Library News Update

Mrs. Anhold, Librarian

The third quarter has been very interesting with all the missed days, but hopefully the weather will calm down and warm up. I try to send out overdue notices for late library books about once a month. If your child receives one and you can't find the book, please let me know. It may be that the book was not checked in correctly and is sitting on a library shelf. If your child has a library book at home and you are not getting a notice for it, please have it returned to the library. Mistakes can also happen when checking out books, so that book may be checked out to another child or not checked out at all.


The beginning of this quarter, I was lucky to have a student teacher, Ms. Shaffer, who worked very well with the kids. She prepared wonderful lessons on the Olympics and also on kindness to go along with our Random Acts of Kindness week at school. I have been reading books for Black History Month and have continued this into March.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten has been learning about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad so I have read several books about slaves escaping. Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad by Pamela Duncan Edwards and Almost to Freedom by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson are books the kids have really enjoyed. We will also be reading Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Runner by Kathleen Krull which ties in to our study of the Olympics as well as Women in History Month.

First Grade

For Black History Month, we have looked at two wonderful historical fictions about kids playing together, but not understanding why they have to do things separately just because they have different color skin. The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson and Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles created a lot of thought and discussion by the students.

Second Grade

Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine is a wonderful historical fiction telling how Henry "Box" Brown mailed himself to freedom from Richmond to Philadelphia in the 1850's. The children loved the wonderful illustrations which won Kadir Nelson a Caldecott Honor Award. The children also loved hearing about Ruby Bridges in The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles and looking at primary source pictures in her autobiography Through My Eyes.

Third Grade

We have read several books that go along with the biographies they have been studying in class. Teammates by Peter Golenbock is about Jackie Robinson, the first African American in major league baseball. Bad News for Outlaws by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson tells the story of Bass Reeves, a former slave who became a deputy marshall in the Oklahoma Territory. We are also becoming familiar with our online encyclopedias.

Fourth Grade

We have read books about several musicians for Black History Month: Marian Anderson, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington. The kids loved watching segments from bio.com on Armstrong and Ellington as well as listen to the music of each performer. We are also continuing to look at folktales from other countries. For March we are reading the Irish tales Finn McCoul by Brian Gleeson and Cinderlad by Shirley Climo.

Fifth Grade

After visiting the new Crozet Library and discussing collections and displays, fifth grade is now working on a new Crozet Elementary library design. We read Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barbara Rosenstock for some library background and are now looking online at other library designs and furnishing for ideas for our library. The kids have been very excited about using architect tracing paper to help with their designs.