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The Joyce Kilmer Library is an active learning commons that students use during library classes, before school, during lunch club, and as their teachers choose to schedule. It is home to thousands of classic and more recent fiction and nonfiction books and the source of many electronic resources.

Stem Lab News

The Joyce Kilmer Library is the home of our new Stem Lab. This lab will be open for upper grade students during lunch recess hours, for the school's STEM club after school, and for several classes as we turn this long time dream into a reality.

If you are interested in a career in the science, tech, engineering or math fields, check out that STEM club for your chance to experiment and learn using cutting edge tools.


CareerOneStop- Do you have questions about what kind of education and training you will need to get your dream job? CareerOneStop is what our students are using to research their interests and personality strengths to see what careers might be a good match. The one stop website contains salary ranges and prospects for the future. Our students have big dreams, and with this resource, we are teaching them how to achieve them.


New Jersey Eco Schools: Joyce Kilmer School has achieved all three awards from New Jersey Eco-Schools, The Bronze Award for our recycling and composting projects, and the Silver Award, for reducing water use in the school. This year we continued working to improve those efforts, and we added a two more pathways in our walk towards sustainability: reduction of energy use in the school, and watersheds because of our beautiful rain garden. 

We updated our library!

Do you remember the days when libraries used card catalogs? How did the librarians check out your books when you were in school? If you are a student, you are answering that "just like you do now." Well, when I started working at Joyce Kilmer, we had to sign library cards with the student's name of who borrowed the book. It was a lot of work, and wasn't easy to keep track of who had what.

In 2003 we digitized our collection. Now, searching for books became easier, check-out ran smoother, and no one needed to use the old card catalog. Users could search the collection in different ways, and our digital catalog was on all our school computers.

We moved our collection to the cloud back in 2014, which meant that anyone could bring up the library catalog website on any computer in the world! Students could create custom lists, write book reviews for others to read, and I could create blog posts and publish lists of books for any special need that arose.

This year, our latest update is a big one. Our library catalog is now hosted by Follett Destiny. This will bring electronic databases, ebooks, and more interesting resources to you, our users. Welcome to our library's future! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. 

Mrs. Wright


Summer Reading Tips:

This isn't the list of required summer reading. Check your homeroom teacher's website for that information. As librarian, I am all about you, the student, choosing the books that interest you. If you get to read what you want, you will be more likely to enjoy the experience. That's what we all want in the summer; to read and do things we want to do!

Here are some of my suggestions,

Countdown. By Deborah Wiles.  

A “documentary novel” set in the  1960’s Cold War era, this title captures a girl’s fears about the world around her.

A Faraway Island.  By Annika Thor. Trans by Linda Schenck. 
Two Jewish sisters from Vienna, Austria, are sent by their parents to Sweden to escape the Nazis. 
The Name of This Book is Secret by Heironymous Bosch.
First in a mystery/comedy series about a brother and sister and very popular at Parkview School this year. The narrator is funny, reminds me of Lemony Snicket from the Series of Unfornate Events.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. By Jacqueline Kelly. 
Eleven-year-old Calpurnia Virginia Tate and her curmudgeony old grandfather bond over their interest in the evolution of the species 
on a Texas plantation at the turn of the last century. 
Moon Over Manifest. By Clare Vanderpool.
Alternating between World War I and the Great Depression, this tale of the eclectic people and mysteries of Manifest, Kansas is told through a mix of letters, newspaper articles, and a fortune teller’s tales. 2010 Newbery Award. 
Mockingbird.  By Kathryn Erskine. Philomel. 
Ten-year-old Caitlin who struggles with Asperger’s Syndrome seeks closure following the murder of her brother.
The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
Three children and a saintly dog take on the "establishment" of medieval France in this roadtrip quest book to beat all others. It might be long and difficult


The Newbery Challenge

Newbery Challenge Update
The Newbery Medal has been awarded since 1922 to the children’s book judged the best book of the year by the American Library Association. The subjects and styles of these books range far and wide, so there are books for every type of reader.

Uh oh. I was only able to read one Newbery Medal winner this summer: William Pene DuBois' Twenty One Balloons. It was a wild, hot-air balloon ride of a book that featured a hot-air balloon ride. It was fun, but I decided to read some other books after that, so the total for you to beat is 

ONE! If you read more than one Newbery Medal book between June 21 and September 6, come to the library and fill out a winner's form.

The form is a Google Form, so grab a chromebook, log in, and click here.


Newbery Medal Winners, 1922 - Present

2018: Hello, Universe! by Erin Entrada Kelly

2017: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
2016: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
2015: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
2014: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press)
2013: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (HarperCollins Children's Books)
2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (Farrar Straus Giroux)
2011: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books)
2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books)
2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Dave McKean (HarperCollins)
2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick)
2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illus. by Matt Phelan (Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson)
2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)
2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
2004: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press) 
2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (Hyperion Books for Children) 
2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park(Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin) 
2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (Dial) 
2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Delacorte) 
1999: Holes by Louis Sachar (Frances Foster) 
1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (Scholastic)
1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (Jean Karl/Atheneum)
1996: The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman (Clarion)
1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins)
1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry(Houghton)
1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant (Jackson/Orchard)
1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Atheneum)
1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (Little, Brown)
1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Houghton)
1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman (Harper)
1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (Clarion)
1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman (Greenwillow)
1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (Harper)
1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (Greenwillow)
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (Morrow)
1983: Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt (Atheneum)
1982: A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard (Harcourt)
1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (Crowell)
1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos (Scribner)
1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (Dutton)
1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Crowell)
1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (Dial)
1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper (McElderry/Atheneum)
1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton (Macmillan)
1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox (Bradbury)
1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (Harper)
1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien (Atheneum)
1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars (Viking)
1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong (Harper)
1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander (Holt)
1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (Atheneum)
1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt (Follett)
1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino (Farrar)
1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska (Atheneum)
1964: It's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville (Harper)
1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (Farrar)
1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (Houghton)
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (Houghton)
1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold (Crowell)
1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (Houghton)
1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith (Crowell)
1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen (Harcourt)
1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (Houghton)
1955: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong (Harper)
1954: ...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold (Crowell)
1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark (Viking)
1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes (Harcourt)
1951: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates (Dutton)
1950: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli (Doubleday)
1949: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry (Rand McNally)
1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois (Viking)
1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (Viking)
1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski (Lippincott)
1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson (Viking)
1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (Houghton)
1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray (Viking)
1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds (Dodd)
1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry (Macmillan)
1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty (Viking)
1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright (Rinehart)
1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy (Viking)
1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer (Viking)
1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink (Macmillan)
1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon (Viking)
1934: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs (Little, Brown)
1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis (Winston)
1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer (Longmans)
1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth (Macmillan)
1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field (Macmillan)
1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly (Macmillan)
1928: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji (Dutton)
1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James (Scribner)
1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman (Dutton)
1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger (Doubleday)
1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes (Little, Brown)
1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (Stokes)
1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon (Liveright)








Do you like to read Graphic Novels and Manga? Check out the free books you can read at Comixology! Comics are also available on the Milltown Public LIbrary Ap, "Hoopla" available for free on itunes.

I  am proud to be the librarian who manages the Joyce Kilmer Library, and will answer any questions you have via email: The Joyce Kilmer Library phone number is 732 214 2370 ext. 2129, but email is a better way to reach me.

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