The primary function of the Pulaski Academy Library System (PALS) is to provide all members of the PA community with access to information, research assistance, and informational technology instruction that supports the educational goals of our school.
PALS’ collection is selected to provide an abundance of quality resources in various formats that are designed to supplement the curriculum. The integration of the instructional technology and informational resources with classroom instruction fosters a partnership with teachers and ensures that informational technology is an integral part of learning. The ECS/LS Library provides a welcoming center of learning for PA's younger students with hours of operation being 7:40 am-2:50 pm each school day. The MS/US Learning Commons is a resource and research center for PA's Middle and Upper School students with hours of operation being 7:30 am-3:30 pm each school day.
Trenton Lee Stewart is author of the award-winning, New York Times best-selling Mysterious Benedict Society series, as well as Flood Summer, a novel for adults. He lives in Little Rock Arkansas with his wife and two sons.
Deborah Hopkinson is the author of more than 40 books for young readers including picture books, middle grade fiction, and nonfiction. In her presentations at schools and conferences, she helps bring history and research alive. She also is frequent instructor at writing workshops for adults. Her work is especially well-suited for STEM and CCSS connections.
Her nonfiction includes Courage & Defiance, Stories of Spies, Saboteurs and Survivors in WWII Denmark, Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, a Robert F. Sibert Award honor book and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction honor book, and Shutting out the Sky, Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924, an NCTE Orbis Pictus award honor book and Jane Addams Award honor book.
Deborah’s award-winning picture books include Sky Boys, How They Built the Empire State Building, an ALA Notable and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor book and Apples to Oregon won the Golden Kite Award and Spur Storytelling Award. A four-time Oregon Book Award finalist, Deborah won in 2009 for Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole. Her most recent historical fiction title, The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel wasan Oregon Book Award finalist which won the OCTE Oregon Spirit Award.
A former professional in fundraising for colleges and universities, Deborah received a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She lives near Portland, Oregon.
Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danville, Illinois.
She has since written more than 30 books for kids and teens, including Running Out of Time; Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey; Leaving Fishers; Turnabout; Takeoffs and Landings; The Girl with 500 Middle Names; Because of Anya; Escape from Memory; Say What?; The House on the Gulf; Double Identity; Dexter the Tough; Uprising; Claim to Fame; The Always War; Game Changer; Full Ride; the Shadow Children series; the Missing series and The Palace Chronicles. She also wrote Into the Gauntlet, the tenth book in the 39 Clues series. Her books have been honored with New York Timesbestseller status, the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award; American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; and numerous state reader’s choice awards. They have also been translated into more than twenty different languages.
Haddix and her husband, Doug, now live in Columbus, Ohio, and they are the parents of two college-aged kids.
After studying writing at Syracuse University where he was an All American football player, Tim was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons where he was a top defensive player for eight years.
While Tim played in the NFL, he also studied law and began his writing career. By the time he retired from football in 1994, Tim had already published his first book and become a lawyer. In addition to those two jobs, he began working as a television broadcaster for FOX NFL Sunday and other shows, including Battlebots,Good Morning America, Court TV, A Current Affair, and most recently, Find My Family.
After writing more than a dozen books for adults, Tim began writing a series of novels for young readers set in a world of sports taken from his own experiences as an athlete and a coach. In the meantime, Tim has visited over 1000 schools and spoken to nearly a half million students across the United States about the importance of education and character, in addition to the joys and benefits of reading!
Tim serves on the board of the Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY, as well as the National Writing Project. He lives with his wife, Illyssa, their five kids, and two dogs in Upstate New York. When Tim isn’t writing, he enjoys boating, fishing, hunting, reading, and spending time with his family and friends.
The Model UN Club allows students to become more actively involved in government policies and mechanics. The MS/US Learning Commons houses a vast number and variety of reading materials to promote active participation and learning with regard to Model UN subject matter.
The MS/US Learning Commons provides support, computer equipment, and research materials to students taking part in various student publications. The Bruin Scribe is the Middle School literary magazine for artists, writers, and editors. MS students also capture memories and special events each year in the Middle School Memory Book. US students are responsible for creation and production of The Bruin, the official yearbook of Pulaski Academy. In addition, US students participate in the creation of Veritas, the Upper School art and literature publication
The Arkansas Diamond State Reading Book Award is an annual children's choice award for the state of Arkansas, specifically geared toward elementary students. Participating children have opportunity to vote for their favorite book from a list of titles each school year. Children must have read or heard of at least three books from the list in order to be eligible to vote.
This week-long celebration of the written word takes place each May. National Children's Book Week introduces young people to new authors and ideas in schools, libraries, homes, and bookstores. Through this event, the Children's Book Council encourages young people and their caregivers to explore books as a means of discovering the complexity of the world beyond their own experience.
One day each year, Early Childhood and Lower School students and teachers slip into their favorite PJs for a mid-winter, all-day reading extravaganza. Students bring their pillows, sleeping bags, favorite stuffed animals, and (most important of all!) books, for a day of reading for pleasure. Guest readers also visit the classrooms during the day.
Wonderful Wednesday s in the ECS/LS Library will take place each summer during the weeks of Summer at the Academy. Hours for Wonderful Wednesdays are 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. Students may check out book and participate in AR testing. Third grade students and above may come alone, but students in second grade or below must be accompanied by an adult.
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Librarian/Director of Pulaski Academy Library System
UA Monticello - B.S.B.A. University of Tennessee - MLIS