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We are updating 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 will soon be 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



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.

Green Recipes from the Joyce Kilmer Green Team Garden sharing lunch party:

Herb Cheese Dip:

I didn't measure when I made this, and my recipe was doubled. You can change the amounts of cream cheese or herbs depending on your tastes or how much you need.

8 ounces cream cheese
8 large Leaves fresh basil
4 parsley leaves
fresh oregano or Marjoram

2 Tablespoons of chopped green chives
1 teaspoon of garlic powder

Salt, pepper, 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese

Put cream cheese in bowl and use fork or mixer to mush it up until softened.

chop up herbs until they are all in tiny pieces.

Add herbs and garlic powder to cream cheese and mix.

Add some salt and pepper to taste, and parmesan cheese.

Refrigerate at least one hour. Flavors will develop stronger with time.


Spinach Dip variation:

4 cups of freshly washed spinach

1/2 cup of herbed cream cheese 

1/2 cup of plain cream cheese

chop spinach and sautee in one Tablespoon of oil until softened, 5 minutes.

Let spinach cool 10 minutes. Add to cream cheese and mix it.


Strawberry Cream Cheese

8 strawberries
1 Tablespoons sugar
8 ounces cream cheese

Wash strawberries, removes hulls, and chop

Mush up cream cheese until softened, and add strawberries and sugar.

This dip will be more liquid than the other spreads, due to the water content of the strawberries.
Refrigerate until chilled








New Books recommended by the New York Times November 2016:

Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young http://nyti.ms/2eoY441

New Book by Trenton Lee Stewart The Secret Keepers http://nyti.ms/2eoUaZi


This page lists the American Library Association's 2016 list of new notable books: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb


Click on this picture to go to the Horn Book Magazine listing of fun books for grades 4 and 5.

horn book


And finally, this is a list of grade 6-8 books from the New York Public Library



Grab some free time and read for fun!


Click on these links to find our school databases and other research resources.

New: Moana coding game and try out the lessons and the "Hour of Code" at Code.org

Do you like to read Graphic Novels and Manga? Check out the free books you can read at Comixology! https://www.comixology.com/free-comics 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: bwright@milltownps.org. The Joyce Kilmer Library phone number is 732 214 2370 ext. 2129, but email is a better way to reach me.

 Joyce Kilmer Library Catalog Online See what the Joyce Kilmer Library has to offer. Fiction, nonfiction, reference and ebooks are all listed.