December 2014

Hampden Meadows Library Media Center

December Author/Illustrator Birthdays

This is the online version of the bookmark we hand out this month. Students are encouraged to peruse this link to learn more about authors/illustrators and get suggestions for books to take out this month.

Grade 4 - Keyword Searching

We are beginning to think about research in grade 4. The first thing we think about it how to make our keywords specific and powerful when we use a search engine such as Google to narrow down our options. We use lessons from Common Sense Media.
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Grade 5 - Passwords

We are beginning to think about how we can be responsible digital citizens in grade 5. We are using lessons from Common Sense Media to think about how we can make our passwords as safe as possible.
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Library Statistics

December Library Stats

Between December 1 and December 23

Total Books: 12,139

Total Circulations: 1,362

Total Holds Placed: 220

Top Title Statistics

1.Sisters Telgemeier, Rain.

2.Sidekicks Santat, Dan

3.Smile Telgemeier, Raina

4.Dork Diaries: Tales from a not-so-happily ever after Russell, Rachel Renée.

5.Greetings from nowhereO'Connor, Barbara.

6.The small adventure of Popeye and Elvis O'Connor, Barbara.

7.Fame and glory in Freedom, Georgia O'Connor, Barbara

8.The Fantastic Secret Of Owen Jester O'Connor, Barbara

9.Amulet. Book six, Escape from Lucien Kibuishi, Kazu

10.Adventures in cartooning Sturm, James

Top Homeroom Statistics

Homeroom - Total Circulations

1.HR24 - 357

2.HR19 - 342

3.HR6 - 325

4.HR18 - 300

5.HR13 - 298

6.HR17 - 253

7.HR21 - 242

8.HR8 - 234

9.HR22 - 222

10.HR14 - 219

11.HR3 -210

12.HR15 -205

13.HR10 -200

14.HR11 -195

15.HR12 - 191

16.HR7 -188

17.HR23 -185

18.HR4 -184

19.HR20 -175

20.HR1 -164

21.HR9 -160

22.HR16 -131

2015 Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominees

Students who read at least 3 of the RICBA nominees will be eligible to vote in February. We watched some book trailers and discussed some of the books during the last full week of school in December.
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2015 RICBA Titles

1. Doll Bones by Holly Black

2. Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

3. Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin

4. The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

5. Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle

6. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

7. Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley

8. Legend of the Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

9. Athlete vs. Mathlete by W.C. Mack

10. Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace by Nan Marino

11. Bats: Biggest! Littlest! by Sandra Markle

12. Kelsey Green, Reading Queen by Claudia Mills

13. Wild Born by Brandon Mull

14. Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

15. The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus

16. The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco

17. Odessa Again by Dana Reinhardt

18. Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Leisl Shurtliff

19. Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

20. Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger

Family Book Club

We kicked off our first HMS Family Book Club with Countdown by Deborah Wiles. The first of a Sixties trilogy, Countdown is unique in that it is a documentary novel that includes snippets of songs and images from the time period to make you feel like you're really experiencing what the characters are experiencing.
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