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MS 51 Summer Reading & Learning

LGBTQ+ Audiobooks for Middle Schoolers

MackinVIA logoThanks to a generous grant from the NYCDOE Office of Library Services, we now have a collection of 30 LGBTQ+ audiobooks that are perfect for middle school readers, including the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series by Rick Riordan and George by Alex Gino! Visit our resource guide for a list of titles and the username and password to listen online.

We Need Diverse Books! Reading Recs

Ms. Ahart created these book lists to encourage culturally responsive reading and teaching at MS 51 as part of the D15 Diversity Plan resource committee. Happy reading!

Download Free Audiobooks All Summer!

Audiobook Sync 




















Get a step-by-step tutorial for using SORA to download AudiobookSYNC titles each week. 

Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge

Read Harder 2020

Great American Read on PBS

Join the Great American Read on PBS

Check out the list of America's 100 favorite books and vote for YOUR favorite daily. Joyce Valenza discusses the project and its "sweet by-products."

NY Times Summer Reading Challenge

Join the New York Times summer reading challenge for students! Every year since 2010 we have invited teenagers around the world to add The New York Times to their summer reading lists and, so far, nearly 50,000 have.

At a time when teachers are looking for ways to offer students more “voice and choice,” we hope our open-ended contest can help: Every week, we ask participants to choose something in The Times that has sparked their interest, then tell us why. At the end of the week, judges from the Times newsroom pick favorite responses, and we publish them here. It’s as simple as that.

Summer Reading from NYC Public Libraries

Brooklyn Public Library Summer Reading 2020 Imagine Your Story

MyLibraryNYC at MS 51

Image result for brooklyn public libraryBorrow ebooks and audiobooks for free from home through your Brooklyn Public Library e-card! 

BPL's e-reader app makes borrowing eBooks as easy as 1-2-3! SimplyE makes it easier than ever to borrow eBooks from the library. User-friendly features include the ability to search, download and read from one application in just seconds and browse for titles in an easy-to-use interface.

  1. Download the SimplyE app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. 
  2. Browse and borrow from BPL's collection of 200,000+ free eBooks.
  3. Read eBooks anywhere on your Apple & Android devices.

BPL also has several download guides if you're having trouble making your particular device talk to the public library catalog or apps. Watch some short videos to get you started searching for a book and placing a hold and using BPL's catalog to grow your reading wishlist!

What is MyLibraryNYC?

MyLibraryNYC is a partnership between the NYC Department of Education and New York City’s public library systems: Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library. The program provides participating schools with:

  • enhanced library privileges including fine-free student and educator library cards;
  • school delivery and the exclusive use of 6,000+ Teacher Sets designed for educator use in the classroom; and
  • student and educator access to the unparalleled digital resources of New York City’s public library systems as well as instructional support and professional development opportunities.

*No overdue charges on books, audiobooks, or teacher sets; standard overdue charges apply on all other materials (e.g. DVDs, CDs, magazines); 

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