More Than Books On A Shelf
Jenkins Middle School LIbrary Newsletter
Many beautiful, unusual, and thought-provoking new books are available for
you now in the library. Please come take a look and find something great to read
August 22nd-First Day of School
August 27th-All School Assembly
September 2-Labor Day NO SCHOOL
September 4-PTO Meets
at 6:00 p.m. in the Library
September 5-Open House
September 10- Vision and
Hearing Screenings for Grades 6 & 7
September 11-Vision and
Hearing Screenings for Grade 8
September 13- Fall Fundraiser
October 16-Parent Teacher Conference
Scholastic Book Orders:
Forms are available in the Library. There are always great buys on books, and the Library gets book points for our orders. We were able to get over 200 free books for our Library last year! Please make checks payable to Scholastic or you can send cash with your child's order. This month’s orders are due September 30. There will usually be orders at the end of every month. You can pick up an order form at the Parent Club meeting on Tuesday, September 24!
September Upcoming Events
WRITING CONTEST SHOW AND TELL
Thursday, Sept 6th, 1:00 p.m.
Take a look at our new picture series in the Youth
department: “The Saga of the Viking Bunnies”. Write
their story! Tell us what happens next and how it
ends, then come show off your work. Prizes for
different ages! For all ages.
Come To The Library For A Break
Tuesdays @1:00 p.m.
Come to the library and design your own READ
poster, starring you and your favorite book. For all
Tuesday, Sept 17th, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Come to the library for pizza and discussion. What
should the library have that we don’t carry? How
can we make things more welcoming for you? Share
your thoughts on book clubs, online meet-ups, anime,
crafting, writing groups, and more.
All grades welcome
Thursday, Sept 19th, 3 pm Guest Reader Meet in Greet
Surprise guest reader in the library to be announced at a later date
The 2nd Annual Story Challenge for Grades 6-8 accepts submissions Sept 1-30th.
All writers are invited to a Short Story Celebration in October in the Library.
The top three stories from each grade will be recognized and each writer will receive a certificate of participation. Official contest rules and guidelines are posted in the library.
See What Your Peers Recommend Reading
By Stevens, Janet
A restless city dog is sent to the countryside to find something to herd, such as a cow. But since Dog has never seen a cow, he finds all the wrong animals. Full color.
Good Night, Sleep Tight
By Fox, Mem
Bestselling picture book author Fox and illustrator Horacek ("Where Is the Green Sheep?") are back with a sweet bedtime story. Bonnie and Ben's favorite babysitter tells them nursery rhymes at bedtime. They enjoy the stories so much that they want to hear each one again! Full color.
Peck, Peck, Peck
By Cousins, Lucy
Comical and original, this vivacious picture book from the creator of Maisy features a lovable new character. Little woodpecker has just learned to peck. Yippee! He's having so much fun that he peck-peck-pecks right through a door and has a go at everything on the other side. Children will be drawn to the young bird's exuberance at learning a new skill. Full color.
Tap the Magic Tree
By Matheson, Christie
An innovative, refreshing debut picture book about the changing seasons and the magic and true interactivity of turning a page. Matheson invites the reader to tap, rub, touch, and wiggle illustrations to make an apple tree bloom, produce fruit, and lose its leaves.
By McMullan, Kate
Follow a night in the life of a cool garbage truck with a bad attitude as he makes the rounds and picks up an A-to-Z list of stinky garbage. Illustrations.
Ways To Help Motivate You To Keep Reading
- Make sure book sharing time is fun.
- For children with short attention spans, keep it short, but read more often.
- Children are more likely to enjoy reading if they see others reading.
- Read books you enjoy.
- Choose books about things that interest the child.
- Read with a natural, but cheerful voice.
Parents Can Get Involved
Being involved with your child’s school is an
important way to show your child that you value
education. It is also a great way to get to know
your child’s teachers, curriculum, and other
children and families in the district.
Don’t worry if your time is limited or you have
other small children at home that restrict what you
can do. Most schools have many opportunities that
you can do at home or are only one-time events.
Ask your child’s teacher how you can help. A few
• Type children’s stories to make class books
• Help organize class trips or parties
• Make games and materials for centers
• Speak to the class about a career or hobby
• Chaperone a field trip
Weekly or monthly:
• Read with children
• Help with photocopying or bulletin boards
• Serve as a lunchroom volunteer
• Volunteer in the school library
What Research Says
- State study confirms that school librarians support student achievement.
- When spending for school libraries rises, better reading scores follow.
- School librarians platform for reading success.
- The most important thing a school library program can have is a full-time certified librarian with support staff.
- A growing body of research shows that successful parent involvement improves not only student behavior and attendance but also positively affects student achievement.