Check out our digital online magazine collection. There is something for everyone - sports, cooking, style and fashion, science, Spanish language, writing and general coolness!These are available free to all MS students and their families -Click here for the login to read our magazines from homeClick here to get our website for full access to all current and back issuesOur digital magazines work with any device - iPad, iPhone and Android smartphones, Mac and PC laptops. They can be read online with an Internet connection or even be downloaded for later viewing offline on any mobile device with the free FLIPSTER app on the Apple Store and Google Play.Happy reading, River Dell!Author Tanya Lee Stone Visits RDMSStudents welcomed author Tanya Lee Stone on March 1st. Ms. Stone, the author of exactly 100 books for children and teens, visited with RDMS students while on tour for her newest book, GIRL RISING, the important story of the 62 million school-age girls in developing countries trying to get an education. Preferring to call what she writes true stories rather than non-fiction, Ms. Stone explained her research process and encouraged RDMS students to get passionate about the world around them and become detectives so that they, too, can become true story tellers.Here is the author with members of the Library Club after her talk:Watch the trailer for the 2013 documentary film that inspired the book:And check out the Library Club's beautiful bulletin board about Stone's work:
RDMS, it's Banned Books WeekSeptember 26 through October 1What are banned books and why would we celebrate such a thing? Good questions!What we are celebrating are books, reading, libraries, and the freedom to choose what to read without censorship. We call it the freedom to read, and it goes along with the cherished democratic American freedom of self-expression. And that includes what we read.
There are those who disagree and would demand that some books be removed from public library and school library shelves. Interestingly, most challenged books - those that someone wants banned from the library - are children's and teen books.Each year, books that have been challenged in public and school libraries across America are celebrated as a way to highlight the importance of intellectual freedom and the right to choose what you read. It reminds us not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.Here are the most challenged kids and teen books of 2015
- Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan @loversdiction
- Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter
- Habibi by Craig Thompson
- Fun Home by Alison Bechdel @AlisonBechdel
- by Mark Haddon @mark_haddon
- by Susan Kuklin @susankuklin
- I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings @jessicaherthel @JazzJennings__
- by John Green @johngreen
WELCOME BACK RDMS!!!We are so ready for a fantastic year in the Library Media CenterAnd this year is especially exciting because the all-new, shiny, bright renovation of our wonderful Library will be complete in October. In the meantime, say hi to Librarian Ms. Risi in the hallway or in her temporary quarters in Room 221 upstairs. And use the links here to get at the good stuff. Regular hours of operation and FAQs are here.The Library is the place to get stuff done, find a good book, join the Library Club and its Anime/Manga, Coding, Making, Games, and Minecraft groups, or just hang out. It's the best hangout in the school, and who doesn't need one of those?We can't wait to get the 2016-2017 party started!
RDMS Library Club hostsVisiting Author Ruta Sepetys!Best-selling Young Adult author Ruta Sepetys had River Dell Middle School students on the edge of their seats during her visit on February 5, just days after the publication of her third novel, Salt to the Sea.Like her 2012 New York Times best-selling YA book Between Shades of Gray, Ms. Sepetys's new book is gripping historical fiction recounting a little-known episode from the Soviet occupation of small nations in Eastern Europe during World War II. Salt to the Sea tells the story of young people fleeing the Soviets only to board the doomed vessel Wilhelm Gustloff.Ms. Sepety's stories come from close to home - both her father and his cousin spent many years in refugee camps during the Soviet occupation of their native Lithuania.Here Ms. Sepetys poses for a picture with some member of the RDMS Library Club after her fascinating talk.
RDMS Library Club Hosts HOUR OF CODE!Library Club's 2nd Annual Hour of Code on December 15th was a smashing success with attendance up 100 percent from year one and a group of teachers joining in on this important tech event.The RDMS event was one of nearly 200,000 in 180 countries around the world. Approximately 75 RDMS students joined together to participate in the National Computer Science Education Week event. The activities were introduced by Library Club member 8th Grader Rebecca Z and our very own 7th Grader Mitchell B led the coding by having his work projected on the screen.Hour of Code is an international event intended to introduce youngsters to computer coding in fun and engaging activities. Here are some of our RDMS coders at work!
Teachers code, too!
#bookfaceYou've heard of Facebook, but have you heard of Bookface?Will you #bookface this year?We were inspired by this New York Times article to try our own RDMS Library #bookface.NEW YORK TIMES: Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #BookfaceCan you identify the RDMS bookfacers? Can you tell which ones are your teachers?
JACK ANDRAKA, TEENAGE SCIENCE PHENOM, SPENDS THE DAY AT RDMS!!!Celebrate YA Booksby Going to the Movies!Wow! There is a Young Adult book craze going on in Hollywood. Just look at all the movies already out or coming soon that started as teen books. You read it. Now you can watch it.What an exciting year for YA books-to-movies. Here's hoping the movies are as good as their books!