Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - April 2019

Connect with Books at Your School Library

Get connected to the exciting literacy programs in our media center. Below you will find highlights of our up coming events, special books, super readers, birthday book club members and much more. The Pirate Cove is your place to connect with books.

Dates to Remember

April 8 - SSYRA Jr. Voting

April 26 -Deadline SSYRA and SSYRA Jr. Rewards

April 30 – Battle of the Books

May 3 – Last Day for check-out

May 10 - Books Due to Media Center

May 10 – Last day for Media Classes

May 16 - SSYRA Jr. Ice Cream Party

May 17 - SSYRA Ice Cream Party

It's Going to be a Dynomite Book Fair April 16-26 2019

Spring Book Fair

April 16-26 in the PES Pirate Cove!

Purchase books to support our school and classroom libraries. Students shop with their class during their Media Resource time and other times added to the schedule starting April 16 with Resource Day F. Check with your child’s teacher if you would like to volunteer and/or shop with your child.

  • Teacher Preview – Monday, April 15 from 3:00PM-4:00PM. Teachers can make wish baskets so parents can purchase books for classrooms and Teacher Appreciation Week.

We also have fun family events scheduled:

  • Second Grade Family Night - Wednesday, April 17 5-6PM Before the Play

  • Muffins for Moms – Thursday, April 18 grades 3rd-5th 7:15-7:45, grades K-2nd 7:45-8:15AM.
  • Family Night and Night of the Arts - Wednesday, April 24 5:30PM-7:30PM.
  • Donuts for Dads – Friday, April 26 grades 3rd-5th 7:15-7:45, grades K-2nd 7:45-8:15AM

Volunteers will receive a 20% discount on their purchases. You can sign-up at . https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4fa4ab2ca7fd0-spring. Visit http://www.scholastic.com/bf/palenciaelementaryschool for online orders, eWallet sign-up, book flyer, and book fair apps. Online ordering starts April 7, 2019.

*We can no longer accept checks at the book fair. Cash, Charge and eWallet only.*

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April is School Library Month

School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. More about the history of School Library Month.

The 2019 theme is Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library and the 2019 spokesperson is Dav Pilkey.


National Library Week April 8-14 2018 - Libraries Lead

Celebrations during National Library Week include:

  • Monday, April 8: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2018.
  • Tuesday, April 9: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, administrators, and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. #nlwd19
  • Wednesday, April 10: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make high-quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities. #BookmobileDay2019
  • Wednesday, April 10: Library Giving Day is a one-day fundraising event with the goal of encouraging people who depend on and enjoy public libraries to donate to their individual library system. #LibraryGivingDay
  • Thursday, April 11: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to speak up for libraries and share your library story. #MyLibraryMyStory

Last Day for Check-Out May 3, 2019

Congratulations to Ms. Lana our Senior Volunteer of the Year

Ms. Lana was honored April 4th at the District Volunteer of the Year Banquet. She placed 3rd overall in the district Senior Volunteer category. We are so very proud of her and her dedication to the Pirate Cove Media Center.

MackinVia Ebooks for Springtime and Bunnies

PES students and families have access to 2,000 e-books to read via MackinVIA. These books are available all the time and through out the summer. Some books are interactive, some can be used as a read aloud, while others are simply a standard book to be read online. Username = Student # with S Password = District Password. If you don't know your username and password, go in as a guest by leaving the school/location line blank and username is palencia and the password is our mascot. Click the book covers to read the e-books we have about Springtime. Click the linked words for additional books about Earth Day and Gardening.

National Scribble Day was March 27

Our students enjoyed reading I'm Not Just a Scribble. Then they made there own Scribble bookmarks.

All Books Due to the Media Center May 10, 2019

What will we be learning in media this month?

1. Media Center Survey - what books and activities do you enjoy in the media center.

2. Book Fair Preview - new books, contests, e-wallet and more

3. Evaluating Books - SSYRA Jr. Books and the Florida Literacy Association Books - voting for our favorites
  • Pictures - Do they appeal to you and do they make the story better?
  • Plot/Theme/Subject - Does the topic of the story make you think or teach a lesson? Do you and other children like the topic of the story?
  • Characters - Can you relate to the characters? Are the characters funny or appealing in some way?
  • Author/Illustrator - What is the Author's Purpose: to Persuade, Inform or Entertain? Do you like other books by that author?

Our Numbers for March 2019

Number of Books and Magazines Checked Out - 2,923
Number of E-books Viewed - 2,464
Number of Classes - 96
Number of Magazines Checked-out - 64
Most Check-outs by a Student - Evie E. 21 Books

Class with the Most Check-outs - Mrs. Simpson's Class 185 Books
Most Check-outs by a Teacher - Mrs. Hackney 20 Books

New Books and Magazines Added this Month -94

Number of Independent or Open Check-outs - 716

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Meet Our SSYRA Battle Team


Emily W.

Ellie L.


Julianna U.

James E.

April 26 - SSYRA Deadline for Awards.

April 30 - Battle of the Books South at St. Johns Technical 10:00AM

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Palencia students voted for The Great Tree House War. Second place went to Lemons.

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Palencia students voted for Coming Soon

For more information and a list of books, visit the PES Media Center website.

Dr. Seuss Fun!

Read 6 EBooks for Sweet Summer Success

We will have an awesome summer reading challenge for students this summer. Keep your eye out for the summer reading forms coming home with students in May. All the details will also be in the May Pirate Cove Connection and on the Media Center's website. All books will be available on our school's eBook platform called MackinVia. Be sure that you and your child know how to log-in to your student's personal reading backpack before the end of the school year.

Birthday Book Club

The Palencia Elementary School Media Center’s Birthday Book Club is a wonderful way to commemorate your child’s birthday. Your participation not only enriches the library collection but allows you and your child to be personally involved in its growth.

To take part in the Birthday Book Club donate one new undamaged hardback book. This book should be a book that your child enjoys and one that we don’t have in the media center already. You can choose a new book at the book store or a new book from the Book Fair. A quick check of our library catalog (Destiny) will tell you if we already have the book. If you would prefer, you may make a monetary donation of $15 and your child can choose from recently acquired books that are waiting to be put on the shelves. For more information, contact the media center.

Palencia Elementary Media Center - The Pirate Cove

The mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas, information and technology. Creating a foundation for lifelong learning is at the heart of our program, so that we are prepared to set sail into tomorrow’s world.

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