New Holland Library

Mrs. Joan Betzner, Media Specialist

Back to School!

Another school year has begun!  The beginning of the year is always exciting and it is so great to see the students after their summer break.  They enjoy being back with friends, making new friends, and enjoying all the opportunities New Holland Elementary has to offer.  In the Library, we love welcoming students back and look forward to sharing all the new books we have added to the collection. It seems that everyone has a favorite type of book they enjoy and whether that is fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, sports, realistic fiction, or nonfiction, the Library has something for everyone.

Students in grades K-2 who come to Library Special learn about books and authors.  Students in Grade 3 learn how to use the Library catalog and how to use some of our digital learning tools.  Students in Grade 4-6 focus on research skills and do a variety of research projects using print and digital resources.  It is always a pleasure for me to work with all the students in the school and watch them grow and learn.  I want all students to enjoy the Library and to become life-long readers.   Happy Reading!

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Spring is a great time to try something new, so why not try reading some poetry?  There are all different forms of poetry.  Some can be inspiring, some can be funny, some can be serious, and some can tell a story.  Many people are familiar with the poets Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, but there are many, many other poets. There are poetry collections on just about any topic.  Here is a selection that will hopefully spark your interest!

Earth Day is celebrated in April and the collection, This is the Earth by Diane Shore, features poems that show ways we can care for our planet and how humans affect our environment.  The poems are a perfect way to celebrate our earth!

Another book that features nature is On the Wing by David Elliott.  The collection of poems about birds features all types of birds from cranes to woodpeckers, and fosters an appreciation of the beauty of these creatures.

Stargazing is the focus of the poetry collection Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian.  These 20 illustrated poems about space will give the reader new ways to think about stars and planets.

The book, America the Beautiful, by Katherine Bates, is a celebration of the well-known song, which was actually written as a poem. All four verses of the poem are beautifully illustrated with paintings of different regions of the United States.

Presidents are the focus of the book, Rutherford B: Who was He? Poems about Our Presidents by Marilyn Singer.  The poems help bring the Presidents to life and provide a glimpse into their personal lives as opposed to their political lives.

Baseball has been called America’s game, so fans will appreciate the book, That Sweet Diamond: Baseball Poems by Paul Janeczko.   This collection of poems about baseball will make the reader feel like they are watching the game.


Everyone who loves dinosaurs will want to pick up Tyrannosaurus was a Beast: Dinosaur Poems by Jack Prelutsky.  There are poems about all types of dinosaurs in this humorous collection.  Search for a poem about your favorite dinosaur!

Fairy tales are always popular and usually have happy endings. The collection Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer gives fairy tales a new twist.  When the short terms are reversed they provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature.  This is a fun read for anyone who enjoys fairy tales.

Spend some time reading these, or choose another collection from the Library and try some poetry this spring!


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