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Library Programs

Join in the fun!

Order a birthday book to commemorate your child's birthday, display a student collection, or become a valued parent volunteer.

There are several media center programs that I’d like to share with you:

  • Celebrate your child’s special day through our birthday book program.
  • Share a student’s special collection in our locked display cases.
  • Volunteer in the media center! Volunteers are an integral part of a successful library program.
    Please consider donating your time in a fun and rewarding environment. It’s a great way to be a part of your child’s learning experience!

Click our links below for forms and additional information.

Birthday Books

The HYES PTO and the Mary G. Fritz Media Center provide an opportunity for parents to purchase a book to commemorate their child's birthday. Each book costs $15.00 and becomes a donation to the library.

The library media specialist chooses recent, high interest books for your child's birthday. Your child will be the first to check out this book. The book contains a special bookplate with your child’s name and birthday. A photograph of your child receiving the book is displayed in a banner in the media center. When returned, the book becomes part of the library's collection to be shared with all students in honor of your child's birthday.

Click here to view and print a birthday book request form. Complete the printed form and return to the Library Media Center.

Display Case


Do you have a collection or hobby you would like to display in the locked, glass display cases in the Mary G. Fritz School Media Center?

Student collection should:

  • fill 2 or 3 glass shelves in the display case
  • be colorful and interesting
  • include labels about the items
  • include a sign with your name, your teacher’s name, and the title of your collection

Your collection will be on display for three to four weeks. A parent coordinator will contact you to schedule a date, and to answer any questions.

Click here to view and print a display case form. Complete the printed form and return to the Library Media Center.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have an interest in books? Do you like working with children? Would you like to make new friends? Become a volunteer at the library media center!

Our library volunteers use the computerized circulation system to check- out books for students and teachers. They also check-in and file returned books on the shelves, and help children find exciting books to read. Volunteering in the library media center is a great way to get to know our school!

Click here to view and print a volunteer form. Complete the printed form and return to the Library Media Center.

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Hours of Operation


The Mary G. Fritz School Library Media Center is open from 8:40 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.

  • Upon arrival at school, students may return books to the media center before school begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Students have access to the library media center all day from their classrooms with their teacher's permission.
  • Students visit independently for circulation, in small groups for literacy stations or classroom assignments, with their class for research projects or for lessons with the library media specialist.
  • Students must go directly to their bus line, to the after school program, or to the walker door upon dismissal at 3:20 p.m.
  • The library media center is not open to students after school hours.

Staff Names & Emails

Mrs. Laura McCall, Library Media Specialist


Laura McCall

Ms. Lorna Dembinski, Media Clerk


Lorna Dembinski

Research Links

Research by Topics

Click on the topic below to find great links to helpful websites.

50 States

Capitols, climate, agriculture, industry, history and LOTS more!


Blank map outlines of each state

The 50 States

State facts including: first inhabitants, early history, geography and landform, economy, places to visit, and famous citizens.

Stately Knowledge

50 States

The Fifty States


Did you know the state musical instrument of Oklahoma is the fiddle? Find many facts including state maps, tourist attractions, geography and climate information, population, economy, famous residents, census data and more. Also, many links to relevant sites.

Enchanted Learning

Facts, maps and state symbols

Learn about all 50 states. See how much you know about your state by taking a state quiz!

The US 50

Fast facts and state study guides. Test yourself with a state trivia game!

Ben’s Guide to Government for Kids

Quick facts – learn about your state. Click on orange kite to find information for grades 3-5.

ipl2 (internet public library)

These web pages will help you find out the basic facts of any state in the Union. Need to know the capital of Alabama? Want to know which hockey teams are in California? How about the size of Montana? All that information is here — and more!

TONS of facts and statistics, flags, maps, quizzes. Do you know which state has the most toothless residents?? Find out here!

U.S. Census Bureau

A gateway page for access to all of the data that the U.S. Census collects.

Fact Monster

State maps and flags, trivia, landmarks, games and quizzes, Americana (quirky fun facts).


This web site will give you information about animals A-Z. Click on the first letter of your animal's name.

You will find coloring sheets and a game also

BBC Really Wild Animals A to Z

BBC Wild Facts A-Z

AnimaLand Encyclopedia from ASPCA

Creature Feature Archive from National Geographic Kids Use the search box to enter your animal’s name

Kids' Planet - find your animal by continent (endangered animals only)

Animal Print-outs from Enchanted Learning

Exploring Nature

A great educational resource -- Information about more than 1,000 animals, plants, biomes, adaptations, etc. with science activities and movies for students and educators. Click the link below to reach the website.

