Teacher Bio

Mrs. Desetti has been at MPHM for 12 years, since 2005, as our school librarian. She has a vast experience of teaching with over 38 years of teaching in three states. She worked as librarian, language specialist, an inclusion and special education teacher, She holds Kansas teaching certificates in Library Science, Elementary, Early Childhood, and Deaf Education. She enjoys professional development and is a strong advocate for lifelong learning. Mrs. Desettis is always ready to help kids find a great book to read.

Library Catalog Link

MPHM Library Catalog - see all the books in the MPHM Library.  

TSCPL - see the Topeka Shawnee Public Library website

Home Connect - Accelerated Reader : see progress, books read, goals, etc. 


Summer Reading

Summer Reading can raise student achievement.

Reading over the summer not only stops the slide of losing academic learning but research show it can actually raise student reading levels, according to a study conducted by Mid-Continent Public Library in MO.  Make it a daily habit to read each day over the summer. An optimal time to strive for is 30 mins a day.  But no matter what they read or how long is not as important as just reading every day.

4 Key Factors to inspire students to read more.

Access: providing access to a large selection of books for a wide range of interests and reading levels.

Choice: Kids will read more when they have a choice in what they read. Choice leads to motivation, which leads to increased vocabulary and voluntary reading.

Involvement: Families that demonstrate interest in books and reading help students form lifelong reading habits.

Reading Practice: When kids are enthusiastic about what they read, they get more practice and become better readers and learners.

Words are EVERYWHERE!! Why limit reading to those confined within the cover of a book? Encourage them to sneak in reading with a variety of activities.

  • Read folktales, poems, joke books, picture books, and chapter books.
  • Read newspaper articles, magazines, comics, and the flyers that come in the mail.
  • Read cereal boxes, game instructions, recipes, movie listings, restaurant menus, road signs, and sports jerseys.

Every single word that a student reads over the summer is helping them to ward off the summer slide.


Need an idea about what to read next?   See the library homepage for links to find other books to read. 
More IDEAS....
Check out the info in this article about summer reading TEN IDEAS TO PROMOTE SUMMER READING by NERDY BOOK CLUB

Read During the Summer

It's almost summer—a time to celebrate the reading and simply enjoy books—to let them excite us, inspire us, teach us, and push us to new ways of thinking.

Did you know the best predictor of summer gain or summer loss is whether or not a child reads during the summer break? It only takes 4-5 books to keep a kid on track for success next fall. 

Many students lose learning and literacy skills during their summer break. How do you offset "summer reading loss" and help close the achievement gap? Make sure to READ... sample various genres, titles, and authors and discover, outside of the classroom, what they love to read. Research shows that kids who read a minimum of 4 books at their reading level maintain their reading skills. Help your child be a strong reader and have them read 5 books or novels over the summer. 

Here are some other places to check online for ideas about what to read:

  • Bookwink
  • Dogeared
  • ReadKiddo Read
  • Your Next Read
  • TeenReads
  • William Allen White master list.

Join Goodreads.com - Goodreads is a great website for finding summaries and opinions about titles. 

YOU are the most important part of reinforcing the value of reading. If you read either with, along with your child, or if you just model reading it will drastically improve your child's understanding of the importance of reading. Kids need to know reading is something you value and you think is important.



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National Read a Book Day 9/6

International Literacy Day 9/8

School Poems / Back to School Poems

Patriot Day - 9/11
Constitution Day - 9/17
Fall Book Fair 2017- Oct 2-6
History of Halloween
The Moonlit Road - Strange Tales
Halloween Puzzles and Activities
Veterans Day - 11/11
History of Thanksgiving
National Day of Listening

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - 1/16
ALA Book/Media Awards - 
Black History Month
National African American Read-In
Library Lovers' Month
Groundhog Day - 2/2
Crafts for Valentine's Day - 2/14

World Read Aloud Day - Feb 16

Presidents' Day - Feb-20

Student Votes for William Allen White Award  3/31



All Student Library Materials Due for Inventory May 11th



Read in the Dark with a flashlight for fun on a summer evening




Judy's bookshelf: read

The Crows of PearblossomRah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable ChantAll the Water in the WorldPerfect SquareNaamah and the Ark at NightSwirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

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