Claymont Library Newsletter

March 2015

The 21st Century Library....

Where students can check out items at anytime...

because books don't always take exactly one week to finish.

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Six Flags Read to Succeed

Just as in the last few years, you as teachers will each enter your students' names and reading totals as they come in. ALL QUALIFYING STUDENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 AT 5:00 P.M. (This is the revised date due to recent inclement weather). To submit your students' reading times, please visit

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March Madness

The search is on to find out which book is Claymont's FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR! We are using a March Madness-style bracket to determine the winner. Each day a new match-up will be announced, and the book with the less votes will be eliminated. Which book will be named Claymont's favorite?? Students will vote during their library time, before school, and any time that you allow them to stop by the library. All they will do is circle one of the titles on a piece of paper and place it in the voting box -- it should not take more than a minute or two.

Feeling competitive? Do you think you can predict the winner? Fill out a bracket and return it to Mrs. Boatner by TODAY, March 2nd. Best bracket will win a free book of your choice from the spring book fair! You'll get a copy of your bracket back. Post it in your classroom and make March a month full of talking about books with your students!


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Flocabulary - Five Things (Elements of a Short Story)

What's Happening in the Library?


It's time to vote for the Missouri Readers Awards! Each year Missouri students and staff vote on the winner of various awards for the state of Missouri. Check below to see if you qualify to vote!

Show Me Award

Chosen with 1st-3rd graders in mind.

Must read at least six of the nominees to vote.

Click below to vote:

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Mark Twain Award

Chosen with 4th-6th graders in mind.

Must read at least four of the nominees to vote.

Click below to vote:

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Truman and Gateway Award

If you have read at least four of the Truman nominees (6th-8th grade) or three of the Gateway nominees (9th-12th grade) and would like to vote for the winner, please see Mrs. Boatner. A complete book list of this year's nominees can be found here:

**Notes from the Library**

Upcoming Days to Reschedule

All classes on Friday, March 13th (no school)

All classes on Friday, April 3rd (no school)

Thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility with scheduling. Please see me as soon as possible to reschedule your library time.

Nonfiction Books for Research

Please note that per Bill Bass, students are NOT REQUIRED to use physical books when they do research. eBooks, databases, and trustworthy websites are some other viable options to implement during nonfiction units.

County Library Visit

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, May 13th, Mary McNamara from the Daniel Boone Branch of the St. Louis County Library will be visiting with each grade level to promote their summer reading program.

Google Classroom Updates

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New Arrivals *Spotlight*

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Horn Book November/December, 2014

Novak (from television's The Office) goes meta in this very funny text-only picture book. On crisp white pages, in a large black font, readers and listeners get clued in: "Here is how books work: Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say." Chaos ensues. Listeners will be tickled by hearing adults say ridiculous things -- "I am a monkey who taught myself to read" -- and then whine about it, as directed by the text: "Hey! I'm not a monkey!" They'll be rolling on the floor by the time the whole thing devolves into shouting about a hippo named "BooBoo BUTT," then puffed up with pride as their talents are praised: "The kid I am reading this book to is THE BEST KID EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD." The comic pacing and foolproof theatrics ensure a wild and silly trip through the pages for everyone. While there are no illustrations, there are plenty of visual cues to keep the pages lively. Dynamic design, judicious use of color, and varied typeface and font size all work together to bring personality and expression to the story. We've seen a lot of excellent wordless picture books recently; here's a good one that reverses that trend.

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Booklist starred July 2014 (Vol. 110, No. 21)

Grades 4-6. It’s a little strange for 11-year-old Ellie when her mother brings home a boy who looks to be about 13 but dresses like Ellie’s grandfather. But it’s a shocker when Ellie realizes that the kid is her grandfather, a scientist who has suddenly succeeded in reversing the aging process. Now sleeping in their den and newly enrolled in Ellie’s middle school, Grandpa connives with her to sneak into his old lab and swipe what he needs to continue his research. Meanwhile, Ellie comes to admire the grandfather she has barely known, listens to his stories of famous scientists, and discovers her own passion for science. Written in a clean, crisp style, with lively dialogue and wit, this highly accessible novel will find a ready audience. The idea of an adult in a young teen’s body may not be new, but Ellie’s first-person narrative makes good use of the situation’s comic potential, particularly in the fractious, role-reversed relationship between Mom and Grandpa. Along with the comedy, the story has a reflective side, too, as Ellie thinks through issues such as death and immortality and confronts Grandpa with the social consequences of his research. A great choice for book groups and class discussions as well as individual reading. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A three-time Newbery Honor–winning author, whose books have also ranked on the New York Times best-seller lists, Holm has a formidably sized fan base waiting for her next release.

"We shouldn't be asking kids what they want to be when they grow up. Most of them will have jobs that don't exist yet. Instead, we should be asking, 'What problems do you want to solve?'" Jaime Casap, Google Global Education Evangelist. METC 2015

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Amazing #EdTech Featuring...


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Thanks as always for reading! To be entered in a drawing to win this month's prize ($5 CASH!), simply try out Flocabulary! Activate your account by Thursday, March 5th to be automatically entered in the drawing. Here's the link again. Enjoy! :)