National Award Winners Announced!

Thank you so much for your support of our December book fair! We have put over $2000 of books in the library thanks to all of you!

The Newbery Medal winner  The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander, is the story of fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars who face issues both on the court and off the court as their dad deals with a serious illness.



The Coretta Scott King winner and also a Newbery Honor Award winner is Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson. This autobiography in verse format tells of her early life and what motivated her to become a writer.

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Come to the PRT Book Fair!


The Prairie Trail book fair runs from December 8-12. Monday and Wednesday we are open from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM; Friday from 7:30 AM to noon. We are open late for shopping after the basketball games or before the choir/band performances on Tuesday and Thursday. Shop from 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM. All proceeds benefit the PRT library and put new books in kids’ hands! Please consider doing some of your holiday book shopping with us. Online shopping is available until December 10. On the website you can create wishlists, view book trailers, and see what’s new. The address is 

Thank you for your support!


Welcome Back!

It’s so great to see everyone back at PRT, in addition to the new faces! Be sure to check out all the new books in the library. We are adding more every day. We would love to help you find a great book. 


2014 Youth Media Awards Announced

Awards for fiction, nonfiction, illustrations, and children’s titles were announced on January 27. Be sure to check these out at the PRT Library!


John Newbery Medal

 Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures written by Kate DiCamillo

Newbery Honor

Doll Bones  by Holly Black

The Year of Billy Miller  Kevin Henkes *

One Came Home  by Amy Timberlake

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

Randolph Caldecott Medal

Locomotive  illustrated by Brian Floca*

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant*

Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell*

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb

Four other books were finalists for the award:

Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd *

 Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II by Martin W. Sandler *

Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone *

The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson

*currently on order

Thank you!

The Prairie Trail book fair was a huge success! Thank you so much for making it possible for us to put over $2000 worth of new books in our library.

Have a wonderful start the new semester, and happy reading!

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Prairie Trail Book Fair

come to book fairOur book fair is on the way, December 9-13. We will have a great selection of books for young children, teens, and adults, as well as gift items. Please consider doing some of your holiday shopping with us. All proceeds benefit the Prairie Trail Library Media Center.

 You can also shop online at our Prairie Trail Book Fair Home Page. Purchases will be delivered to school prior to break. The home page has book fair information, previews, booktalks, and more. Your student can even make a wish list!

 Hours for the book fair are as follows:

Monday: 7:30 AM-3:10 PM

Tuesday: 7:30 AM-7:00 PM (open late during basketball games and before choir performances)

Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Friday: 7:30 AM-Noon

Thank you for supporting your PRT library and doing some of your holiday shopping with us!


Welcome to the 2013-14 school year!

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PRT is ten years old this year!

Here’s a library top ten to remember:

10. Take care of your books–we  don’t charge fines, but you have to pay for lost or damaged books. Let us know right away if a book is damaged.

9. You can check out up to 6 books a time for 3 weeks.

8. You can check out 1 magazine for a period of one week.

7. You must have a pass to use the library for any reason during class hours.

6. You no longer have to have an ID to use a computer in the library at PRT.

5. Our new library system allows you to log in, create your own page, and put an ap on your smartphone.

4. The library will have an Edmodo page this year. Be sure to sign in with the code when you get it.

3. Just ask if you need help finding a good book.

2. Book Bunch is the PRT library club that meets all year.

1. We are here to serve you!! We can help in so many ways with research, technology, and projects. And of course, books!

Have a great year! See you in the library!


William Allen White Winners Announced!

We have winners! You can find both books in the PRT library.

Peg Kehret: Ghost Dog Secrets, winner for grades 6-8

Patrick Jennings: Guinea Dog, winner for grades 3-5.

In other news, check out ends Friday, May 10. All books are due back the following week. We will start sending notices at the end of the next week regarding materials not returned.

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Celebrate School Libraries!

April is School Library Month. 81% of all libraries are school libraries. School libraries are a key component of a great education and a strong school. Study after study illustrates that schools which have certified school librarians running library programs score higher on standardized tests. School librarians not only assist with reading and research, but also include technology instruction, digital citizenship, and information literacy as primary areas of instruction. In the PRT library, we have over 11,000 books, 16 periodical subscriptions, 13 desktop computers and 120 laptops, audio-visual equipment, and much more. Visit your school library for help finding great books, navigating the web, conducting research, finding project ideas, and learning new technology applications.


Award Winners Announced


There are many awards given each year, but these are titles either currently available or soon to be available at Prairie Trail.

Newberry Award (youth fiction and nonfiction): The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Newberry Honor Books:

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Caldecott Award (distinguished American picture book):

This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen

Coretta Scott King Award (outstanding African American authors and illustrators):

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America 

I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes; illustrated by Brian Collier

Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson

The William Allen White award winners should be announced in April!

Happy Reading!