New Books and “Wake Up Sterling”

 Posted by on October 22, 2014
Oct 222014

The new school year is off to a great start!  Many thanks to the PTO for donating funds from this year’s Scholastic Book Fair to the library for the purchase of new books. The books were recently processed and cataloged.  Most of the new books have already been checked out and many of them even have waiting lists.

“Wake Up Sterling” is club that runs every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM. Students that wish to sign up can obtain permission slips from the main office. “Wake Up Sterling” is a program that assists students with homework, offers help finding books, guides students online when needed, and supervises small groups of students as they collaborate on projects and research.

Mar 042014

Three Sterling Middle School students will compete in the Massachusetts School Library Association’s Annual Bookmark Contest on March 9th.  Mrs. Grabke and Mrs. McDonough worked on creating bookmarks with the 5th and 6th grade students in Library and Art class.  Sterling staff members chose the three bookmarks that best represented the theme of this year’s contest, “School Libraries: Something for Everyone.”

Bookmark by Siddharth Gosh Roy

Bookmark by Siddharth Gosh Roy

Bookmark by Maggie Murphy

Bookmark by Maggie Murphy

Bookmark by Emily Vu

Bookmark by Emily Vu

All of the students did an awesome job and were very creative and reflective. The bookmarks chosen to represent our school were created by Siddharth Gosh Roy, Maggie Martin and Emily Vu. Students from across the state will compete in the contest to be judged by authors and librarians at MSLA’s annual conference, and the winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at the State House. Thanks to all the students and staff for participating.

 Posted by on January 28, 2014
Jan 282014

The American Library Association (ALA)  announced the top books for children and young adults at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia today.

The Newbery Medal Award for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature went to “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” written by Kate DiCamillo.

Four Newbery Honor Books also were named: “Doll Bones,” written by Holly Black; “The Year of Billy Miller,” written by Kevin Henkes; “One Came Home,” written by Amy Timberlake; and “Paperboy,” written by Vince Vawter.

For a complete list of books awarded at the conference, visit the ALA website:

Sterling M.S. Winter Book Club

 Posted by on January 7, 2014
Jan 072014

The Sterling Middle School Book Club will meet on Tuesday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. from January 21st – February 11th and February 25th – April 1st.  We will be reading Ripper by Stefan Petrucha.  All students are welcome to join.

Ripper is an exciting historical mystery novel involving Carver, an orphan who developed a peculiar set of skills from reading detective stories and trying to solve his own past.  When he’s adopted by a world-famous agency to help find Jack the Ripper, Carver thinks his dreams are coming true… until his situation turns into more of a nightmare.

Join us Tuesday mornings to find out if Carver can solve the mystery.