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MakerSpaces in the Library Learning Commons

MakerSpaces are now in the RCE Library Learning Commons! What are MakerSpaces? Places for students to explore and create. Students can work with Snap Circuits or create pom pom creatures. All you need is imagination and time. To learn more about the Maker Movement you can check out: What is the MakerMovement and Why Should I care?

To keep the MakerSpaces going we will need some supplies...if you can help by sending any of the following items to the library...they will be most appreciated. We'll probably need them next year as well. Do NOT go out and buy...just send whatever "left overs" you have at home. Part of the idea of MakerSpaces is to create from just stuff...and finding new uses for items.

Toilet Paper/Paper Towel Tubes



Packing Peanuts/Bubble wrap

twist ties (from bread wrappers)

game pieces from games that have lost most of their parts

lego parts from sets that you no longer want (again - do NOT buy)

scraps of fabric, yarn

buttons, old zippers

odd and end screws/nails/brads...use your imagination

Our goal is to get students creating.

Other MakerSpaces in the RCE Library Learning Commons include BeeBots, SnapCircuits, and Makey Makey. We also have quite a few construction activities and problem solving games. In addition you'll find some Technology Challenges to guide students to create on the ipads/computers. We want to provide choices and encourage students to explore things outside of their comfort zone.

Already the students have requested more construction makerspaces as well as more engineering experiences. The MakerSpaces in the RCE LLC will continue to evolve based on student interest.

Looking to the Future in the RCE Library Learning Commons

We have lots of activities coming in the months of April and May. Check your calendars....we'd love to have you join in our activities:

More activities and details will be available closer to the event.

April 21st - Author for Grades 2 and 3. Kory Merritt of the Tropopica Graphic Novel series. Books will be available for sale at Barnes and Noble. More information will come home with students in Grades 2 and 3.

May 6th @ 10:45 am (after PTA Meeting) and 2:00 pm, join us in the library for a parent information meeting on using our on-line resources including e-books. We'll also share some of the creativity apps being utilized in the classroom. Bring your device and we'll do some sharing. (If there is interest, I'll schedule one at night sometime in May as well. Let me know.)

May 9-13 - Inventory of library books. Students may still have books checked out, we will just begin the process of inventory of the books in the stacks. This will also clear records for books returned to shelves with out clearing the computer.

May 12 - Fifth Grade Young Authors Night at Barnes and Noble. Schedule will come out in May. This is an opportunity for students to share their writing. Middle School required summer reading lists will also be available that night.

May 20th - Author Vuthy Kuon will share his books with students in grades PreK - 4th grade. Books will be available for purchase during his visit. More information will be coming home closer to the visit.

May 20th - All Library Books are due to the library. Fifth graders must clear or pay their fines. Fifth grade students will receive an over due/current circ record in April to help parents know what books are out on their child's name. Thanks for helping to get all of the books returned to the library.

May 23-26 - Book Fair @ Rummel Creek. This is a quick, buy one get one free book fair to help students get books for summer reading. (This book fair does not make profit...it is solely to provide a service of books for summer reading.) There will NOT be a night sale - we will only be open during the school day.

May 23 - 27th - Summer Check Out. Parents may come and check out up to 100 books for summer reading. Bring your book bags and fill them up. We will give you a list of the books you take so they can be returned in August at Meet the Teacher or the first week of school. This is a great way to keep your children reading over the summer.

Fourth Graders can now apply for KRCE

The application for next year is now available for fourth grade students to apply to be on KRCE during their fifth grade year. Applications can be picked up in the library. All applications for KRCE are due on April 15th. Be sure to fill the application out completely.

Apps to try with your children:

Tellegami - simple animation for students to tell stories (4.99/free)

Capstone Interactive - Access our e-books from Capstone with this app. Books will read to the students. Great way to support your child's reading. (free)

RWT - Several apps are part of Read Write Think. (free) Students can create poetry in different forms, create timelines and more.

Destiny Quest - the RCE onliine Card Catalog - see what books we have in the library, read an e-book directly from the app. (free) We have moved to a new server...if you have the Destiny Quest linked to RCE already, you will need to change the URL you link to. Please link to this URL: https://springbranchisd.follettdestiny.com

Shirley Hale Lincoln Library @ Rummel Creek Elementary



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