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Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
-William Wordsworth
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-Ernest Hemingway
I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
-Jorge Luis Borges

Librarian's Corner

Ms. Nadia Hommerding


Once you learn the joy of reading a whole world of discovery opens up and you will never look back.



Create a Bookmark Contest

Thank you to all of our students for the many excellent entries. 


Quick Guide to Internet Research

Evaluating Internet Sources

Since it can be difficult to verify the credibility of internet sources, you must critically analyze each web source. Some things to keep in mind when evaluating source include:

  • Author's credentials, affiliations, and associations
  • Date of publication
  • Edition or revision
  • Publisher
  • Sources used
  • Group or industry affiliations of website

Search Engines

There are many search engines available to utilize for your research. The most popular search engines in the U.S. are (in alphabetical order):

You may also find the following websites helpful in addition to search engines.

  • Dogpile - Search engine aggregator for Bing, Google, and Yahoo!
  • Internet Archive - A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
  • WolframAlpha - Computational Intelligence

Boolean Search Terms

For information on how to use Boolean search terms in a search engine, please watch this video: Boolean Searching.

Citing Sources

  • EasyBib - Automatically generate a citation

 The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), is a division of the American Library Association (ALA). YALSA is a national association of librarians, library workers, and advocates whose mission is to expand the capacity of libraries to better serve teens. YALSA administers several awards and sponsors an annual Young Adult Literature Symposium.


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Miami Book Happenings

Here are some links to Miami book events and fairs.

Miami Book Fair
Books and Books
Barnes & Noble
Dunbar Old Books


Book Review


by Owen Robertson, grade 7


Wings of the Lost Heir, by Tui T. Sutherland

'I would definitely recommend the book Wings of the Lost Heir (or any Wings of Fire series book) to readers who typically like fantasy books. The Wings of Fire series is amazing, and after reading it, many people would agree. the story is always gripping and interesting and very original. There is always an interesting main character that changes with each book. I think many readers who like reading fantasy novels would enjoy this series.''

I give it a 5 bulldog review.

by sofia bordas, grade 6


The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, by Julie Berry

I recommend “The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place” by Julie Berry to anyone who wants to unravel a confusing mystery. The book starts with an unexpected surprise at breakfast. It takes you on a journey from a regular school day at St. Etheldreda’s School for Young Ladies, to a year of keeping secrets, making mischief, and facing the truth about their dear headmistress. You will never be able to keep up with all the excitement, twists, and turns. This is a magnificent mystery that I greatly recommend.

I give it a 5 bulldog review.

By Grace williams, grade 6


The Forgetting Spell, by Lauren Myracle

This book is based on an amazing story of a girl and her family going through one big family mystery. If you read this book, you won't be able to put it down. It has topics of sisterhood, fun, mystery, friends, and always MAGIC! It is a truly wonderful story. I guarantee that you will love it as much as I do. I strongly suggest you join Darya on her adventure with family and friends. 

I give it a 5 bulldog review.

 By Kiara Bango, Grade 7

More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, by Alvin Schwartz

To anyone who likes horror stories, I would recommend "More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" by Alvin Schwartz. This book is very clever and well written, with stories that will send a chill down your spine. The book is well thought out. When I read the first story, I was immediately hooked. It also describes the events that happen in great detail, which is perfect for picturing it in your head. I really enjoyed reading this book.

I give it a 5 bulldog review.

by Ashlee seigel, grade 7


The Land of Stories, by Chris Colfer

This story is about twins Alex and Conner receiving an old book for their birthday. A couple of days later, they get sucked into the book. Alex and Conner are trapped in a world of fairytale creatures; creatures they grew up reading about. They encounter witches, wolves, and trolls that try to kill them. Will they make it out alive or not?

Appropriate for all ages, this book is packed with fantasy and adventure. Readers will be hanging on the edge of their seats, eager to join the journey with Alex and Conner.

I give it a 4 bulldog review.

By sabina Khizroev, grade 7

A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking

I would recommend “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking to anyone who wants to learn about math and science and how they influence the real world. The book starts with a history of mathematicians, from the ancient Greeks to Einstein. It covers hard concepts such as the theory of relativity and the unified theory, yet manages to explain them wonderfully. The story is also illustrated, so if you are a visual thinker, you can still grasp the concepts in this book. It is a beautiful composition that explains the laws of the world around us in a way that is enriching and interesting. I enjoyed reading this book very much.

I give it a 5 bulldog review.