Programs


ASAP (After School Achievement Program) After-School Media Center Program

The library media staff offers late hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 3:30 p.m. through the Wethersfield Youth Services/ASAP Program for those who need help with a project, use of a computer, or are looking for a quiet place to do your homework.  This service can be used on the Wednesdays and Thursdays of ASAP sessions on a drop-in basis.  Students needing transportation may take the late bus at 3:20 p.m. 

We also offer Minecraft Mondays (fee and preregistration required) using Minecraft Edu.

Author in Residence Program/Visiting Writers

As the budget and schedule allow, the library media center sponsors author visits and/or cultural visits. Generously funded by PAC (Parent Action Committee), the Author in Residence program seeks to introduce students to published authors, provide writing workshops for interested students, and inspire students to read and write for pleasure. 

Lynda Mullaly Hunt

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Visited SDMS on March 2, 2016

 

For the 2015-2016 school year, PAC not only funded an author visit by Lynda Mullaly Hunt on Read Across Amerida Day, March 2, 2016 but also a number of after-school author Skypes with Tim Green and Kwame Alexander in May.

Past author visits have included author Dr. Padma Venkatram in October 2014, poet/photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. in 2014 and 2012, Nora Raleigh Baskin in 2007 and 2009,  and Will Hobbs, in 2008. 

Past One Book, One Community Program and Visiting Author Events

In order to build community, promote discussion of important topics, and promote a love of reading, the SDMS staff have participated in three One Book, One Community Read Aloud programs.  According to the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book, “One Book projects (community-wide reading programs), initiated by the Washington Center for the Book in 1998, are being introduced across the U.S.A. and around the world.” In 2007, staff read aloud Basketball or Something Like it by Nora Raleigh Baskin in preparation for her visit.  In 2008, eighth grade staff read Downriver and seventh grade staff read Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs. In 2010, staff read aloud Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin and conducted a number of staff and student activities related to autism awareness and the novel. Discussion guides, Jeopardy games, educational videos, and opportunities to question the authors about their writing process and book themes made the experience worthwhile for all involved. Click on the link to hear Nora discuss her book Anything But Typical.

Scholastic Book Fairs

Save the Date! Scholastic BOGO Book Fair: April 3-7, 2017

Every year, the Library Media Center holds a Scholastic Book Fair/The Exchange in the fall to promote reading and raise funds to supplement the library budget. In May, we sponsor a Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair. The purpose of this fair is to provide an affordable way for students and teachers to build their personal libraries and promote summer reading.  Parent volunteers are usually on hand to staff and support both of these events.

Collaboration with the Wethersfield Public Library

Seventh grade students visit the Wethersfield Public Library on a field trip to learn more about the physical layout, location of materials, and programs and resources available to them. Students are offered the opportunity to apply for a library card if they do not already have one. In addition, the public library staff and school library staff communicate about summer reading, teen programs, and work together to co-sponsor one teen program in the spring.


SDMS Calendar View all events
  • November 2017
    • FriNov24 NO SCHOOL!
    • MonNov27 SDMS MINECRAFT MONDAY 2:30 PM to 3:15 PMMEDIA CENTER
    • TueNov28 SDMS 8TH GRADE STUDENT OF THE TRIMESTER BREAKFAST 7:15 AM to 7:45 AMMEDIA CENTER
    • TueNov28 SDMS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • WedNov29 SDMS JAZZ BAND AND CHORALE 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • ThuNov30 SDMS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 7:00 AM to 7:40 AM
  • December 2017
    • MonDec04 SDMS JAZZ BAND AND CHORALE 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • MonDec04 SDMS MINECRAFT MONDAY 2:30 PM to 3:15 PMMEDIA CENTER
    • TueDec05 SDMS 7TH GR. BAND CONCERT 6:30 PM to 7:30 PMSDMS AUDITORIUM
    • TueDec05 SDMS 7TH GR. CHORAL CONCERT 8:00 PM to 9:00 PMSDMS AUDITORIUM
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Photo Slideshow - November 8, 2017
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Silas Deane Middle School's Charlene Maddock has been selected as the 2017 Teacher of the Year for the Wethersfield Public Schools. Please click for more.
Presentation to the Wethersfield Board of Education
Did you know that Wethersfield students can borrow free eBooks and audiobooks and download them to personal mobile devices or read them through a Browser on a Chromebook through Overdrive? Click to title to find out more!

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127 Hartford Avenue
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: 860-571-8100

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