@NPES LearningCommons

Books! Gadgets! Fun!

We LOVE February!

We have been learning lots in the NPES Learning Commons! Kindergarten celebrated the 100th day of school by reading 100 books in 100 minutes; all Kindergarten classes and some 1st and 2nd grade classes have been reading South Carolina Picture Book Award nominees with Mrs. Byrd Fort; Mrs. Frye's class has been working on an author study with Mrs. Byrd Fort and Ms. Burkett; Mrs. Blewett's students are learning about some good non-fiction books at a "Book Tasting"; and 5th graders are gearing up for a Harlem Renaissance Cafe!

If you would like to schedule something with your Learning Commons Team, please let us know! We would love to help you and your students!


Mrs. Byrd Fort, Mrs. Gobbi, and Ms. Burkett

Makerspace Moments! Spotlight: Makey Makey!

Makerspace Moments are a time when students can come to the Learning Commons to explore and create. This month's spotlight is Makey Makey (http://makeymakey.com/)!

Makey Makey is an "invention kit for everyone." Students will figure out how to create a keyboard out of play dough (and whatever else they come up with)!

We will also be making star bursts out of straws and there will be rainbow loom materials available.

If you would like to participate as a class, let me know and we can work something out!

The Makerspace Moments schedule:

Tuesdays 9am - 10am AND 12:30pm-1pm

Wednesdays 12pm - 1pm

After School Make Shop for Teacher's Kids!

We have had so much fun at our after school Make Shops this school year! Please note that there will not be a Make Shop for the rest of the school year - but, please encourage your kids to keep MAKING!

American Library Association Youth Media Awards

Looking for good books to read? Check out the 2015 American Library Association Youth Media Award Winners! http://live.webcastinc.com/ala/2015/live/

Lion Cub Storytime

Each month, we host a story time for little friends who are not yet old enough to attend NPES. Here are this year's Lion Cub Story Time dates (they all start at 9am):

February 20

March 20

April 24

May 15

Teachers, please share these dates in your classroom newsletters!

Meet Sarah Sheely!

Mrs. Sarah Sheely will be my long term sub starting March 2. Mrs. Sheely worked for many years as the Library Media Specialist at Nursery Road Elementary School in Lexington Five. She is retired and has been a long term sub in many libraries since her retirement. She is wonderful and I know you will love working with her!

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for...

February 15 - USC Basketball Literacy Game - 12pm

February 20 - Lion Cub Story Time - 9am

February 26 - Mrs. Byrd Fort's Last Day

February 28 - USC Basketball Literacy Game - 6pm

March 2 - Mrs. Sheely's First Day

March 20 - Lion Cub Story Time - 9am

April 24 - Lion Cub Story Time - 9am

April 27 - May 18 - Lexington Blowfish Reading Program

May 15 - Lion Cub Story Time - 9am

May 21 - Book Fair Teacher Preview - 2:30pm - 3:30pm

May 21 - Last Day for Library Book Checkout

May 22 - 29 - Book Fair

May 28 - All Library Books Due

June 6 - StoryFest at the SC State Museum

About Us

The Vision and Mission of the New Providence Elementary School Learning Commons is to ensure that students and teachers are effective users of ideas and information in regards to both print and digital resources. We strive to provide library materials and services appropriate to the curriculum of the school and to provide library materials and services that meet the information and recreational needs of the learning community and that will encourage and support Common Core State Standards as well as the 4 C's - Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication. We provide opportunities for collaboration between the Learning Commons Team (Teacher Librarian, Library Assistant, Technology Integration Specialist) and the Classroom Teacher to integrate information literacy, digital literacy, book love and technology into instruction.