Beach Reads


Looking for something to read this summer? Here's what your librarians recommend! Find them on Overdrive here.

Ms. Donohue

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Ms. Herring

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

Ms. Davidov

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Ms. Desimone


New Displays in the Library


IF NOT, then come right over. The library finds interesting books that share a theme and display them for you to see. The displays are always located in the window by the library doors and in the hallway. The themes for the current displays are African Countries: Location and Culture, The Caribbeans, and Book Recommendations from your favorite celebrities....

Missing Maps!

A group of students got together to talk about Missing Maps, a humanitarian organization that uses satellite images to allow volunteers to put the worlds most vulnerable populations on the map. We had a chance to talk with Jean, a member of the Doctors Without Boarders team who was able to tell us first hand what the work we do mapping does in the long run. Great day to be a dragon!

Into Thin Air (By: Jon Krakauer, Review By: Kate)

Have you ever been so cold you thought your hands might fall off? That feeling when you are 20 feet from your house, but the distance feels like miles? Horrible as that experience was, I'm willing to bet that it was not as bad as climbing Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on Earth, in the spring of 1996 (or ever, for that matter). Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer, tells the story of a...

What kind of activities does Dana Hall library have?

1. Middle School Crafts Club

Middle School Students have a crafts club every Wednesday.

Girls who are interested in decorations, colorings, and making crafts have joined this club.

2. Knitting Circle

Dana Hall library has a Knitting Circle every Thursday.

Even though you don't know how to knit, come and join! Everybody of any level is welcome. The knitting supplies are available, if you don't have any. You will be able to...

“New Year, More Social Justice” Display

This is my first time creating a display for the Dana Hall, Helen Temple Cooke Library, and I am extremely proud of the outcome. I tried my best to include a wide variety of books for all age groups and themes in hopes that this display will be as diverse as possible. While creating this display, I knew that I wanted an overarching theme of social justice because I believe that the world needs more...

Cultural Journey – A New Display


I named my first display “Cultural Journeys”.  It was meant to showcase the many books that I have read that bring worlds together through the bond of human emotion.   One of the very first books I remember loving was Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  Of course, I do not remember much of it now, but I do remember being entranced with its wit and prose and the storyline of love that waits a lifetime.   Junot Diaz writes with a similar style...

Middle School Monday: Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Welcome to 2018, the year I work my way through our collection of middle grade books (books written for 5th-7th grade). I'm starting at the beginning of the author alphabet with Applegate, author of one of my favorite middle grade books, the Newbery Award winning The One and Only Ivan. While Crenshaw doesn't feature any gorillas, it does have a giant, invisible cat.

When Jackson was in first grade, he had an imaginary friend: a big black and white cat he named...