Thank You, Jason Chin!

In library class, we have been reading books on the topic of gratitude, our TES character trait for November. Students agreed that we should all show our appreciation to Jason Chin for visiting our school in September.

Students in grades 3-6th wrote and drew thank you postcards which were then mailed to Vermont author/illustrator, Jason Chin.

December Book Discussion

Amber & Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz, illus. by Julia Iredale

Newbery Medal-winning author Laura Amy Schlitz (Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!) has created a literary feast in this intoxicatingly original tale that takes place in ancient Greece. Amber & Clay is part sweeping saga and part epic narrative, with liberal doses of ancient history, drama, mythology and philosophy included. Painstakingly researched, the 500-plus-page volume follows the odyssey of two 5th-century BCE children destined never to meet–in the living world.

November Book Discussion


November 5th/6th Book Discussion:

We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey

will take place in the TES Library on Thursday November 17th at 2 pm.

Imagine being forced to move to a new planet where YOU are the alien!

From the creator of the Tapper Twins, New York Times bestselling author Geoff Rodkey delivers a topical, sci-fi middle-grade novel that proves friendship and laughter can transcend even a galaxy of differences. -

Fall 2022

TES Library News: October

Photo Credit: Chris Lowe- Andover Rail Trail, Andover, NH

Fall is here and what a spectacular one it has been! Students have been reading and learning about trees and tree identification with Virginia Brimhall Snow’s book: Fall Walk

Students extended their learning journey by using various tree identification books available at our TES library. As a follow up to the book, students identified local trees on our school’s grounds using these two resources:

Peterson field guide series

Tree Finder by May Theilgaard Watts

Check out Author Virginia Brimhall Snow 5.5min reading of “Fall Walk.”

Students traced and drew some of their favorite leaves:

Honey Locus and Birch Leaves by Ruby C. 6th Grade


Author/Illustrator Visit Sept. 2022

Students in grades 3rd-6th are very excited for our author/illustrator visit with Jason Chin on Thursday, September 22nd. We are grateful to Latham Library, for generously co-sponsoring the event. Jason Chin’s presentation will focus on Jason’s work as an author and illustrator, his process, books, and life.

Students have been discussing the book, Watercress by Andrea Wang.  Jason Chin’s illustrations are gorgeous. Rarely is a single book the winner of both the Caldecott Medal and the recipient of a Newbery Honor. Further, Watercress was named the best picture book about Asian/Pacific culture. Read more about Jason Chin at The Authors Village website.


Summer Programming

Hi TES Families,

Summer is almost here, be sure to visit your local libraries and bookstores! To help keep you reading all summer long, check out the list of events below.

Have a great summer and I look forward to seeing everyone back at TES in August!

Mary Wunderlich

TES Library Media Specialist

SUMMER READING PROGRAM SIGN-UP AT LATHAM LIBRARY: Starting June 13, sign up for an “Oceans of Possibilities” reading log to keep track of books you read over the summer! Get a prize for signing up, and a certificate and gift upon completion of the program. Open to children of all ages. Interested in signing up and keeping track of books online? Try out Beanstack, the new online summer reading platform, by visiting this site:

Thetford Libraries Summer fun Library Events Schedule

Makey Makey

Turning Everyday Objects Like Bananas into Touchpads!

6th grade student, Lucca Huling, has been experimenting with the school’s Makey Makey kit. Lucca made a visit to the library to share his latest creation to 1st and 2nd grade students. Lucca has turned everyday items into touch pads. He has made a drum machine out of toast, a piano out of bananas, and a cardboard book. He also used the Makey Makey kit to operate one of the 2 cardboard arcade machines for a class PBL/Engineering event. The students in Ms. Oliver’s and Ms. Kate’s class really enjoyed Lucca’s presentation and were inspired by his enthusiasm for technology and his willingness to share his knowledge with other students.

More information about Makey Makey kits and how to purchase them can be found at the following link:

Free Books from “Grow Your Own Library” Grant

This year’s “Grow Your Own Library” was a big success! The goal of this project was to allow every student in the school to select one free book from a selection of diverse titles. We talked about the benefits of having diverse books of our own and how collecting, reading, and sharing books with friends and family is such a wonderful step in creating a life-long reading habit.

Each student presented the book they chose to their class. They proudly introduced their chosen book’s title, author, and the reason for their selection. It was wonderful to see their smiles. Each child then wrote a thank you letter that expressed their gratitude.

The Schneider Family Book Award

In library class, we learned about another children’s book award:

The Schneider Family Book Award. The award is given by the American Library Association and recognizes authors and illustrators and their excellence in the portrayal of the disability experience in literature for youth.

Students read All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything, written by Annette Bay. Schneider Family Book Honor 2021

An inspiring true story of Jennifer Keelan, the activist whose participation in the Capitol Crawl at just eight years old encouraged Congress to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act.



Pathfinders in our OPALS Library Catalog

Pathfinder links are a nice way to provide library patrons with access to a consolidated listing of books and resources.
Below is a Pathfinder link to the VREC grant won by 6th gr. student, Londyn O. The VREC Equity Literacy grant was awarded to Londyn in the Fall 2021. Because of this student’s initiative, 30 BIPOC titles below have been added to our TES library.
Here is the direct link:
Look for the VREC logo VREC.png
to find the books that are now on display on top of our library picture book shelves.
To find Pathfinders on your own….
Open our OPALS catalog, on the far left under “Search” pull down to “Pathfinders” Various collections of books have been created by our Library Federation librarians, so far you will see lists from both TES and TA.