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Librarian's Corner | Welcome to October

Oct 8, 2020 10:46:39 AM / by Kristen Eckhardt

Kingsley Book Fair—Coming in November

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Happy October, everyone—I have plenty of good news for all. For starters, the Kingsley Online Book Fair is coming!

Follett, a top-of-the-line library resource company, is offering a very easy-to-use online book fair platform for schools to use so students have access to all the books that would be on the school library shelves if it were open... stay tuned for the school code and some more info about this upcoming event, happening November 2–13. All purchases contribute to a rewards program for Kingsley, so there is “money in the bank” for eventual purchasing—a really great opportunity for everyone! 

Our Vibrant Library History!

I have spent the last few weeks teaching the students about some library history. You can access the slideshow here.

The reason for this lesson is three-fold: I want children to think about how special libraries are and know some fun facts; I want them to understand that their (our!) guaranteed freedom to read as American citizens is profound; and that just because our school library is closed does not mean their access to their local library is. And, here is where the magic lies: any card-carrying member of the Boston Public Library (that is, any Massachusetts resident who has registered for a library number online) has access to seriously wonderful and plentiful virtual resources; and curbside pick-up is also happening all over the city.

Using the Boston Public Library

All of this information is embedded in the slideshow. Please, keep those card numbers handy for your family and read on for some links and information regarding what the BPL has to offer us all, despite the pandemic.

Use this link to access BPL and then choose the “Books and More” tab at the top where you can click into the catalog to find all kinds of wonderful e- and audio-book titles. You can also use the online databases with your library card, and participate in book recommendations. Take a look:

Virtual ebook shelves

Lots of online resources for all ages/interests

Personalized reading recommendations!

I urge you to spend some time on this portion of the site--so much to use!


Quick wins:

If you are interested in curbside pick-up, here’s the “how-to:” BPL To Go

Check out the Children’s Library of the BPL Facebook page

Click here for BPL October library programs for children

The children’s librarians at BPL are happy to Zoom with your child about any and all things library/books/resources. Amazing! Ms. Rebecca Fox asks you to simply send her an email: rfox@bpl.org. (She says she misses seeing her Kingsley friends after school!)

And finally, please click here for a snazzy flyer for an amazing family-friendly concert happening Friday, October 9, via Zoom at the South End Branch (librarian Margaret would love for you all to attend).


Early Childhood Lower Elementary Upper Elementary
Click here for a really great story site! Plenty of great stories with positive messages. Keep an eye out for information coming from Kingsley’s Auxiliary Programs, about an after school Book Club for LE students on Thursday afternoons!

Click here for info about 5th-8th grade programming at the Newton Public Library.

Keep an eye out for information about an after school Book Club for UE students on Tuesday afternoons!


Kristen Eckhardt

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