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Three important events are coming up this September in the library and I want you to be a part!

1. Project LIT Book Club begins Monday, September 30th in the library classroom from 4-5pm. Project LIT is an organization centered around diverse, high interest, current stories that lift up under-represented realities in our neighborhoods and schools. It is a nationwide success started by MNPS’ own Jarred Armato, an English teacher at Maplewood High School. For more information about its origins go here: Project LIT. Our chapter is led by teachers Natalie Elliott, Kaela Sweeney, Anna Bernstein, Cassie Norton, and myself. Sign up today to be a part of this transformative community on the J.T. Moore Library Website: JTMProjectLIT. Copies of our first book New Kid by Jerry Craft will be available in the library for all participants by September 16th.

2. The new MNPS Fall Reading challenge begins September 9-October 15. Beanstack is an app that can be accessed through Clever. Ask your student about it and they will show you how it works. The goal is 900 minutes! I know J.T. Moore can rock this challenge. We clocked 110,000 minutes in our Spring #ReadMoore challenge last year. Fall into reading with the whole MNPS community!

3. Finally, a library orientation & digital literacy lesson for parents, caregivers, and friends of the J.T. Moore Library is being offered Tuesday, September 17th from 9am-10am in the library classroom. Please join our new LTDS & IB coordinator Colin Hunt and myself to learn about what school resources are available to you and your students online AND to see if you can pass our fake news test. This is our first in a series of 4 morning conversations about information literacy at home. We are thinking hard about finding good information online and developing the skills we need to maintain an informed citizenry. Please join us for conversation and a little community development.

I have had the privilege of seeing every student in the school already and they remind me every day how hungry they are for something interesting, nourishing, and genuinely engaging! It is such a joy trying to bring them mysteries worthy of their wonder alongside our amazing teachers but we can’t do it alone. Please keep reading along with and to your students! Show them that literacy is a party to which we are all invited! We become what we normalize, may we normalize books in hands, open minds, and civil discourse for the win!

As always, grateful to be a part,
Ms. Dark

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