Wanamaker Library Newsletter
Everyone Belongs @ Our Library!
The 2019 theme is Everyone Belongs @ your School Library, and Dav Pilkey, creator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants, is the 2019 spokesperson. In the one minute video below, he shares the importance of school libraries and reading.
"Behind the scenes" in the library
Some of the tasks needed to keep the library current and running smoothly include: building relationships with students and helping them find that "just right" book or other resource, collaborating with teachers to see how we can help them with their curriculum and class projects, staying current with professional development and sharing what we've learned with colleagues, working with vendors and ordering up-to-date and relevant materials for students and teachers, weeding out-of-date and no longer used materials, repairing damaged materials, managing the library budget efficiently, overseeing the copy machine and laminator, conducting an annual inventory of our collection, and processing hundreds of books to get them ready for check-out. There is also the shelving of those hundreds of books, so they can be enjoyed by more students!
We could not begin to do what we do in our school library without the help of many people. A huge thank you to our part-time library assistant, Mrs. Armstrong, and our volunteers who are always so willing to pitch in!
A Skype Visit with Author Kate Messner
It was such an exciting experience for the kids to hear Kate's answers to their questions. She shared her writing process with them and her new projects about to be released. When asked what his favorite part of the Skype was, Elijah stated, "I liked all the writing tips she gave us, and how she told us that the revising stage is the hardest part of writing for her."
This was Kate's Tweet the day after our visit with her: Great morning of author Skype visits with readers in Michigan, Florida, Kansas, and Kentucky! I love when kids ask questions that relate to their own writing - these groups so clearly had stories in the works!
It was an awesome experience, and we thank Kate for taking the time to connect with us!
Cover One Machine
A Cover One Machine restores a book's damaged binding and enables it to stay in circulation. The spine is one of the first things to fall apart on a much-loved book. This tool will save us a lot of money in the long run. Thank you, PTA, for your help with this purchase!
Mrs. Reinert Visits "Birthplace" of Harry Potter
Photos and memorabilia of JK Rowling line the walls of the coffee house and the restrooms are filled with Harry Potter graffiti. People are constantly looking in the windows and taking pictures outside of the coffee shop (us included!)
Adopt a Fish for the summer!
April 5-- Kindergarten Roundup Storytime
April 8 - 12-- Take Your Can to School Week (watch for more information to come home regarding this StuCo sponsored school-wide service project)
April 10-- Battle of the Books meetings during 4th, 5th, and 6th grade lunch hours
April 12 and 26-- Student Council meeting at 8:00 a.m. in the library
April 23-- Book Club Movie and Pizza Event in the library after school