AISD Libs' Tips O' the Week 12-14


Favorite Holiday Books

Night Tree, E. Bunting

Arturo and the navidad Birds/Arturo y las pajaros de navidad

Animal Seasons, B. Wildsmith

Legend of the Poinsettia, De Paola

Santa Calls, W. Joyce

The Night Before Christmas, C. Moore

Too Many Tamales, G. Soto

The Trees of the Dancing Goats, P. Polacco

Mouse's First Christmas, L. Thompson

A Merry Bunny Christmas, R. Wells

The Donkey's Christmas Song, N. Tafuri

It's Christmas, David, D. Shannon

Mr. Willoughby's Christmas Tree
The Polar Express
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Magic Dreidles

How Murray saved Christmas by Mike Reiss.

Silver Packages: an Appalachian Christmas Story by Cynthia Rylant

Michelle Lightbourne, Boone Elem.

Holiday Activities/Books to do with the younger students PPCD, PreK, Kindergarten

Attached is a Rudolph flannel board poem and pattern

I also read...

The Little Golden Book version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The Little Reindeer by Michael Foreman

Winter Read Aloud Ideas

The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen : This is a nice story about giving and it is not a Christmas book. I cut out a large tree (or 2) from green butcher paper and hang it on the library doors and have the students color a matching set of mittens then I hang them on the tree and we have our own Mitten Tree.

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel: This one is about clothing one wears in cold/snow. I have a bag that contains the clothing items (or similar ones) and pull them out one by one as I read the story.

Kristina M. Tarsha, M.Ed, MLS
Librarian- Williams Elementary School

Winter break adult recommendations

The Neapolitan quartet: four books by Italian writer, Elena Ferrante

These books are binge-worthy! They are:

My Brilliant Friend

The Story of My New Name

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

The Story of the Lost Child

Also highly recommend:

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Sara Stevenson

O. Henry Middle School Librarian

Free Art Supplies!!

My name is Scott Johnson. I work for Austin Resource Recovery at the city Recycling and ReUse Drop-Off Center. I have been tasked with organizing a program that collects and distributes arts and crafts materials to local citizens.

I am sending out this email to let everyone know that I have been working very hard to revamp the City of Austin D.R.A.W program (Diverting Resources for Artistic Works). This program collects arts and crafts supplies and makes them available to artists, teachers, non-profits, students, theaters, muralists, and basically anyone who is involved in creating artist works. Starting on November 1 2015, the program will be in full swing.
Please send out this email and/or my contact information to anyone that you might know that could benefit from this program. I am trying and get as many people involved in the program as I can. I need to show that I am able to increase the amounts (weight) of materials that I am able to distribute from previous years. If I am not successful the program will be opened to “regular” customers that visit the Recycling and ReUse Drop-Off Center. While this would increase my overall numbers, I would like to keep the concentration of this program focused on people creating art in our area, not just folks looking for free stuff.

Here is a list of some of the items that I am setting aside for people who want to take advantage of the D.R.A.W program. It is by no means complete. As additional things come in to the facility, I will be keeping my eyes peeled for anything that I think might be able to be reused in a creative way.

Acetone Acrylic Paint Tubes Aerosol Fixative Expandable Foam Aerosol Glitter
Aerosol Paint Aerosol Polyurethane Acrylic Media Glitter Glue Grout/Sealer Ink
Latex House Paint Oil Paint Tubes Paint Brushes Paint Thinner Palette Knives Pencils
Plaster of Paris Polyurethane Roller Covers Bingo Markers Ceramic Glaze Chalk/Pastels
Chalkboard Paint Craft Paint Bottles Crayons Gesso Lingun Linseed Oil
Markers/Pens Magnetic Paint Metallic Paint Mod Podge Roller Handles Spray Adhesive
Tempera Paint Water Putty Watercolor Tubes Wood stain

I am also looking to expand reusable items available to people creating “Found Art” pieces by collecting and making available unusual items (vinyl records cd’s, keyboard keys, computer parts (no hard drives) recycled metal, and anything else I think looks like it might be useful.
Contact me to make an appointment to come shop at 512-974-4308 and at
I am available Tuesday-Friday 8:00-4:30 and Saturdays 7:00-11:30. If you are only available to come on Mondays, I can make sure that there will be someone here on my day off to assist you.

Thank you

Scott M. Johnson
Environmental Program Specialist
Austin Resource Recovery |City of Austin
Office: 1-512-974-4308

We're going to start 2016 off with "Start off the New Year with an Old Classic!"

Carey Mayo

Library Clerk

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

St. Lucia Resources

Here is a youtube of a picture book Hanna's Christmas.

The book is out of print but the video is good. This is what our teacher will use.

Zonia Smith, Librarian
Kiker Elementary School Library

Lucia Morning in Sweden by Ewa Rydaker

Kay Gooch at Gullett