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Ashley Cross
Teacher Librarian, O. Henry Middle School
Currently Reading: Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys




O. Henry Library News:

October Library News

September Library News

Teacher Librarian

Ashley Cross

Library hours: 8am-3:50pm 



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Even though we can't access our school library's vast collection, throughout the years our school has invested in Sora, a system for checking out free ebooks and audiobooks for any device via the library website. Be sure and read the directions carefully if you are new to Sora. The directions are posted on the Home page of our library website: http://ohenrylibrary.com


Also, check out the Student Book Reviews tab to see what O. Henry students recommend and fill out the online form to suggest your own favorite books. 


The Bookspring Readathon results are in: 


95 O. Henry student participants read 60,525 minutes in twelve days and raised $2,631.59 to purchase new, high quality "forever" books for low-income students here in Austin. 


Top O. Henry student fundraiser: Clay Maxwell raised $438

Top O. Henry student for minutes read: Astrid Henschel read 6,363 minutes

Top O. Henry fundraising class: Mr. Devereaux's class raised $728 

Top O. Henry class for minutes read: Ms. Shellhorn's class read 23,873 minutes

Ms. Shellhorn's students read more than any class in the 20 Austin schools that participated. Go Book Whisperers.


Congratulations and thank you to all O. Henry student participants, their families, and teachers.  







Library News:

Announcing two exciting library events!


Bookspring Readathon begins January 24 and runs through February 9! The Bookspring Readathon is a service project where Kids Read for Kids!  Students keep a record of their reading (pages or minutes) for the twelve days of the Readathon and find at least one sponsor to pay them money by the page/minute or a lump sum of reading support. Funds go to purchase "forever books" for low-incomes students here in Austin schools. Some of our O. Henry students have been recipients in the past. 


Students may register online now: https://www.bookspringreadathon.org/


Here's a video from our Readathon participants visiting schools here in Austin as book buddies in 2018!  https://animoto.com/play/WYrSe9KO0vGbQuc1asVcCQ


Author Visit!  Rebecca Balcarcel visits O. Henry Cafe at 2 pm on Friday, February 28. Her debut novel, The Other Side of Happy,  tells "Quijana's journey to understand how she fits between two cultures": American and Guatemalan. "Authentic and relatable to readers of all backgrounds. A beautiful coming-of-age story."


We partner with BookPeople (6th and Lamar) to bring these authors into our schools for free. We ask only that you consider buying a copy for your child or to donate. Ordering details to follow. 

For more information on the book and author, go to: http://rebeccabalcarcel.com



Mark your calendar - The O. Henry Book Fair and Books N' Bingo Family Night


Book Fair Info: Dec. 3-6

The book fair is coming Dec. 3rd-6th! Get holiday gifts for friends, family members, teachers, and support the O. Henry Library! Don't have any cash on hand to spare for the fair? Parents can buy a gift card to use by going to follettgift.com. For complete details, click here


Books N' Bingo Night: Dec. 4

On Wednesday, Dec. 4th, the library will host a Family Night of Books N' Bingo where families can browse the fair and play bingo to win prizes from the fair. We'll have the library decked out in a wintry theme sponsored by Loot Vintage Rentals and we'll have drinks and popcorn for snacks. Check the Pony Express over the next few weeks for more information.



Parent Education Series

BLEND and 1:1~ Information on Chromebooks

Tuesday, October 29th, 5:30-6:30 in the OHMS Café

Parent Portal and BLEND workshop

Wednesday, October 30th, 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the OHMS Library


Texas Book Festival

Looking for something fun to do with the family next weekend? The Texas Book Festival will be happening by the Capitol Oct. 26th-27th. 


There will be tons of author panels and activities. Kwame Alexander, Stuart Gibbs, and Ibi Zoboi are just a few authors you won't want to miss. 


Check out the entire author lineup, schedule, and more info about the fest here: https://www.texasbookfestival.org/