Castleberry Elementary Library News

April 2014

Our Library Media Center!

There is a lot going on in the month of April!!

April is National Poetry Month. Be sure to check out our featured authors this month for some great choices of poetry books. We are featuring Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein. There are many other wonderful poetry books in the 811's.

April is also School Library Month. This year the theme is "Lives Change @ Your Library". I will have an interactive display by the SmartBoard in which students can answer a question about how the library has helped them this school year. Please be sure to encourage your students to answer.

Also be sure to read below about our eBook reading challenge. I can't wait to see who gets some free books!

If you haven't seen the news about Tumblebooks, check out the emails about it or ask me for help. These are another great resource for use with your students.


Don't forget that each class will need to use the Library Media Center at least once each semester for a writing or research lesson that we collaborate on. If you have a great idea, please let me know so we can get it planned out!! Also, if you would like help with integrating technology apps in your classroom let me know. I am willing to try them out or introduce them with classes in the library.

Reading Olympics

First-Fifth Grade has begun the Reading Olympics program in the library. Each student will have the chance to read for various prizes and recognition by completing their Reading Olympics chart for Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals. I hope to see a lot of great reading taking place so we can all be Gold Medal Readers!! If you need the reading chart for your grade level or have any questions about the program, please let Ms. Hall know. I am also placing the documents in the library Livebinder. If you need a copy of one of the reading logs, please check there or have a student see Ms. Hall in the library.

We have already had several students turn in their bronze reading log and pick up the silver!!! Keep reading and remember to GO FOR THE GOLD!!

eBook Challenge!

This month I am challenging teachers and students to read more of our wonderful eBooks. We have added more titles this school year by combining with the other elementary schools to share our books.

K-2 classrooms who use the most eBooks under the teachers log in will be able to choose $100 worth of books to be added to their classroom.

The top 20 readers in grades 3-5 who read and write a review of the book they read will receive a free book of their choice to keep.

If you have any questions or need help with log in information, please let Ms. Hall know.

If you would like, you can save the website onto your favorites to make it faster for students to access.

App of the Month!

This app is great for having students practice their reading fluency and comprehension. While it will only allow 1 students data to be saved unless you upgrade to the paid version, you or the student can always chart their progress on paper as well.