Pershing K-8 Library Loop

January 2022

Special Thanks

The picture book narrations that Pershing's adult stakeholders submitted were extremely well done and very entertaining! We were able to create some excellent videos for teachers to share during 5-Star for the pre-holiday partial week.


Thanks again to everyone who helped!

Kromebus & Bookmarks

Due to technical difficulties, we will be extending the Kromebus Chromebook checks and the bookmark contest through January.

Win Lunch in the Library

Students who complete a Winter Reading sheet will get a cool bookmark of their choice and a chance to win lunch time in the library with up to three friends. Sheets can be picked up in the library, downloaded and printed from the Pershing Library Learning Commons Canvas page, or downloaded and printed using the image link below.

Middle School Battle of the Books Team

Congratulations to the students who passed the try-out quiz, becoming our 2021-2022 Battle of the Books team:


  • S. Dudley

  • J. Moorhead
  • C. Cline
  • A. Mahoney
  • F. Russell
  • B. Whisenhunt


Our middle school team will compete against all of the other district middle schools in a trivia bowl, with questions coming from the Truman Readers Award nominee list. The battle occurs in March at Glendale High School, barring a virus surge, in which case we will battle online from Pershing Library.

Elementary Battle of the Books Team

In January, we will begin recruiting for the Pershing Elementary Battle of the Books team. The team will face off against other district elementary schools to answer trivia questions about books from the Mark Twain Readers Award nominee list.


  • Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods
  • Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary Schmidt
  • The Memory Keeper by Jennifer Camiccia
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • Shine! by JJ and Chris Grabenstein
  • Shouting at the Rain by Linda Mullaly Hunt
  • Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
  • Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen by Niki Lenz
  • The Bridge Home by Pandma Ventkatraman
  • White Bird: A Wonder Story by R.J. Palacio
  • Charlie Thorne & the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs
  • Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught


We are allowed to have a team of up to six students. If needed, we will have a try-out quiz near the end of January to determine our final group. Elementary teams battle online from their home sites in the spring.

What's the Big Idea?

K-1 Students have been working hard on their shelf marker and checkout skills, and they have done so well that we are going to be able to shift them to a separate checkout time! That means more time for stories and learning during library class time, and I am very excited about that. The new checkout times are as follows:
  • Mondays at noon -- Ms. Frazier's Kindergarten class
  • Tuesdays at 3:30 -- Ms. Steineke's K/1 class
  • Thursdays at 10:30 -- Ms. Miller's 1st grade class

Our focus this month will be noticing what is the same and different between stories.


Students in grades 2-3 will be doing author and illustrator studies, and comparing and contrasting their styles.


Students in grades 4-5 will be working on a Little Red Hen research project, where they will be looking closely at one of the ingredients in a favorite dish and writing a Little Red Hen-style story about it.


Middle School students will be getting book talks and seeing various ways to present information.