New Holland Library

Mrs. Joan Betzner, Media Specialist

Book Fair is Coming!

The New Holland’s Scholastic Book Fair is coming!  The Book Fair will be here from November 1-8. This is always an exciting time in the Library!  Students love looking for new books to read and enjoy making purchases.   We are fortunate that our PTO provides each student with a $7 coupon to spend at the Fair.  This ensures that every student in the school can get a book at the Fair.  Students should also plan on bringing their own funds since there are books that cost more than $7, and there is tax on every sale.

We could not do the Book Fair without the help of our school community.  We rely on numerous parent volunteers to set up the Fair, help students with purchases, and to run the cash registers.  We are so thankful that so many parents willingly give their time to help out. We also appreciate all the parents and grandparents who support the fair.  We are fortunate to have the support of our principals, teachers, and staff who help out in many different ways during the Fair.  The Book Fair supports the Library and makes it possible to add books to our collection.  It is also a wonderful way to encourage students’ independent reading.  We are looking forward to another fun Book Fair!


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Another year of reading!

Another school year has begun! The new year always brings excitement and anticipation. In the Library it is a great time to introduce new books we received over the summer.  Students are always excited to learn that they are the first one in the school to read the book and check it out.   Here’s a selection of some fun new reads to get the year off to a great start.

Author Mike Lupica has a new book for basketball fans titled Point Guard.  Gus struggles when his friend, Cassie, earns a spot on the boy’s basketball team.  His attitude toward Cassie changes when he discovers she is determined to win at any cost, and is not always considerate of her team mates.

Animal lovers will enjoy Chasing Augustus by Kimberly Newton Fusco.   After her dad’s stroke, Rosie’s mom decides that having a dog is just too much work, so she gives the dog away. When Rosie has to live with her grandfather for a while, she decides she is going to search to find her dog no matter what it takes.  She finds this is not an easy task.

Another good read is Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson.  Three boys are upset when their favorite teacher doesn’t show up at school and they hear she isn’t coming back. They never got to say good-bye. When they discover that she is ill and in the hospital, they decide to cut school and go visit her. They are determined to have one last day with Ms. Bixby and treat her to some of her favorite things.

Young readers who enjoy the Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey will enjoy Dog Man and Cat Kid.  In this adventure, Dog Man and his friend, Cat Kid, try to rescue a movie star from Petey, who is considered the most evil cat in the world.

Two new picture books are Charlie Plays Ball by Ree Drummond and The Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney.  Charlie, the basset hound, tries his hand at a variety of sports with mixed results.  The little excavator wants to transform a vacant lot into a neighborhood park, but discovers he is too small to get the job done. Luckily, his friends offer to help.

These are just some great reads to get your fall reading underway. 






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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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Spring into reading!

Spring is here and this is great time to find something new to read! Here some suggestions that will put you in the mood for spring!

Handsprings: poems and paintings by Douglas Florian.  This collection of 29 poems about spring will help readers celebrate the season.  The poems are easy to read and understand and will help you celebrate the season.

A timeless classic is The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. The book has recently been made into a movie, but I believe that the book is much better.   If you like this one, try some other Beatrix Potter books such as The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.

The historical fiction book An American Spring: Sophia’s Immigrant Diary by Katrhyn Lasky tells the story of  young teen who moves from Ireland to Boston in 1903 where she finds life difficult until she makes a friend at school and begins to acclimate to her new home.


The spring sport of baseball is featured in The Only Game by Mike Lupica.  Jack, a 6th grader, is supposed to be leading his team to the Little League World Series, but after his brother dies, he loses all interest in baseball.  A friend helps him get back into the game.

Tim Green and Derek Jeter’s book Baseball Genius features a boy who has an above average talent for predicting baseball games.  He decides he is going to help his favorite player out of a slump.

Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story by Emily Arnold McCully traces the life of Lizzie Murphy who was the first woman to play for a major league exhibition game and the first person to play for both New England and the Amercian Leagues All- Star Team.

