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
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
Our 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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Our book fair was a tremendous success! Thank you so much for your support and doing some holiday shopping that also benefits the students. We have dozens of new books to add to our library, and more will be purchased soon.
Many changes will occur in the library over break. We will be getting new carpet, so we have been busily packing up the shelves and clearing things out–it looks so bare! The Olathe libraries will also employ a new library circulation software that is very student friendly starting in January. Librarians will undergo training during the January inservice days. We have been unable to add new books to the library system since November due to the transition, so we will be adding many new items to our collection in January.
We at the PRT Media Center wish you a safe and happy holiday break.