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Last month’s “March into Happy” events were a big success.  Students created all sorts of calming crafts, listened to book talks, learned about the Danish well-being art of Hygge, and learned how to fold Marie Kondo style. 

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Library photo students using HTC Vibe














A shout out to Mrs. Kowalski, Mrs. O’Neill, Mrs. Brader, and the Multicultural Club with Mrs. Hartman and Mrs. Junge who all used the Makerspace in February!


April is dedicated to the Poet, as it is National Poetry Month.  Please stop by to participate in poetry readings, book spine poetry, journaling poetry and blackout poetry. Check out our displays highlighting our diverse collection of poetry.

Students who want to run an event should stop by the library and talk to the staff. We are happy to help students host approved events.  

Virtual Reality is here. Classes are now able to come to the library to use the HTC Vibe Virtual Reality headset. 

Students attending Makerspace Events and using the Vibe Virtual Reality Headset at the PHS Library:       

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              Students using Vibe Virtual Reality headset


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February was coding month at the PHS Library and our theme for March is “March into Happy”.  The Library will spotlight ways to focus on the positive through books and events.  Stop in for more details.

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To celebrate Teen Tech Week, March 3 through March 9, we will highlight the balance between the need for technology and the need to disconnect.  This ties in with our “March into Happy” theme as we encourage students to be mindful of the amount of time they spend on their devices or social media.


Don't forget that we have SAT Prep, AP Test Prep books, and Gale Testing & Education Reference Center (accessible through CLEVER) for free practice tests. 

And, combat those winter blues by checking out a great read at our Library.





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February is Coding Month at the PHS Library. Throughout the month we are spotlighting our various coding gizmos and gadgets in our Makerspace.  Learn something new using Osmos, Raspberry Pi, Arduino boards, and sessions focusing on coding. 

Past due notices are going out the first week of the new semester.  Make sure you return your books to stop the fines from adding up.  Late fines are 10 cents per day per book.  Books can be returned in the book drop outside the library, the book drop at the circulation desk, or by handing it to any library staff member.  Seniors must clear their accounts prior to graduation. 

Look for Lunch and Learn Fridays in the library.  We are always creating new ideas based on student need. 

When researching don’t forget about our databases.  Make sure that you access them through the CLEVER portal and no passwords are needed. 

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Students can start their year off right by visiting the Parkland High School Library to research, study, read, do homework, meet with a National Honor Society tutor, use the Makerspace, or get help with research papers. 

The PHS Library is open Monday - Friday from 7 AM - 4:30 PM.


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The PHS Library's Makerspace continues to grow in popularity each month. Upcoming maker events include:  knitting, OSBot Fun, New Year’s goal setting using bullet journal techniques, and paper crafting.

If you or your students have any suggestions for books, Makerspace events, or anything library related, please communicate with PHS Library staff as soon as possible so plans can be developed for next school year. See Mrs. Dickerson or Mrs. Brader with your ideas, or email us at


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Thanks to grants from the Parkland Education Foundation, the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, and the support of the Parkland School District, our PHS Library Makerspace is up and running. Students may come in during study halls or after school to work on creative projects. 

Among the many cool things students can access are: 3D Printing, Sphero, OSBot, K’NEX, Raspberry Pi, Lego Mindstorms, Arduino Starter Kit, Yeti microphones, a robotic arm, Snap Circuits, a take apart station, button making, sewing, origami, coloring, knitting/crocheting, clay craft, duct tape crafting, paper crafting, stamping, card making, and whatever our students dream up.

This space has something for everyone, whether it be a technology challenge, or a place to relax and recharge the brain.


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