Caroline Hallowell Worth Memorial Library, Yarnall Hall
Each year, students at Sandy Spring Friends School participate in the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Awards Program, along with 70,000 other students in Maryland schools, to select winners in the Picture Book, Chapter Book, and Graphic Novel categories. The winners will be selected on April 25; for more details visit the MASL website.
To see the complete list of the 2017-2018 book award nominees, visit this page of the Prince George's County Library website.
2017 All-School Summer Read
Every other year, we participate in an all-school Community Read project. This year's Community Read is focused on the story of Mildred and Richard Loving.
- Lower School students read The Case for Loving, written by Selina Alko and illustrated by Sean Qualls. The authors visited our school in September.
- Middle and Upper School students, faculty, staff, families, and community members read Loving vs Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell. She came to campus in October and worked with Middle and Upper School students.
- Retired jouranlist Lyle Denniston, a 58-year veteran of covering the Supreme Court, spoke to the Middle and Upper School about the impact of precedence in the law, and included discussion of Loving v. Virginia (1967), Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), and the so-called Wedding Cake Case currently before the Court.
Want to know more about the effects of the court case? Check out the following resources:
- Panel Discussion on Interracial Marriage
- Author Visits
- Black-Eyed Susan Awards
- Dr. Seuss's Birthday
Panel Discussion on Interracial Marriage
On Wednesday, January 31, the Yarnall Library hosted an evening of conversation with community members as they shared their experiences of interracial marriage in the DC area. The panel discussion was moderated by NPR's Korva Coleman, and featured couples from Sandy Spring, including Chandlee Offerman; anti-miscegenation laws made it illegal for Chandlee and her husband Andy to marry in 1960s Maryland. All together the panel's experience of "mixed" marriage spanned the 50 years since the United States Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws across the country.
Oct. 2, 2017: Author Patricia Hruby Powell was on campus working with US Dance and English classes and presenting both US and MS assemblies about the creative and research processes behind her books. She shared her personal experiences, her inner wonderings, and the systems she set up to keep track of research materials she gathered. Patricia had a wonderful experience with our students and campus.
Sept. 22, 2017: Husband and wife author-illustrator team Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, creators of our LS community read, A Case for Loving spent time at SSFS with the preschool classes, the 4th and 5th graders, MS English students, and presented at a Lower School assembly. They lunched with members of the MS book club, and all day long generously shared about their writing and art and listened to (and were very impressed by) our students.
Author Kate Hannigan joined us for a terrific day on April 5th. She engaged 4th, 5th and 6th graders with her stories and thoughts about reading, writing, research and resilience. She also shared her "scroll of doom" a 65 foot compilation of the many rejection letters she got on the way to becoming a successful author.
And the 2017 winner is…
The votes have been counted and 70,000 students from across the state have selected their favorite books as part the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award program. The student selections are:
Picture Book – I’m Trying to Love Spiders: (It Isn’t Easy) by Bethany Barton
Grades 4-6 – Ellie’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel by W. Bruce Cameron
Graphic Novels Grades 4-6 – Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm
Grades 6-9 –When by Victoria Laurie
Graphic Novels Grades 6-9 – Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
High School – Every Thing, Everything by Nicola Yoon
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