NWC Library Newsletter

January 2020

What's Going on in the Library?

Author Patrick Carman comes to Northwest Crossing Elementary!

Award-winning author Patrick Carman came to present to 3rd through 5th grade students this past month. His most recent series Towervale is presented in an unusual format- half print, half video game. The book is written in seven sections and all are out of order. Once the first section of the book is read, children are given clues to pass the level of the video game (free in an android, apple format). Once the level of the video game is solved, they are told which section of the book to read next. The book cannot be read without the video game and the video game cannot be solved without reading the book. Towervale for Minecraft was just launched this week for X-Box, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and pocket edition app. For more information, go to http://www.patrickcarman.com

Games, games, and more games!

Many new Makerspace items have been added to the library. Checkers, card games, bananagrams, Jenga, spirographs, puzzles, and more are available to the students. Game play is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn social skills such as taking turns, following rules, and conversing with their peers. Don't forget- the Dollar Tree is a great place to find these activities to help your children be "unplugged" for a while.
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Resource of the Month- Tumblebooks

Tumblebooks is a collection of animated, talking picture books. As stories are read aloud, the text is highlighted, which helps children improve word recognition and fluency. Vocabulary activities and games accompany each book.

This resource includes hundreds of books including picture books, chapter books, nonfiction books, biographies, and videos.

Ms. Tharp's Recommendations of the Month