Library Books and News Archives


  • October

    Robie Harris visits the library!

    On Friday, October 19th, the award winning author Robie Harris visited the Little Dalton Library through the collaboration of the Library and Health and Wellness Departments. Robie is famous for her numerous titles of children's nonfiction and fiction books about growing up, families, emotions, puberty, and nutrition for young people. She is also the grandmother of a current Dalton high school student who happily attended one of her library sessions.

    Prior to Robie's visit, Health Educator Janel Coleman assisted in K-2 classes alongside librarians Maria Alegre and Christine Nassar. During Robie’s visit, Robie read What’s In There?, a book about siblings whose mom is pregnant, for 2nd and 3rd graders in House 91. In the library, she read Who’s In My Family?, a book that explores the similarities within and between families, with K and 1st grade students.
    After the readings, students asked thoughtful questions about the subject matter and Robie’s career as an author.

    Robie’s books will be available at the FP Book Fair on November 5th and 6th, and she will return to Dalton on February 28th for a parent workshop to discuss the development of children as it relates to her nonfiction books. It was a pleasure having Robie spend the day with us!
  • ¡Felicidades!

    The library is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! We have brought back our Latin American story map and have created a wonderful new booklist of hispanic titles which are available in our library. During classes, we are learning about the famous Biblioburro of Colombia (Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown), as well as different hispanic families (Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina and Abuela by Arthur Dorros). Children were also delighted with new hispanic adaptations on fairy tales including La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya. ¡Feliz leyendo!
  • September

    Kai and Zach reading

    Welcome Back!

    Happy first day of school! We are so excited to welcome back our wonderful students in First Grade, Second Grade and Third Grade! We are equally excited to meet our new Kindergarten students and look forward to teaching them after our little-ist students phase in this week. As a reminder, all books borrowed over the summer will be due on Monday, September 17th. K-1 students are allowed to borrow one book during every library class. Grade 2 is allowed to borrow 2 books and Grade 3 is allowed to borrow 3 books. Students are asked to return books after two weeks. There are NO late fees (hurray!), though we may request funds or a replacement copy if a book is lost or damaged.

    We love having visitors and encourage parents to come in after pick-up to browse and borrow with their children. We will also be putting the call out for any parents interested in volunteering to shelve books or assist on some library projects once a week. If you have any questions, please don't hesistate to reach out to us! You can reach Maria Alegre (K-1) at or Christine Nassar (2-3) at

    Happy reading!
  • April

    National Poem in Your Pocket Day

    Today, across the United States, people celebrated National Poem in Your Pocket Day! "Poem in Your Pocket Day was initiated in April 2002 by the Office of the Mayor in New York City, in partnership with the city’s Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative to all fifty United States, encouraging individuals around the country to participate." (Academy of American Poets)

    Little Dalton students were encouraged to come by the library to pick a poem from our "Poem in your Pocket" basket and carry it with them all day. Students could then share their poems with one another throughout the day. In just this one day, we distributed roughly 250 poems!

    We hope our students have had as much fun celebrating National Poetry Month as we have!
  • National Poet-tree Month

    To celebrate National Poetry Month, second-grade students wrote poems on leaves to add to our "Poet-tree!" These poems were created in a style called "Book Spine Poetry." This type of poem is made from choosing titles found on the various spines of books found in the library, gathering them around a central theme, and ordering them to make a poem. Students then come up with a title that best represents the book spine poem they have created!

    Students from all grades and houses are welcome to write their own poems to add to our Poet-tree!
  • March

    Celebrating Women's History Month in the Library

    In celebration of Women's History Month, the library is featuring books written, illustrated and about women who have made history. Thank you to all of the wonderful women and girls who have shaped our world into a better place. This one is for you!
  • February

    Poppy and Isabelle

    Library Celebrations

    February has been one of the most exciting months in library, and there’s still two more weeks to go! Students in grades K-2 recently completed a Caldecott Study unit and voted on their choices for best illustrated book of the year. Although the real Caldecott winner, Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell, was not selected, students were VERY happy with their election results:
    Kindergarten: A tie between Mighty Moby by Ed Young and Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin, an honor medal was given to Triangle by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
    First Grade: Triangle by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
    Second Grade: Dazzle Ships by Chris Barton
    Results of the real Caldecott and other award winning books can be found here.
    In anticipation of Chinese New Year, Kindergarten students were also gifted with the wonderful storytelling of Adam Lanphier, one of the Mandarin language teachers at Big Dalton. He read a wonderful book called Who Wants Candied Hawberries? Adam translated the book from Mandarin, it was written by Dongni Bao. Lunar New Year was also celebrated with students in all grades, many were particularly delighted with the book: The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Dawn Casey, illustrated by Anne Wilson.
  • January

    Librarian Maria Alegre reading

    Students Prepare to Vote for the Best Picture Book of the Year

    With the chill of winter comes an exciting time in the library: preparation for the yearly announcement of the presitigous Caldecott Award. This award is given by the American Library Association for the most distinguished illustrations in a picture book. Though the real Caldecott Committee will make their announcement on Monday, February 12th, 2018, First Program students are hard at work evaluating different picture books to see which they believe most deserves the award. Students will be participting in their own vote in the first week of February to see which books will be adorned with the Dalton Medal.
  • Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

    Come to the library to learn about the man and the movement in whose honor we have Monday off. Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
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