Category Archives: Middle School

The Book Fair Returns!

Students, Parents, Teachers!

During the week of April 11 through April 15, we invite you to the Library & Learning Commons for our Annual Book Fair. The Book Fair will open on the afternoon of April 11, and we will run from 7:30 to 8:00am each morning thereafter and from 3:00 to 4:30 on each afternoon of that week. We will also extend the book fair hours to 5:30pm on Wednesday, April 15 in celebration of Annie Writer’s Tea.

This year’s Book Fair also coincides with a visit from New York Times best-selling author Stuart Gibbs, who will speak to our 4th and 5th graders about the adventurous and imaginative life of a writer. 4th and 5th graders will have the opportunity to have their copies of Stuart’s books signed by the author himself. Click here to learn more about this opportunity.

As in years past, we are excited that Seattle-based independent bookstore Secret Garden Books will be organizing our book fair. They’ll stock the fair with classic, eclectic and contemporary selections for any reading level and interest in our community. We particularly appreciate Secret Garden’s commitment to high quality books that resist commercial messaging.

Students are welcome to shop during their morning recess with a teacher’s permission or before and after school with a supervising adult. You can pay for your purchases with cash, a credit card, or a check payable to ‘Secret Garden Bookshop.’ Unfortunately, we cannot charge purchases to your Annie Wright Schools bookstore account at this time.

Our book fair provides a wonderful opportunity to excite readers young and old with wonderful selections, and proceeds of the fair contribute to maintaining our library’s expansive collection. If you have any questions, please contact Joe Romano or Carla Clark regarding the book fair.

And! Our book fair runs the smoothest with the generous help of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for our book fair for an afternoon (or for the week!), do let us know, and we’d be happy to have your help hawking books.

Happy Reading. And we’ll see you at the fair!

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Michael Buckley is visiting Annie Wright!

The Library & Learning Commons is excited to announce the appearance of New York Times best-selling author, Michael Buckley on Wednesday, May 6 at 2:05pm in The Great Hall.

With experience writing for television and over 15 published titles to his name, Buckley is best known for The Sisters Grimm, a series of nine novels that showcase two sisters unearthing mysteries, encountering nemeses, and evading danger as they encounter many famed fairytale characters wandering around Everafter, a fictitious town set in New York State.

While visiting Annie Wright Schools, Michael Buckley will visit with our Middle and Upper School students to talk about the life of a writer and answer student questions.

He will also promote his May release of Undertow, the first book in a blockbuster trilogy about Lyric Walker, a high school girl who finds herself in the heart of a military zone, as Coney Island erupts in violent conflict over the appearance of The Alpha, a band of sea monsters who have taken residence upon its shores.

For a preview of Undertow, check out the following book trailer to see why Undertow will be one of the best beach reads of the summer:

A special thanks to Secret Garden Books for helping to arrange Michael’s visit. They’ll be on hand to sell copies several of Michael’s books, and the author will be available for book signings after the talk. Secret Garden Books will accept either cash or check. Here are the titles and costs that will be available for purchase:

Undertow | recommended for ages 12 and up) | hardcover | $20.81

Sisters Grimm #1 The Fairy Tale Detectives | recommended for ages 9-12 | paperback | $8.71

Sisters Grimm #2 The Unusual Suspects | recommended for ages 9-12 | paperback | $8.71

NERDS, Book 1: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society | recommended for ages 8-12 | paperback | $8.71

NERDS, Book 2: M is for Mama’s Boy | recommended for ages 8-12 | paperback | $8.71

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Announcing: OverDrive Digital Lending Services

Click here to get started by downloading the the OverDrive Media Console

We here in the Library & Learning Commons are thrilled to announce our new partnership with OverDrive, the leading ebook and audiobook lending service for libraries. While we maintain (and defend!) our love for reading works in print, we also hope our library will become ubiquitous: students, parents, faculty and staff should be able access our collection whenever they’d like and wherever they are.

If you’re interested in browsing our digital collection, you can click here to search our offerings. Your username and your password are the same: your student or employee ID number. Parents: please click here to e-mail the library team if you’d like access to the collection, as well, and we’ll set you up with an account straightaway.

Over the next few months, we will continue to grow our collection, but here are some highlights. Click the images for direct access to these titles.

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson.

Flora & Ulyssess, by Kate DiCamillo

If you’re new to borrowing ebooks and audiobooks through OverDrive, you’re always more than welcome to stop by the library, and we’ll walk you through the steps. In the coming weeks, we’ll also post several short tutorials on this site to help you access and download titles on your e-readers and mobile devices.