State Agency Library News

November, 2022

Inside this edition...

  • Message from the librarian
  • November Special Days Calendar
  • TeachingBooks Literary Calendar
  • Veteran's Day read aloud with activities
  • Native American Heritage Month Activities on Symbaloo
  • SEL book of the month - We Are Grateful by Traci Sorell

Message from the Librarian

Happy Fall Ya'll!!!

I hope everyone is well, Thanksgiving Break is almost here and Winter Break is right around the corner, stay strong!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to share how thankful I am to be able to serve the staff and students in State Agency Schools. I can't tell you the number of times I've had a student come to me and say "I never read a book before coming here" and now they are excited to be checking out books and reading!

Our kids come to us with a plethora of issues and oftentimes reading allows them the opportunity to relate to a character when they otherwise may feel isolated and alone. Many of our kids have lots of time on their hands and reading provides them with an escape from reality.

We are growing leaders and readers one book at a time!

Next up, I'm excited to announce that I will be back to checking out at Peace at the end of this month! Library will be Tuesday mornings until noon, starting back on November 29th.

Lastly, Fall RIF is underway!!! I've been able to give some great new titles away to kids at KMI, Boys & Girls Haven, Western Day, St. Joe's, and Brooklawn so far!

The following RIF dates are coming up!

  • November 4 - Brook Dupont
  • November 15 - Ackerly
  • November 17 - Home of the Innocents
  • November 18 - Louisville Day
  • November 22 - Peace

It may be difficult to get around to all the schools again before Winter Break, but I will definitely be back around for Winter RIF soon!

I hope that each and everyone of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving season!


Ms. Jennifer

Veteran's Day Activity

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle

Enjoy the following read aloud for Veteran's Day and have students choose an activity to complete from the Nonfiction Choice Board.
Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, & a Miracle
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Gale in Context

Have your students use Gale to research Native American History!

Click here for a Native American Heritage Month Scavenger Hunt.

Have your students use Gale to research and profile prominent Native Americans.

Have your students research Native American Authors with this trading card project.

SEL Book of the Month

SEL Book of the Month

We Are Grateful by Traci Sorell

"A look at modern Native American life as told by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation

The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences." - goodreads

The perfect read for Native American History Month and Thanksgiving!

We Are Grateful

Reading activities.

Schedule/Contact Information

Monday - Brooklawn

Tuesday - Peace and Brook Dupont

Wednesday - KMI and Maryhurst

Thursday - HOTI

Friday - BGH