January 2014

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John Newbery Medal Month

This month has been exciting as we have prepared for the Newbery announcement on Monday, January 27th. It turns out we have 173 Newbery Medal and Honor titles in our library. That is a very impressive collection! Mrs. Jane Austin did a fabulous job keeping this library filled with award-winning books.


Students took the challenge of reading Newbery Medal and Honor books this month. Some students even read a more recent Newbery and an older Newbery to do a compare/contrast.

Students were pleasantly surprised to go through the list and see how many Newbery winners they have already read. They also started making "to read" lists for books that interested them.

In the first full week of circulation, 171 kids took Newbery books out! This means that about 1/3 of our population was reading Newberys!

What We've Been Learning

  • John Newbery Medal and Honor books 1922-Present
  • Summarizing
  • Creating book recommendations using Tellegami or 30 Hands apps
  • Search strategies

Library Statistics

Between January 1-January 31

Total Books: 11,575

Total Circulations: 3,031

Total Holds Placed: 104

Featured Resource

  • Tellagami
  • 30Hands

To see examples of 30Hands, go to http://hamdpendmeadowslibrary.weebly.com and click on the technology tab.

Looking Forward

During the month of February we will be focusing on the Rhode Island Children's Book Award nominees. Students must read at least 3 to vote during the first week of March.

2014 John Newbery Medal Winner - Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format — a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell. -from Amazon review