Wanamaker Library Newsletter

January 2018

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Snow is falling and books are calling...

Winter is the perfect time to snuggle in with your student and read together. Take advantage of the shorter days and colder temperatures to share some great stories. Research has typically found that shared reading experiences are highly beneficial for young people, even after they have learned to read themselves. Benefits of shared reading include fostering the development of listening skills, spelling, reading comprehension and vocabulary, and establishing essential foundational literacy skills. Shared reading also provides valuable opportunities for parents and children to foster positive attitudes toward reading. (The Conversation. Margaret Kristin Merga, Murdoch University. August 27, 2017.) Check out the following books to help warm those cold winter evenings.

Guibrary is a hit with students and teachers

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, 2nd grader Elijah said, "We got to watch a movie and do a fun project. We also got to read a book, and I like to read." Mrs. Hinthorn, 3rd grade teacher, stated, "I love that the whole 3rd grade can do an activity together. They don't get to do that very often, so it's a treat when they do. They get to spend time together and interact with each other. Oh, and the cookies are great, too!"

Barnes and Noble Book Fair Fundraiser a success

The district librarians hosted a Barnes and Noble Book Fair fundraiser on Dec. 2. It was a fun day filled with student performances, Santa appearances, games, and a book signing by Kansas City author Sue Gallion. Gift wrapping was available, and customers could enter into the gift card drawings that took place at the end of the day. Proceeds from this event help fund the author visit that our district hosts every two years for all elementary students. Thank you to our families who supported the fundraiser!

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 voted to donate part of the gram proceeds to the Saving Death Row Dogs organization and part of the proceeds to the Wanamaker Mustang Den, a clothing bank accessible to WE families. 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.

Volunteer Spotlight

Pam Schuetz is in her 4th year as a volunteer in the WE library. She spends every Tuesday morning helping out in many ways. When asked what she enjoys the most about volunteering, she says, "I get to see kids, I get to see adults, and I get to see books!" Pam's hobbies include reading, quilting, watching TV, and spending time with her grandkids. Pam is married to Dale and between them, they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Thanks, Pam, for all your help in the library!

Upcoming Dates

Jan. 11--Informational meeting at 8:00 a.m. in the library for all 4th and 5th graders interested in participating in a before school book club

Week of Feb. 5--Scholastic Book Fair (watch for information to come home with your student and for book fair volunteer opportunities)

Wanamaker Library

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