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After School Program
(ASAP: After School Achievement Program)
** Current Session: October 25 -December 16, 2021**
The library media staff offers late hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 3:35 p.m. through the Wethersfield Youth Services/ASAP Program for those who wish to participate in library organized after--school activities or those who wish to work independently on homework.
Students should sign up with their School Gmail via the Google Form for the day's activity they want to participate in. Links can be found below or in Ms. Poulos' Library Google Classrooms. Space is limited to 20 students so interested students should act fast and sign up! Activities will go from 2:35 to 3:35 pm. Students should make arrangements to get home afterwards. If they need the late bus, they need to sign up for it before 1 p.m. on the day they are staying after.
The days are themed:
Mondays will be Maker Mondays which will include STEAM related activities/stations.
Wednesdays will be Whimsical Wednesdays with a variety of literary-related activities and events
Thursdays will be Low/No Tech Thursdays where students can get a break from all the screen time and enjoy some board games, puzzles, cards and more!
In our Makerspace, we foster creativity, innovation, play, risk-taking, resourcefulness, and personalized learning by providing opportunities for creation, failure, problem solving, tinkering, wondering, taking of risks in our learning, and hands-on activities utilizing tools, technology and other materials. By encouraging student curiosity and pursuit of their own passions, we inspire and empower global citizens.
As the budget and schedule allow, the library media center sponsors author visits every other year and/or cultural visits. Generously funded by PAC (Parent Action Committee), the Author in Residence program seeks to introduce students to published authors, provide writing workshops for interested students, and inspire students to read and write for pleasure.
Past Author Visits
In the 2017-2018 school year, PAC funded an author visit by Young Adult author Paul Volponi in celebration of Read Across America Day and to introduce our March Madness Reading Brackets. Students participated in two interactive assemblies with Paul and some students had lunch with him or attended a creative writing workshop.
In the 2015-2016 school year, PAC not only funded an author visit by Lynda Mullaly Hunt on Read Across America Day (March 2, 2016) but also a number of after-school author Skypes with Tim Green and Kwame Alexander in May.
2020 - 2021 School Year:
Charles R. Smith
Visited our 8th Grade students virtually on March 25th, 2021!
Nora Raleigh Baskin, Gae Polisner & Tom Rogers
Visited our 7th Grade Students virtually on March 24th, 2021!
Sarah Darer Littman
Visited Virtually on Friday, March 5th, 2021!
Past One Book, One Community Program and Visiting Author Events
In order to build community, promote discussion of important topics, and promote a love of reading, the SDMS staff have participated in three One Book, One Community Read Aloud programs.
According to the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book, “One Book projects (community-wide reading programs), initiated by the Washington Center for the Book in 1998, are being introduced across the U.S.A. and around the world.”
In 2007, staff read aloud Basketball or Something Like it by Nora Raleigh Baskin in preparation for her visit. In 2008, eighth grade staff read Downriver and seventh grade staff read Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs. In 2010, staff read aloud Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin and conducted a number of staff and student activities related to autism awareness and the novel. Discussion guides, Jeopardy games, educational videos, and opportunities to question the authors about their writing process and book themes made the experience worthwhile for all involved. Click on the link to hear Nora discuss her book Anything But Typical.
Scholastic Book Fairs
** Fall Book Fair: Library Fundraiser: September 20-24, 2021**
Thanks for your support! We raised $1800 for the library this fall!
**Spring Book Fair: Buy One, Get One Free: April 25-29, 2022**
Every year, the Library Media Center holds a Scholastic Book Fair in the fall to promote reading and raise funds to supplement the library budget. In the spring, we sponsor a Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair. The purpose of this fair is to provide an affordable way for students and teachers to build their personal libraries and promote summer reading. Parent volunteers are usually on hand to staff and support both of these events.
SDMS Literacy Committee
The SDMS Literacy Committee consists of staff from all subject areas and a representative from the Wethersfield Library. We meet monthly and plan fun activities for students to promote literacy.
Past Happenings & Events
2019 - 2020
September: Library Orientations, SDMS Scholastic Book Fair, and Legos
October: Makedo Cardboard and Literary Pumpkin Painting
December: More Recycled Book Art and Hot Cocoa Cafe Drop Everything and Read Event
January: Collaborative Mosaics
April: MS Nutmeg Nominees Voting
May: Memorial Day Choice Activities
June: Virtual Author Visit with Paul Volponi, Nora Baskin, and Gae Polisner
2018 - 2019
February Makerspace Activities: Making for Good
February: Black History Month Collaborative Mosaics: Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman
February 4-8: Duct Tape Creations
February 11-14: Cards/Valentines Cards
February 20-22: Make Dog Toys to Give to A Local Shelter
February 25-28: Make Fleece Blankets to Give to a Local Shelter
March 1 : Read Across America Day
March: March Madness Reading Brackets and Voting
April: Nutmeg Voting, Nutmeg Luncheon
April 22-26: Scholastic BOGO Book Fair