Tag Archives: In the library

Please return your library books

Dear MCS Community, It’s hard to believe that the school year is coming to a close. I’m asking that all of you please check your homes for any library books. All books need to be returned by Wednesday, June 13th … Continue reading

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7-8s garden, read with preschoolers at Union Settlement

By Aimee Arandia Østensen 7-8s Head Teacher Our book drive for the Union Settlement pre-school was a huge success.  Thank you for all of your donations. We have had a relationship with Union Settlement since the fall through our use of … Continue reading

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Jay’s Picks: Reading, Learning About U.S. Presidents

By Jay Fung MCS Librarian Cherry trees, stove pipe hat, wooden teeth, “fourscore and seven years ago,” $1 and $5 bills. These images conjure up two of the most iconic Americans in history. Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We … Continue reading

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Thank you for supporting the Book Fair

By Jay Fung MCS Librarian  I would like to take this time to wish the entire MCS community a happy holidays and fabulous winter break!  Next, I want to thank all of you for helping out and supporting us with … Continue reading

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Holiday Shopping Guide for Parents: Books for ages infant to 6

Red Sled by Lita Judge – In this almost wordless picture book, a host of woodland creatures take a child’s sled for a nighttime joy ride. Their whimsical ride is gorgeously depicted in bold watercolor, complemented by humorous expressions and … Continue reading

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Holiday Shopping Guide for Parents: Books for ages 7 to 10

Donavon’s Big Day by Leslea Newman  – Donovan’s two moms are getting married, and he can’t wait for the celebration to begin. After all, as ringbearer, he has a very important job to do. Any boy or girl with same-sex … Continue reading

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Finding ‘buried treasure’ at the library

By Jay Fung MCS Librarian I’m originally from California.  My family and I try to get back there as often as possible.  This summer, something happened that was such a fabulous surprise for me. When we travel out there, we … Continue reading

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Remembering the life of environmentalist, women’s rights activist Wangari Maathai

By Jay Fung MCS Librarian On September 25, a truly special human passed away named Wangari Maathai.  She was an activist, author, mother, conservationist, role model, co-worker, proponent of peace, and many would say, heroine. Maathai was born in 1940 … Continue reading

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Jay’s Picks: MCS Staff Summer Reading List

Hi all, Hope you got started on the summer reading list already.  I would love to hear from you about any books that you’ve read, whether they’re on the list or not.  We thought we’d share the MCS Staff Summer … Continue reading

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Jay’s Picks: Summer reading for Lower School and Upper School students

By Jay Fung MCS Librarian  What happened to the school year!  It truly flew by!  However, this also brings the beginning of the summer.  While I will definitely miss one of the best parts of my job  – finding just … Continue reading

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Jay’s Picks: Summer reading for adults

By Jay Fung MCS Librarian One of the best parts of my job is finding just the right books for children. Throughout the year, I’ve had many parents dropping by to talk about books their children are reading. Quite a … Continue reading

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Dirt, creativity bring 9-10s’ dolls to life

By Janice Movson Art Teacher The 9-10s class learned about dolls that students made in South Africa. These children are from very poor circumstances. Many of their families are unemployed and they live in squatter camps. We all imagined what … Continue reading

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Finding books that are ‘just right’ with Jay Fung

In recent months, it seems that there has been lots of talk in the media and among parents about which books are appropriate for your child to read.  If you have questions related to this issue, please come to the … Continue reading

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Jay’s Picks: Books dealing with bullying, name-calling

“Come, and take choice of all my library. And so beguile thy sorrow…” — William Shakespeare, from Titus Andronicus By Jay Fung MCS Librarian From the Bible to the Torah to Judy Blume, people have often sought solace inside the … Continue reading

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MCS featured in the Tower Journal

The cover of Tower Journal’s winter issue features MCS’ Class of 2012 in a digital poem based on The Children of Children Keep Coming. Russell Goings, author of The Children, visited the MCS library shortly after the book was published. … Continue reading

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Jay’s Picks: Books for gift giving

By Jay Fung MCS Librarian Happy holidays from the stacks! In the past week, several people have asked me about great books for giving.  I have compiled a list of recently published books that I would love to give as … Continue reading

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Attend the MCS Holiday Book Fair today!

Today is the first day of the Holiday Book Fair. It’s a great opportunity to shop for gifts, stock up on great books, and support MCS in the process. (See sneak peek photos on our Facebook page) What is it? … Continue reading

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A closer look at picture books

By Jay Fung, Librarian Can you finish this sentence? “In the great green room …” If you can, you have not only Margaret Wise Brown to thank, but also picture books. Where would we be without the picture book?  I … Continue reading

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