the e-newsletter for middle schoolers

Diary of a Middle School Kid

Samantha is a 6th grader at Hadley whose happy place is with her cat. She hopes that some day her cat will teach her cat language so that she can learn all of his secrets!

In the meantime, Samantha would like to travel to Japan in search of fun supplies for her future sewing shop.

Back at home, you can find Samantha staying up late watching her favorite movie, Nerve.

Middle School Events

Looking for something to do? The library has some great programs designed just for you.  Check out the entire fall schedule on our calendar. Here are some highlights:

Style Your Locker
Tuesday, September 18 | 4-5:30 pm
Get excited for the upcoming school year by learning how to personalize your locker with handcrafted bling. Find your creative outlet and learn new organizational tricks. Reserve your spot

The Middle Squad
Wednesdays: September 26; October 3, 10, 17 and 24 | 4-5:30 pm
Help library staff prepare for programs, pull books, and perform other duties as needed.  Visit  for more information.

New Book Spotlight

The Shroud of Ætheria by Brian Crawford
On his sixteenth birthday, Ætherian Rex Himmel learns that he is special--but no one will tell him why. 

Ordered by Ætheria's leader to join the militaristic Ætherian Cover Force, Rex soon finds himself involved in an investigation of several mysterious, frozen Cthonian bodies that have been discovered in Ætheria. 

Just as his team finds a reason for the bodies appearances, Ætheria's power plant is destroyed in a violent attack from below. Check out The Shroud of Ætheria.

Mid-Lit: Peer Book Reviews

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal  Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
I'm Colin, and I am an 8th grader at Glen Crest Middle School. I'll be reviewing The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel .

I liked The Alchemyst because of the amount of depth the story had. The two main characters, twins Sophie and Josh, find a man known as Nicholas Flamel. They travel around the world and learn different magics such as Air and Fire. Along with the main antagonist, Dee, they fight for control over the Codex, which contains the power of everlasting life.  I give this book five stars.

Readers who like fantasy and magic would enjoy this six-book series. Check out  The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel .
. ..from Tom Malinowski.

Between June and August, we had over 50 middle school volunteers help in the Youth Department! We are very grateful, and we appreciate the time you spent helping with book displays, preparing for programs, and making our department look clean and orderly! Beginning this month, we will refer to our middle school volunteers as The Middle Squad.

It's a new school year: Be prepared!  
  • Get Involved - With a wide variety of school activities to discover, pursue the ones that you like and the ones that will provide a challenge. Getting involved is also a great way to make new friends. Don't forget to check out volunteer opportunities in your community.
  • Be Organized - It's important to be on time and know where to go. Have a calendar that's easy to access to help you keep track of events. Share your calendar with the right grownups, so they know where you are. 
  • Concentrate - Focusing all your attention throughout the school day is a challenge. Avoid distractions such as electronic devices. Try not to be overly talkative at the beginning of a class or activity.
  • Stay Happy - Having a positive attitude is easier than having a negative one.  When you meet new friends, it's ok to feel shy. Ask open ended questions like, What book are you reading? Where's one place in the world you want to visit? Be supportive by cheering for teammates and giving excited encouragement!
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