Tamanend’s Library is here to support all our students in so many ways. Do you want to read a new book or need help with research? Check out Our Library website daily to find new book talks, virtual author visits and other fun ways to explore books that you might have read before! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about books, research, or just want to tell me about something fun you are doing!

    I can be reached at kholloway@cbsd.org

    Week of May 11th

    Presenting W. Bruce Cameron for "BELLA'S STORY:A DOG'S WAY HOME TALE"

    By The Doylestown Bookshop

    Save my spot! Tuesday, May 12th 7:00pm


    While a purchase is not required, we invite you to buy a copy of Bella's Story: A Dog's Way Home Tale from the Doylestown Bookshop.  Your copy of BELLA'S STORY will come with a signed bookplate from W. Bruce Cameron.

    Inspired by the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron, now a major motion picture! 

    Even though Bella has to hide from the neighbors and learn boring games like No Barks and Go Home, she loves her boy Lucas. Then one day Bella is picked up by Animal Control and Lucas is forced to send her to a foster home far away. Bella waits and waits for Lucas to come and get her, but days go by and he does not come. Finally, Bella realizes what she needs to do—she needs to Go Home to Lucas—and even four hundred miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness won’t get in her way.

    Bella's Story includes charming illustrations by Richard Cowdrey as well as a reading and activity guide at the end of the book.


    W. BRUCE CAMERON is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Way Home, and A Dog's Journey (all now major motion pictures), The Dog Master, A Dog's Promise, the Puppy Tales for young readers (starting with Ellie's Story and Bailey's Story), The Dogs of Christmas, The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, and others. He lives in California.

     Click HERE to purchase your copy of BELLA'S STORY.  


    Week of May 4th

    Week 2 of Free Audio Books. New books are released each Thursday. You have until Wednesday to download the books from last week, Monday's Not Coming and The 57 Bus.  Starting this Thursday 2 new books will be available, Picture Us in The Light and Soldiers Secret. Make sure you Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download! Directions are on the Poster below! 

    Tamanend students should first download Sora, then add the SYNC program’s library in order to download these audiobooks.

    Follow these steps!

    • In Sora, open the menu (in the top-right corner).
    • Select Add a public library.
    • Search for audiobooksync and select the library from the results.


    May 7 – May 13


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    Week of April 27th



    FREE AUDIOBOOKS!  That's right- you read that correctly- FREE from SYNC.  SYNC is free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Beginning this week, on Thursday April 30th , participants can download two FREE audiobooks per week.  This week's options are Monday's Not Coming and/or The 57 Bus. Once you download the audiobooks they are yours to keep forever:) Mrs. Holloway will be downloading both of these books to listen to so if you would like to reach out and talk about the books or want to share your thoughts after you listen I would love to hear from you. 

    For more information on this exciting program, how to join and FAQ's click on the links below.

    SYNC Website- register here and find out more!

    FAQ's- including how to get your books directly into SORA 


    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!


    This week, on Wednesday, April 22, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  Typically, there would be tons of school-wide and community activities to participate in, but since we are all staying at home, I have compiled a list of fabulous shows to watch and quick videos to view to learn how to reduce your carbon footprint and help clean up our beautiful Earth.

    Read about the history of Earth Day here 

    Earth Day Challenge: Do a Personal Plastic Audit 

    Earth Day Challenge: Compost Creatively 

    Quarantine Cuisine: Easy Plant-Based Meal 


    The Discovery Channel will be hosting several new specials focusing on environmental awareness on April 22:

    The Story of Plastic - premieres at 2:00 pm on April 22

    You'll take a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash, rivers and seas clogged with waste, and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processingExperts on the front line of the fight against plastic reveal the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothering ecosystems and poisoning communities around the world, and the global movement that is rising up in response. With archival industry footage beginning in the 1930s and first-person accounts of the unfolding emergency, the film distills a complex problem that is increasingly affecting the planet’s and its residents’ well-being.


