Mrs. Dunlop – Library


Welcome to the Library!!!

Library hours:  Wednesday – Friday
8:00 a.m.  –  2:45 p.m.

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.  If you want them to be more intelligent, ready them more fairy tales.”
–Albert Einstein



Are you ready to try a new book? Watch a Book Talk and see which one you like then check it out of our library!


The Hunger Games

Around the World in 80 Days

Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Skies

Blood on the River

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Son of Neptune

Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer

Revolutionary War on Wednesday

Dream Jumper

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Last Straw

The Perfect Blindside

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet

Sponge Out of Water

Leanin’ Dog


Tommysaurus Rex

Green Eggs and Ham




Oh the Thinks You Can Think


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Last Straw


This Journal Belongs to Ratchet




Student Poetry Corner


There is fire burning on the candles of the wreath.

Fire so hot you can’t handle the heat.

You have been finding ways to count your time until Christmas Day.

When you’re waiting for Christmas you forget about everything.

Then when it hits you, your mind goes ping.

You try to do everything and forget about Christmas.

It’s a hit or miss.

– Marco Haas


4 weeks before Christmas

Light all the candles aboutta be litmas

On that day we have a fest

Cut down the tree but don’t bother the bird’s nest

– Emily Leon


Candles are lit, purple and pink, my eyes are dry boy I have to blink.

I am tired I have to sit, man I haven’t gone swimming in a bit.

Food taste really good it’s nice, Look at my drink it has ice.

I bought some clothes they didn’t fit. My grandmother likes to knit.

I’m asian so I eat some rice.

My hair. Never has lice.

-Layton Evangelista


Purple candles

slowly fading

faithful people

always waiting

for the day

the early morning

children screaming

adults adoring

robes of white

leaves of gold

singing people

young and old

-Tess Drabik


“las candelas moradas” y rosas

Slowly being lit each day

as our faithful people was cada sennara.

to open the doors to pray.

-Paulina Pivaral


The candle fire is in the air

Be kind to others and be fair.

The tall green tree in the house

With lots of decorations from north to south

The star on top is so bright

the stars + moon in the night

December first where it began,

till next year I’ll see you again.

-Madeline Morano


The Christmas Poem –

Jesus birthday the 25th

Sometimes our weird neighbor

Mr. Kith gives us cookies

while we watch

StarWars wookies.

My dad who is a

rookie who eats

all my cookies. I’m

sad that he ate

my cookies but

at least I’m not


Abigail Callejas


Time’s winding down,

Christ’s birth is near

We need to be ready.

There’s no need for

us to fear,

for the Lord is here.

-Peter Tran


Christmas Poem

Jingling bells and Christmas smells

like cookies in an oven

The fat-man comes, and we all have fun

for tomorrow Christmas is commin’.

-Wesley McCoy


As the light of the fire dances around my wreath, I stop and stare.

-Kayla Walker



God’s little time

Parents rejoy before birth

to get a Baby bright as the sun.

-Yann-Olivier Kamga


Advent. Purple and pink candles that light up the night. Our savior Jesus is here and shines bright.

-Carley Dailey


Advent a small twinkle in the stars

Saint Nicholas flying in the wind

the Angels celebrating in the sky

Choirs sing all the beauty and the love that families share

but my favorite part is my nice comfy chair

-Sadie Mattaliano


“Ad Vents” Haiku

  1. Ads for vents I see
  2. Buy vents for 12.99
  3. Buy one buy every one

-Jacob Blanton


Advent is here

So we cheer

When the Day

is over I Feel

a little Down

But hear that Santa

is town

It awesome and cool I wish

I swim in my swimming pool.

-Brian Simon


add some Dreams

you will be clean

its Valentine share

some love on Time

and be welcome

to our team.

-Briana Simon


Advent Haiku

The reeves are out now

Tonight candles are liften

Jesus is coming

-Joseph Guevara








-Jennie Lindsey


Purple and pink the candles are

then each Sunday light one

but on Christmas you get presents and there was a bright light shining tonight

because the Savior was born.

-Parker Munoz


Presents, gifts

ribbons color

Jesus Christ

is on his way

to you.

-Anne Marie Tramel


One night,

there was a bright light

there was a savior born tonight

-Sasha Balatsenko



Waiting, preparing, decorating.

Here comes Christmas!



-Theresa Riley


Jesus Christ is on the way

to his lights and smiles

snow coming who’s


-Alana Mercado


Purple and pink candles are.

They light one candle each week.

In 4 weeks our savior will come.

-Joey Sonkwa


The church is purple, the candles are pink. The savior will come tonight gold! gold! We give Him to our new king our Lord.

-Adam Dorelas


Jesus is our brother as God is our father.

-Alex Harrison


The priest wears purple. Everybody is cheerful.

-Gianina Dela Cruz


One Christmas evening a present came

Someone special it was the birth of Christ

-Kiera Iwan








-Angelina Kovak


It’s almost Christmas

la la It’s advent But

almost Christmas

-Kross Dietrich


Advent almost Christmas

People getting ready for Christmas. The time of Christ. People set up for Christmas. Merry Christmas!

