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Monday, September 12, 2016


The Virginia Readers' Choice list of books is created by the Virginia State Reading Association each year for grade levels from K-12. The titles are all excellent and focus on authors and subjects that are both interesting and current. No book is more than three years old and often Virginia authors are featured. Although all students are encouraged to read the VRC, sixth graders are required to read four by April. Any student who reads a minimum of four will be invited to a culminating activity in April on "voting day" with lunch and dessert. The library owns all of these tiles but they are also available at local libraries and book stores.

Back In The Swing

We are back in gear in the library. Sixth grade orientations began last week and will continue for the next 3 weeks. Mr. Prest's seventh grade classes will visit later this week along with Ms. Otto's students. The remainder of 7th grade and 8th graders will begin their regular routine next week. I am looking forward to an exciting and eventful year. Please contact the school if you have any questions or suggestions. Here's to a great 2016-2017!

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.