Reviews and Blog Posts: school

Fangbone! third-grade barbarian. 1

by Michael Rex

Reviewer Rating:
4

    I saw this book on an ALA list of books for young readers and the premise- a kid barbarian from another dimension comes to Earth and settles in a third grade class- is so original that I had to pick it up. I was not disappointed. Fangbone is witty...

Back to School With School Stories!

I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson

With back-to-school in full effect, it's a fun time of the year for kids to read a novel from one of the most popular sub-genres of realistic fiction: school stories. Since children spend so much of their time in school, they tend to gravitate toward and readily identify with these types of stories, which typically involve a school setting and the activities of students and teachers as a main element of the plot.

René has two last names

by René Colato Laínez

This is an awesome book for kids who come from Latin America that wish to use their last names and learn about their ancestors. It is a bilingual picture book based on the author's own life as an American immigrant from El Salvador. 

Third grade angels

by Jerry Spinelli

Reviewer Rating:
3

Suds is entering third grade.  He is very excited to be one of the new “third grade angels.”  His school follows the rhyme, "First grade babies, second grade cats, third grade angels, fourth grade rats."  Suds is done with being a baby and a cat.  Now he is an angel. ...

Zeke Meeks vs. the horrifying TV-turnoff week

by D. L. (Debra L.) Green

Reviewer Rating:
3

I learned about the Zeke Meeks series when a second grade boy came to the library asking for as many Zeke Meek books as he could find.  This second grader loved the Zeke Meeks series.  His enthusiasm prompted me to try one in the series.

Attend our Research Skills Class for Adult Students

Bob Lawrence wins graduate award by NTU- Brackenhurst, Creative Commons licensed

The number of older students returning to school has been steadily increasing over the past decade. Students over the age of 25 now comprise 38 percent of the total college population, with that number expected to rise by 25 percent by 2019.

Our Reference Services department has certainly seen an increase in visits from non-traditional students. Library research has migrated to an online environment, and looks quite different than even ten years ago. Fear not! Students can rely on the library to help them navigate this new learning landscape. We have created a course on library research to provide adult learners with the skills they need to study more productively and research more confidently.

First Day of School Books

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?

Behold, the first day of school...a time that fills the hearts of parents and children with excitement and dread, often in equal measure.

Particularly for brand new preschoolers and kindergartners, as well as for other children who have never been to school, the first day can be a time of wondering and worry as much as anticipation and excitement. A great way to soothe fears as well as celebrate this new experience is to share a picture book about beginning school, the first day of school, and other school-related experiences.

For first-day fears, try these titles to help reassure children:

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