New Holland Library

Mrs. Joan Betzner, Media Specialist

April 17, 2017
by lmc

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!

February 8, 2017
by lmc

Overdrive Exploration Night

New Holland school families are invited to the Overdrive Exploration Night on Tuesday, Feb. 28.  The event will be from 6-7:30 p.m. at Blue Ball Elementary and is sponsored by the District Libraries.

Overdrive is a library of e-books and audio-books that students and parents can access for free.  It is sponsored by the Lancaster-Lebanon IU13.  Books can be checked out on electronic devices such as phones, tablets, and laptops.  There are books for all age levels from kindergarten through 6th grade.

With Overdrive, students will always be able to find something to read, even during the summer.  Parents can use it to find fun books to read to younger children.  There are fiction and nonfiction books, so readers will always find something that meets their interests.

The night is going to be informal with lots of hands-on practice.  So, bring everyone in your family who wants to learn about Overdrive.

If you have questions, please contact me at the New Holland Library.  Hope to see you on Feb. 28!


January 16, 2017
by lmc

Series of Unfortunate Events

It is great to see a book made into a movie or a series.  I think it helps draw students to the books and encourages them to read them.  The Series of Unfortunate Events is a series of 13 books by Lemony Snicket that has proven popular with students.  Happily more students have become interested in this series because Netflix’s has adapted several of the books and they are now available to watch. 

The books follow the adventures of three Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, after the unexpected death of their parents.  They are sent to live with a distant relative, Count Olaf, who is only interested in getting his hands on the children’s fortune.  The children have one horrible experience after another, but still manage to stick together and be optimistic that something will change and that their life will get better.   They meet quirky characters and encounter one unfortunate event after another.  Throughout, they show courage and determination. 

Students who have read the books will enjoy the television series.  Students who haven’t read the books will most likely be encouraged to read them after watching the adaptations.  Unfortunately, season one of the Netflik’s series only covers the first few books.  Viewers will either have to wait for series two, or head to the Library to check out the other books to find out what happens to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny.

It is a series worth reading!

November 28, 2016
by lmc

Holiday Reads

The holiday season is a great time to read.  Most people are familiar with holiday classics like A Christmas Carol, or A Charlie Brown Christmas, but there are many, many holiday books available.  Here are just a few:

12-daysThe 12 Days of Christmas by Jan Brett is a beautifully illustrated book that retells the famous Christmas carol.  Jan Brett is known for her wonderfully colorful illustrations that make this book a delight to read and enjoy.

farolitos The Farolitos of Christmas by Rudoffo Anaya is set in New Mexico.  Luz is worried that tradition of the luminaria will not happen this year because her father is away and her grandfather is sick. She decides she will carry on the tradition of creating little lanterns, farolitos, that will be lit all over her town on Christmas Eve.

peteStudents seem to enjoy Pete the Cat books by James Dean and will not be disappointed in Pete the Cat Saves Christmas.   When Santa falls ill, Christmas may be cancelled.  Pete steps in and makes sure no one is disappointed on Christmas day.

newbery-christmasThose who enjoy short stories will like the Newbery Christmas.  12 authors, all who have won the Newbery Medal for children’s literature, have contributed a Christmas story.  Each is wonderful and different and will put the reader in the holiday spirit.

Animal lovers will enjoy Santa Paws to the Rescue by Nicholassanta-paws Edwards.   When a big ice storm hits the town, Santa Paws does what he can to help young and old to make sure everyone has a wonderful holiday.  Horse lovers will like Jingle Bells by Cathy Hapka.   In 1915 Wisconsin, a horse named Jingle Bells, is worried he will be replaced when a member of the family brings home a jingle-bellscar for Christmas.

The Angel Tree by Daphne Benedis-Grab combines a holiday story with a mystery.  Every year in the town of Pine River someone sets up an Angel Tree.  People put wishes on the tree and they all come true.  Four angel-treechildren in the town are determined to find out who is responsible for the Angel Tree and for making so many wishes come true.

There are many more holiday books in the Library.  Happy Holiday Reading!

November 28, 2016
by lmc

Thanks for a great Book Fair!

Another Book Fair has come and gone and it was a great success!  The Book Fair is definitely a school-wide effort and depends on the help and generosity of our school community.  The PTO generously provided a $7 coupon for each student which allowed everyone to participate in the Fair. Every student was able to purchase one book.  This generosity makes our Book Fair truly special.  Parent participation in Box Tops for Education and other fundraisers helps provide money for the coupons.

