Wednesday, August 3, 2016


The new school year is approaching and one of the many assignments for Albert Hill students will be the reading of books from the Virginia Readers' Choice list. This is a list of  ten excellent books selected by the Virginia State Reading Association and cover a wide range of reading genres. In order to vote at the year-end culminating ceremony students must read at least 4 of the titles. They will be featured over the next few weeks on "Books in the Cloud". They are available at the public library and at the Hill school media center when school reopens. Enjoy!

Friday, May 27, 2016


Every parent wants their child to start off a new school year with an "edge" for success. Every teacher wants their students to continue their learning after school is over. Every student wants to have a fun and relaxing summer. If each student reads something fun and entertaining every day then everyone can be a winner! Toward that end, RPS is introducing "Slay the Slide"! The infamous Summer Learning Slide that is. At Slay the Slide  students will find reading suggestions and learning activities and will have an opportunity to take a weekly online reading challenge.  Parents will find information about the importance of summer reading and helpful links. The site is brand new and growing so check back often. Expect your child to bring home an announcement soon.

Monday, May 9, 2016

It's Getting To Be That Time

S.O.L. tests are starting and the year-end countdown has begun. Letters are being mailed from the library to the homes of students with severely overdue books. Please take the time to look for these books and send them in as quickly as possible. Our library books are not free and lost books must be replaced. As with all things, the price of a book purchased last year is higher this year. If indeed your child has lost a book, check or for a replacement copy "used in good condition". You will get a bargain price and the library will get back a badly needed book. If you have any questions about overdue books or anything else pertaining to the library, please call the school at 780-6107.

Monday, April 11, 2016


If you like Norse mythology, dragons and adventure then the series, "Thrones and Bones" is for you. Written  by Lou Anders the first two volumes: Frostborn and Nightborn are available at the library. "Destined to take over his family farm in Norrongard, Karn would rather play the board game, Thrones and Bones, until half-human, half frost giantess Thianna appears and they set out on an adventure, chased by a dragon, undead warriors, an evil uncle, and more."

Monday, March 7, 2016


The new idea that's "trending" in libraries these days is being a maker or having a maker space. Librarians who have been around for a while are very familiar with this idea, but it never had a fancy name. We've  always had "how to" programs for students and patrons where they could learn a new skill or refine an existing one. The big difference between what was offered in the past and what is emerging is the focus of the making. Rather than just include sewing, drawing or woodworking, topics now include Lego building, robotics, 3D printers and electronics. Recently some of the funds from the James Patterson grant were used to purchase new books for the library and they are housed in a special "maker section". Titles include: The Duct Tape Book, Digital Photography, The Kid's Guide to Building Cool Stuff, and The Lego Adventure Book along with new books on origami, drawing, video game design and Scratch.

Monday, February 8, 2016


Have you ever heard of  Barbara Rose Johns?  In 1951, 16 year old Barbara Johns organized a series of peaceful protests to secure a permanent building for her segregated high school in Farmville, Virginia. A tar paper school is one that is covered only with black tar paper, has no heat and a leaky roof. Her efforts to focus attention on unequal school facilities and instruction laid the ground work for Brown vs The Board of Education. She was a local girl and a young champion. READ -   The Girl From the Tar Paper School by Teri Kanefield.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Walter Dean Myers & Jacqueline Woodson

Although I firmly believe that all cultures should be celebrated every day of every month, February as Black History Month makes me pause and specifically consider my favorite African American authors and the fabulous books that they have created for each of us. Walter Dean Myers and Jacqueline Woodson must top my list. Both have contributed so much to literature for children and their work is always new and surprising.

Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014)

If you have never read Myers, then you should start with the Invasion series--novels set during WWII, Viet Nam and Iraq but don't stop there! Myers moved easily from historical fiction (Harlem Summer and The Journal of Scott Pendleton) to current and compelling topics (Monster and Slam).

If you read Woodson you will be swept away with a young girl  who must enter the witness protection program because she witnessed a murder (Hush) to her award winning autobiography about growing up in both the North and the South during the 1960's and her first attempts at writing (Brown Girl Dreaming).

Whichever one you choose, don't read them because it's February, read them because Woodson and Myers are talented and amazing artists.