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Contact Information

Ms. Elaine Shapiro                 
Library Media Specialist
Phone: (860) 623-2433

Welcome to the Library!


Curbside Library Book Borrowing!


BBS Distance Learners:  You may now borrow library books! 

Here is how it will work. 

1.  Go to Destiny Discover to find books that you would like to read. (If you use the Destiny link on the Curbside flyer, you will have to choose BBS, and then on the left,  Destiny Discover.)

2.  Complete the online order form.

Complete all required fields.   Include 4 titles, in case some are already checked out.  In Destiny Discover, you can see if a book is In or Out.  You can also choose subject areas, and Mrs. Gibbs or I will choose books for you. 

3.  When your books are ready, you will receive an email.  Pick up times are Tuesday and Friday mornings, 9:15-10:15, at the school’s bus entrance.

4.  Students in preK and K may borrow 1 book at a time. Students in Grades 1-4 may borrow 2.

Please return the books after 2 weeks, or email me to renew them (

5.  We have books and magazines to borrow.  To find magazines, type MAG in the Search box.  No DVDs or audiobooks.

6.  If you still have library books out from last spring, you must return them before you can borrow new ones.


Library Classes

Pre K

We read a fun story called Is That Wise, Pig?.  The animals are making soup, and bringing vegetables like potatoes and onions.  The pig brings umbrellas and galoshes.  Is that wise, Pig?? You might not think so, until you read the book and find out why those items came in handy.

1st Grade

We read a very old story that children still relate to.  Curious George Rides a Bike, by H. A. Rey.  We talked about what curious means, that feeling that you just have to know something you don't know.  George's curiosity leads to fun escapades, but also gets him into trouble. My favorite part is when he stops delivering the newspapers, making them into boats to sail down the river instead!

2nd Grade

 Students are working hard on alphabetical order, and beginning to use that skill to find words in the Cat in the Hat Beginner Dictionary.  We will move on to another dictionary soon, and learn how to find out the meanings of words.  To practice alphabetical order, there are links to 2 computer games, under Learning Games, to the right on this page.

3rd Grade

Students are learning about keywords and how to use them.  The keyword is the important word in a question. This is the word you look up to answer your research questions.  Students are given questions, have to identify the keyword, then use it and the print encyclopedia to find the answer.  For example, if you want to know how many moons Jupiter has, you look up Jupiter. This also requires alphabetical order skill.

4th Grade

Students are learning how to verify research sources.  With all the news on social media these days, we cannot believe everything we read.  The best thing to do before passing on a story you hear is to check a couple of other sources and see if you find the same story.  Students are doing a simple version of this, by using 3 different research sources to answer the same question, and looking to see if the answers are the same.

Ms. Shapiro's Book Reviews

Grade 3-4

To read more about these great books (Jennifer Murdley's Toad, Lemonade Crime, Pirates of Crocodile Swamp, The Fairy Tale Detectives) click here:

Book Reviews Grades 3 - 4

Grade 2

Try a new series! Martin Bridge, Mercy Watson, ZigZag Kids, or My Weird School.  To read more about these books, click here: Grade 2 Reviews.

Grade 1

Great Early Reader series: Poppy and Max, Cork and Fuzz, Minnie and Moo, Penny.

Grade 1 Reviews



Resource Links

Research and Information

Finding Books

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"I read all my books 10 times! Where can I get different books to read?"


1. The Warehouse Point Library will have curbside pick up for real books! They also have ebooks, (Tumblebooks) and

**** a Summer Reading Program****.


2. If you live in Hartford

Hartford Public Library Summer Adventures 2020


3. Scholastic Virtual Book Fair.  Shipping to your home is free if you buy $25 of books (not toys).  Takes 2-3 weeks, so plan ahead.  Share an order with a friend


4.  Book outlet:  Discounted books (some great deals), minimum order $35. Share an order with a friend.


5.  Swap books with friends.  Books left untouched for a couple of days will be safe.


6.  E-books and online resources.  See Resource Links above this column.


7. EPIC Wonderful collection of ebooks. Students use this in school, but for the summer, parents have to sign up.  They offer 1 month free.


James and the Giant Peach

Click here to watch a dramatic reading of the book James and the Giant Peach:  

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