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Awards Season

Awards season has begun as the ALA has announced the winner of the Newbery Award for 2018, Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. Hello, Universe is a lovely tale of four sixth graders whose lives mysteriously intersect on one fateful afternoon. Click here for a brief video intro from the author.

Newbery Honors went out to Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, and Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson. For the first time ever, all four Newbery books were written by authors of color.

Here is a complete list of the 2018 awards.

On Wednesday afternoon, November 15, MS and IS students received a rollicking, rhyming, riveting lesson in perseverance and poetry from Newbery medalist Kwame Alexander and guitarist Randy Preston. Mr. Alexander captivated his MS audience with poems from his breakthrough book, The Crossover. Later with the IS, he used a Q-and-A format to create an improvisation involving both music and poetry with Mr. Preston. Special thanks go to our Parent Association's Cultural Competence Committee, chaired by Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan and Ayah Davis-Karim, for organizing this wonderful event.

The library loans Kindles to allow children to access our ever-growing collection of e-books through Overdrive. Students can borrow the Kindles and then check Overdrive for books they would like loaded on to the kindles. Before a Kindle can be borrowed students and parents need to fill out a permission slip. There is a small fee for lost Kindles.

Students can also borrow portable mp3 players to listen to e-audiobooks.

If you would like to load digital material onto your own devices (kindles, ipads, iphones etc.) you will need to obtain a user number from the librarians. Please contact me at for that information. Tutorial videos for the use of Overdrive are available here.

Kindle Permission Slip.pdf

Electronic Material Request Form.pdf

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, the author of The War that Saved My Life and Jefferson's Sons, shared excerpts from her newest book The War I Finally Won on Wednesday, October 11th, for the Middle School. Brubaker Bradley explained her research process and the inspiration behind her Newbery Honor winning The War that Saved My Life.

Audio Book Reviews by Middle School Students

Click here to listen to more book reviews from our readers.

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E-Books at Potomac

We now have a large selection of E-Books available to download. To view the collection, click here.

What's New

Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia hruby POwell

Fifty years ago, the State of Virginia exiled a married couple and told them they would be arrested if they were seen together in the state again. Their crime: one was white and one was black. The book, Loving vs. Virginia; A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case, by Patricia Hruby Powell, is at its core a great love story. Told in verse, it relates the story of two young people in rural Virginia who fall in love and then are forced to challenge unjust laws simply so that they can live together in the hometown they both cherish. While the book explains the legal challenges of the case, it is the personal history told in alternate chapters from the point of view of Richard and Mildred Loving that propels the tale forward. Supplemented by actual documents from the time and lovely illustrations, Loving vs. Virginia is as beautiful to look at as it is to read. This is a story that all Potomac School students need to know, so that they might better understand the past of the state in which the school is located.