Make a Book Recommendation for Sora

June 2, 2020 | News

Log into Sora to get recommended reading lists by grade level!  (The librarians are working on them now and they should be up soon)

If you would like to suggest a book, click here to fill out the recommendation form!

Happy Reading!

Beanstack Reading Challenge

May 16, 2020 | News, PublicLibrary

The Concord Free Public Library invites the whole community to join
our online reading program and engage with each other about what you’re reading! You can track your reading progress, earn reading incentives, and connect with your
community. We also have activities to help people stay on track with their reading goals.
There are three programs: Concord Read for Adults, Concord Read for Teens, and
Concord Read for Kids–all of which have specific prize badges and activities geared
towards their general interests. You can also share your reading progress on social
media with the hashtag #ConcordReads”
Register at:

Also check out the other summer activities happening at the public library!

Read to Luna the Dog on Zoom
Friday May 15,11:30 am- 12:30 pm
The Concord Free Public Library invites children to Read to Luna the Dog every Friday
in May between 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Did you know that reading to dogs boosts
reading skills & emotional & social skills for children? Join us for a “Read around the
Zoom” group reading experience. Using Zoom meeting platform, we’ll all take turns
reading aloud to Luna and to each other. Bring some of your favorite poems or short
stories. This event is for children ages 5+. This event is for children ages 5+.
Email Royce McGrath at to register.

March 2020

March 8, 2020 | News

This month in library classes…

Kindergarten students are listening to trickster tales from around the world.

Grade 1 students are comparing different versions of fairy tales and learning about fairy tale elements.

Grade 2 students are finishing up their unit on nonfiction book features.

Grade 3 students will also be reviewing nonfiction features to get ready for a research project in the library.

Grade 4 students are also getting ready for research.  Their lessons will focus on finding and vetting online sources.

Grade 5 students are working on their library president projects.  Each year, the fifth grade students work in team to nominate and campaign for a fictional book character of their choice.  They will be creating green screen videos which will be shown to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders during library classes, who will then be able to vote for one character.

February 2020

February 4, 2020 | News

This month in library classes…

Kindergarteners are learning about the difference between fiction and nonfiction books and listening to examples of both.

Grade 1 students are finishing up their book parts unit and will be moving on to fairy tales after February break.

Grade 2 students are beginning their book parts unit which builds on vocabulary practiced in first grade and then adds in more nonfiction text features.

Grade 3 students are finishing up their unit on call numbers and using the library catalog.  One goal in grade 3 is for students to become more independent library users.  At the end of the unit, students should be able to search for a book in the catalog and locate it on the shelves.

Grade 4 students are working on their Media Literacy unit.  We began with learning about how and why images may be altered and the students learned how to make their own altered images.  Next they will be learning about advertising and persuasion techniques used in the media.

Grade 5 students are finishing up their Media Literacy unit.  The last part of the unit focuses on evaluating news and other sources online.


January 2020

January 14, 2020 | News

Happy New Year! According to the Chinese zodiac, 2020 is the year of the rat.

This month in library classes…

Kindergarten students are reading stories about yoga and practicing some simple yoga poses through videos and songs.

First grade students are continuing to learn about parts of a book.  They are using the app Seesaw to annotate pictures and make videos to show their learning.

Second grade students are learning about different reference sources, both in print and online.  They had a very successful assembly last week where they shared their research of how fall and winter holidays around the world are both similar and different.

Third grade students are learning how to find books in the library.  They have already practiced finding fiction books by call number.  Next they will be learning about how to find books in the catalog.

Fourth grade students are learning about media choices and how to have a balance between media activities and non-media activities.

Fifth grade students are continuing a unit on Media Literacy.  In fifth grade, students learn about how the media can persuade, inform, and entertain.  They learn about common stereotypes in the media and how to make healthy media choices.

December 2019

December 8, 2019 | News

This month in library classes…

Kindergarten students are listening to winter stories.  They are also reviewing all the nursery rhymes they have been practicing through the fall.

Grade 1 students are learning about parts of a book and using the app Seesaw to show their learning.

Grade 2 students are researching fall and winter holiday from around the world and preparing to share what they’ve learned with the school.

Grade 3 students are learning more about library organization and practicing alphabetical order.

Grade 4 students are completing their unit on Digital Citizenship.

Grade 5 students are learning about stereotypes in the media as part of their Media Literacy unit.


November 2019

November 7, 2019 | News

This month in library classes…

Kindergarten students are listening to books that encourage gratitude and learning a song about being thankful.

Grade 1 students are beginning a unit fiction and nonfiction book parts.

Grade 2 students are learning how to use various reference sources and will be doing a short research project on selected holidays around the world using the online database PebbleGo.

Grade 3 students are completing their Digital Citizenship unit and will be starting a unit on how to find books in the library, both physically by learning how the library is organized and by learning how to use our online catalog.

Grade 4 and 5 students are also completing lengthier units of Digital Citizenship.  Each year these units build on prior knowledge and then expand to more complex skills.

October 2019

October 16, 2019 | News

This month in library classes…

Kindergarten students are learning about farms.  They are listening to farm stories, participating in farm-themed songs, and practicing nursery rhymes.

First graders are learning about library organization.  After spending several weeks practicing alphabetical order in the picturebook section, they will now begin learning about call numbers and how they help us find books in the library.

Second graders spent a few weeks reviewing call numbers and alphabetical order.  They will now begin a unit on using reference sources, both print and online.

Students in third, fourth, and fifth grades began the year reviewing call numbers and library organization.  All groups are now working on Digital Citizenship units.  Digital Citizenship focusses on appropriate, responsible, and effective use of technology.  All students were introduced to the CPS K-5 Acceptable Use Policy.  They are also learning about personal and private information, online manners, and cyberbullies.

August / September 2019

August 25, 2019 | News

Welcome to a New Year at Willard!

This year we welcome a new library assistant.  Motoko Mitarai will be dividing her time between the three elementary each week.  She will be with us at Willard on Fridays.

I will also be looking for volunteers is several roles.  For more information, check out my home page.

Excellent news!  The IT department has the circulation system ready to go! Library books will be able to go home on the first day of school.  Students in grades K – 2 are each allowed 1 book while students in grades 3 – 5 may check out two at a time. Library books are always due back during the student’s library class and can be renewed if a student needs more time. Popular books may only be renewed once.

If students forget their books, they may trade them in on a different day first thing in the morning.  If students finish their books before their due date, they may also exchange first thing in the morning.

This month in Library Classes:

Students will be acclimating to a new school year. Students in kindergarten will be learning about book care and library procedures. Students in grades 1-5 will begin the year by reviewing library procedures and organizations.

Fifth graders will be starting the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award project presented by Salem State College. This in an annual 5th grade project.  Each student is required to read 5 books from the list by the end of February break. For each book that they read, they will write a short response and post it to the assignment in Google Classroom. Each student who reads all 25 books from the list will be invited to a special breakfast party in the library. All necessary information, including the reading log, is posted in Google Classroom.

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