New Holland Library

Mrs. Joan Betzner, Media Specialist

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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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!


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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!

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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!

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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.



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