Wanamaker Library Newsletter

November 2017

2nd Annual Bookmark Contest

The Wanamaker library and art department collaborated on their 2nd annual bookmark contest. The theme for this year was to choose a favorite book and promote it to others. Students designed their bookmarks during art class, then the voting began! The winning bookmarks were chosen by students, faculty, and staff members. Each student received a copy of the winning bookmark in their grade level. There were some fantastic designs--nice work, WE students!
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Library and students benefit from generosity

This fall our library received a grant from the Auburn Washburn Foundation. The money will be used to purchase books for a portion of our nonfiction section. Thank you to the Foundation for their generous contribution and for helping us to update our library resources!

A T & T Pioneers surprised our students with free books in October. The organization purchased these books with a grant from the A T & T Foundation. Jean Gonzalez, First Vice President of the Topeka Chapter, said, "The Pioneers promote education, and we wanted each and every student to be given their own book." Thank you, A T & T Pioneers, for supporting our students and making a difference!

4th Grade Participates in Mystery Skype

Mrs. Lester's class took part in a Mystery Skype, an engaging way for classrooms to introduce themselves to each other. Students use their map skills and their communication skills to guess the mystery location of the other classroom. We had fun guessing the location of our buddy class from Indiana! We also spent some time sharing details about our schools, cities, and states with each other.

Library Leaders

We have 5 sixth grade students who act as library leaders this year. They applied for the positions, and have proven to be a big help in the library. Some of the tasks they perform include: checking in/out of books, shelving books, helping younger students with book choices, putting up/taking down bulletin boards, and anything else that we ask of them! When asked why they like being library leaders, they agreed that they liked the library atmosphere and helping out, especially with the younger students. Thank you, Rylan, Eden, Logan, Kayleigh, and Aubree, for all your help and enthusiasm!
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November is Picture Book Month!

The library is hosting a Picture Book Challenge in November to celebrate Picture Book Month. All students are encouraged to participate in the Challenge. Our staff's favorite picture books are being featured and are available for students to check out. Individual milestones are recognized and rewarded, and we are also working towards a school-wide goal of reading 4,000 picture books! We are tracking our progress with a sticker poster in the hallway, and the mystery picture will be revealed when all 4,000 books have been read! Please enjoy some picture books with your student, and help us to reach our goal!

Happy Fall!

State Library Conference

Mrs. Reinert attended and presented (on the Global Read Aloud) at the State Library Conference held in Wichita last week. There were many informative sessions to attend. It is always fun to learn what other librarians are doing in their libraries and with their students. One of the highlights of the conference was getting to hear author Mary Downing Hahn speak about her life as a writer. We now have an autographed copy of her newest book to add to our library!

Upcoming Dates

Nov. 7-8-- District librarians' hosted Author Visit (Kate and M. Sarah Klise) for all elementary students.

Dec. 2--Barnes & Noble Book Fair Fundraiser hosted by the district librarians. Activities, performances, and book sales/signing by Pug and Pig author Sue Lowell Gallion are on the agenda.

Wanamaker Library

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