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Wilson Library


Mrs. Madrinich, Teacher Librarian & Miss Shandy, Secretary

509-573-2422 Main Circulation Desk

"The Mission of the Library Media Program is to ensure

all students are effective users and producers of information."

Students may come to library in the mornings before the bell at 7:50, during all lunches, and after school for Homework Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 3:30 PM.  Students can check out books, read, do assignments, use computers, print out documents, use email, and do creative art projects at our new MAKERSPACE!!  See more details on Home Work Center and our MakerSpace below.

Reading is a skill to develop all during your life; it is necessary in every job and every subject in school.  Sharing stories and being an independent learner enriches your life and everyone around you.  You can read to a younger sibling, share a poem with a parent, laugh over jokes, and explore new ideas.  Make reading a part of your day everyday, and you will open your mind to unlimited possibilities.

Here are some ideas one helping people become life-long learners and readers from the BookShare blog:  Recommending Books  Happy Reading!


A Night Divided

The Reading-Writing Connection:  The library has signed copies of Jennifer's books including her latest publication A Night Divided about when The Berlin Wall went up on a Saturday night in August 1961.  Her story is based on actual events when families were divided by the wall and had to risk their lives to be reunited.  I got to meet Jennifer and spend the day with her talking about books, readers and writers.  She had her nails done special with barbed wire in honor of her new book!

Check out her Ascendance Trilogy that begins with The False Prince, a New York Times best seller.  Jennifer has a new trilogy The Mark of the Thief; book two is coming out in January 2016 called The Rise of the Wolf

For all you future writers, read Jennifer's handout from a speech she gave at our library conference to learn how YOU can someday publish a book too!!


Wilson Library is open everyday at 7:30 am and after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 3:30 pm for Homework Center!!  You can print, use calculators, read, work on computers, practice keyboarding or check your grades on Skyward.

For those who ride the bus:  You can still come to HWC and get a FREE bus pass to ride the Yakima Transit home at 3:30!!  You must stay in HWC until the end to receive a bus pass, thanks!


If you are a fan of the Warriors, Survivors or Seekers series, you might be suprised to know the "author" is actually six different women?  Click here to learn more about who is the "real" Erin Hunter? 
Who is the real Erin Hunter?


RICK RIORDAN BOOK RAFFLE!  THE WILSON MS LIBRARY HAS THREE COPIES OF RIORDAN'S DEMIGOD COLLECTION!!  This 1,392 page book contains the first books in three mega-bestselling series by Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: THE LIGHTNING THIEF, The Heroes of Olympus: THE LOST HERO, and The Trials of Apollo: THE HIDDEN ORACLE, packaged together for the first time. Also includes bonus chapters from The Kane Chronicles and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.  JUST 5 PBIS POINTS PER ENTRY, MULTIPLE ENTRIES OK TOO!  SEE MRS. MADRINICH BEFORE SCHOOL, AFTER SCHOOL OR DURING LUNCHES ON MONDAYS OR FRIDAYS TO ENTER!!  THE RAFFLE DRAWING WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17TH BEFORE THE BREAK!!  GET IN ON THE RAFFLE, AND YOU'LL HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF BOOK TO READ OVER THE HOLIDAY BREAK!





Everyone should know about Malala Yousafzai and her efforts to promote education for children all around the world. Sometimes in the United States, we can take for granted our freedoms and privileges such as a high quality public education. In the summer of 2014, she became the youngest person to have won the Nobel Peace Prize sharing the award with another Pakistani, Kailash Satyarthi.

On July 12th, 2013, Malala Day, her 16th birthday, she addressed the United Nations to explain the importance of education for all children.  She speaks eloquently and passionately about the need for education.  Her final words sum up her point of view well:

"So let us wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism and let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.  One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education First."

The library has two biographies about her life you can check out.  Most students are shocked when they discover she almost died when terrorists shot her in the head while riding home from school on the bus.  Many students aren't aware that all around the world there are millions of children who either can not afford to attend schools or do not have a safe community where attending school is possible.

Follow the link below for an interview with Malala sharing what are her favorite books.  Then watch the complete United Nations speech where Malala addresses the world's leaders to support her message of education for all children everywhere.

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Malala's UN Speech                  Malala's Favorite Books


Sasquatch Award
YRC Award

Every year, students at Wilson Middle School are encouraged to read and vote on two book awards: The Sasquatch Award sponsored by the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA)and the Young Reader's Choice Award (YRCA) sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Library Association. The Evergreen Teen Book Award is chosen annually by Washington State students in 7th through 12th grades from a list generated by teen librarians. The lists feature books with teen appeal and cover a wide variety of interests.

Students must read at least 2 titles in order to vote; to be fair to all the authors, you need to compare two books in order to say one is better than the other. Students can also recommend titles to be included on the next year's list, so anything published in 2020-2021 can be nominated for the 2023 award titles. Voting for next year takes place in the spring 2022, and authors are always honored to have students choose them to be award winners.


If you have a favorite, get some of your friends interested in reading it too.  Share with them what they are missing by not reading any of these titles.  All book titles have something to offer since another student picked them to be included. Look for the Sasquatch and YRCA titles in the library display showcases. Some students try to read them ALL just to be sure they don't miss reading the one everyone else votes for!

Wilson library is always willing to purchase a series or title that you want to read.  Just ask Mrs. Madrinich and Miss Shandy to purchase a book you recommend, and we will buy it so others can read it too!!

Titles to read for next year's voting :


The Wilson Library has two great online resources to help you be successful with your school work!!

The World Book Online Encyclopedia is available for students and staff to access from school or home.  It looks a little different, but it's better than ever with more articles, videos, and now even primary sources.  Primary sources are original documents such as a president's speech, some even in their own handwriting.  You can have pages read to you, copy and save pages to your personal research account, look up every word in every article in a dictionary, and use the citation helper for your bibliography.

Articles are continuously updated, and new content is added daily.  Check out what's happened on this date in the past, or read about linked online content to current news events for more in depth background information about today's issues.  Explore the world using maps and comparing information on two countries side-by-side. The WBO is a great place to start your research to find reliable and current content as well as links to further reading on related topics. 

Another great resource are our ebooks:  True Flix and Freedom Flix.  True Flix is all about science, nature, people, places and history.  Learn more about disasters, ecosystems, space and the human body. Freedom Flix focuses on U.S. History.  Both have videos, the ability to highlight and take notes, and like WBO, they even READ ALOUD TO YOU!  Check it these great resources today in the Wilson Library Media Center and online through the Wilson Library home page!  Students do need to use a password to access Freedom and TrueFlix: it's the same "wilsony" for both a username and password, so start reading today!



Teen Ink has an amazing variety of articles from opinion pieces to reviews on books, TV shows, movies and music to poetry and fictional stories.  The artwork and photography is also created only by students, and the editors seem to match just the right image to the written piece to enhance both students' work.

We hope you take time to check out either of these new magazines.  Maybe you'll be inspired to create your own work to submit for printing.  It would be a great way to get a start on a career in journalism, advertising, photography, visual arts or creative writing!