SFX Library News

Week of January 25, 2016

January highlights in the library

  • Our preschool and JK students had fun exploring hibernation stories this week during their weekly storytime in the library.
  • For Kindergarten , 1st and 2nd grade students we continue to be reading the Monarch Award nominees. The two books we read this week shared the common theme of building. We read Dreaming Up by Christy Hale and Building Our House by Jonathan Bean. Our students were so enthralled with the concept of building, as well as the notion that what they build as children with Legos and blocks could possibly lead them to a career in architecture. In addition, they loved seeing the famous architectural wonders featured in Dreaming Up and many are dreaming of visiting faraway places such as Malaysia and Spain this summer to see some of the famous buildings we read about! Some of the students even got a chance to enjoy some hands-on building in the library after hearing these stories. In addition, this was an exciting week for the kindergarten classes as they got to check out books to be used in their classroom. They were so excited to make book selections to share with their classmates.

  • 3rd and 4th grade students got to study the intelligence of birds when I read them Alex the Parrot : No Ordinary Bird by Stephanie Spetter. Alex, an African grey parrot, purchased in a pet shop, was the research subject of animal psychologist Irene Pepperberg, who taught Alex how to count and do simple arithmetic; recognize shapes, materials, sizes, and colors; and speak and understand hundreds of words. We followed the reading by watching a video of Alex and the students were amazed by the intelligence of this bird.
  • 5th graders are diving head first into learning about different literature genres. In an effort to make our fiction collection easier to use for our students, the 5th graders are helping to identify what genre a fiction book belongs in and then they are labeling those books. This hands-on project prompts them to have in-depth discussions with each other about the individual titles causing them to really analyze the books and talk about them.
  • 6th grade is working hard to on their online research about notable African Americans. We have been busy having conversations about reputable websites and how to find credible information.
  • 7th grade continues to work on creating their board games.
  • 8th grade students and their kindergarten buddies continue to come to the library together. This week they worked together to make valentines for veterans.