The IC library is a welcoming space for all students and staff to get materials for pleasure reading and research information. We have almost 10,000 items that cover all genres and we can find a great read for everyone. Stop by the library anytime and you might find a STEM project in progress, or a class exploration of a book with a bulletin board to exhibit our learning. You might find students working with a partner or independently on a self selected writing project. Of course, you will find students tucked into cozy corners or sharing a bean bag while reading a favorite book. Our library is the place to be to let your imagination and creativity free.
There are many fun events happening in the library this Christmas season and a few you can help make extra special. I am still taking donations of used books for Slate Hill Elementary students. Please take a moment to look through your book cases for the books your readers have outgrown. There are new readers hoping for a great “new” book to read this holiday season! A bookmark contest begins this week. I will explain it to the students but here’s the quick version. Three winners, one each in K-2, 3-5, 6-8. All students can enter by completing one bookmark and giving it to me. Each book mark will be given a number for voting purposes as students’ names should be on the back of the entry. The bookmarks will be on display on the bulletin board outside the library. Each winner gets a 10.00 Barnes and Noble gift card. All entries are due by Dec. 12 and voting by the students will be Dec. 13 and 14. The winners will be announced on Dec. 17th. I will need help on the Dec. 14th to count ballots after school from 3-4 pm. Let me know if you are interested. I will be circulating a surprise Christmas book starting Dec. 10. I will circulate one for K-2, 3-5, 6-8. Ask your student during that week if they got to listen to the reading of the surprise Christmas book. Lastly, I can always use parent volunteers in the library. Stop by anytime to help shelve books, process books, or help students choose and check out books. Happy Reading! It is an awfully sad misconception that librarians simply check books in and out. The library is the heart of a school, and without a librarian, it is but an empty shell. ~Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Last week in the library the first, second and third grades were busy in the library. I’m not sure why they had more fun in the library, because the library is always the best place to be, but we had fun. First, Mrs. Tyler’s class rearranged the entire library. I’m sure Mrs. Wood heard the ruckus!. I asked them how we should arrange they library and their brains were clicking and ideas were flying. Finally, I could not contain their ideas any longer and just let them move the tables, chairs, bean bags, book carts and lily pads where they thought they should be. Mrs. Tyler’s class really wanted a cozy book reading area so they moved the picture book carts in a semi circle, added an alphabet mat they had to put together as a comfortable floor cushion then a few bean bags and lily pads and they succeeded in their task. It was so fun to watch their brains work and watch them work as a group to find the best arrangement. Every class that has come to the library since has loved the new arrangement! Then first, second and third grades read Gus, the Pilgrim Turkey and added turkeys in disguise to our fall bulletin boards. I put a few students in charge of helping other students hang their turkeys up and they had fun trying to disguise their turkeys so they will not become Thanksgiving dinner. Just another fun week in the library. Gobble Gobble!
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It’s a busy week in the library! All week long we have the book fair in the library. We are trying a new book fair company, Follett, that has been around as a book distributor for many years. We received a great selection of books very similar to what Scholastic sends but the books that I can choose from with our reward dollars should be of higher quality than Scholastic. Unfortunately, we are not able to have lunch visitors this year but that will resume next year. You can shop everyday from 3:00-4:00 with your student(s) and on Thursday during conferences. If you don’t see a book you want at our book fair and, it is in the book fair catalog, I can order it from the cash register when you pay for your other purchases. It will be delivered to the school in your student’s name. Follett also has a gift card option which allows your student(s) to shop without the worry of bringing money to school and/or losing it. Check their wish list and buy a gift card for the amount needed. Any money not used can be used on the Follett website at https://www.follettbookfairs.com/main/shop. Thanks for helping build our school library with every purchase you make! The seventh and eighth grade library students are learning a little about voting and how to be an informed voter. This week they will visit the website VOTE411 to look at a sample ballot for area code 43214, read about the issues and candidates and cast their votes. I will not see their votes nor are they tabulated in any way. It is an exercise in voting, how to cast a vote and the importance of voting as they will be old enough to vote in five to six years. For more information The Washington Post features an article about about what parents can do to raise informed voters. Have a great week of reading and see you at the book fair!
The book fair will be returning to IC November 5th through the 9th! This a great opportunity to support our school library and your student’s love of reading! Don’t miss it! If you would like to volunteer here’s how it works in 3 easy steps: 1) Click this link 2018 IC Book Fair to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/dLEGRED 2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like. 3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com. Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Mrs. Kot who can sign you up manually.
IC has upgraded a vital library resource. The new Destiny catalog can be accessed at home and at school via https://iccols.follettdestiny.com Take some time to explore the new site and more feature additions will be coming soon!