Claymont Library Newsletter

April/May 2015

The 21st Century Library....

No longer a book museum

but a flexible learning space.

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Concerning the End of the Year

All books and other library materials will be due on Friday, May 8th.

Students and staff may not check out library books after May 8th. I will be beginning inventory at this time.

Book Requests

If you have any book, ebook, video, or Playaway requests for next school year, specific or not, please leave me some feedback in this form:
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Spring Book Fair

It's that time of year! Claymont's Spring Book Fair will be held on May 4th-8th. Although this is a PTO sponsored event, I will be passing along some information to you.

PTO will be setting up the Book Fair in the Learning Commons on Monday morning, May 4th.

Classrooms will be able to sign up to preview the book fair on Monday afternoon or anytime Tuesday. Please click below to sign up for a 15-minute preview time slot.

You will able to send your students down individually or in small groups to shop at the Book Fair during the following times:

Monday 1:00-4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Friday 8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

They will also be open from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday evening.

Staff will also be able to fill out a wishlist. Be sure to stop by and request some books as many families love to bless our teachers!

If you have any further questions, please contact myself or Mary Spillman at


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What's Happening in the Library?


Congratulations to the following Missouri Book Award winners! Each of these three books were also Claymont students' top choice to win the awards.

Building Block Award (kindergarten)

Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos

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When Baby Billy is born with a mustache, his family takes it in stride. They are reassured when he nobly saves the day in imaginary-play sessions as a cowboy or cop and his mustache looks good-guy great. But as time passes, their worst fears are confirmed when little Billy’s mustache starts to curl up at the ends in a suspiciously villainous fashion. Sure enough, “Billy’s disreputable mustache led him into a life of dreadful crime.”

Show Me Award (
1st-3rd grade)

Jangles: A Big Fish Story by David Shannon

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Breathtaking oil paintings bursting with energy pull readers along into Big Lake, the home of Jangles, the biggest fish anyone has seen. Fishing alone at dusk, a boy feels a tug on his line and comes face-to-face with the gigantic trout--whose enormous jaw is covered with so many lures and fish hooks that he jingles and jangles when he swims. Terrified by the sight, the boy is shocked when Jangles befriends him and takes him on an adventure to the bottom of the lake.

Mark Twain Award
(4th and 5th grade)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

**Notes from the Library**

County Library Visit

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, May 13th, Mary McNamara from the Daniel Boone Branch of the St. Louis County Library will be visiting with each grade level to promote their summer reading program.

Six Flags Read to Succeed

Your Six Flags Read to Succeed tickets will be arriving mid-May, not too long before the last day of school. When you receive the tickets, please check to make sure you have received the correct tickets for your class before you pass them out.

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Google Classroom - Multiple Teacher Update

Google Classroom has been updated and now allows for more than one teacher per class. This has been one of the most often requested features and Google has responded. Here's a link showing how it's done. >>

Misuse of Google

This was brought up at our recent staff meeting, but in case you missed it, I wanted to pass on this information.

If you feel that a student is using his or her Google account inappropriately, there is a process to follow in order to examine a student's account.

  1. Contact building administrator
  2. Building admin will instruct TS (or if unavailable, librarian) to change the student's password
  3. Building admin uses new password to investigate
  4. Once investigation is complete, TS or librarian can work with the student to reset Google access
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New Arrivals *Spotlight*

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Kirkus Reviews February 15, 2014

A girl spies a gleaming bike in a shop window and decides to earn enough money doing yardwork to buy it. This wordless, retro book (the girl's molded curls, turtleneck, plaid skirt and Mary Janes definitely come from another era) champions both grit and kindness, but it seemsmighty bleak at times. Moody cement-gray papers, nearly colorlessillustrations and a cast of cold adults make the girl's determination and her working relationship with one kind neighbor all the more moving. Much of Pett'sengrossing narrative is relayedthrough characters' limbs, eyes and brows, as many times they simply don't have mouths. The blank effect of a face without a smile, smirk or frown carries unexpected weight, delivering a sense that the character struggles to withhold or manage emotions. And talk about emotions! After working for the same spectacled lady for months earning money raking, planting and cleaning, the girl rushes to the store only to find her bike already sold. Many young readers may reel just imagining such staggering disappointment and be further boggled byherangelic decision to purchase a tricycle for her small brother instead. Never fear, aCapra-esque ending awaits. Like an old black-and-white movie, this companion to The Boy and the Airplane (2013) will remain charming and relevant--the old story about what you get when you give never really gets old. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Publishers Weekly July 9, 2012

"History is broken, and we need your help to fix it." What kid could turn down an invitation like that? Not fifth-grade best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste, who star in this kickoff to the seven-book Infinity Ring series (Lisa McMann, Matt de le Pena, and others will write subsequent titles). Dak and Sera live in an America beset by natural disasters and controlled by an organization known as the SQ (also, there are 48 states, and the U.S. capital is Philadelphia). Passionate about history (Dak) and science (Sera), both friends are drawn into an ancient conflict between the SQ and the Hystorians, who hope to correct "Breaks" in Earth's time line. Via the Infinity Ring device Dak's parents invented, Dak, Sera, and 16-year-old Hystorian Riq travel to 1492 Spain to prevent a mutiny against Christopher Columbus aboard the Santa Maria. It's a quick, straightforward adventure with a successful mix of action, adventure, and historical substance. An interactive online Infinity Ring game debuts alongside this installment; the second book, Divide and Conquer by Carrie Ryan, arrives in November. Ages 8-12. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Kirkus Reviews starred March 15, 2013

A middle-grade fantasy dons the cloak of a creepy ghost tale to deliver bittersweet meditations on the nature of friendship, the price of growing up and the power of storytelling. The lifelong friendship of Zach, Poppy and Alice revolves around their joint creation, an epic role-playing saga of pirates and perils, queens and quests. But now they are 12, and their interests are changing along with their bodies; when Zach's father trashes his action figures and commands him to "grow up," Zach abruptly quits the game. Poppy begs him to join her and Alice on one last adventure: a road trip to bring peace to the ghost possessing her antique porcelain doll. As they travel by bus and boat (with a fateful stop at the public library), the ghost seems to take charge of their journey--and the distinctions between fantasy and reality, between play and obligation, begin to dissolve....Veteran Black packs both heft and depth into a deceptively simple (and convincingly uncanny) narrative. From Zach's bitter relationship with his father to Anna's chafing at her overprotective grandmother to Poppy's resignation with her ramshackle relations, Black skillfully sketches their varied backgrounds and unique contributions to their relationship. A few rich metaphors--rivers, pottery, breath--are woven throughout the story, as every encounter redraws the blurry lines between childishness and maturity, truth and lies, secrecy and honesty, magic and madness. Spooky, melancholy, elegiac and ultimately hopeful; a small gem. (Fantasy. 10-14)

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Thanks as always for reading! To be entered in a drawing to win this month's prize ($5 CASH!), please send me a short email by Tuesday, April 28th with feedback about Flocabulary! Do you like it? Do you not? Favorite song? Should we look into ordering Flocabulary next year for Claymont? Just let me know!

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