Library Notes

December 2015, Hawthorne Scholastic Academy

Scholastic Book Fair

The Winter Scholastic Book Fair will be held Tuesday - Friday, December 15 - 18, in the North Basement Classroom. The Fair will be open from 8:15 - 8:40 am and 3:45 - 4:15 pm, plus 6:00 - 8:00 pm during the Holiday Party on Thursday evening.


In connection with our school's conversations about Kindness and Empathy, and the readings of the books Crenshaw and I Am a Bear, there will be a collection box at the book fair for those who wish to purchase a book for the families staying at the San Jose Obrero Mission Shelter in Chicago.

Kindness and Empathy Conversations Through Reading

To support our December theme of Kindness and Empathy, the PTA generously donated copies of Crenshaw and I Am a Bear to Hawthorne classrooms. Both books deal with homelessness and have been good opportunities to stimulate conversations about what homelessness is and how we can respond.


The student council is running a food drive for Lakeview Pantry and the book fair will have a donation space for families to give books to the children staying with their parents at the San Jose Obrero Mission shelter.


This first attempt at a "One Book, One School" conversation is exciting!

News from our friends at the Chicago Public Library

Winter Learning Challenge: ROBOTS!

All students are invited to participate in the Winter Learning Challenge between December 14 and January 4, 2014. To complete the challenge:

  • READ (book, magazine or website) for 20 minutes a day for at least five days
  • DISCOVER new information about robots by doing one activity
  • CREATE a story or piece of artwork

Pick up a reading log at your local CPL branch or from Ms. Garner.

"Best of the Best" Lists

The Chicago Public Library just released its "Best of the Best" lists for 2015 -- a great resource for choosing your next book to read or a gift for a child. The lists contain best books published in 2015 in the following categories:

Kids - Picture Books, Fiction Books for Younger Readers, Informational Books for Younger Readers, Fiction Books for older readers, Informational Books for Older Readers

Teens - Fiction, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels and Manga

Adults - Top Ten, More Fiction, More Nonfiction

New Library Cards

56 Chicago Public Library cards were distributed at Hawthorne this month to kindergarteners and first graders who submitted applications through school in a drive coordinated by CPL and CPS librarians.

Lies Garner, Librarian

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