Book Smart

News & Notes from the Morningside Library - August 31

Join Mr. Rawls in the Library Google Classroom

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Please have your students join the library's Google Classroom using code OTZYUZM. Here, they'll find a new videos posted weekly including read-alouds and directed drawings; an upcoming video series - First Chapter Friday - to encourage students to read new books from new authors and new genres; the virtual library students can explore by clicking on various book covers, signs, posters, and screens; the Emoji Story Title of the Week Challenge; the link to the library Zoom; the link to the library FlipGrid; a code to access EPIC for Kids; and directions for accessing eBooks through MyBackpack.

Click on the image below to visit the Morningside Elementary Virtual Library. Add the link to your own websites; any changes made will automatically update. Students can explore the library by clicking on book covers, computer screens, posters and signs. They can even click on Mr. Rawls for this week's read-aloud video.

Let's Read

Ronan the Librarian

Let's read Ronan the Librarian.

Let's Draw

Let's Draw Ronan the Librarian

Let's draw Ronan the Librarian.

The MES library now has an easy to remember web address - - which should make it easier to link to your own websites and Google classrooms as well as share with parents and students who are seeking book recommendations. There are tabs FOR TEACHERS, FOR STUDENTS, and FOR PARENTS. Take a quick tour in the video below.

Your students can complete the MES library scavenger hunt here.

Library Website Tour

Click on the image above to see the full copyright and fair use presentation. Be sure to click on the links embedded within the presentation to download some helpful PDF resources including a list of children's book publishers' YouTube channels and a guide to publisher permissions through December 2020.

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

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The Morningside Elementary School Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team is open to any interested fourth- and fifth-grade students. Only 10 members will compete (2 alternates are on standby). Since we have 6 team members returning, we are only filling four spots on the team and two alternates in case of emergency. Alternates are expected to attend practices and be ready to compete if one of the ten team members can not compete. Alternates are a vital part of the team. You can also download a pdf checklist of all ten titles here. All titles are available as eBooks for free to APS students through AFPLS Class Pass in MyBackpack. However there is an extremely long waiting list.

For complete explanation of how to be considered for one of the four slots, download the guidelines here.