Remarkable Readers

We in the Greene Library believe that especially this year, with students learning from home, a pandemic raging, and a renewed nation-wide focus on racial justice, it is important to recognize the value and importance of reading, both as an activity that increases academic achievement, but also as an activity that allows students to escape into a new world and step into the shoes of people from different cultures and backgrounds.

Every year in September and October, in honor of teen read week, Greene Middle School honors our truly remarkable readers. Students who are our most avid readers, those students who have read and reread their favorite series, who are never seen without a book, who keep reading even after the lights are out, can be nominated as Remarkable Readers by their parents, friends, or teachers using a google form that is sent out on Schoology and the e-News in September.

Students who are nominated this year will be notified via schoology of their nomination. Students who are nominated will have the option to take a picture of themselves reading a favorite book and submit it to Mrs. Collins to be made into a READ poster (see examples in the slides to the right).

Please keep in mind the following when taking the picture:

Please take pictures in front of a solid colored background (please make sure that the background is a different color, if possible, from the student’s clothing)

  • Make sure that the picture is high enough resolution to be made into an 11″x17″ poster
  • Students are encouraged to dress up in theme with the book that they choose to hold.
  • Review the background possibilities in the folder here, and choose a background that matches your book choice.
  • Make sure that the cover of the book is visible, and that the student is turned the same direction as the placeholder dummy in the background chosen (if applicable).
  • Be sure to plan your photo according to the requirements of the background you choose in terms of how much of the student’s body is visible in the photo (e.g. some backgrounds only require chest up, others require legs up, others whole body)

Pictures are then made into READ posters for each student. During Teen Read Week in October, Remarkable Reader READ posters will be exhibited in the library Schoology course, in a photo album viewable by all students. At the end of Teen Read Week students will be given a high quality digital pdf file of their poster, which they can choose to either print or save, along with the text of their nominations and all of the nice things said by the people who nominated them.

Please check the calendar below for specific dates for the new school year.

Banned Books Week

Every year late October libraries all over the country celebrate the freedom to read free from censorship during Banned Books Week. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

During Banned Books Week the library features books in our collection that have been challenged or banned in other places, and gives our students the chance to read these controversial books and be exposed to a wide range of experiences and ideas. The librarian also often does presentations in English classes during this week to highlight the most recent challenges and bans from the previous year and draw attention to the ongoing danger of censorship in schools.

Please check the calendar below for specific dates for the new school year.

Scholastic Book Fairs

The library hosts two Scholastic Book Fairs each year, in the Library Classroom. The first takes place in the fall, generally during the second week of school, and is also open during the Back to School BBQ. This first book fair is a great chance for students to stock up on pleasure reading books for the beginning of the year. 40% of all funds from this first book fair go directly to the Greene Middle School Library, so your book and other item purchases help the library to build its collection, fund literacy outreach efforts, and more!

The second Scholastic Book Fair each year happens in May, the same week as Open House, and is open in the library all week as well as in the evening of Open House. This second book fair is always a Buy-One-Get-One-Free fair. This fair does not generate any revenue for the library, because all of the revenue is dedicated to providing twice as much reading material for our students and teachers at half the price they would have otherwise paid. This book fair is a great opportunity for our students to stock up on books for their summer break, and for teachers to get books for their classroom libraries. We also have wish lists from teachers so that students and families may purchase books for them as well.

Please check the calendar below for specific dates for the new school year.

The books selected for the 2018-2019 Battle of the Books.

Battle of the Books

At the end of the first semester, and going into the beginning of the second, the Library Club sponsors a school-wide reading event called the Battle of the Books. The Battle of the Books is a team reading and trivia contest, in which teams of four students each read 8 books chosen by the current year’s Library Club students from the books nominated by the Greene student body and library club suggestions. Teams have 6 weeks to read the 8 books, and they can choose to all read all 8 books, or to divide them among the team members.

At the end of the 6 weeks of reading comes the day of the battle! All teams gather together in the MPR during 3rd and 4th periods on a Wednesday and compete to see which team can answer the most trivia questions about the 8 books correctly. All participating teams receive prizes, and the teams which score highest receive better and more prizes.

This wonderful event is fun and exciting, and it also creates a community of readers at Greene who are all reading and talking about the same books for two months, helping to create a culture of literacy at the school.

Please check the calendar below for specific dates for the new school year.

Annual Book Drive

In the second semester the Library Club sponsors the Annual Greene Middle School Book Drive to benefit a low-income elementary school in the Bay Area. Greene students are encouraged to look through their shelves at home and find gently used books they are no longer reading appropriate for grades K-5 (and sometimes K-8) that they can donate to a school where students and teachers are less fortunate and have less access to pleasure reading books in their classrooms and homes. In many of these schools, their school libraries are in disrepair after years of neglect, and the books in the library are old, unattractive, and falling apart. Our donations help bring newer, more interesting books into the lives of these students!

The Book Drive is completed in cooperation with a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization called Access Books Bay Area, which also refurbishes the school library at the low-income school we are collecting books for, donating brand new high quality pleasure reading books to the library collection and new furniture for the library, and repainting the library walls and painting colorful, fun reading-related murals on the walls. Greene students often also volunteer with Access Books Bay Area on the project day and have a first-hand experience with making a difference in access to literacy for others. To learn more about Access Books Bay Area, visit

Please check the calendar below for specific dates for the new school year.

Author Jessica Townsend speaks to Greene students in January of 2018 about her new series, Nevermoor: the Trials of Morrigan Crow.

Author Visits

Each school year, in cooperation with Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, Greene is able to bring published authors to visit our school and speak to our students about their books, their lives, and the craft of writing. Authors who have visited include Jennifer Nielsen, James Dashner, Kate Milford, Marie Lu, and Jessica Townsend, to name just a few.

For each author visit, students are also given the opportunity to purchase copies of the books from the visiting author from Kepler’s books, which are then signed and dedicated to the student by the author on the day of the visit.

Please check the calendar below for specific dates for the new school year.

MSSAAB Podcast

Beginning in the spring semester of the 2019-2020 school year, the library club recorded and published a podcast titled Middle School Students Argue About Books. This podcast features members of the library club, Mrs. Collins, and a variety of guests including published authors, talking and debating about books and reading.

Podcasts were recorded in the library during lunch on club meeting days in the second semester of the year. The podcast could continue in the first semester of each year if there were sufficient interest to do both the battle of the books AND the podcast. If this were to be the case, it would probably have to be recorded on a different day than regular library club meetings.

Podcast episodes are published on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, and everywhere else you can get podcasts.

Please join library club if you would like to participate in this activity. You can also listen to past podcasts here.

Middle School students Argue About Books was the brainchild of the 2019-2020 second semester library club students and Mrs. Collins.