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Ms. Lisa Lehman & Mrs. Maura Nichols, Librarians

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Overdue Book Policy

Overdue book notices are now being sent out via email every few weeks to students and parents. We no longer distribute paper copies. Students, please check your email account to see if you received any overdue notices. Students can also access their account to see what books they have checked out and/or place holds on books by logging on to our catalog. If a student does not know their log in information they are asked to see an FMS librarian for help.

We DO NOT charge late fees, but do charge if the item has been lost or damaged. We ask that students make every effort to return overdue books or replace lost or damaged books borrowed from any of the GCSD libraries before leaving FMS and moving to the high school.  Be aware that it is GHS policy to have students resolve any issues with overdue materials taken from ANY GCSD library before graduation or it could delay receiving tickets and caps & gowns. This includes materials a graduating senior might have outstanding from their time in elementary school and/or FMS. Please contact a librarian if you have questions or need to resolve an overdue book issue.

FMS Makerspace

The library continues to grow our Makerspace, a place where students can learn new skills with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), then design, build, and craft. There are sessions planned for Zentangle, Hour of Code, Fashion Upcycling, littleBits, Lego Drop-In, Robotics and more. Listen to the FMS TV News Morning Broadcast for more information on sessions and when you can sign up!

Learn more about the Makerspace Movement in libraries. 

Zentangle Makerspace

Special sessions will continue to be held throughout the year, including an intro session to this art form. Listen to the morning announcements for more information on what's being offered and when to sign up. Also, anyone who has participated in the introductory class is eligible to join the weekly drop-in Zentangle club that meets on Thursdays in the library.

Fashion Upcycling Makerspace

There's a recent movement in the fashion world inspired by "upcycling." In fashion, upcycling means taking old clothes, waste fabric or even trash and stitching, gluing, attaching, molding, etc. it into an entirely new clothing item or accessory. This keeps it out of the landfill and gives new life to something considered trash. Fashion upcycling using trash has inspired a new type of fashion show … the TRASHION SHOW! This has become an art form where people create clothing out of trash and then hold contests or just show them off on the runway.

The FMS Fashion Upcycling Makerspace will be help Tuesdays during activity period. See Mrs. Nichols if you would like to join!

Join Charlotte Club    

This activity period club is great for students who love to read, talk about books, and share stories with other readers. (The refreshments are great too.) See Mrs. Stedge in the Reading Place or Ms. Lehman in the Learning Center, if you are interested in joining or drop in for one of their Monday meetings after school in the library. Open to all grades.


What the Librarians are Reading:

Goodreads: Book reviews, recommendations, and discussion