April 2023 Updates from the Library

During April, we have been celebrating Neurodiversity Month, Arab American/Middle East and North African Heritage and Poetry Month!
I had a great 6th grade volunteer helping to diversify my book orders for Neurodiversity Month and adding to my displays. The fantastic Josephine has also helped process and shelve books, and I am very grateful. My dyslexia resources were also enhanced thanks to 11th grader Audrey, who has started a dyslexia affinity group.   
Thursday was Poem in your Pocket Day, and along with well-known poets, we also had some extremely local poets provide poems to be shared throughout the day. Thank you, Brimmer Poets.  If there are any Middle Schoolers who want to enter the Boston Children’s Poetry, Competition, you have until May 10th to submit.   
At the end of March, Middle School and Upper School filled out March Madness brackets to determine our summer reading books. There was such enthusiasm for our final four books that we decided to further embrace student choice and voice by having students pick which one of the Final Four they want to read as their summer reading book. All four are memoirs of resilience and action. The Middle School will be reading the Young Readers versions. I am Malala by Malala Yousufzai, The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande, One Life by Megan Rapinoe, and The Boy who Harnessed the Windby William Kamkwamba.

In Library class, 7th grade students picked an issue that they cared about and wrote issue letters asking those in power for change. Many letters will be headed to President Joe Biden about issues of the environment, while others will be going closer to our state senator or far away to Switzerland FIFA’s headquarters.   
In Wellness classes, I learned a lot about a variety of topics as students presented on a topic of their choosing to practice their research skills as they gear up for their end of the year history research papers.   
As an inclusive private school community, Brimmer welcomes students who will increase the diversity of our school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or any other characteristic protected from discrimination under state or federal law, in the administration of our educational policies, admissions practices, financial aid decisions, and athletic and other school-administered programs.