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Welcome to the homepage for the DeFranco Elementary Library. 

"The size of a school library's staff and collection is the best single predictor of student academic achievement, outweighing school spending in general, the income and education of the parents, and the teacher-pupil ratio.”

Lance, Keith Curry. The Impact of School Library Media Centers on Academic Achievement

Mission Statement: To ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. (from Information Power)

The staff of Domenick DeFranco Elementary School Library welcomes you to our Web site. We are proud of our facilities and the excellent collection of print and electronic media we have available. Please visit the Library online or at the school. Parents and families are always welcome to use our materials

Miss Alice Cyphers, MLS, Librarian

Spring Reading Challenge

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The Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 Spring Reading Challenge inspires kids to become lifelong readers. This Challenge motivates students to read and discuss books. The purpose of this event is to encourage children to read more than they currently do, to read a greater variety of books, and to enjoy the excitement of reading and talking about books. The team format encourages students to share the challenge of reading the selection of books with their friends.

The Spring Reading Challenge competition is the culmination of the program that has teams of students reading books from a prepared list for several months prior to the final event. Students in grades six through eight only may participate in this competition. Each team consists of 8 to 16 students who agree to read from groups of 45 books appropriate for their age and reading level. The book lists are prepared the previous year by interested teachers and librarians.

During the competition evening, all teams participate in three rounds of questioning. Teams are never eliminated. At the culmination of the event, all students receive a ribbon, determined by the number of points their team earned during the evening. Volunteers work as moderators, scorekeepers and team leaders during the competition. This collaboration and cooperation among so many individuals is amazing. Librarians, teachers, parents, students, and district staff all contribute to making this event a success.

Quick Links

Bangor Public Library

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The Bangor Public Library is the only public library serving the residents of the Bangor Area School District. In addition to a wonderful collection of books for all ages, the Library provides public Internet access, books on tape, videos (without a fee), reference materials, telephone books, fax service, tax forms, access to the Daily News and Homefront magazine, convenient hours, interlibrary loan capability, and participates in Access Pennsylvania.

Click on Bangor Public Library to take advantage of PA POWER LIBRARY. PA Power Library gives free access to the several databases listed below.

  • EBSCO Host - a periodical database
  • Grove's Dictionaries - resources relating to music, art, astronomy, astrophysics, and life sciences.
  • Bigchalk - designed for children, it includes magazines, newspapers, books and reference collections, photographs, and maps.
  • SIRS Discoverer - an interactive reference tool for young readers including full text articles and graphics, and the World Almanac.
  • Poem Finder - includes over 70,000 full text poems and 750,000 poem citations and excerpts.
  • AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive - includes more than 500,000 current and historical photographs
  • Gale Group - biographic and critical essay information on modern novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists and scholars.
  • Searchasaurus - full text databases for elementary and middle school students.

Simply look at your library card and enter the number beginning with a P and no spaces. If you do not have a library card, go to the library and get one. They are FREE!!

Your library card gives you access to this wonderful collection of information. You can also use your library card to check out books at any library in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that participates in Access Pennsylvania. Participating local libraries include Easton, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Allentown, and Stroudsburg.

DeFranco Summer Reading

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

It has been a good school year for DeFranco Elementary School. Our students continue to improve their knowledge, skills and test scores annually. In an effort to continue this forward momentum, we are continuing with the national movement to encourage students to stay engaged during their time off by implementing a mandatory summer reading program once again for the 2017-2018 school year. All students who participate will receive 10/10 for their first reading grade, nonparticipating will result in 0/10.

Here is how it works: Incoming 5th and 6th grade students will choose a book that interests them for a list passed out in class. Our list of student-selected books will include the author, title, a summary, and the cost of each book. Students will bring home this contract to be signed, agreeing to obtain and read the book they have selected. Books can be bought at Barnes & Noble and various online stores such as They may also be borrowed from the local public and school libraries. The average cost of a book is $7.00.When students return in September, they will be grouped by which book they have read over the summer and participate in a "book discussion" led by a DeFranco Summer Reader Leader and assisted by a DeFranco teacher. Teachers from across all content areas are participating in the reading program. All students who participate will receive 10/10 for their first reading grade, nonparticipating will result in 0/10. Students will need to hand in a summer reading bookmark.

It is our great hope that this program will not only serve to give our students an academic advantage to start off a new school year, but it will help encourage life-long readers and learners. We also hope to create new relationships between students and faculty by having teachers of all subjects assist in leading these reading groups. The complete list of books is available on our website at under the DeFranco Library page. Please feel free to join in reading with your son or daughter!We thank you for your support in this endeavor, and we hope that your family has a safe and happy summer break.


Mr. Eric Kerstetter, Principal

Miss Alice Cyphers, Librarian

Read for Six Flags due Monday 2/26/2018
Reading logs for Six Flags are due to the library MONDAY 2/26!