R.A.B. Library News

What's happening...

Last month students K through 6th were all generously given a bag of books from Bernie's Book Bank. All students received anywhere from 5-10 books, they enjoyed trading the books with their classmates.

The last week before break we hosted a Scholastic Book Fair at the branch. This was my first fair, but I think it was successful considering the size of the school. All the students visited during their library classes and it was open when families were there for the holiday show. Thank you for all the help.


The Hour of Code took place during the week of December 7-13, during this week Mr. Smith did coding with some of his classes. The Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science with a goal of showing students that anyone can learn the basics of coding.

Ms. Esparza and I did a training through CODE.org and will begin after school programs in both buildings beginning early in the new year.

If you would like to know more about Code.org and the hour of code, please visit these sites: https://hourofcode.com/us



At the branch I am working on creating some small low-tech makerspaces. I'm in the planning stages, but hope to implement shortly after we return from break. A makerspace is an area that are becoming increasing popular in libraries, people can gather to share ideas, create, and discover. Here is a link to a great article about makerspaces http://renovatedlearning.com/2015/04/02/defining-makerspaces-part-1/

Fourth and fifth grades have finally completed their author projects, you will see them hanging in the library.

Seventh and eighth grade have been researching CPS high schools to help in the decision making process.

Tech Corner

To create this electronic newsletter I have been using Smore.com. It is an easy and free program that anyone can use. If anyone would like to make one and needs some help let me know, I'd be happy to help.