Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - February 2016

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Bubble Gum Days - February 2-12

During bubble gum days students are invited to chew bubble gum during their media resource time. Bubble gum will be provided to students and we will read and play games related to Bubble Gum. This celebration was originally designed as a library or school fundraiser. This year we will collect quarters during media resource and use the proceeds to purchase new Bubble Gum books for the media center. Currently our collection is small and the best part of bubble gum days are the stories we read. Please send in a quarter with your child on their next media resource day starting February 2 with Resource Day A. Bubble Gum Activities

3rd Annual Pirate Cove Book Swap - Starts during Read Across America Week

The PES Pirate Cove will be having our 3rd Annual Seusstastic Book Swap during “Read Across America Week.” Start gathering your gently used children's books for the book exchange. We will begin collecting books on February 22 in the media center. Students will start swapping during their media resource classes February 29 through March 8. Give a book and get a book or donate more! Students who donate more than 3 books will have the opportunity to select additional books at the end of the swap. This event is just in time for Spring Break.
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Plastic Bags are a BIG DEAL! - Protect your library books. Please donate large bags.

What are we learning in Media this month?

1. Media Center resources that can be accessed from the Pirate Cove Website (Media Center Website)
  • Media Center Survey
  • What do you love about the library?
  • Digital Citizenship - Digital Passport and Net Smartz Kids
2. Evaluating Books - FRA, SSYRA and SSYRA Jr.
  • Pictures - Do they appeal to you and do they make the story better?
  • Plot/Theme/Subject - Does the topic of the story make you think or teach a lesson? Do you and other children like the topic of the story?
  • Characters - Can you relate to the characters? Are the characters funny or appealing in some way?
  • Author/Illustrator - Does the author have a reputation for good books? Do you like other books by that author?
3. Florida Reading Association Books - voting for our favorite books
  • Sea Slime - many sea creatures need "slime"
  • Two Little Birds - a story about migration
  • The Grudge Keeper - keeping a grudge can be a very big burden
  • Tiny Rabbits Big Wish - being little has its advantages
4. ROW Activities
  • The Mitten - games and retelling the story
  • Bubble Gum Fun
  • The Library Gingerbread Man - learn to find books in the media center by learning Dewey

Our latest SSYRA Readers to reach 10 or more books

Payton P. - 15

Brody H. - 15

Kaleigh R. – 15

Ethan B. - 15

Nicholas M. 13
Alexandria K. – 11

Kayla K. – 10

Riley H. - 10


Once students have read 10 or more books they are eligible to participate in the Battle of the Books. The test to determine our team members will be on March 17, 2016. Keep reading pirates!

Birthday Book Club

The Palencia Elementary School Media Center’s Birthday Book Club is a wonderful way to commemorate your child’s birthday. Your participation not only enriches the library collection but allows you and your child to be personally involved in its growth.

To take part in the Birthday Book Club donate one new undamaged hardback book. This book should be a book that your child enjoys and one that we don’t have in the media center already. You can choose a new book at the book store or a new book from the Book Fair. A quick check of our library catalog (Destiny) will tell you if we already have the book. If you would prefer, you may make a monetary donation of $15 and your child can choose from recently acquired books that are waiting to be put on the shelves. For more information, contact the media center.