    Impossible Croc Rescue - premieres on April 22 at 9:00 pm

    Not only is a giant man-eating saltwater crocodile living in the heart of a bustling city in Indonesia, but it’s stuck with a motorcycle tire around its neck, a tragic result of pollution. Now in a desperate plea for help, a reward has been offered that will likely lead to some kind of devastating accident – either for the crocodile or for some inexperienced trapper hoping for a pay day. The situation is a mess, and a safe resolution is desperately needed. That's where animal expert Forrest Galante comes in, as he travels to Indonesia with the help of some local guides to take on the ultimate challenge of saving this crocodile’s life.


    Great Global Clean-Up - premieres on April 22 at 10:00 pm

    Actor Zac Efron turns the spotlight on the efforts of the next generation of individuals and organizations that have made it their mission to help clean up our planet. With Tik Tok star Zach King as the guide, you'll travel to places around the globe as celebrties clean up their hometowns with groups of volunteers, including Efron’s beach clean-up in his own California hometown. Special guests including Lil Dicky, Liza Koshy, Cody Simpson, and The Miz as they discuss the efforts being made to clean up our planet.The special also highlights some of the most recent innovations in recycling and waste management that has the potential to turn trash into treasure on a global scale.


    Week of April 20th

    National Library Week

    Remember if you doing research you can access the Gale Databases and Noddletools in your Cleaver App. Don't forget to check out SORA Sweet Reads, new books are being added each week.

    I so miss seeing all of you so feel free to reach out at any point. I am available M-Th 9-3! 

    National Park week

    Get ready to celebrate National Park Week 2020 from April 18 to 26. Parks across the country host a variety of special programs and events with a focus on digital experiences in 2020. There are also special days during the week to highlight the different ways everyone can enjoy national parks. Have fun!!

    Click here to enter the parks!


    Week of April 13th 

        Jason Reynolds

    Jason Reynolds is an adored author- especially at Tamanend!  Tune into his new biweekly video series  titled “Write. Right. Rite.” which aims at inspiring creativity through prompts and activities.  Jason Reynolds is a dynamic person and author so this series is an exciting announcement!  Tune in beginning April 14th by clicking here.

    Want to check out some of Jason Reynolds' books at Tamanend?

    Click on the covers below to read them, digitally, in SORA.

     Ghost     Long Way Down      As Brave As You      Patina


    Mrs Holloway is also available by email M- Th 9-12. I will be renewing all of your books over the next week:)



    Week of April 6th

    During Phase 2 of Distance Learning, updates from the Tamanend Library can be found here. Mrs. Holloway will available by email if you have any questions, need help with assignments or just need someone to talk to. Please reach out with what you are reading or if you have any questions! I will also be assisting teachers with their classes and resources . Hopefully you will see me in one of your Teams calls! Take care, Stay safe, and HAVE FUN!



    Are you a Harry Potter fan?  Missed the boat on the series and want to give it a try?  We are excited to announce the entire series is available in audio and e-book in SORA as a part of Harry Potter at Home.  Along with reading the books visit Harry Potter at Home by clicking here- where you can discover your Hogwarts house, decipher puzzles, test your Harry Potter knowledge and more!

     Not sure how to access SORA to read/listen to the books?  Follow the directions below.

    1. Go to Soraapp.com
    2. Click find my school
    3. Select Central Bucks School District
    4. Search Tamanend Middle School
      1. Select Sign in using Central Bucks School District
    5. Use your CB Login
    6. Once you are in Sorapp.com, you should see the books you can read
      1. Ex: Wonder, Diary of a wimpy kid, The Selection
    7. If you want to create a desktop Sora app…
      1. Demo
      2. Highlight the URL of the Sora app website
      3. Split your screen so you can see the webpage and your desktop


    Wednesday, April 1st.......           BOOOOO

    Hope everyone is safe and healthy! So you have had over 2 weeks to check out the books in Sora and read some of the amazing e- books it has to offer. I have created a quick little survey to see what books you have checked out and what everyone thinks so far!! Can you beleive we have one student that has already checked out 10 books....M.S. in 7th grade and even one of our teacher, Mrs. Kern is reading of the eBooks! Would love to hear what you like about Sora!

