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The Colony Public Library Website is Wow-derful!!!!

Check out The Colony's Public Library website for tutoring! That's right, just go to http://ntrls.tsl.state.tx.us/thecolony and click on the Tutor.com link and input your library card number for help with schoolwork in grades k-12. Help is provided 3-10 pm daily. You can even upload papers to be edited! This free service is also provided in Spanish.


*Also, the kid's section has links to safe search engines and the awesome Tumblebooks link which includes free e-books with audio.

Guess How Many Books Are In Our Library Collection??????

Wow! Literacy Night at Stewart's Creek was amazing! It was awesome seeing so many parents and students enjoying the event. That night we had a contest in the library for students and their families to guess how many books are in our library collection. A fifth grade student and her family came the closest to the correct answer. I am not going to disclose that number yet though because now teachers will get a shot to compete against their colleagues at a chance to win a prize for guessing correctly too! Good Luck ladies!

Using Web 2.0, Apps, and Social Media to teach/follow current events:

I love to discuss current events with students and have found some really awesome sites to do just that. KidsPost is a really good one, click here to go to this kid friendly site. From the Washington Post, it is a news site just for kids. This site goes in depth into what important events are happening in the U.S. You will find birthdays of the week, this week in history, plus fun articles for kids that answers their questions. Another site that would be great to use with students is Time For Kids, click here to begin discussing the latest in current news and events.


If you'd like an app to use to teach current events, check out Circa News by Circa 1605, inc. for happenings from around the world. The app is rated 9+.


If you are personally wanting to stay on top of recent news and trends in education, then start following Ed Week on Twitter. Below is a screenshot of a recent tweet posted. 100,000 digital resources? You gotta love it!

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Read-Alouds for Third Graders @your Library

Educator and author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, Jim Trelease, believes that reading aloud to your child, no matter what their age, is the magic bullet for creating a lifelong reader. I have to agree! Please check out the following titles that are available right here at your library and some are even available as ebooks.

LITERACY, FINE ARTS & OTHER LOCAL EVENTS

Have you ever been curious about the opera or wanted to introduce your children to the art form? If so, this is the perfect one: The Elixir of Love. Sung in English and set in Texas, this 50-minute version of Donizetti’s opera tells a tale of true love, with the help of a love potion. This opera performance is comedic, fun, magical, and relatable; the perfect opera introduction! Saturday January 31st at the Winspear Opera House 12:30pm — The lobby will open for fun activities including crafts and costumes at 2:00pm.


@your Public Library - On January 30, from 1-3pm, The Colony Public Library will offer an adults only class on how to create a Candy Bouquet. Yummy!


Be Our Guest.......at Medical Center Of Lewisville Grand Theater and see a local production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Friday and Saturday, January 23 & 24. For more information , click on this link.


Finally, here's another idea for a fun, family outing and it's right around the corner at LLELA. That's right - The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area where we take the students on field trips. On January 31st, you and your family can gather around the campfire at dusk to listen to stories, songs, and toast marshmallows. Other family activities include "Stars on the Prairie", a night hike, and bird watching. More details can be found here.

Cougar Pride News about our Makerspace/Book Club

Makerspace in Action at Stewart's Creek Elementary

Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders Read and Collaborate via Club

Every third Thursday of the month, you can catch 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Stewart's Creek Elementary reading and creating in their combined Book and Makerspace Club.

Curious as to what a Makerspace Club is? So glad you asked! A Makerspace Club is a community of students who are interested in promoting creativity through different projects. The club is a learning environment built for kid designers, equipped with tools and resources for students to build and collaborate.

A Makerspace comes in all shapes and sizes and have different themes at each location; Stewart's Creek holds theirs every third Thursday of the month in the school's library. Club sponsors include school librarian and club chair Elizabeth Fisanick, teachers Deborah Hood and Delores Moore, and aide Maria Ortiz.

So far this school year, the club has met three times: Oct. 16, Nov. 21 and Dec. 18.

"Our goal for our club is to read the Texas Bluebonnet Award books and participate in the state-wide voting poll to select our favorite for the year," Fisanick said. "We also participate in a Makerspace activity related to the books we read."

Find out more about this cool learning opportunity here!