Life in the Library

April 2016

Guest Author Kate Klise

We are very excited to welcome guest author Kate Klise to Churchville on Tuesday, May 3rd. Kate writes all kinds of books - from picture books and non fiction, to chapter books for elementary and middle school students. Most of her books are illustrated by her sister, Sarah. Kate loves to use humor, puns and suspense to keep her readers hooked! Each grade level will be sharing a variety of her books during library time. Older readers are exploring her 43 Old Cemetery Road and Regarding series, as younger readers are checking out the Three Ring Rascals and her many picture books. You can learn more about her through her websites or Students can purchase her books to be signed during her visit. Information is available here:

Library Happenings

Research continues to be a focus for our upper grades in library. Our sixth graders are wrapping up a library research project, working through the Big 6 Research process step. Most recently, they have been practicing their note-taking skills (paraphrasing and summarizing) and synthesizing their information to answer their "big" question. This is being done with a Power Point presentation, which also gives us a chance to practice our presentation skills! Sixth graders are also learning to use Noodle Tools, an online citation maker to keep track of their sources.

Fifth graders are also learning the basics of the Big 6, which we will tie into their classroom research projects. Mr. Kohlmayer's class has been working on an explorers project, learning to evaluate websites and use appropriate information. They are working hard on Power Point skills, such as using bulleted, short notes and simple designs/transitions. Mrs. Boylan's and Mrs. Gallagher's classes are learning to evaluate nonfiction sources by looking at the text features (index, captions, etc.) and using the abstracts/call numbers from our online catalog. They will put these skills into practice for an author and solar system project, respectively.

In fourth grade, we also have a variety of research happening! Mrs. Handfinger's and Mrs. DiLuigi's classes are learning about a favorite animal. We have learned to find information in books using text features, World Book Encyclopedia online and trustworthy websites. Mr. Beal's class has done the same about states, using a trial of an online encyclopedia called Pebble Go. Mrs. Edwards's class continues their research using different sources about the environment. Each class will be creating a Power Point, learning how to insert text, pictures and transitions.

Genres are the focus in third grade (and we like to say that word with a flourish!)! We have been learning about both fiction and nonfiction genres, such as mysteries, fantasy, biographies, etc. In groups, students have sorted genre descriptions and titles, and we played a smart board interactive game to review. Using what we know, we are now learning about our guest author Kate Klise and her many-genred books. Since Kate often writes in letters, we will be working on some letter-writing skills as well. Using an online letter generator, students will write letters to the author before her visit.

Second graders are having fun with Kate's circus-themed books, from her picture books to her series. They have illustrated their own circus picture and are even completing an application to the circus! (Don't worry - we won't let them go!) We will also take a look at her other series and talk about writing letters, even trying our hand at our own.

The first graders have spoken! We finished up reading our selections for the PA Young Readers Choice Award and cast our votes! Ask your child which book (or books, since we had a few ties!) were the winners! The voting booklet and paper came home with your child, if you'd like to explore any of the books or authors further. I will place our winning title (most votes across the grade level) to the PA Library Association, and the winner will be announced at our conference in mid-May. Stay tuned! Now we are on to learning about our guest author and sharing her many picture books together!

Kindergarteners have celebrated spring with a few sweet titles, and are now also sharing Kate Klise's picture books. This will likely be the first time for most to meet a "real, live author!" So, we will learn about the job of an author and what to expect when she comes to visit. We are very excited!

Congratulations to our READING OLYMPICS teams!

The Bucks County Reading Olympics was held on April 7th. We had two teams compete against students from all over the county. Students have been meeting all year to read and discuss books, as well as create and answer practice questions. It was a very exciting night, with both teams receiving high scores (earning a top blue ribbon and second place red ribbon)! Both teams showed such enthusiasm, respect and sportsmanship; it was a pleasure to be with them! Thanks to our staff members who have been working with us all year: Mrs. Mulreaney, Mrs. Jordan, Mrs. McQuillan and Ms. Glidden. We hope to see current fourth and fifth graders join our teams next year!

April is Poetry Month!

Celebrate poetry all month (and all year) long with favorite poets, such as Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. Check out the great links on the library home page for poems, poetry games and activities!