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28 May 2015

One School, One Book: Brown Girl Dreaming


Next school year, ASD will have a great opportunity to share Jacqueline Woodson’s 2014 National Book Award winner, Brown Girl Dreaming in a school-wide reading event, One School, One Book. 

In addition, we will celebrate Woodson's Newbery Honor picture book, Show Way, as a supplemental reading experience that will include even our youngest readers.


One School, One Book is a program designed to create a shared reading experience within a school community. Each grade level across the school will participate in voluntary activities to promote and enrich the shared reading experience.

The goals for ASD's One School, One Book event are to celebrate literacy, build community, encourage intergenerational conversation and promote our Visiting Author Program.

ASD students in Grades 4 through 12, staff and parents are encouraged to read Brown Girl Dreaming in anticipation of Jacqueline Woodson’s visit. In addition, we we encourage all of our community to read Show Way. We plan to offer a range of opportunities to allow community members to engage in discussion about these powerful stories.

Brown Girl Dreaming, recipient of the Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award as well as the National Book Award for 2014, tells the story of Jacqueline's childhood, in verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, she shares a poetic memoir of growing up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Jacqueline reflects on finding her voice through writing stories, despite struggling with reading as a child.

Show Way is also based on Jacqueline's family history. "Show Ways”, or quilts, once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves. This is the story of seven generations of girls and women who were quilters and artists and freedom fighters.

The libraries will have multiple copies of Brown Girl Dreaming and Show Way for check out and for sale next school year. Alternatively, community members can pick up their own copy over the summer. Stayed tuned for more information on how to participate in our One Book, One School event.

Visiting Authors 2016: Jacqueline Woodson and Steve Jenkins

ASD Libraries are thrilled to announce our visiting authors for the next school year. We will have the privilege to host awarding-winning authors Jacqueline Woodson and Steve Jenkins from March 13-24, 2016. During their 10-day visit, Woodson and Jenkins will engage our students from K1 through Grade 12, our staff and our parents in a series of workshops and presentations.

Jacqueline Woodson is the prolific author of 28 books for young people ranging from pictures books to young adult novels. Woodson has won the Newbery Honor three times, the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Coretta Scott King Award. Some of her well know books include The Other Side, Locomotion, Show Way and Hush. Most recently, she won the National Book Award for Brown Girl Dreaming.



Steve Jenkins is the author of nonfiction 35 beautifully illustrated nonfiction science books for early and middle grades. A winner the Caldecott Honor and of many awards, Jenkins work brings animals, habits and nature to life through fascinating facts and intricate paper collage art. Some titles our students love are Actual Size, Creature Features and Eye to Eye. Jenkins' cowriter and wife, Robin Page, will also join him in presenting at ASD.

We look forward to working with these two talented authors next year. The libraries have multiple copies of Woodson's and Jenkins' books available for check out. More details about the authors' schedules and opportunities to purchase books for signing will be shared after the summer.

27 May 2015

ES Student Librarians: Learning, Leading and Lending a Hand





Do you ever wonder where your friends are during recess and after school in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade? They are volunteering and making a difference in the ES Library and school by making sure the books are cleaned, shelved and many other important tasks. These students are providing community service to make the Elementary School at ASD a better place. If you are a 3rd, 4th or 5th grader interested in the Student Librarian Program next year, you will be eligible to apply in the Fall!

--Written by Sejal Mehta

The ES Student Librarian program began informally with a few keen students offering their time to help in the library. These volunteers’ dedication soon became noticed by other students who also wanted to volunteer. It became clear that the elementary library needed an organised system for scheduling and training students who were committed to the library.

The goal of the Student Librarian program is to give students leadership opportunities, to help students take ownership of their library and to offer students a place to obtain work experience while giving back to the school community in a meaningful way. The program offers a series of training sessions throughout the year for building library skills. Student Librarians assist the library staff in daily library operations and assist library visitors.

Student Librarians are expected to commit to at least one session per week and attend after-school training sessions. The Student Librarian Team warmly greet and help library visitors. They complete various housekeeping tasks such as front facing books, straightening shelves and organising magazines. As Student Librarians acquire more training, they also “read” shelves, shelve books, work at the circulation desk and manage iPads and Laptops.

The entire ES Library team is proud of this extraordinary group of students! We thank you for your commitment, continuous learning and the contributions you have made to your library and school.

-- by Ms. Carly Brown and Ms. Pollock




The ES Student Librarian Team:

Walaa Al Alamin
Hannah Caudill
Rania Harryanto
Nihal Khatwani
Sara Mitri
Alia Dasmal
Tyson McCarty
Fiona Knight
Lucia Franco
Sarah Elzein
Maya Abdel-Wadood
Sejal Mehta
Mashal Shaikhani

17 May 2015

Read Around the World: Summer Reading Challenge 2015

Click here to print your world map tracking sheet.
Journey around the world with books this summer! We challenge ASD readers to explore and learn about regions of the world through a variety of reading experiences.

Track your voyage on the world map as you read books representing each geographic region. You can read any genre or format with a connection to the region including picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, information books, magazines, newspapers or ebooks.

A region can be represented in a variety of ways such as a nonfiction book, a folktale, a cookbook, a book created by an author or illustrator from the region, or a story that takes place in the region.

Challenge yourself to complete one of the following achievement levels:

Globe Trotter:
Read 10 Books - One from each region

World Explorer:
Read 20 Books - One from each region, and ten more from any region

Ultimate Voyager:
Read 30 Books - One from each region, and twenty more from any region

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  • To receive a certificate from Mr. Advento, turn in your reading log to the ES Library no later than August 27. 
  • Remember to explore the ES Library Summer Reading website for reading suggestions.
  • Visit the eResources page to access our ebook collection and research tools any time, any where. Happy Reading! 

    Talk Tuesday on Summer Reading: Join us on Tuesday, June 2 from 8:15-9:15 am in the ES Library for a discussion about the importance of summer reading. Leave with some practical ideas to keep your family reading as you travel around the world!

13 May 2015

One School, One Book, One Hero: Salva Dut to Visit ASD


Our community has been touched by the story of Salva Dut. Former Sudanese "Lost Boy" Salva was the inspiration for our One School, One Book, A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park. Salva is not only the hero of this story, he is a hero in real life. We are thrilled to announce that ASD will have the unique privilege of a visit from Salva himself on June 4, 2015. 

Salva is the founder of Water for South Sudan (WFSS), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to transform the lives of people in South Sudan by providing clean, safe water. After
reading his story in A Long Walk to Water, Middle School SEENAH and GAIA student clubs were inspired to respond. From their 'Water Walk' at DUCE in January, the clubs raised money to donate to WWFS. Several ASD families also donated funds. Students proudly presented Linda Sue Park with $6,000 which she accepted on behalf of the organization.



The donation qualified ASD to enter WFSS's "Iron Giraffe Challenge" which encouraged schools to collectively raise enough money to purchase a new drilling rig. Eighty-one schools around the world participated and were put into a draw. The winning prize was a visit by Salva himself. ASD is the winning school!


Salva will spend a day engaging with our students on June 4. We are honored to have Salva visit us and look forward to learning even more about his inspirational work and humanitarian efforts. Details about Salva's schedule will follow soon.

Visit Water for South Sudan to learn more. Their mission is about hope and new beginnings: "Hope for a better life springs from a well. Children are healthier and can go to school, expanding their dreams and the possibility to fulfill them. Women don’t spend their days trekking long distances for water. Clinics can be built and sustained when there is a well nearby. Where safe water flows, life can blossom."