Shake It Off

As we enter exam week, it can be easy to allow the hectic pace to affect our own mood and well-being. When the end-of-year panic starts to set in, take a break from your work and stare into a swirl of soothing, peaceful glitter.

Scattered around the library are several of these calming jars, which, when shaken, become a whirling tornado of momentary zen. Watch just long enough for the glitter to settle back to the bottom, and you'll find that your heart rate has gone down, your...

April is National Poetry Month

Poetry is popping up all over the place, including this bulletin board in the Middle School:


Stop by the library to check out our numerous displays on poetry, where you can:

  • Check out a book of poems
  • Create your own poem from Dana Hall-specific "magnetic" poetry
  • Use old book pages to "find" a new poem
  • Share a favorite poem


Welcome, Ms. Fahey!

Last week, the Dana Hall community welcomed a new library assistant, Ms. Fahey. She comes to us with a varied background in education and law, and is eager to apply her years of experience to the task of helping Dana students with research. Stop in and say hello!

What is your favorite movie?

Growing up, my favorite movie was The Parent Trap, the original one, not the...

Get Organized for the New Year!

Happy New Year!

I suspect that many of you made resolutions for 2016, and the first step to accomplishing many of those goals is to get organized and make a plan. Here are a couple of tools to help you schedule, journal, list, remind, set goals, and succeed!

  • Wunderlist (iPhone/iPad app, website): Create lists, categorize tasks, and access them from anywhere.
  • Erin Condren LifePlanner: Keep track of your daily schedule, appointments, assignments, workouts, and...

Liz Kessler Comes to Dana Hall

The delightful and gracious Liz Kessler, author of the Emily Windsnap series as well as other popular titles (A Year Without Autumn, North of Nowhere) visited Dana Hall yesterday. As part of her book tour to promote the sixth book in the Emily Windsnap series, Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls, Kessler spoke to 6th grade students about writing, read the poetry she wrote at age 9, told stories of her dalmatian Poppy the Pirate Dog, and signed books for eager...