-Jack Mills


You wait four weeks for him to come, all you need is four candles.

On the fourth week Jesus is reborn again.

-Sage Armstrong


It’s coming to be Christmas soon and I am going to drink hot coco and warm up too. All winter long I’m going to be cozy too.

-Ryan Hawkins



During Advent is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. But yet a long journey, first the Virgin Mary traveled to Bethlehem a very long journey indeed, but instead of an inn a stable indeed. But when Christ was born what great joy there was. Angels told shepherds Christ was born. They went to worship and 3 kings gave Gold, Silver, and Myrrh. Well that is the tale of Advent leading to Christmas!

– Isabelle Prasarn


How Advent Came to Be

First the Virgin Mary got told by the angel Gabriel. That she has been chosen by God to carry his son the savoir. Mary did not say no she said yes. So a couple years later in the town of Bethlehem Mary gave birth to Jesus. That is how Advent came to be and it is also how Christmas came to be.

-Taylor Smith


Advent is coming soon

Jesus Christ is coming soon.

Me and you together forever,

and love is going around the world.

Four more weeks till the birth of Jesus Christ.


Jesus loves me this I know for the bible tells me so.

-Wynter Foster


The priest wears purple. Every body set up Christmas lights.

-Brooke McLeod


Everywhere you see purple. Everyone celebrates. The whole place is full of fun. Advent you lite the candles with joy. Advent you love you always have fun.

-Aly Cooper


Four weeks I will wait. Till Christmas comes. I’ll wait till then to sing a happy song. Decorations outside blinking fast with colorful lights and songs. People with joy, it’s so much fun but we’ll have to wait a little longer before Christmas comes here.

-Nathan Pascua


Candles in a wreath.

Light them in a wreath.

Christmas spirit flying through the air

and prayer in your mouth.

-Nate Armstrong


The day draws near.

The leaves we hear.

Purple and pink.

The words are ink.

Advent is here!

Oh dear!

-Chloe Bazil


Advent is time for Jesus,

Full of events of fun,

we run in the snow,

we open presents and go with the flow and we glow,

and down the hill we GO!

-Jose Villatoro


No meat for dinner, I am very sad,

I wish I could eat meat but it is advent, so I can’t.

-Bryan Madlinger


Four weeks of waiting,

A month of Celebrating,

falling snow

Candles glow,

Let’s celebrate Christmas

-Leah Drabik



Weeks waiting, time passing, every candle lights up.

We wait until Christmas, to praise Jesus because,

He’s the reason for the season!

-Mali Reyes


Snow Flakes

The flakes of joy fall in December

and we will all know and remember.

On Christmas the snow falls,

We make snow people and more

also people singing at your door.

-Alex Sargent



-lights the night,

Shining bright,

it can lead the way,

to a special day.


-Kenzie Miletich


Are ya ready?

Do ya know?

Very much we know!

Every day we think of it


Today we will know

It’s advent!

-Mia Correa


A big open

sky that there

may be an open

light to lead the

way keep following

and you may stay

for Christ’s birth.

-Katia Balatsenko


Bright in the sky a star I see. I follow it. I find Jesus looking at me.

-Sheila Furtado


We wait for presents under the tree

We wait for the day of Jesus’s birth

And we all know it is worth the way.

-Felicia Kamga


Everyone’s waiting for king of earth

Four weeks of waiting

Four weeks of joy

We light a candle to remember the way Jesus is here

He is near to celebrate Christmas cheer.



Four candles shine in the dimming light,

as Saint Nicholas comes in sight.

All the Children sleeping in bed,

waiting for SAint Nicholas to tap their hand.

Love and joy spreading in the air,

for I have heard, Saint Nicholas is there.

-Daniella Dinch


Madeline Making Cookies

Madeline is in the kitchen baking.

OMG all the bakers are quaking.

Everyone in the room is faking.

She beat them up so now they’re aching.

-Carly Tayamen



Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is an after school club open to 5th and 6th grade students in Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Arlington.  The Holy Family Catholic School club meets Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 pm after school in the library. An assigned book is discussed in detail each meeting and two books are reviewed monthly. There are 15 books on this year’s list representing different genres of literature.  In May, the diocesan Battle of the Books competition takes place, where each school is represented by a team of five students.

The Battle of the Books program is challenging and fun for students who enjoy reading books and competition. Please contact Mrs. Dunlop for additional information about the Battle of the Books.

Battle of the Books – 2017/18 Reading List

Categories include nonfiction, historical fiction, fantasy, classic, mystery, adventure, realistic fiction and Catholic Librarian Association (CLA) choice.


Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet

Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly


London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands


The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier


The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon

Realistic Fiction

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

Ghost by Jason Reynolds.

Historical Fiction

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg


The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White

My Side of the Mountain by Jean George

CLA Choice

The Staircase by Ann Rinaldi



Mrs. Dunlop, Library

What’s your librarian been reading lately? I just finished The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon, Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, and The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel by Jasper Fforde. I’m currently reading The Staircase by Ann Rinaldi.