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Book to Screen

Never judge a book by its movie.  This expression seems especially appropriate as the new year begins, because many 2018 movies and television shows are based on books.  While some movie adaptations of books are quite faithful to the original, some seem completely different.  A movie or television writer often will change the plot, alter the setting, delete characters, add characters, and sometimes even change the ending.  It doesn’t necessarily detract from the movie, but it does make viewing it a different experience.  It will be interesting to see how some of these upcoming movies and TV shows compare to the books.  Read the book, then see the movie.  Here are some that are currently, or will soon, be on the screen:

Wonder by R. J. Palacio.  In this touching and popular story, a boy named Auggie was born with a facial deformity.  He has been home-schooled, but now that he will be in 5th grade, his parents want him to interact more with kids his age, so enroll him in a private school.  Auggie must navigate being in school, along with trying to fit in and making friends.  Despite his optimism and determination, it is not an easy transition.


Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg. This story combines action, adventure, and fantasy.  Two bored kids find excitement, and more than they bargained for, when the board game they are playing comes to life and they are transported to a mysterious jungle where danger lurks at every turn.



Wrinke in Time by Madeline L’Engle.  This science fiction, fantasy book is considered a classic.  In the book, Meg and her friends decide to search for Meg’s father who has disappeared while working on a secret project for the government.  Their search leads them through a wrinkle in time where they encounter all types of mysterious and unearthly creatures.


Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick.  After his mother dies,  12-year-old Ben decides to leave Minnesota and travels to New York to search for the father.  He meets Rose, who is deaf, and who helps him with his quest.



Paddingtonby Anne Auerbach.  Paddington 2 is coming to theaters.  It continues the story of Paddington, a bear from Peru, who has moved to London where he makes friends and becomes involved in a word of adventure.



Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.  The classic story tells of the adventures of Peter Rabbit who can’t resist going into Mr. McGregor’s garden and stealing his vegetables.  Mr. McGregor is determined to capture Peter and put him in a rabbit pie.  Can Peter outwit Mr. McGregor?



A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.  This popular series is being adapted for television by Netflixs.  The first series covers books 1-4 and the second series, which begins this summer, will cover books 5-9.  In the series, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other after their parents die and they are left in the care of a distant relative. It soon becomes clear that the relative is only after the children’s money and will do anything to get his hands on their fortune.

Anne with an E,  adapted from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  Season 1 of this series ran on Netflix and Season 2 is coming this summer. The series based on the Anne of Green Gables books, traces the story of Anne who is an orphan.  She comes to live on a Prince Edward Island farm with Martha and Matthew who are siblings.  They wanted to adopt a boy to help out on the farm, but are mistakenly sent a girl. They debate sending her back to the orphanage, but she wins them over and she becomes part of their family.  But, growing up isn’t easy and Anne faces adventure, trouble, and heartache in her new home.

So, read a book, head to the movies, or stay inside and binge watch a series.  All promise to be fun!




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Thanks for a great Book Fair!

The Scholastic Book Fair has been packed up for another year, and it was a great success!  The proceeds from the Fair are used to purchase books for the Library, so the money raised goes right back to support our school.  The Book Fair is always a fun and exciting time for the students!   It is also truly an event that is supported by everyone in our New Holland family.  Thanks to the PTO’s generous support, every student in the school is able to buy a book.  It is always rewarding when a student finds out that they can get a book, and it is always fun to see what book they choose.  The Book Fair would not be possible without this support.  We are also fortunate to have parents and grandparents who volunteer to set-up, help students with purchases, and who run the registers. Our 6th grade students help out on preview day, and also help our Kindergarten and First Graders when they visit the Fair. Conference Day is also a fun day at the Book Fair because many parents come to shop. We also appreciate all the support from our Principal, teachers, and staff.  Hopefully, everyone who visited the Fair found some great books to read!  Thank you again to the PTO and everyone who supported and helped out with the Book Fair!

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Saddle Up and Read at the Book Fair!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming!  This year’s theme is the Wild West Book Fair: Saddle Up and Read!  The Book Fair begins on Thursday, Nov. 2 and runs through Thursday, Nov. 10 in the Library.  It will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. except on Thursday, Nov. 10 which is Conference Day. This day it will be open from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to the Fair.  There will be lots of books to choose from and there will be books that appeal to all interests and age levels.  There is something for everyone at the Book Fair! If you can’t make it to the Fair, you can take part in our Online Fair.   There is also A book Fair App.

