Wanamaker Library Newsletter

February 2019

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It's Book Fair Time!

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held Feb. 4-7th (parent teacher conference week). The theme this year is "Dino-Mite Book Fair. Stomp, Chomp, and Read!" Students will preview the fair during library classes that week and create their wish lists. If you're looking for a valentine treat for your students or maybe a new book for them to read on their days off for P-T conferences, please come and check out the fair! Shopping online is an option for families through Monday, Feb. 11. Just click on the link below. Books will be shipped to school, free of charge, and delivered to your student's classroom. The proceeds from the fair are used to buy books and other supplies for our library. We are excited to see you during book fair week!

Bucks 4 Books Campaign

The WE Student Council will be sponsoring a Bucks 4 Books campaign for 3 weeks during February. It will run from Feb. 4-22. There will be incentives for students to donate to the fundraiser throughout those 3 weeks. Some of the incentives include: Cuddle Buddy Day, Penny Day, Nickel Day, Dime Day, Quarter Day, Dollar Day, and Digital Dining Day. The classroom donating the most money will be treated to a free lunch, and the classroom with the highest total in each grade level will earn an extra recess. This campaign is a fun way to help teach the youngest students their money concepts, and it also provides our students with a chance to help other libraries in need. The proceeds from this fundraiser are donated to the American Library Association to help rebuild libraries around the world that have been affected by natural disasters. A few years ago Wanamaker Elementary was featured in an American Library Association online article and recognized for their contribution to the Haiti Relief Fund. Other monies from the Bucks 4 Books fundraiser are donated to local literacy efforts and also to our own library.

Reading is Magical!

The 5th graders were entertained by volunteer Magician Richard Guy during their library classes. The interactive magic show centered around books and literary concepts. There was lots of laughter as the students tried to figure out how Mr. Brausa performed his tricks. When asked what he liked best about the magic show, one student stated, "Everything. Mr. Brausa was really good. He must have practiced a long time." Mr. Brausa brought some Magic magazines from his collection to give to any interested students. We also made a display of "magic performance" books in our collection, and they have been checked out by students of all ages. Thank you, Mr. Brausa, for starting our day in such a fun way!
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How to turn your children into readers

Winter is the perfect time to snuggle in with your student and read together. Take advantage of the shorter days and colder temperatures to share some great stories. Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read early themselves. Research also shows that parents tend to quit reading aloud to their kids after the age of 5. However, there are many benefits to reading aloud with older kids as well. Reading with kids who already know how to read helps them feel close to caretakers, understand the world around them, and be empathetic citizens of the world. (Why It's Important to Read Aloud with Your Kids, and How to Make it Count. Amy Joyce, The Washington Post. February 16, 2017.)

When reading aloud with your children, it's important to remember that it works best when children are allowed to choose the stories themselves. Books can serve as both "mirrors" and "windows." "Mirrors" when children find characters like themselves in the story, and "windows" when they learn about other people's lives.

Click on the link below to read an article for tips on how to help your child of any age become a lifelong reader!

STEAM and Reading Night a Big Success

The STEAM and Reading Night for Wanamaker families was held on January 17. What a fantastic evening it was! Eighty-five families attended the event. The Discovery Center's Mobile Museum, which included 10 STEAM stations, was located in the gym. Dr. Seuss Bingo took place in the library, and the computer lab was open for use. There was something for everyone of all ages!


When asked if she was pleased with how the the evening went, Erica Valdivia, Instructional Facilitator at WE, responded, "We had nothing but positive comments from students and families. There was a full house all night long. We would like to express a big appreciation to the Discovery Center for helping us put on a successful evening."


Thank you to our Wanamaker families for supporting this awesome celebration of STEAM and reading!

Wanamaker Library

We strive to make our library a welcoming place that fosters the love of reading and empowers the school community to become effective users of information.