LS Library News

February 2018

Dear Families,

As you visit school this week and conference with your child's classroom teacher, please take a few minutes to browse this newsletter, too, which highlights some recent library happenings.

As a reminder, all students visit the library at least once a week with their class in order to browse for and select books to check out. Many students also choose to spend part of their lunch recess in the library - reading, drawing, playing with friends, finger knitting, coding, etc.

The library is a place of exploration for students, where they can learn about and try out their interests, and a cozy place to snuggle up with a good book and a reading buddy. It's also a space for group instruction, from research to robots and everything information-related in between. With a diverse collection of carefully curated books and different spots for a variety of activities, our library is a bustling and beloved part of Lower School!

Happy reading!


Wrapping up a great author visit...

Sarah Mlynowski, author of the Upside-Down Magic and Whatever After series, was a delight to have with us at the beginning of the month! She spoke to students about her books, her characters, her writing process, her first book written as a child, and she engaged the crowd in a Mad Lib-style brainstorming process to outline a new book. She was animated and gracious, an inspiring presence for our budding authors!

Research starts in the library

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After reflecting on and discussing how we learn new information, Mountain class students visited the North Carolina Museum of History via History-in-a-Box kits (pictured above) set up in the library to introduce our next research project. They explored artifacts from the three regions of North Carolina to get a quick look at what's important in our history.

Learning a new skill...

At lunch recess, students in the Finger Knitting interest group have started teaching their friends how to finger knit, too. The yarn has been flying out of the drawers! Donations welcome. :)

Celebrating Black History Month

Here are just a few of our newest books featuring African-American children and people in history. You'll see books like these on display in the library every day, not just in February! As always, feel free to email me if you need any book recommendations!

ALA Youth Media Awards

Last week, tens of thousands of librarians descended upon Denver, Colorado for the American Library Association's Mid-Winter Conference. For librarians and book-lovers alike, this is one of the most important times in the year because the book awards are announced!

Now the Newbery Award and the Caldecott Award (best children's book and best children's illustrations, respectively) get the most fanfare, but there are SO MANY great awards devoted to diverse literature. I highlight the Caldecott below because the committee, this year, did a stellar job of highlighting diverse talent, but check out some of these specific awards, too:

Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizing African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults:

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

Pura Belpré Awards honoring Latino writers and illustrators whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

Stonewall Book Award–Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

Check out the complete list of award winners here!

And the Caldecott Award goes to...

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About the Caldecott

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Click here for Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Books, 1938-Present

These four books were named the 2018 Caldecott honors:

Big Cat, little cat, illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes

A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, written by Bao Phi

Grand Canyon, illustrated and written by Jason Chin

Library books

Starting next week, students will have to see me to check out library books IF they have any overdue books. Since the school year is more than half over, the expectation that students return their books on time and/or renew them will be a little more firmly enforced. Students will still be allowed to check out books (in most cases) - they'll just have to have a conversation with me first about their overdue books. :)

Please check your email for a list of overdue books. Pay special attention to any books that are over a month late. If anything looks amiss on your list of books, please email me at

Thanks for helping to get our books back for other readers to enjoy!