Celebrate Black History Month!

America is rich in Black history. Learn about the lives and contributions of Black Americans by checking out a book and perusing the links below:

  • Black History Month
    Hosted by The Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, and other U.S. government organizations
  • History.com
    Honoring the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history
  • Nat Geo
    Information about how it started and what it honors, along with photos and links to more information

Reese’s Take5: A Social Experiment

Social Experiment: a type of research done in fields like psychology or sociology to see how people behave in certain situations or how they respond to particular policies or programs. Informal, personal, and humorous experimentation, such as pranks, is sometimes also referred to as a social experiment. From Dictionary.com.

Last week, several students began a social experiment in the library. They hung up a delicious snack with a sign that said “Don’t take please!” How long would it last?

Click through to read the play-by-play of the experiment:

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First lines that leave you wanting more…

Some books just have a killer first line that really hooks you in. At the library, we’ve selected some of our favorites to put on display.

Some lines are laugh-out-loud funny. Others make you say, “hmmm?” Either way, these lines are ones that leave you wanting more!

Come browse our collection of first lines and check out the one that really grabs you!

Think you might be a First Line Ace?

Try our quiz to see how well you score.

First Line Quiz

At the end of the month, we’ll release the right answers and our best scoring students will win a prize!

Holiday Book Advent!

Stop by the library every day in December to see a new book featured!

There are 15 school days leading up to Winter Break. For each of those days, we will feature a new, wintry book for you to check out.

Today, December 1, we are featuring Top Elf by Caleb Zane Huett.

Ollie has always been happy just being an elf and inventing new games for Christmas with his best friend Celia–but then the current Santa (descendent of the original) decides to retire and announces that there will be an open competition for the position of next Santa (his son Klaus is not pleased) and suddenly Ollie and the other elves are vying with the Santa children for the Big Red Suit.

This is the perfect, funny read to get in the mood for the holidays!

Send us an outdoor book selfie!

In the months of November and December, many of us braving the chill to enjoy the great outdoors. Maybe you are sitting in a tree stand, maybe you are stringing holiday lights, or maybe you’re just enjoying a rare warm day before winter really sets in. Whatever you’re doing, we’d love to see you outside with a library book!

Here’s two ways to do it:

  1. Use the camera setting on your Chromebook
  2. Use your cell phone or other personal device

Whatever you use, email the picture to Ms. Moore at mmoore@wcps.k12.va.us

Everyone who submits a photo will get an outdoorsy sticker and see their photo posted here!

Thanks for a Great Fair!

We had such a great time last week for the book fair. The Skyline community helped make it one of the greatest fairs yet! We loved meeting so many families on the Trick or Treat night. However, our favorite part of the fair was spinning the wheel to give away free books.

As a result of the fair’s success, the library acquired 39 new books and earned over:


Our next book fair will be in the spring. Can’t wait!