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[7 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 4,291 views]
SMES Celebrates Read Across America Month

By Darla Magana, Director of Library and Media Center
March may bring to mind leprechauns and basketball for some, but for schools and libraries around America, March is all about READING! This national celebration of reading, Read Across America month, serves to highlight the joys and benefits of reading.
The St. Margaret’s Library will be hosting a variety of activities throughout March to ensure that our community of readers has ample opportunities to learn about good reads, come together as readers, and simply celebrate the joy that reading brings.
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[28 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 7,367 views]

Thursday, March 21, 10:15 a.m. Location: Library
Join Middle School English teacher Jeni Johnson to discuss Ray Bradbury’s classic title Fahrenheit 451 on Thursday, March 21 in the Library from 10:15-11:15 a.m. Fahrenheit 451 is considered one of the greatest science fiction stories ever written and is a staple of St. Margaret’s grade 8 English curriculum. All St. Margaret’s community members are invited to join in the conversation to explore this dystopian society through which Bradbury makes strong statements about censorship and the state.
 

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[20 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,766 views]
Table Hostesses Needed for 2013 Library Luncheon “La Dolce Vita”

Friday, May 3, 11 a.m. Location: Shady Canyon Country Club
Bon Giorno!
The St. Margaret’s Library Luncheon will be Friday, May 3, 2013, and the theme this year is “La Dolce Vita!” The event will be held at Shady Canyon Country Club with its olive trees and beautiful grounds that evoke the rolling hills of Tuscany.
La Dolce Vita, made famous by the iconic 1960 Fellini movie, is Italian for the “sweet life.” This is the inspiration for this year’s table décor. Who doesn’t love Italy with its rich history and fabulous food, …

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[1 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 1,524 views]
Literacy Day – Reading Makes Anything Possible

On Wednesday the entire Lower School spent the afternoon focusing on books and reading in St. Margaret’s first ever Literacy Day celebration. Centered on the theme “Reading Makes Anything Possible,” students rotated through five different activities with their buddies. Activities included playing book character bingo, listening to Middle School students read their favorite stories, reading with their buddies, decorating a Literacy Day quilt, and listening to an author presentation by David M. Schwartz.
Darla Magana, director of the library/media center, kicked off the day by elaborating on the theme, “When we …

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[17 Jan 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,415 views]
East of Eden Literary Discussion Prior to Performing Arts Center Screening

Tuesday, February 5, 5 p.m. Location: Library
Join Librarian Darla Magana and Saddleback College American Literature Professor Bill Stevenson for a discussion on John Steinbeck’s epic work East of Eden before you head over to the Hurlbut Theater in the Performing Arts Center to watch the movie on February 5.
The book discussion will start at 5 p.m. in the Library. Mr. Stevenson will share some of his knowledge on John Steinbeck and then we will open the discussion for all to participate. Whether you read the book recently or years ago …

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[18 Dec 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,996 views]
Best of the Year Book List

Looking for some good titles to give as gifts or better yet to read yourself? Look no further than the Library blog. Librarian Darla Magana has posted her favorite reads of 2012 and is asking the St. Margaret’s Episcopal School community to post theirs, as well. Join in the conversation and share your favorite reads of 2012!

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[29 Nov 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,336 views]

Make sure you check out our Overdrive digital collection at http://smes.lib.overdrive.com the next time you are looking for a good book to read or listen to. We have approximately 400 titles appropriate for Middle School up to adults. Simply click on the Digital Library link on the St. Margaret’s Library home page to start browsing the collection, or download the free Overdrive app, to get started on your idevice.
Want some help starting up on an idevice? Check out the short how to video or visit us in the Library.
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[19 Oct 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,305 views]
Got Pets? Send us Your Pet Photos

Every year in honor of our Library Founder and Animal Advocate Mrs. Aldine Sillers, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Library likes to celebrate and honor the animals in our lives.
Throughout the month of November, the Library will be displaying the St. Margaret’s community’s Pet Wall of Fame. Please send us a photo of the animal or animals in your lives.
Email photos to rdesa@smes.org or drop them off at the Library. Please remember to add the first and last name of your pets and the grades of your students.
 

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[12 Oct 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 8,037 views]
Winners of Candy Palace Writing Contest Publish Book – Student Authors Discuss their Process

By Darla Magaña, Director of the Library and Media Center
Red Rocker’s Hairy Day, written by St. Margaret’s students, Laurel Smith, Katherine Weaver and Alexandra Zalewski and illustrated by professional illustrator J.H. Everett, is the final product of a writing contest, sponsored by The Candy Palace program, a biennial writing contest for children who want to use their creativity to help other children (Click here for background information and to read, Candy Palace Writing Contest Success in the Middle School Will Help Feed Kids in Need). ). As the contest winners, …

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[11 Oct 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,374 views]
Literature Discussion Series: “Undaunted Courage” by Stephen Ambrose

Friday, November 16, 10:15 a.m. Location: Library
All are invited to join the second Library literary discussion of the year where Lower School Teaching Assistant and St. Margaret’s Coach Stephen Barbee will lead a discussion of Stephen Ambrose’s best-selling historic book Undaunted Courage.
Undaunted Courage is the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition from Thomas Jefferson’s hope of finding a waterway to the Pacific, through the heart-stopping moments of the actual trip, to Meriwether Lewis’ lonely demise on the Natchez Trace. It is a worth the time read that shows us …

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