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Holmes Elementary School

Library Learning Commons



Destiny: Online Library CatalogWelcome to the Holmes School Library Media Center webpage.  Please read below to learn about our book check out policies for students in grades K-5.  Also note the links at the bottom of this page for other pages of interest to readers.

Children in grades K-1 may borrow 1 book at a time from our library. Students in grades 2-5 may borrow as many books as their grade level. For example, a student in grade 3 may borrow up to 3 books. Exceptions are made when more books are needed for research projects.

Books may be returned during the student's regularly scheduled class time, or at any time that is mutually convenient for the classroom teacher and the library (before school starts or first thing in the morning is usually best.) We save books for many students in grades K-5 who may have forgotten to return their book(s) on library day. Students are encouraged to return their "old" book(s) as soon as possible so that they may begin enjoying their new one without delay. All books are due back to the library in one weeks time. Students can renew their books for longer books or those that they are using for projects. Books that are no longer being used should be returned as quickly as possible.

Please don't hesitate to contact the Library Learning Commons if you have any questions.

Click on Destiny for online access to our Virtual Library.  



10 Tips for Choosing a Good Book

1. Decide if you would like fiction or nonfiction book.
2. Choose a subject that you would like to read about.
3. Look for a title that you have heard about.
4. Look for a book by an author that you know about.
5. Listen to what your friends say about the books they have read.
6. Look at library displays.
7. Use a booklist.
8. Choose an award winning book.
9. Try something new.
10. Ask a librarian, teacher or friend for a suggestion.



Nutmeg Program

The Nutmeg Children’s Book Award (Intermediate) encourages students in grades 4 and 5 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite of ten nominated titles.  It is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL).  The Nutmeg Selection Committees are comprised of children’s librarians, school library media specialists and teachers.

All books nominated for the award must be:

  • Works of fiction, with appeal for readers in grades 4-6 (Intermediate) and grades 6-8 (Middle School);
  • Published in the 5 years previous to the award year;
  • Available in paperback at the time the nominees are announced;
  • Well-written, with strong characterization, vivid settings, striking language, well constructed plots and plausible conclusions.

At Holmes School, we encourage students to read a minimum of 8 of the current titles which are announced May 1 and voted on by children across the state the following April.

Students may borrow just 1 current Nutmeg title at a time to insure that all students have an opportunity to read these titles in a timely fashion.  We do allow students to place their name on a reserve list.  They will be notified when the book becomes available. The 2016 Nutmeg Winner is The One and Only Ivan!

View the Nutmeg Rating Sheet

The 2017 Nutmeg Books Intermediate Nominees



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