Special thanks to all the parents who were able to volunteer to set up the fair, help during our preview day, assist student shoppers, and work the cash register.  We could not do the Book Fair without these parent and grandparent volunteers.

Thanks also to everyone who shopped during Conference days. It was great to meet so many parents!  Many parents sent in some “extra” money so students could buy more than one item, and this is also appreciated.   We also had some people take advantage of the Online Fair to make purchases.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the Fair. Proceeds are used to purchase books for the Library and also to support some special programs like Breakfast and Books.



October 6, 2016
by lmc

Book Fair is coming!

180119_bookaneer_book_fair_clip_art_logolgOur school’s Scholastic Book Fair is just one month away!  The Book Fair begins on Thursday, Nov. 3 and runs through Friday morning, Nov. 11.   Students will come to the Book Fair during their Library Special.   Parents and families are invited to attend during Conferences on Thursday, Nov. 10 when the Book Fair will be open from 1 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.   It will also be open from 8:00 a.m. until noon on Friday, Nov. 11.  The Book Fair is a great time to pick up some holiday gifts!

New Holland students are fortunate because our PTO provides a $7 coupon for everyone.   But, in addition to this coupon students may want to bring additional money to make purchases.  More information about the Book Fair will be sent home closer to the date.

If you are not able to come to the Book Fair, you can make purchases at our online Fair from Nov. 3 through Nov. 18. Any purchases that are placed online are shipped to the school for free.  To access the online fair and to get more information about the Book Fair, go to

If you visit this page, you will also find information on how to download the Scholastic Book Fair app.

Book Fair funds support the Library and enables it to purchase new books.  Funds have also helped support the Breakfast and Books program.

We are looking forward to another fun Book Fair!

September 26, 2016
by lmc

Pumpkins, Pumpkins!

This is the time of year that pumpkins are just about everywhere.  The Library is no exception.  There are lots of books that feature pumpkins.   Grab one, and enjoy!

pete-the-catPete the Cat Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean is a cool adaptation of the familiar Halloween song.  Pete the Cat puts a special spin on everything.  Sing along or read along with Pete, and enjoy the colorful illustrations.

Another favorite cats is Splat.   splat-the-catIn Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin Picking Plan by Rob Scotton, Splat is determined to find the biggest pumpkin.  Once he finds it, he can’t figure out how to get it home.  Read to find out how Splat solves his problem.

Gail Gibbon’s The Pumpkin Book pumpkin-bookprovides information on everything one needs to know about the types of pumpkins, how to grow them, and how to cook them.  It also explores legends about pumpkins.

What happens when a pumpkin starts rolling down a hill?  In The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis, the Baxter brothers find a wonderful pumpkin for Halloween, but find themselves in trouble when the pumpkin gets away from runawaythem and begins wrecking havoc in the town!

Mystery lovers will enjoy The Peculiar Pumpkin Thief by Geronimo Stilton.  Halloween day is just a few days away when the pumpkins in town disappear.  Will Geronimo solve the mystery and save pumpkin-thiefthe day, or is Halloween going to be without pumpkins this year?

The classic, It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, is one that many people read every year.   This story by Charles Shultz tells how Linus is determined to sit in the pumpkin patch waiting to see the Great Pumpgreat-pumpkinkin.  Meanwhile, his friends are having fun trick-or-treating.

There are many more pumpkin-themed stories in the Library!  Check them out!



August 22, 2016
by lmc

Welcome back!

Another school year has begun!  Hard to believe that the summer has flown by again.  When school lets out for summer vacation it appears that there are lots and lots of days ahead, but before you know it everyone is heading back to school.

I am looking forward to another year of working with students and welcoming them to the Library.    This will be my 3rd year at New Holland Elementary, and each one has been great!  One of the best part of my job is helping students find books they enjoy reading.  We have gotten some new books in over the summer, and I look forward to introducing them to the students.  I also enjoy teaching students research skills, how to access a variety of print and online sources, and how to use technology.

Students come to the Library once a cycle for instruction and book selection. But, they are always welcome to stop in to look for books during homeroom, or anytime their teacher sends them.  I hope everyone will enjoy Library Special and discovering new things to read this year!

Here are some books that are great for back-to-school reading:


Young readers will identify with Biscuit as he goes to school for the first time.  In the book Biscuit Goes to School by Alyssa Capucilli, Biscuit follows the bus to school where he meets his teacher and and his classmates and discovers school is fun.

In Show & Tell Bunnies by Kathryn Lasky, Clyde is nervous abbunniesout what he should bring to school for show and tell, but ends up sharing a wonderful surprise with his class.

miss brooks

Miss BrooksLoves Books and I don’t by Barbara Buttner tells the story of a first grader who refuses to read and can’t find anything she likes in the library.  The Librarian, Miss Brooks, tries everything she can to turn the student into a reader.