Get the username and password from the librarian

Yahooligans Animal Directory

Black History

Marian Anderson

(singing at the Lincoln Memorial)

Mary McLeod Bethune

Ralph J. Bunche

Frederick Douglass

Langston Hughes

Zora Neale Hurston neale...

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jesse Owens

Satchel Paige

Paul Robeson

Sojourner Truth

Harriet Tubman

Madam C. J. Walker

Booker T. Washington

Ida B. Wells


Exploring Career Information

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Do They Do? Kids Educational Site

Pandora’s Briefcase: A Kids’ Guide to Careers


Can Do Abilities Survey from Peter Reynolds’ Can Do web site



A web site for kids created by the State of Connecticut that includes State Symbols, CT History, and puzzles, games, and coloring sheets.

Museum of Connecticut History

The Museum focuses on Connecticut's government, industrial and military history.

Connecticut State Library, Connecticut History

Links to sources of information on Connecticut history organized by the State Library.

Connecticut's Heritage Gateway

Connecticut history topics, biographies and government.


Biographies of famous people from Connecticut.

Connecticut Historical Museums

Provides a list of historical museums in Connecticut with web links.

Connecticut Fun Facts

The U.S. Census Bureau provides students with a set of statistics about Connecticut.

The Blue Book

The Connecticut State Register & Manual or "Blue Book" of the State of includes current and historical information on the state's government.

Connecticut Magazine

A web site by the publishers of Connecticut Magazine that includes an interactive county and town map locator. Special features include 30 Voices and CT Trivia Quiz.

Connecticut History Online

A database of 19th and 20th century photographs, drawings, and prints.

MAGIC Map and Geographic Information Center

Digitized historical maps and geo-spatial data on a county or town level from UCONN's Babbidge Library.

Connecticut Nutmeggers Netstate

Connecticut's Heritage Gateway Virtualology - Famous Americans Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame

Dean Acheson

Ethan Allen

Benedict Arnold

P.T. Barnum

David Bushnell

Samuel Colt

Prudence Crandall

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet

William Gillette

Charles Goodyear

Ella Grasso

Nathan Hale

Dorothy Hamill

Katharine Hepburn

Thomas Hooker

Elias Howe

Edwin Land

Roger Ludlow

Paul Newman

Sarah Porter

Israel Putnam

M. Jodi Rell Scroll down to Governor

John Rowland

Roger Sherman

Lydia Sigourney

Igor Sikorsky

Martha Stewart

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Eli Terry

Mark Twain

Capt. Joseph Wadsworth

Noah Webster

Eli Whitney

John Winthrop

Elihu Yale


For excellent information on countries of the world, try Culturegrams.

Ask the librarians for the remote access password.



Zoom Dinosaurs

information pages on each dinosaur

how dinosaurs are named, fossils

an interactive quiz

Natural History Museum Dino Directory

an A-Z list of each dinosaur

a timeline

body shapes

Dinosaur Encyclopedia

dinosaurs by size

dinosaurs by era


Thinkquest #1

dino facts & quizzes

Thinkquest #2

dino facts & quizzes

Jurassic Park Institute

dino cards

a timeline

an A-Z glossary

print flash cards


Zoom Explorers A-Z from Enchanted Learning

Includes explorers from the 1300s to the 1900s on sea, in space, and undersea and on every continent

Discoverers Web

Search for explorers by region or time period from ancient history to polar exploration

KidInfo Reference Resources: Famous Explorers

Includes an alphabetical list of explorers from the ancient times, Golden Age of Exploration, and Antarctic exploration

Age of Exploration

Curriculum Guide from the Mariner’s Museum

CyberSleuthKids: Explorers on the Web

Includes a list of explorers and more than 20 other links to information on explorers

Alphabetical list of Explorers

from the Homework Center of Multnomah County Library includes space explorers and historical explorers

Yahooligans Directory of Explorers

Many links to a variety of explorers


Dedicated to Antarctic explorers

Lunar Exploration

NASA and the NSSDC

Undersea Explorers from Enchanted Learning



Area Vibes

50 States 50 Landmarks

Fact Monster


Kidport Reference Library American Landmarks

National Parks

National Park Service

National Geographic

National Geographic History of National Parks

National Park Foundation

National Parks Conservation Association

Wikipedia (Please check your facts with a reliable resource when using wikipedia)

