Friday, September 19, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 - October 15. Hispanic culture is comprised of a very diverse population from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. This month is a wonderful time to learn more about the contributions of American citizens with Hispanic ancestors. Stop in the library and check out our resources! Want to know more? Check out this wonder from Wonderopolis!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

ONE Read-Aloud

Today marks the beginning of our annual ONE Read-Aloud. The teachers in all of the classes kindergarten - 2nd grade are reading Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst. This is the first book in an early chapter book series by the beloved author of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Reading the same book aloud across the grade levels helps to grow our community of readers. Conversation about our ONE book can carry over from members of different classes and even to the dinner tables of K-2nd siblings.
When our readers were asked, about 50% reported that they liked pickles, but when Lulu's favorite pickle sandwiches were offered for tasting, many more discovered that dills are delicious!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

We're Humming Again!

The library is back in full swing! The fun and much loved books by Mo Willems are part of EVERY classroom visit this week. If you don't know Mo yet, come by the library to check him out!

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