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[16 Apr 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 801 views]

Thanks to all who participated, St. Margaret’s donated almost 5,000 books recently, as noted in “Caring Kids Communities.” The book drive was part of Celebrating Community, the school-wide community service celebration of St. Margaret’s 30th year. The article provides information about where the books went, and how to donate books if you did not have the opportunity during the book drive. The article was in the April/May 2010 issue of “Caring Kids Communities,” a community newspaper with news and feature stories highlighting “kids and communities working together for our future.” …

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Events »

[16 Apr 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 653 views]

Open to all St. Margaret’s community adults and friends, the Library’s Literature Discussion Series continues on April 22 with “Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely. Not only do we make astonishingly simple mistakes every day, as Ariely discovers, we make the same types of mistakes. We consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. We fail to understand the profound effects of our emotions on what we want, and we overvalue what we already own. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They’re systematic and predictable—making us predictably irrational.
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From the Classroom »

[31 Mar 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 1,300 views]
The Library and Grade 5 "Revolutionize" a Podcast

Prior to writing a final draft, students debated the dividing issues between the Red Coats and the Colonists, and then recorded the factors that might have contributed to this terrible riot.

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Features »

[25 Mar 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 2,217 views]
St. Margaret's BOB Team Wins First Place in Orange County Competition

St. Margaret’s victorious Battle of the Books (BOB) teams won first-place and fourth-place victories at the second annual Orange County Battle of the Books competition Tuesday. Our teams competed against 16 other teams from nine Orange County schools, in a Jeopardy-style competition hosted by St. John’s Lutheran School in Orange. Arriving home after their big win, the team members from grades 4, 5, and 6 were greeted by St. Margaret’s Librarians and students waiting at the front of the school, furiously waving pompoms at their approaching bus.
For the second year …

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From the Classroom »

[12 Mar 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 863 views]
Read Across America: Books Bring Us Together

On Wednesday, St. Margaret’s students united with millions of other American students to Stop, Drop and Read.

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Events »

[11 Mar 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 2,110 views]

As part of the Celebrating Community service effort, the St. Margaret’s Library will be hosting a used book drive during the week of March 8. The books collected will be consigned to reseller Better World Books,  and proceeds will go toward a literacy-based nonprofit charitable organization, Invisible Children. We will be collecting books the entire week. We are looking for all kinds of books, including text books that are less than five years old, and CDs and DVDs with original artwork and casing. We will not …

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Events »

[26 Feb 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 757 views]

In March, the Library will offer many opportunities for reading, community service, and supporting St. Margaret’s Battle of the Books teams. As you peruse the many activities below and save the dates, take time to reflect on just how blessed we are to live in a place where we have the access and ability to enjoy the written word. Many people around the world do not have that privilege. As former president Bill Clinton said, “Literacy is not a luxury; it is a right and a responsibility. If our world …

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From the Classroom »

[11 Feb 2010 | admin | 2 Comments | 1,314 views]
"Middle School Crossing the Delaware" – Learning Through Art

Using a poster of the famous painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” by Emanuel Leutze (1816–1868), to spur discovery, students were asked to reflect on Leutze’s portrayal of this historical moment in time.

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Events »

[8 Jan 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 820 views]

Join the St. Margaret’s Library Literature Discussion Series on Wednesday, February 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m., to share your ideas about the book Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers.
The discussion of Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers, by Alissa Quart, will be facilitated by Chico Jones. Quart posits that corporate marketing targeting today’s young Americans may reinforce their social anxiety and present them with the message that “the only way to participate in the world is to turn oneself into a corporate product.”
Read about the entire 2009–2010 Literature Discussion Series.

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Announcements »

[9 Dec 2009 | admin | Comments Off | 906 views]

Save your used books now—in early March the St. Margaret’s Library will be hosting a used book drive. The books collected will be consigned to reseller Better World Books, and proceeds will go toward a literacy-based nonprofit charitable organization.
Any books in good condition will be accepted. Because of storage limitations, we cannot begin collecting books until March, but it is not too early to start setting aside books (and boxes, because we’ll need those too). More details will be coming soon. For more information, or if you would like to …

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