Sally Madeira

Sally Madeira

Library Media Specialist

Phone: 802.857.7000 x.2021

"In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them. ~ Mark Twain"

Destiny Card Catalog

World Book Online

 Welcome to the Fleming Learning Center which is, of course, our library-media center.  Destiny is our card catalog system for finding resources by title, author, subject, key word, or series.  You can check on not only what Fleming School might have but also all the school libraries within the CCSU.  This can be accessed from both school and home.  We are very proud of our collection which is constantly being added to and updated.  We welcome your suggestions.

Meet Harper!


Harper and his human friend, Michelle, visit the Fleming School Learning Center every Monday afternoon.  Harper is a Vermont Certified Therapy Dog as well as being a two year old laborador retriever.  Students love to come visit, pet, snuggle, talk and read to and with Harper.  This is a special and relaxing time in the student’s day.  Therapy dogs are known for helping to make humans calmer and more peaceful.

Meet Annie!


 Annie visits the Fleming School Learning Center every Tuesday morning.  Paula, Annie’s human, has been bringing Annie for a number of years.  Annie, of course, is also a Vermont Certified Therapy Dog.  Annie is a Leonberger, a German breed and is about four years old.  She is very relaxed and particularly loves dog stories.  In warm weather we open the windows so Annie doesn’t get too hot but in winter we all love to snuggle with her.

New Comfy Chairs!


A new and popular addition to the Learning Center are four padded rockers and a colorful “Read Books” rug.  We aim to make the library as cozy as possible with with three reading areas complete with couches and over-stuffed chairs, a flickering fireplace, and soft, soothing music.  Ahh-h-h!  It’s hard to get our work done!

Student Podcast Book Talks

Students in Mrs. Madeira’s 5th grade reading class recently did book talks on stories they had read for class.  Daniel and Zach loved reading Canadian author Farley Mowat’s Lost in the Barrens, a survival tale,  and Munroe and Jamaal found the WWII story, Snow Treasure, to be very exciting.  Click on their podcasts below to hear about these two great books.

Daniel and Zach

Munroe and Jamaal

March is Women’s History Month

Would you risk going to jail just for the opportunity to vote?  Susan B. Anthony did.  She and her sisters were arrested in 1872 when they voted in a presidential election.  She was put on trial and ordered to pay $100 which she refused to do.  But the judge didn’t press the issue as he was afraid the case would go to the Supreme Court.  Neither Susan B. Anthony nor her dear friend, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, lived to see women get the vote in 1920.  It is hard to believe that it took so many years to achieve this milestone.  There are so many women of the past and present who pushed the limits of what others thought women could do.  Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Victoria Woodruff, Elizabeth Blackwell, Florence Nightingale, Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey, Hilary Clinton, Danica Patrick, and the list goes on.  Reading biographies is a powerful and inspiring experience.  4th and 5th graders are learning this month about women during Learning Center class and sampling the many wonderful biographies we have.

Try a Playaway!

Students love coming to the Learning Center to not only read but to also listen to stories.  Though the library has long had books on cassette tapes and CDs, students particularly love our new playaways.  Playaways are individual MP3 players.  They are kept on a cart near the main desk and front sitting area.  Students can select what they want to listen to and keep track of where they left off on a story on special slips that they keep in their class folder.  There’s nothing like relaxing on a couch or curling up in a chair, settling back and listening to good literature!

Write! Write! Write! Read! Read! Read!

Not only can you read in the Learning Center, you can also write!  There are two writing centers set up for students to use.  One center has lined paper and loads of prompts and ideas for writing.  Grab a clipboard, look over the books on writing, take a few writing cubes that you use like dice and throw for ideas to write about.  Or try the book making center.  Use the story board lay-out sheet to plan a story.  Then use the templates for illustrating and writing pages which you glue onto folded sheets of colored paper to make a folding book.  Ah, there’s nothing like a real book!

World Almania Jeopardy

Learning how to do research may not sound exciting but that’s not true in the Fleming Learning Center.  4th and 5th graders have recently become acquainted with the 2011 World Almanac for Kids and also The World Almanac and Book of Facts.  They can find the table of contents and index in the student version which is filled with colorful page after page of fantastic facts and trivia.  With the 1008 page 2011 World Almanac and Book of Facts often used by adults, 5th graders are familiar with not only the contents and index but the quick thumb index and a one page abbrieviated index.   Students have perfected their research skills while working in teams of 3 and playing a World Almania game which has them racing the clock to be the first team with the correct answer to questions in 5 categories and worth lots of points.  To add to the fun, Learning Center teacher Dr. Madeira put the game into a video format on the TV.  Captains of each team use a remote button to answer questions and the score is kept electronically.  If you hear some yelling in the library, that’s why!

Did you know…….

Americans go to school, public and academic libraries 50% more often than they go to the movies!

63% of adults in the U.S. have public library cards.

There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S.–a total of 16,549 including branches.

Americans spend more than twice as much on salty snacks as they do on public libraries.

Did you know that author Beverly Cleary will be 96 in April?

Beverly Cleary’s first book was Henry Huggins, published in 1950!  That’s 62 years ago!  She was a librarian first and started writing because children told her they wanted books about kids like them.  So she kept her writing simple, filled with humor, and based on the kinds of experiences kids have.  She has written over thirty books.  Beverly lives in Carmel, California and is still writing.  Her birthday, April 12th, is recognized as National Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day in promotion of sustained silent reading.

“Write, read, do.”

This is a quote from the author of My Side of the Mountain and Julie of the Wolves, Jean Craighead George.  Jean will be 92 on July 2nd, 2011 and is still writing books.  Jean is also a naturalist and brings her knowledge of the natural world to kids through both her fiction and non-fiction books.  Visit her wonderful web site.

Where in the World?

Students at Fleming know their geography.  It might just be because every year 4th and 5th graders gear up for the Geo Bee finals in December.  This written and oral quiz will test the world knowledge of the best of them!  You might want to start now by checking out some of these National Geographic sites.

Geography Links

We love books!

The Fleming Learning Center, which is our library as well as a wonderful learning space, first and foremost is about books, reading, writing, and authors.  A huge part of the curriculum is focused on introducing new books, old favorites, and learning all we can about authors.  That’s why Dr. Madeira also sponsors a Writing Club each year where students come to read, journal, and write, write, write.  Below are some links to good books.

All About Books

The Joy of Learning

School should be about the joy of learning.  Our Learning Center is a wonderful airy and bright space where one can search for just-the-right book or use the computers to work on projects.  Or you might just cozy up to the fireplace and relax in one of our many comfortable chairs or couches to read a good book. Then again, you might grab your mini computer and moodle with your teacher about the book you’re reading in class.  Whatever you decide to do, have fun learning!  You might try one of these other links below.



 Tales of Olivia


     Once upon a time there lived a pig named Olivia.  She lived in a library.  Well, actually she lived in the Fleming School Learning Center which is a library and also a kind of classroom.  Olivia was Mrs. Madeira’s number one helper.  She worked the late afternoon and evening shift after Mrs. Lamson left to go home each afternoon.

Olivia had much to do each night.  She had some help from her assistants, Arthur, Linnea, Wild Thing, and Paddington.


One dark and stormy night Olivia had been left with an exceptionally huge pile of books.  How could she ever manage to get all those books back on the shelves by morning?  What had Mrs. Madeira and Mrs. Lamson been thinking?

Veterans Day humming practice:

Last updated: Mar 20 at 8:34 am