Many students enjoy the My Weird School Series.  A great one for the beginningmiss daisy of the year is Miss Daisy is Crazy by Dan Gutman.  The new teacher at school, Miss Daisy, has some teaching methods that surprise and baffle her students.  With titles like Coach Hyatt is a Riot and Dr. Brad has Gone Mad, students love this humorous series.

averageOlder students will enjoy About Average by Andrew Clements.   Jordan, a 6th grader, is upset because she feels that she is just average. She worries that she isn’t a star at sports, and gets average grades in the classroom.   But when disaster strikes her town, she realizes that she has some special skills and is definitely above average.

Look for these and many more titles in the Library!  Here’s to another great year of reading at New Holland Elementary!


May 11, 2016
by lmc

Keep Reading All Summer Long!

Summer vacation is almost here!  Summer is a great time for reading.   It is important to keep reading all summer long so that you continue to build your reading and vocabulary skills.  This is a good time to read each book in a series, or to read books by a favorite author, or to discover a new author.

One fun way to keep reading is to join a summer reading program.  The Eastern Lancaster County Public Library hosts a Summer Reading Program for students at all grade levels. What can be more fun than earning prizes just for reading?

If you can’t get to the Public Library, you can join an online program.  Scholastic is offering a Summer Reading Challenge for students ages 8 through young adult. The theme is Be a Reading Superhero.   Detailed information is on the website, including a suggested Reading List.  Visit 

Do you prefer reading e-books on your phone, tablet, or laptop?  What about listening to an audio book on a long car ride to the beach?   Be sure to use Overdrive to access many, many e-books and audio books, and they are all free.  The best way to access Overdrive, is to log onto the New Holland School Website and click on the link for the Student Learning Resources Gateway.   Click on Resources and then Click on the link to Overdrive.  Remember, you need to select Eastern Lancaster County School District from the drop down menu, and then enter your school user name and password.   The Lancaster County Public Libraries also offer Overdrive, but you need to log onto these a different way.  You can get more information at each Library, or on their websites.

Need more help deciding what to read?  There are a variety of reading lists online.  Books that have won the Caldecott, Newbery, or Coretta Scott King Award are all great picks!

Enjoy a summer filled with wonderful books!







April 15, 2016
by lmc

Hawk Reads for April: Newbery Winners

Every year since 1921 the American Library Association awards the Newbery Medal to an outstanding children’s book.  The award was named for John Newbery, an 18-century bookseller.  The award recognizes contributions to children’s literature and can be given to fiction, nonfiction, or poetry books.  This month, 5th graders are learning about the Newbery Medal and sampling some of the many Newbery winners.  A complete list of Newbery books can be found at

Here are just a few of the books that have been given this distinctive honor.

kiraKira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata tells the story of a Japanese-American family who moves from a Japanese community in Iowa to a new home in Georgia.  Things are much different in Georgia and the family finds itself struggling to adjust to their new life.  The two girls, Lynn and Katie, do their best to get used to a new school and new friends but find it difficult.  When Lynn becomes seriously ill, they discover they have more support and friends than they had thought.

ivanAnyone who likes animals will enjoy The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.  The book is based on the true story of an ape that spent most of its life as part of a side-show in a shopping mall.  This fictional account has Ivan living at the Exit 8 Top Mall and Video Arcade. People stop to see him and the other animals. Ivan doesn’t question his life until he meets Ruby, a baby elephant who has joined the exhibits.  Ruby hates being caged up and wants to be free and with other elephants. Ivan makes it his mission to help Ruby, and in the process realizes that he would also like to live outdoors with trees and other apes. Will their wish come true?

moon over  manifestSet in the Great Depression, Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool tells the story of a girl who wants to know more about her father and her family.  Abiline’s father takes a job working on the railroads for the summer, so sends her to live with family friends.  Abiline decides she would rather go to Manifest, Kansas, her father’s hometown.  At first, she hates the Manifest, but when she and her new friends discover a box filled with letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler, they go on a spy hunt. The result is an unexpected adventure and some discoveries about her father and the history of the town.

Those who prefer fantasy will enjoy The Tale of Despereaux by taleKate DiCamillo.  The story revolves around Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who has a simple, but impossible wish.  With the help of a mouse called Despereaux Tilling, a rat called Roscuro, and a princess named Pea, Miggery just might get her wish.

There are so many great Newbery books it is hard to choose which ones to read!  Check one out!


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