We’d Like to Recommend…


Looking for a recommendation for a new book?  Take a look at the CEMS and CEHS displays called “Ms. Young Suggests” or “Mr. Werner Enjoyed” or “Mrs. Kozaka Recommends.”  Each book on the display has a brief description and then a QR code you can scan for more information.

Don’t have a QR code reader loaded yet?  Our favorite QR app is i-nigma. Tap here to add it to your iPad or iPhone.

The displays are selections of 20+ titles that we hope you might enjoy as well.  Or just ask Mrs. Kozaka, Ms. Young or Mr. Werner for a personalized recommendation, too.  We’d love to help!

In the coming weeks, we hope to add books that you recommend to each other, too. Let us know if there’s a book you loved that you think other students might enjoy as well.

Banned Book Week 2015



Each year, the American Library Association dedicates a week in September to  the protection of Free Speech and the right to read any book you choose.  As they have so beautifully articulated, Banned Book Week:

“highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”

In recognition of Banned Book Week, we created this display of destroyed pages from Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.  The display also includes numerous Freedom of Speech quotes and images from 23 of the most frequently challenged books — the covers of which are reproduced in black and white behind the red BANNED BOOK WEEK and yellow FORBIDDEN letters.

Want to learn more about how you can celebrate Banned Book Week? Check out ALA’s Banned and Challenged Books website!

Update: Here’s the version of this display that we created at the Middle School LLC.  Same idea but on a slightly smaller scale due to space constraints.


For Librarians: further information about the display — including downloadable PDFs of the quotes and book covers  — is available below.


The pages of this version of Atwood’s novel measure 5″ x 8″  and were either redacted with black marker or burned on the corners and then attached to black paper in a grid pattern spaced 1″ apart.


Please click below to download the PDFs of the BANNED BOOK WEEK and FORBIDDEN signs, as well as the quotes.  A brief movie also shows the display close up.

Summer Reading: Book Selection

Welcome to Summer Reading 2015! Please take a look at the book descriptions SLIDE SHOW we have created to help you select a book. Then choose your 1st choice and 2nd choice books using the book selection FORM.

NOTE: you will need to log into your Cape Google account to be able to select your book titles.

For students entering Grades 5-8 in September 2015, please click below:



For students entering Grades 9-12 in September 2015, please click HERE:



I-Search Resources

One of the most important aspects of the I-Search Process is how you organize yourself as you conduct your research. Taking a little bit of  additional time to get set up will save you an immense amount of frustration later on.

The documents you need are all stored HERE. But each document is also linked individually below.  Please click “CONTINUE READING –>” to access those links as well as additional tutorials and resources you may need.

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Cape AuthorFest!

We are so excited about Cape AuthorFest in the LLC!  Please mark your calendars for:

Saturday, April 11 from 10 am – 2 pm

And come meet: Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Amanda Marrone, Doug Wilhelm, Francisco X. Stork, Jessie Haas, Katie Quirk, Lisa Luedeke, Maria Testa, Martha Freeman, Mary Cerullo, Michael J. Daley, Michele Barker, Padma Venkatraman, Sarah L. Thomson and so many more!

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CEMS Spelling Bee!

We hope you can join us on January 8th at 2:30 PM in the CEMS LLC for our annual Spelling Bee!  Please visit the LLC to pick up your practice word list.  You can also email Mrs. Kozaka (akozaka@cape…) or Mr. Werner (jwerner@cape…) with any questions!


Need a Great Book? Try an Award Winner!

If you are looking for a great Independent Reading Book at the CEMS LLC, here are two places you might look:

1. Newbery Medals & Honors

The Newbery Medal and Honors have been given every year since 1922 to honor “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”

Click here to check out the list of medalists and honorees.  Look for the “John Newbery Award” spine label and/or the gold or silver medal on the cover.

2. Maine Student Book Award

You may also want to take a look at the Maine Student Book Award website for other great titles.  That list is available HERE and we have a big display of them right inside the front door.  You can also scan the QR codes you see on the Digital Picture Frames to learn more about the MSBA titles.

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After a lot of packing and unpacking, painting, carpeting, building, moving, lifting, lighting, sweating, cleaning…well, you get the idea…we are FINALLY open!

And we could not be more excited about the results.  Thank you again to everyone who helped make this happen, particularly to the Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation (CEEF) for so generously supporting the project.

We hope you will come visit us soon!

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Maker Spaces

We were excited to welcome a group of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) “Makers” to the CEMS LLC this week. (Click images to enlarge)

Click on the links below to learn more about the Maker movement and the creation of Maker Spaces in other Learning Commons across the country.