Fodor’s Travel Guide

US-Parks Travel Guide

GORP National Park Guide



Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection


Terra Galleria Photo Gallery

National Geographic Kids Photos Landmarks and National Parks

3-D Photo Tour and Geology

Video Tours

Acadia National Park

Everglades National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Great Smoky Mountains

Yellowstone National Park

Mythical Creatures

Mythical Creatures

Animal Planets Top 10 Mythical Creatures

American Museum of Natural History Exhibit


Medusa, Sirens, Griffin, Pegasus

Mythical Creatures from Folklore and Myth

Encyclopedia of Myths

Encyclopedia Mythica

Greek Mythology



Cyclops, Cerebus, Sphinx, Medusa, Harpies, Minotaur, Hydra

Medusa, Chiron, Minotaur, Pegasus, Hydra

Mythological Monsters

Contains origin information

Mythical Creatures

Cerberus, Dragons, Gryphons (Griffins), Kraken, Minotaur, Pegasus, Phoenix, Unicorn, Sphinx, Werewolf

Timeless Myths

Centaurs, Cerberus, Chimaera, Echidna, Giants, Gorgons, Griffin, Harpies, Hydra, Minotaur, Pegasus, Phoenix, Satyrs, Sirens, Sphinx


Theoi Greek Mythology

Basilisc, Griffin, Harpy, Manticore, Pegasus, Phoenix, Siren





Native Americans


Yahooligans list of Native American tribes

Kid Info’s Reference Resources on Native Americans

American Indian Facts for Kids

Marilee’s Native American links on clothing, crafts, games, songs, and dances

First Americans web site for grade schoolers focuses on Dine, Muscogee, Tlingit, Lakota Sioux, and Iroquois tribes.

Orchard Country Day School second graders use these links in their unit on Plains, Southwest, and Northwest Indians.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s “American Indians and the Natural World” from four directions

Library of Congress’s American Memory Project photos of Indians of the Pacific Northwest

Native Americans of the Wild West era

First Nations compact histories

Native American tribes

Native American tribes

Native American Lore


Map of Native American tribes


Recipes listed by categories of food

An index to recipes, toys, games, and art of Eastern Woodlands Native Americans


Types of Native American housing and a map showing where they were found


Native American Lore

Created by Students

Orchard Country Day School second graders use these links in their unit on Plains, Southwest, and Northwest Indians.

Fifth graders created this site after researching tribes of Native Americans

Germantown Academy Second Grade Unit

Animal Symbols

Gods, Heroes, and Myths Native American: Animal Symbols

Powerful Symbols: Honoring the Animal Spirits

Animal Totems: Animal Symbolism

Indian Sun: Native American Symbolism

Navigation Instruments

Navigation Instruments

Instruments used by the English settling Roanoke, VA

Navigation and instruments

Columbus navigation homepage

Navigation tools

Celestial Navigation

Celestial navigation data from the U.S. Naval Observatory


Columbus and celestial navigation

Nautical & Other Knots

Animated instructions for making knots

Sailor’s knot

40 boy Scout knots

Knot gallery

Nautical knots

Mapmaking or Cartography

History of mapmaking

Ancient maps Web Pa...

Ancient maps index

Famous cartographers

Ship's Bells

History of ships’ bells

Watch schedules and ships’ bells

Ships’ bells and watches

U.S. Navy History of bells on ships

Piping Over

Traditions of the U.S. Navy including the sound of “Piping over”

and requirements for boatswain’s mate


Caravel to color

Santa Maria replica

Columbus navigation homepage

Building a caravel replica

Columbus's Logs and Writings

Columbus’s logs

Letter to the Queen and King of Spain

Sea Songs and Shanties

Sea songs and shanties

Definition and lyrics

Sea Monsters

Strange Science explores Columbus’s sea monster and others

Monsters of sea and land 1550

Sea monsters on ancient maps


Read the title of the web site and the description of the kind of information you will find there.

Then, click on the underlined link to go to the web site.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Online Field Guide

Includes animals and plants of the coral reefs, deep sea, open waters, rocky shores, and sandy seafloor.

Oceans Alive! The Living Sea Life in the Sea

A diagram outlines the five zones of the ocean based on the amount of sunlight that penetrates into the water

Deep Sea Memory Game from Monterey Bay Aquarium

Discovery Channel's Blue Planet Life at the Sea Vent

Includes animals that live 1.5 miles below sea level in 600 degree waters.

