Book Smart

Morningside Elementary School Library News & Notes

Help us reach our goal of reading 933,000 minutes this school year! Make it a habit to have your child record their minutes each afternoon/evening in Beanstack. Click here for additional information or watch the video below to see how to login and log minutes. If your child doesn't know their username (the same student ID they use to login to a Chromebook), contact your child's teacher. Everyone uses the password race2read.
How to Login to Race2Read
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Book Character Day

Book character day was a success! Our costume winners were fifth-graders Bonnie Politzer & Karin Tian as Mr. and Mrs. Twit from Roald Dahl's The Twits, and second grader Meg Decker as the Princess in Black. Winners get a $25 gift certificate to the book fair! It was great fun to see so many students and staff dressed as some of our favorite literary characters.

Nonfiction Book Browse

To support third-graders in their nonfiction unit, we did a book browse highlighting some nonfiction titles from each of the Dewey categories.


A book browse allows students to preview select titles from a specific category, genre, or topic/subject. We can arrange one for your grade level for specific units of study.


Are you studying personal narratives or narrative nonfiction? Let us pull titles for your students to browse. Social studies teachers, do you want your students to read books about a certain time period or about a specific event? Let us pull fiction and nonfiction books about immigration, World War II, Native Americans, economics, and more to support classroom instruction.


Students can check out books they are interested in reading that same day, while also making a list of other books of interest to refer to for their next great read.

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Balloons Over Broadway

We collaborated with second grade classes by sharing the book, Balloons Over Broadway which tells the story of Tony Sarg, a master puppeteer, who helped develop the first balloons for what became the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Second grade students then worked in their classrooms to complete a STEM/STEAM challenge of creating their own floats for a second grade parade.


Our book display for the month of December is a parade of good books. We filled helium balloons over a New York City skyline. Each balloon represented a different Dewey category - Crayons for art and drawing in the 700s, Pandas for animals in the 500s, The Very Hungry Catepillar for Literature in the 800s, astronauts and rocketships for technology and transportation in the 600s, a pig from the Three Little Pigs for the 300s, a mermaid for mythology in the 200s, and a tank for war and history in the 900s.

Library Website

Did you know the Morningside library website has pages for three types of patrons - students, teachers, and parents.


Students have access to a variety of tools to safely search the web and several book recommendation lists as well as a YouTube playlist of over 50 book trailers.


Teachers, I can curate resources for a unit of study and put them on your grade level's designate page (see the first grade example below). There are also links to a variety of resources for ALL teachers including art, music, P.E. and Spanish. Contact Mr. Rawls with ideas of what you'd like him to curate for your grade level's page.


Parents, there's even a page for you with links to articles, helpful sites, and ways to connect with the public library.

Keeping Track of Students: Timers and Passes

Remember, each classroom should have five library passes. These act as a signal to us that the student has your permission to be in the library. If you need additional passes or passes that need to be replaced, please let Mr. Rawls know.


Digital timers are also available to students. We can set a timer for students if they need to be back in class at a certain time. Just have students let Mr. Rawls or Ms. Brittin know and we will set them up with a timer.

November Birthday Book Club Members

Birthday Book Club - November

We celebrated November Birthday Book Club members this month. Birthday Book Club allows us to supplement our library budget. So far this year we have raised over $4,000 to purchase new books in addition to those purchased with funds from our generous PTA. Birthday already passed? It's never too late to join; we will celebrate your child's birthday in the current month if your child's birthday has already passed. Click here to download the form to join and support our library program by growing our collection.

Emoji Story Title of the Week

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Can you guess which novel is represented by the emojis? Look for characters, setting, and other clues that can help you guess the book title.

Dewey of the Week

Dewey of the week is a weekly contest in the library to help students familiarize themselves with finding books in the nonfiction section of the library using the Dewey Decimal System. Can you remember how to find books using the Dewey call numbers?

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Contact Us

Michael Rawls

School Library Media Specialist

Michael.Rawls@atlanta.k12.ga.us


Tanya Brittin

Library Assistant

Tanya.Brittin@atlanta.k12.ga.us


Learn more about the library by visiting our website or following Mr. Rawls on Twitter. Email Mr. Rawls with any questions, comments, or concerns.