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    Pierce School Library

    The heart of our school
    Pierce School Library
    The Pierce School library serves almost 900 students in grades K-8.  Our library is an open space in the middle of our third through fifth grade classrooms.  We currently have one full-time certified librarian and one part-time library assistant.
  • 2021 Mock Newbery Program

    Posted by Amanda Kretschmar on 1/6/2021

    Here are the 12 titles nominated for the 2021 Pierce Mock Newbery Program.  Our 6th grade students have been busy reading and discussing these titles thanks to the multiple copies purchased by the Pierce PTO!!!

    Becoming Muhammad Ali Black Brother, Black Brother Prairie Lotus King and the Dragonflies

    Leaving Lymon Zoe Washington Echo Mountain Show Me a Sign

    The List of Things that Will Not Change The One and Only Ivan Mulan: Before the Sword when stars are scattered

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  • 2021 Massachusetts Children's Book Award

    Posted by Amanda Kretschmar on 1/6/2021

    Check out the titles for the 2021 MCBA Program!  Thanks to the Pierce PTO we have enough copies of the books for all 4th and 5th grade students to participate.  We will find out which book students vote for in March.

    The Book of Boy The Boy the Bird and the Coffin Maker Dragons in a Bag The End of the Wild The Nebula Secret

    Finding Langston Front Desk Guts I Survived: The Great Molasses Flood The Journey of Little Charlie

    Lifeboat 12 The Night Diary Pie in the Sky Sal & Gabi Break the Universe She Dared: Bethany Hamilton

    The Sky at Our Feet Song for a Whale Stargazing Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

    Unbound The Unsung Hero of Birdsong USA You Don't Know Everything Jilly P! Abigail Adams Pirate of the Caribbean Checked


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  • Award winning author & illustrator Jason Chin visits Pierce K-5!

    Posted by Amanda Kretschmar on 12/9/2019

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    Thank you Pierce PTO for sponsoring this amazing author visit!




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  • 2020 Massachusetts Children's Book Award (MCBA) Program

    Posted by Amanda Kretschmar on 12/6/2019

    Students in grades 4 & 5 are encouraged to read or listen to as many of the 2020 MCBA nominated titles before voting day in March.

    new kid book cover lucky broken girl book cover jubilee book cover maxi's secrets book cover lucky enough book cover

    payback on poplar lane book cover restart book cover girl who drank the moon book cover epic fail of Arturo Zamora book cover scar island book cover

    care and feeding of a black hole book cover homework strike book cover miscalculations of lightning girl book cover great treehouse war book cover vanderbeekers book cover

    poet's dog book cover house arrest book cover hamster princess book cover crossover book cover book uncle and me

    beyond the bright sea book cover Betty before x book cover ancient Egypt book cover Hamilton book cover ban this book book cover


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  • 2020 Mock Caldecott Award Program

    Posted by Amanda Kretschmar on 12/2/2019


    Students in grades K-3 are invited to participate in the Pierce 2020 Mock Caldecott Award Program by reading as many of the "Contenders" as possible and voting for their favorite at the end of January.  During library class we have been discussing how the Caldecott Committee discusses and analyzes the artwork in books.  Do the illustrations help show plot, character, setting, and style of the story? 

    Please take a look at our attached list of 2020 Caldecott Contenders.  Happy Reading!

    2020 Caldecott Contenders

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  • 3rd Grade Library Scavenger Hunt

    Posted by Amanda Kretschmar on 11/25/2019

    Over the past two months, third grade students, have been learning about how the Pierce School Library is organized.  Although we still use the good old Dewey Decimal System, students now can access the card catalog via computer.  As a culmination of our Dewey Unit, students got to put their skills to practice with a library scavenger hunt.

    picture of hunt

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  • Steve Sheinkin Author Visit!!!

    Posted by Amanda Kretschmar on 11/25/2019

    Thanks to the Pierce PTO, award winning author, Steve Sheinkin, spoke to grades 5-8 earlier this month.  His presentation on the research and writing process of his books was incredibly inspiring and he encouraged all of us to read, write, and tell the untold stories of history.

    picture of Steve Sheinkin picture of books picture of book

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  • First Grade Mapping

    Posted by Amanda Kretschmar on 11/22/2019

    First grade students created their own maps of our library as part of their mapping unit.  Students could choose to focus on the whole library or a specific shelf.  These students focused on one particular shelf and made sure to write the call numbers, or "book addresses" for the books found there.

    picture of students mapping picture of student map

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  • How many books did the Pierce School read this summer?

    Posted by Amanda Kretschmar on 10/29/2019

    Summer Reading Graph

    So far, the Pierce faculty and grades kindergarten through second grades have read a total of 4,683 books.  Will we hit our goal of 10,000 books read this summer?  Stay tuned to find out!

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  • The Pierce Library has a new look!!!

    Posted by Amanda Kretschmar on 10/29/2019

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    The Pierce School Library opened at the end of September with a brand new look!  Our new shelving funded by BPS and the Pierce PTO looks beautiful and has made finding books even easier.  As of today, we have circulated over 4,500 books and we are just getting started!




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