Volunteers are needed to help set up the Fair, assist students with making purchases, running the cash registers, and packing up the Fair when it is over.   For more information about the Fair, visit our Book Fair Homepage by clicking on the link below.  Saddle Up and head to the Book Fair!



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Welcome to a new school year!

Summer flew by and another school year has begun!  A new year brings excitement and anticipation.  It is a time to learn something new, reconnect with friends, and participate in all the special things New Holland Elementary has to offer.  Hopefully, you had some time to read over the summer. If not, there are lots of new books waiting for you at the Library.  It is always fun for me when the carton of books arrive, and I can unpack them and look them over before they get ready to go on the shelves.  I enjoy introducing these new books to students and am happy when they check out one of them to read.  A book is really not useful if it just stays on a shelf.   It needs to be read and enjoyed! So come see what is new in the Library. Here are just a few of our new selections:

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Summer Reading

Summer!  What a great time to relax and read!  Reading can be done anywhere whether it is the backyard, the beach, the mountains, in a car on a long road trip, or in the airport.  It is important that students keep reading over the summer so they don’t lose the gains they have made in reading during the school year. There are so many wonderful books available, and you can get so many for free.  All the Lancaster Public Libraries offer Summer Reading programs.  Students also can access Overdrive that offers free e-books.  Students use Overdrive on laptops, tablets, and phones.  They can visit and enter their school user name and password.  Download the free Overdrive app to make it easy to connect to Overdrive. There are lots of Summer Reading Lists available online that offer good suggestions.  Browsing the shelves of the Library is another way to find books that interest students.

Here a just a few suggestions to get you started on some fun Summer reads.

Grades K-2

Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis.  Get the scoop on some fun history, math, and more on this book all about ice cream.

Fly Guy by Ted Arnold.  There are lots of books in the Fly Guy series, both fiction and nonfiction. Readers can learn quite a lot of facts from the Fly Guy books.

Give a Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff.  Young children love this book, along with others in the series like Give a Moose A Muffin, Give a Pig a Pancake, and Give a Dog a Donut. 

Nursery Rhymes, Fairy Tales, Alphabet books, and Counting books are also fun summer reads.

Grades 3-6

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo.  Raymie prepares for the local beauty pageant and becomes friends with her quirky competitors.  DiCamillo has written several books students enjoy, so check the shelves for more.

Pax by Sara Pennypacker.  Peter leaves home to reunite with his beloved pet fox, Pax.  This is a great read for animal lovers, but be aware that there are some sad parts.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  A young orphan is sent to live on a farm but the brother and sister who planned to adopt her wanted a boy.  Anne manages to convince them to keep her.  Girls will enjoy all of Anne’s adventures.   There are several books in the Anne of Green Gables series.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Long Haul by Jeff Kinney  Everyone seems to love the Wimpy Kid series.  The Long Haul is in movie theaters, so encourage students to read the book before or after seeing the movie.

Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland.  Anyone who enjoys fantasy will like the Wings of Fire series that transports the reader to a world ruled by different tribes of dragons. So far, there are 10 books in the series, and once a reader is hooked they will want to read them all.

Have a wonderful summer of reading!


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Celebrate Libraries!

National Library Week is celebrated in April.  First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

This year’s theme is Libraries Transform reminding all Americans that today’s libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people. Libraries are places of creativity where people can meet to share a hobby, discuss books, watch movies, share ideas, and use technology.

The New Holland Library has a wide variety of books for students on all types of topics.  We have videos for teachers to use in the classroom.  We offer World Book online, and other online resources students can use for research or just to look up topics to satisfy their curiosity.  We offer Overdrive which is a huge library of e-books and audio-books students can access on their laptops, tablets, and phones. Our Library reaches beyond the school building and most of the resources can be accessed 24/7.

Our school Library plays an important role in supporting literacy.  We provide books for students to read for pleasure, and for school assignments.  We love seeing our students find books that they enjoy reading.  We love working with teachers to provide books to supplement what students are learning in the classroom.  We love the New Holland Elementary Library and believe it is certainly worth celebrating!

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