity. This is a great way to be creative and to work on your writing skills by describing or writing about your snowman.

Here’s how:

  • Make a copy of the Google Slides “Build a Snowman” template
  • The template has a blank snowman and several slides full of items to add to your snowman including eyes, mouths, hats, arms, feet, hair, and more.
  • Copy and paste the items to build your snowman.
  • If you need different pictures, you can search for more.
  • When done building, write about your snowman or snowwoman in the textbox. You can describe them, tell a story about them, or explain who they are.
  • When all done you can download a picture of your snowman and writing to share with the library

Kansas Authors Club 2017 Youth Writers Contest

The Kansas Authors Club is holding a writing contest for students in grades 1-12 in the categories of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.  Entries will be accepted April 1-June 15, 2018.

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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