Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer Readers

What and where are you reading this summer?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ready for Summer!

Our Library Voices blog is back just in time to share some great summer book love!  I hope everyone is ready for a summer reading challenge.  Remember to read or listen to reading every day.  Choose books that you love, and share reading ideas with your family and friends.  Check back here often to see what reading adventures your friends are having.  Where and what will you read this summer?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Inquiry and Frogs

The second grade STEM curriculum includes cycles in nature, and this year I bought several new books for the library to add to our frog text set.  We prepared for the arrival of their classroom frogs with the visible thinking routine "Think, Wonder, Explore."  In the classroom, the students connected to their prior knowledge about frogs, and they wondered and asked questions that began the inquiry process.  In the library, we practiced using Destiny to find library resources.  They explored  books, periodicals, and online resources including PebbleGo, WorldBookKids, and NationalGeographicKids.  We talked about and practiced giving credit to the sources of information.  They were thrilled to share and display their findings in their classrooms.  This routine really fanned the excitement for the arrival of the tadpoles.  I predict that there will be more and more wonders as those tadpoles grow. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New Beginnings

There is evidence of new beginnings all around us in the shelves, new books, new displays, new teachers with new ideas, and excited new readers.  We are starting the new school year with our annual "One Read-Aloud" for kindergarten, first and second grades. All of the classes are reading My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett.  A Newbery Honor winner in 1949, it is certainly not a "new" book, but it is definitely a new favorite for the children who read or hear it for the first time!   This story is packed with opportunities for describing characters (our wordle of Elmer Elevator), making predictions, and creating mental images.  What a great way to launch our new year of reading!
Wordle: Elmer

Friday, May 10, 2013

Poetry Month

Poetry Month really rocked the library!  This was our first Poetry Madness experience, and it is definitely destined to be an annual April event.  We started with "Sweet Sixteen" poems in the bracket. (What a challenge to choose those poems!)  Two poems went home each night with homework.  The kindergarten, first and second graders read them with parents and brothers and sisters.  They talked about what they noticed and liked about the two competing poems and circled their favorite. The poems were returned to the library each morning so that the votes could be tallied and the winning poem could move to the next bracket.  I never imagined the excitement that this poetry competition could produce.  I was amazed, too, that so many students were inspired to write their own poetry and display it in the library for others to read.  It was a great lead-in to "Poem in Your Pocket Day."  Everyone got involved. Some crafty kindergarteners with pocketless uniforms made their own pockets on a string.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Book Fair

There were little gasps and twinkling eyes as classes of children discovered the transformation of library to book fair.  There is just something incredibly fun and exciting about exploring and shopping for books with friends and family right in our own space.  These pictures tell the story.  Happy reading to all!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reading Buddies...again...

Another look....
There's just nothing more joyful to witness than the second grade and kindergarten reading buddies in action.