Hey! Are you writing a novel? Or just hope to write one? Even just a short story? Come join the NaNoWriMo Club. (November is NAtional NOvelWRItingMOnth!)  First meeting is Monday, October 30 in the library at lunch. Even if you can’t make it (especially if you can’t make it!) you should fill out the survey so we can plan our month. Cheers!

Desk worker applications and Hurricane Katrina

So, you want to be a desk worker? We have a few spots open! Please fill out this form by Friday, September 1.

We hope your friends and family in Texas are safely weathering Hurricane Harvey. If you’re interested in learning more, here are three books about Hurricane Katrina that might quench your curiosity!

For fiction, in Ninth Ward, Lanesha and her grandmother struggle to survive as Katrina blasts one of the poorest sections of New Orleans. Or if you’d like to read a graphic novel account of the devastation, try Drowned City. Finally, we have lots of nonfiction books about the hurricane, especially Hurricane Katrina Strikes the Gulf Coast.

Welcome Back!

Hey Hawks! Welcome back to another great year in the library.  Come on up and tell us what your favorite book was this summer and get a free scented bookmark. 🙂  As always, the library is open:

  • Before school (8ish – 8:20)
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • After school for 15 minutes

At the beginning of the year we’re on limited check out to one per customer until all the classes come through for library orientations. Our OverDrive digital collection is open for returning students: new students will be added soon.

Here was one of Ms. P ‘ favorite books of the summer:

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If you thought the solar eclipse was impressive, it was nothing compared to the solar flare that knocks out America’s power grid. Suddenly nothing electronic works – not even on batteries, not even on generators. Charlie Cobb is lucky to live in the remote town of Harmony, New Hampshire, because his neighbors are used to roughing it. At first, they band together to help each other out. Until a well-armed, possibly unhinged but deadly cunning man from the outskirts of town tries to take over, and threatens their very survival. When Charlie’s mom falls ill, he undertakes a dangerous solo journey to the nearest city to get her the medicine she needs. Getting the medicine is only half the struggle – getting back alive will take strength, cunning and plain luck!



NEW on OverDrive!

HUGE thanks to the Hillview PTO! Between the Book Fair profits and a last-minute The_Land_of_Storiesdonation, we were able to add 79 eBooks and 71 audiobooks to our OverDrive digital library this week! Some highlights:

  • The Teen Collection grew by 7 audiobooks (including Half Bad and Warrior’s Heart) and 18 eBooks (including The Hate U Give and Empress of a Thousand Skies).
  • All Harry Potter audiobooks now available!
  • 8 new nonfiction eBooks including Superman vs. The Ku Klux Klan and I Am Malala.
  • Student requests like The Inheritance Cycle, The Land of Stories and Erin Hunter’s Warriors.
  • Family friendly audiobooks like The Graveyard Book, Evil Wizard Smallbone, and Ms. Bixby’s Last Day


Thanks to everyone for your generosity in supporting the Hillview library. Now grab your device (kindle? tablet? laptop or MP3 player?) and discover some amazing new books!  (Contact Ms. Piombo and Mrs. Mathenia for your ID # or help downloading.)

Happy summer reading … AND listening!

The Hillview library building may be closing for the summer, but our digital collection is getting a refresh thanks to the wild success of our annual Books Inc book fair and the generosity of the PTO, which is letting us use the profits for our collection!

Most of the books from our summer reading lists are available on OverDrive. (You’ll find the lists under the “Reading” tab above.) Other books by the authors on the list will count as well. Outgoing 8th graders keep their OverDrive accounts through the beginning of the school year (we only kick them out when we add the new sixth graders!)

One tricky thing is that your OverDrive ID is NOT the number on your ID card. (I know, that would make too much sense! We’re working on it for next year!) Contact Ms. Piombo AND Mrs. Mathenia if you need yours and one of us will get back to you. You’ll find more info on how to access OverDrive under the “Reading” tab above.

Back in November I posted about family audiobooks – they are great for those long summer car trips or even just long summer afternoons at home. Watch this space to hear more about our new audiobooks!

And we’d love to get your feedback on what digital content to add next!

OverDrive Survey

Thanks to the success of the book fair and the generosity of the PTO, we have some funds that we can now use to add more great content to our OverDrive digital collection! (That means, more eBooks and Audiobooks!) Students, please take this survey so we can add stuff that you actually want to read or listen to. 🙂

Know that not everything is available on OD. Some books and audiobooks are also very expensive, BUT if a bunch of students request a specific book, we’ll do our best to get it here!


What’s going on?

We had a TIE in The Battle of the Books! It’s now down to The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Midnight Star.  Cast your vote by Monday May 8.

Summer Reading Book Fair – We’re hiring for our Student Crew! The Fair runs May 22 – May 25. Applications are due Monday, May 8. Great opportunity for 6th graders!

8th graders interested in speaking at graduation: Be sure to sign up for the google classroom. Keep up with the checklist and explore the site for tips on how to write an excellent speech. See Ms. Piombo or your ELA teacher for help!

Awesome authors this week at Keplers! Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham will be there this Tuesday, and Scott Westerfeld this Wednesday!

Don’t miss the Powerhouse Panel this Thursday at Books Inc. in Burlingame, featuring Margaret Stohl, Ally Condie, Soman Chainani, and Brendan Reichs

Battle of the Books – Finalists and Undead Round!

In a week, we’ll start voting on the final round of the Battle of the Books! So far, The Girl Who Drank the Moon will be competing against The Candymakers.  But if you were upset that your favorite book didn’t make it, you still have ONE more chance! Vote here for the chance to resurrect a book from the dead and bring it to the final round. You get two votes – you can spread them around or vote twice for the same book. Undead winners will be announced next Monday!