Creature Features by the University of Delaware's College of Marine Studies

View photos and videos of deep sea creatures

Deep Sea Bestiary from NOVA Online's Into the Abyss

Includes animals from ocean depths. Click on the drawings for a full view.

Polar Regions

The Arctic

The Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center includes information on people and arctic wildlife.

Arctic Animals ThinkQuest created by students

Zoom School's Arctic anaimals web site

General information on Arctic people from ThinkQuest

For Arctic land, plants, animals and people:

Plants, people, and animals of the arctic

Activities including coloring pages of animals of the Arctic and tundra

People of the Arctic

Plants of the Tundra


Take a journey through this site to discover Antarctica for yourself. Each section features activities, images, video clips and fact sheets, to help you learn about this distant, frozen wilderness.

Zoom School's Antartica web site includes information on animals and geography.

Cold Facts about Antarctica

Virtual Tour of Antarctica

Compare the polar regions

Great website for comparing the two Polar Regions:

World Wildlife Federation's web site on polar regions

Rainforest Animals

Revolutionary War

General Resources

The American Revolution

The American Revolution

Colonial Hall

The Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

Early America (biographies, maps, videos, images, documents)

Engines of our Ingenuity

Kid Info American Revolution

Primary Source Documents (actual writings of revolutionary heroes)

Revolutionary War Animated

Women in History

Important People of the Revolutionary War

John Adams

Samuel Adams

Ethan Allen

Benedict Arnold (scroll down) (video)

Ben Franklin (video)

Nathanael Greene

Nathan Hale

John Hancock

Patrick Henry

William Howe

Thomas Jefferson

Marquis de Lafayette (scroll down)

Sybil Ludington

Francis Marion

James Otis

Thomas Paine


Mary “Molly Pitcher” Hayes (video)

Samuel Prescott

Israel Putnam

Paul Revere (video)

Deborah Samson (Sampson)

Roger Sherman

Baron von Steuben

George Washington (video)

Phyllis Wheatley

Space and Planets

NASA for Kids

The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System

Exploring the Planets: Our Solar System

The Planets: Zoom Astronomy

The Planets with audio

The Planets: Astronomy for Kids

Wallingford Safari

You can go on safari in your own backyard!

Learn about the animals that live in Wallingford, CT.

Are the animals you observe in your backyard

harmful or


Use these links to find out more...

CT State Department of Environmental Protection:

Learn about CT's Wildlife|

You might see a Black Bear!

These animals are definitely a nuisance!|

You might want to observe nature outside!

Library Blog



Mary G. Fritz Media Center


Dear Mary G. Fritz Families,

Greetings from the Mary G. Fritz Library Media Center. We are looking forward to catching up with our returning students, and we are excited to meet our new pupils. We are going to have a great year!


At Mary G. Fritz Elementary School we practice “open borrowing”. This means that students may come to the library anytime to check out a book (with their classroom teacher’s permission, of course!). Please remind your child to keep library books in a special place at home where they are safe from pets and artistic younger siblings!

Library Classes

Students have designated library class time every other week, in addition to collaborative time that is scheduled by their classroom teacher. What do our children learn in the library, you ask? Well, information that will assist them in becoming lifelong learners, of course! Our big curriculum topics include information on how to use the library, steps to conduct quality research, how to find reliable internet resources, and exposure to excellent literature that will foster a love of reading!

Library Programs

There are several library media center programs that we’d like to share with you:

  • Celebrate your child’s special day through our birthday book program.
  • Share a student’s special collection in our locked display cases.
  • Volunteer in the media center! Volunteers are an integral part of a successful library program. Please consider donating your time in a fun and rewarding environment. It’s a great way to be a part of your child’s learning experience!

The display case form, and the volunteer form are on the back of this letter. Birthday book FAQs and the birthday book form are on a separate paper.

Library Media Center Website

Our website contains links for research studies; Destiny, our computer catalog which allows students to look for books from any computer with an internet connection; library forms; and the latest happenings in the media center. Check in often to read our blog, and keep up to date on library and literacy programs!

We are excited to spend a joyful year with your child, and we look forward to providing them with the skills they need to become life-long readers and learners!

2017 Intermediate Nutmeg Nominees

2017 Nutmeg Book Award Nominees