    Please click on the book icon to access the survey 😊 Click Here



    Tuesday, March 31st

    Teen Bookcloud

    Are you looking for more e-book and audiobook options?  Teen Book Cloud is online database that has Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks. There is no need to download content! Click here  to access the site! If you have any trouble accessing just reach out to Mrs. Holloway for help😊


    Monday, March 30th


    Hopefully you have been enjoyining reading books from SORA!  But......Do you LOVE audiobooks?  We are so lucky to have access to dozens of audiobooks available to stream for FREE through Audible!  Audible is offering dozens of free audiobooks for kids of all ages to access while schools are closed - they can be streamed on any laptop, smartphone or tablet. Not only can you listen to a YA book but you could sit with a younger brother or sister and listen to a book they would like then ask them questions about the book :)

    Please share with me what books you listened to!!! kholloway@cbsd.org

    Click here to get started, and click on the Tween, Teen, and Literary Classics tabs.  

    Have FUN!!!


    Thursday, March 26th

    Happy Thursday!!

    Although we ran into some technical difficulties with our virtual author visit I hope the ones that were there ebjoyed Joelle Charronneau's talk.  If you missed it you can click below to hear her talk about some of her books and the writing process.  

    Joelle Charbonneau author visit


    Wednesday, March 25th  11:00 am

    Below is the link to join the Teams Virtual Author visit with Joelle Charbonneau. Hope to see you there!

    Join Virtual Author Visit here


    Tuesday, March 24th    


    So excited to share with you that Joelle Charbonneau will be doing a virtual author visit with us on Wednesday March 25th at 11:00 o'clock through Teams.  More info and link to the Teams page tomorrow. Click Here to hear all about the Virtual Visit!!!                    




    Monday, March 23rd

    Hello Everyone!

    Hope everyone had a safe and healthy weekend! I was so excited to introduce Sora to all of you because of the amazing e- books it has to offer. I have created a quick little survey to see what books you have checked out and what everyone thinks so far!!

    Please click on the book icon to access the survey 😊 Click Here


    Thursday, March 19th

    Happy Thursday! I miss seeing all of you so reach out if you need a book recommendation or want to share a fun story on how you have been spending your time this week!

    • For all current Library books
      • You will not be charged fines and your books will not be considered late! If you would like to me to renew your books, just email me!
    • Would you like something new to read, please check out Sora.  New books are being added every day.  The directions for Sora can be found below.   Additionally, if you have a public library card, you can add access to the Bucks County Free Library's eBook collection to your Sora App so it will be "one-stop shopping." 

    Public Library

    How to add your account from Bucks County Public Library:

    • In Sora you can add books from the BCPL
    • You need to already have a library card
    • The number on the library card is the User ID. The PIN is the four-digit number the card holder set up when they registered for their card. If you aren’t sure what your PIN is, you can click on Request PIN on the My Account of their website and it will be emailed to you.

    Happy Reading!



    Wednesday, March 18th


    Sora, by Overdrive

     A large (300 plus) collection of eBooks and audiobooks for Tamanend Students!

    Watch this VIDEO to see what Sora is all about!

    1. Go to Soraapp.com
    2. Click find my school
    3. Select Central Bucks School District
    4. Search Tamanend Middle School
      1. Select Sign in using Central Bucks School District
    5. Use your CB Login
    6. Once you are in Sorapp.com, you should see the books you can read
      1. Ex: Wonder, Diary of a wimpy kid, The Selection
    7. If you want to create a desktop Sora app…
      1. Demo
      2. Highlight the URL of the Sora app website
      3. Split your screen so you can see the webpage and your desktop


    Tuesday, March 17th

    Click here to Listen to Mrs. Holloway recommend 5 different books!





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