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October 2019

Library Newsletter

Lower Moreland Township School District Mission and Beliefs District Mission: To foster individual excellence in a nurturing environment by integrating a dedicated staff, an innovative curriculum, and community resources, while promoting respect for self and others. All students will acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes necessary to become lifelong learners and citizens who will think critically, act responsibly, communicate clearly and collaborate effectively in a global community. In our school libraries, we support students in achieving these goals and teachers in constructing meaningful lessons to meet their curricular needs. Ultimately, we hope to create lifelong learners of all ages via our LMTSD School Library Media Centers.

Reminders! You can check your library account online at any time! Go to:, click on your school and enter your network username (lunch #) and network password (lm5d…). Once entered into Follett Destiny, you can search the catalog and resources, like Follett Shelf eBooks and Audiobooks, or see which items you have checked out.

Brain Pop Jr. Learning about the Library

Grab a book and READ1

Pine Road Our school is hosting our Arctic Adventure book fair Thursday, November 7th until Thursday, November 14th. Our evening fair will take place on November 7th from 4:00-7:00 and is open to anyone. For more information on our book fair, including the link for our online fair and sign up genius to volunteer, check here: Third grade students looked for 39 Clues around the library to familiarize themselves with different sections of the library and the types of books and materials available. Fourth grade students were matched with students in schools around the world through our International School Library Month bookmark exchange project. Students created origami bookmarks to send to students in Croatia and India. Fifth grade students learned more about website evaluation and strong search skills through a project called “All About Explorers”. The Global Read Aloud is about to kick off in classrooms throughout Pine Road, with students in grades K-1 reading picture books by Yuyi Morales; students in grades 2 & 3 will read the book Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez and students in grades 4 & 5 will read the book Front Desk by Kelly Yang. Learn more about the Global Read Aloud here:

PRTV is off to a great start!

2019 Global Read Aloud Selections


Email Contact

@ontheshelf4kids @murraymakers @lmhs_library

PR ~ Mrs. Zschunke: MA ~ Ms. Grosso: HS ~ Mr. Engleman:

Highlights from September  

Murray Avenue School  

September is always a busy month at Murray Avenue Library! Sixth graders participated in a scavenger hunt during library orientation using the iPad app  Goosechase to get to know our resources. Students are exploring our Maker tools  and comfy reading spaces. Our Lulzbot 3D printers are already hard at work  printing students’ first projects designed at the library during lunchtime.    

Tech support for Chromebooks has moved out of the library to our new Tech Center across the hall. It is open during the first & last hours of the school day and  during lunches. Please visit them in room 213 for all of your Chromebook needs! 

Students explored the mathematical effects of angles on design using our new Spirograph

Coming in October: New Books! Stop by the library to check out our newest books & graphic novels.  


Team-building with BreakoutEDU during our Opening of School Celebration

Upcoming at Murray Avenue Library Continuing our careers series, we will be Skyping with an archaeologist who  specializes in historic cemeteries on October 25th during WIN. Students can sign  up for this event starting 10/7 on the library website.   

STEAM Club has begun on Wednesdays after school in the library’s Murray MakerSpace! Our next meeting on 10/23 features guest animator Keville Bowen  who will use iPads and minifigures to teach a stop-motion animation workshop.   To join STEAM Club use Google classroom code 0pjek8i.  

Visiting author Antony John’s books will be available to purchase or check out in October!

Reading Olympics Club begins on Monday 10/7 after school. Who knew reading could be a high energy team sport? To join use Google classroom code yakcidi. 

Seeking MakerSpace Donations:  

We would love to bring in a guest with a career in the arts! Students have requested a fashion or game designer, singer or Broadway performer. Contact Ms.  Grosso if you know someone who would be able to visit from 2-3pm. Thanks! 

Cotton fabric, especially fat quarters (small cuts of quilting weight cotton) for  self-directed first-time sewing projects,  scrunchies, and experimentation.

Library Websites

Pine Road: Murray Avenue: High School: Pine Road

Murray Avenue

High School

Lower Moreland High School The High School Library is proud to welcome the new Librarian and Media Specialist, Mr. Patrick Engleman. You may know Mr. Engleman from his twelve years in the science department of LMHS. He is excited to infuse his STEM background into the great tradi ons of the LMHS library.

Follow us on social media. @lmhs_library

Along with the kick off to Fall, we will also offer our students access to some problem based learning opportuni es in the library. We are going to use access to our library resources and our maker space material to solve some of the challenges facing humanity everyday. From capturing CO2 to dealing with invasive pests, to providing high speed internet to rural communi es, we are going to develop, test, and refine instruments to help solve these problems. Our students have been using the flexible sea ng to meet up and work on projects during their study halls. They have loved having access to our white boards for sharing their ideas with their group members. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next. October brings the first month of the Faculty book club. Members of the faculty will be reading the NYT best seller Educated by Tara Westover. We are looking forward to the community book club in November. Mr. Engleman suggests I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, since a movie based on that book will be released by Ne lix in November. If you have a recommenda on, please email Mr. Engleman something you think the community would like to read.

“When in doubt, go to the library.” ~J.K. Rowling Database of the Month Use your google login credentials to access Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr. resources. Short videos explaining curricular concepts with accompanying vocabulary, games, graphic organizers, and more.

Book Buzz We Don’t Eat Our Clasmates by Ryan T. Higgins is a perfect back to school read

with Penelope Rex as she navigates

expectations at school.

Profile for LMTSD Libraries

Library Newsletter October 2019  

Library Newsletter October 2019  


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