Wanamaker Library Newsletter

January 2019

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2nd graders learn about Martin Luther King, Jr.

In last week's library classes, 2nd graders voiced their knowledge and thoughts on Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contributions to American justice and equality. We shared the read aloud Martin's Big Words, and talked about the bravery and courage it took for Martin to promote peace and justice in the face of violence. Students also talked about ways that they can demonstrate peace and justice in their own lives every day. They then brainstormed words that describe MLK and created a collage to hang in the hallway.

Grades 4-6 "Taste Books" in the Library "Cafe"

Do you like to browse new books? Do you like to try new genres? Do you like to listen to light jazz music? If you answered YES to these questions, you would have enjoyed the book tasting the 4th-6th graders experienced in their library classes last week. Some of the books were brand new books that had just been processed while others were some that Mrs. Reinert pulled from the shelves for students to rediscover. The students rotated to the different genres and created reading lists that included their "Must Reads," all while listening to cafe jazz music. It was a great way for the students to become acquainted with some of the books our library purchased with the Auburn Washburn Foundation grant we received last fall.

Guibrary is a hit with WE students

The guidance counselor (Ms. Costello), art teacher (Mr. Weatherford), and librarian (Mrs. Reinert) combined their class periods and collaborated during a week in December to bring Guibrary to all the Wanamaker students. This activity started several years ago as a gift to the teachers, allowing them two hours of uninterrupted time to work on grades or other end-of-the semester tasks. They are also invited to enjoy a cookie and hot chocolate while they work.


An entire grade level of students gathered in the library for a holiday read aloud, hands-on art project, and a movie that tied into the theme for that grade level. For instance, this year 6th graders learned about the legend of the poinsettia while 4th graders learned about Hanukkah and the dreidel.


When asked what he liked best about Guibrary, 1st grader Eli said, "I liked doing this with my friends, and the movie was my favorite part!" Mrs. Hinthorn, 3rd grade teacher, stated, "Guibrary allows for students across the grade level to do activities together, and it also allows for teachers to collaborate with one another as well."

Student Council Corner

December is a busy month for the WE Student Council. All representatives and alternates are invited to go holiday caroling after school one day. The students gather in the library for cookies and hot chocolate before loading the bus. This year we went to Rolling Hills Health Center to entertain the residents. They enjoyed having the students and many sang along with them. The students also felt good about brightening someone else's day!


Student Council members sold Holiday Grams to students the last week of school in December. This includes a Christmas tree cutout with a candy cane attached to it. The proceeds from the Boo Grams sold in October and the Holiday Grams in December go toward charitable donations. This year the Student Council members decided to donate the proceeds to The Villages, Inc. The Villages is a group home for youth who cannot live at home for various reasons. These donations were presented by the Student Council at the holiday assembly held on Dec. 20. Student Council sponsors are Ms. Costello, Mrs. Fairchild, and Mrs. Reinert.

Keeper of the Fish

Fifth grader Caitlin has an important responsibility in the WE library. She is the keeper of the fish in the library aquarium. She comes in before school to feed the fish, change the filter, adjust the water level, or just check to make sure everything is okay. Occasionally Caitlin's 7th grade brother, Thomas, and her dad, Chris, stops in and joins her in her fish keeping duties. Caitlin reports that what she likes best about volunteering is helping out in the library and making sure the fish are taken care of. Thank you, Caitlin, for your time and help. We all benefit from your expertise with our fish!

Upcoming Dates

Week of Jan. 7--Assist with introducing Famous Kansans research project to 4th graders

Jan. 11 & 25--Student Council meetings at 8:00 a.m. in the library

Jan. 15--Morning Book Club meeting at 8:00 a.m. in the library

Jan. 17--STEM and Reading Night for W.E. families

Jan. 23--Battle of the Books meeting during 5th and 6th grade lunch hours

Week of Feb. 4--Scholastic Book Fair (watch for information to come home with your student and for book fair volunteer opportunities).

Wanamaker Library

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