Sunset Valley Library Newsletter


October was a busy month!

We kicked off the month of October with a visit from Katherine Applegate, author of Wishtree. We had three other area elementary schools join us in the cafeteria for a combined audience total of over 600, and Katherine Applegate signed over 100 personalized copies of her new book! BookPeople, the author, and her publicist were all very impressed with our scholars and our school! We ended this month with another big event, our fall Scholastic Book Fair! We raised $526.79 in our Books for All change drive which provided for over 100 student to receive a free book with matching funds from the library. First grade raised the most money, so they will be rewarded with a celebration in the library in December. More details to come. The book fair got the equivalent of 1,864 books into our Cheetah reader's hands, and raised over $2,000 to support our school library! Our spring book fair is scheduled for mid-April.

Library Usage

General Statistics

Class days: 19

Classes seen: 113

New adult accounts created: 3

Circulation: 2514

New titles processed: 10

Collaboration and Instructional Units

-Leaders ‘R’ Us Workshop for Student Council Officers and Advisors on Friday, October 20. We were recognized as a NAESP Honor Student Council for the fifth year in a row!

-SVE Kid's Lit Book Club meeting with colleagues from Galindo Elem. to discuss The Key to Extraordinary, Wishtree, and other recommended titles.

-Library lessons: Recognize and celebrate Pride, Celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead, Book Fair book talks

-Professional development: Acquisitions and collection development.

Coming up in November

11/6 5th grade poetry slam in the library

11/7 Middle school magnet programs presentation

This month's book club book is by the Newbery Medal award-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson. We will be reading and discussing My Brigadista Year, a historical novel about a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro's national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read.

In the library we will be learning: November is National Native American Heritage Month. We will be reading stories to learn about and honor First Nations people. Thanksgiving is also this month, so we will talk about what it means to be thankful and learn about this holiday tradition.