Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of the Louisiana Trilogy (Ninth Ward, Sugar, and Bayou Magic) as well as her most recent Towers Falling will be speaking with Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders on Tuesday, May 16th. She will be happy to sign copies of her books so bring them in on the 16th!

Nathan Hale is Coming to Packer

Nathan Hale, author of the popular graphic novel series, Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, will be coming to Packer on Friday, March 17th (rescheduled after snow day on Tuesday). He will be speaking to Third and Fourth graders in the Hart Library. If you have copies of his books he will be signing so bring them in! In Library we watched a video of Nathan drawing Hangman, who appears in all the books, providing a little comic relief.

Mock Newbery Book Club Closing Celebration

On Friday, February 24th Packer hosted the closing celebration for our inter-school Mock Newbery Book Club celebration. There were 70 book club participants in attendance from Packer, Saint Ann’s, and Brooklyn Friends School. Each school presented their Mock Newbery winners and best of all we heard from our guest speaker, Laura Lutz, a librarian at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan and a member of the 2017 Newbery Committee. The real committee! She spoke about her experience and answered students’ questions. It was a fun, informative, and celebratory event.

The Vote Is In!

Packer’s Mock Newbery Book Club’s winner is…

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

When the  announcement was made during Library to the Fourth Graders the room erupted in cheers. Yay reading! And kudos to Peter Brown for the incredible and wildly popular The Wild Robot.


4th Grade Mock Newbery Voting

The 4th grade Mock Newbery book club participants have been busy reading all year. On Thursday, January 19th they voted for their winners! The real Newbery committee is also convening and voting at ALA’s mid-winter conference in Atlanta, January 20th – 23rd. The winners will be announced on Monday, January 23rd. Check in again soon to find out the results!

Mock Newbery Kickoff Celebration at BFS

On Friday, November 18th a group of 23 4th and 5th grade Mock Newbery Book Club members went to Brooklyn Friends School for a kickoff celebration after school. Students from St. Ann’s and Brooklyn Heights Montessori were also there. There were snacks, trivia and best of all students got to meet and hear from Krishna Grady, current Newbery Committee member. A great time was had by all at this well attended event!file_003file_001file_000


Mock Newbery Kick-Off Celebration

Packer’s 4th Grade Mock Newbery Book Club is run concurrently with librarians and students at St. Ann’s, Brooklyn Friends, and Brooklyn Heights Montessori. Every year we hold a kick-off event at one of the participating schools. This year the kick-off with be at Brooklyn Friends School (BFS) located at 375 Pearl Street, Brooklyn on Friday, November 18th. We will meet in the Hart Library after school promptly at 3:20 on the 18th and walk over to BFS. The celebration will begin at 3:40pm and will run until 4:45. We will meet and discuss books with children at these nearby schools as well as hear from a special guest speaker, a current “real” Newbery committee member. Snacks will be provided. We will walk back to Packer for a 5pm pick up back in the Hart Library. Those interested in attending must have a parent email Chris Rush ( no later than 11/15. Please refer to the parent letter for more details.Newbery Seal