Horn Library Update

November 2014

Kindergarten

In November, kindergarten students learned about the role of the author and illustrator in a story. In the computer lab, they discovered the website, ABCya, a site where they created fun pumpkins, faces and houses and practiced navigating within the simple task and more complex website. We finished the month previewing the Scholastic Book Fair in preparation for the book fair at Horn December 1-5.


Kindergarten students check out up to 3 books during their weekly class and check-out period. They are not due for 2 weeks, but it's a good habit to return the books the next week during check-out. The class check-out days are as follows:


  • Miss Cummins - Tuesday
  • Mrs. Schwenker - Friday
  • Ms. VanZant - Tuesday
  • Ms. Wark - Tuesday

1st and 2nd grades

First and second grade students continue their studies on parts of a book through reading the 2014-2015 Iowa Goldfinch Award nominated books. We have had fun chasing Boot and Shoe outside their house, discovering the many activities of peas in LMNO Peas, and clapping along with Skippyjon Jones class action. We finished the month previewing the Scholastic Book Fair in preparation for the book fair at Horn December 1-5.


First grade and second grade students come for a separate book check-out once a week, where they are expected to select one just-right book, a story they can read completely on their own. Then they are encouraged to choose up to four other books that interest them, no matter what the reading level is. Their books are not due for two weeks, but they are encouraged to return them weekly. If they would like them longer, they can bring them in and renew any titles. The class check-out days are as follows:


  • Miss Beuter (1st) - Friday
  • Ms. Maras (1st) - Thursday
  • Mr. Searls (1st) - Thursday
  • Ms. Gillespie (2nd) - Tuesday
  • Mrs. Smock (2nd) - Monday
  • Mrs. Witt (2nd) - Monday

3rd and 4th grades

Third and fourth graders have been working hard to learn how to use the electronic catalog in the library. They learned different kinds of searches including keyword, title, author and subject. They also recorded the necessary information and located the exact book on the shelf. We finished the month previewing the Scholastic Book Fair in preparation for the book fair at Horn December 1-5.


Third and fourth grade students come once a week for a separate book check-out period, where they are expected to select one book they can read on their own. After that, they can select up to four more books that they are interested in, without being concerned about the reading level. The books are not due for two weeks, but they are encouraged to return them weekly. If they would like them longer, they can bring any in and renew the books. The class check-out days are as follows:


  • Mrs. Campbell (3rd) - Friday
  • Ms. Neveln (3rd) - Tuesday
  • Mr. Proctor (3rd) - Thursday
  • Mrs. Abbott (4th) - Wednesday
  • Mrs. Bartacheck (4th) - Friday

5th and 6th grades

Students in 5th and 6th grade continue to learn about the AEA Online databases available to the Iowa City students, compliments of the State of Iowa and Grant Wood Area Education Agency. They visit the website and record what information is found on it. They learned how to have two programs open at once, Microsoft Word and the search engine, Google Chrome, and how to toggle between the two to view and electronically record data. We finished the month previewing the Scholastic Book Fair in preparation for the book fair at Horn December 1-5.


Fifth and sixth grade students come once a week to a separate book check-out time. In that time, they are expected to select and check-out at least one book they can read independently. Then, they can take home an additional four more books of their own choosing. They are due in two weeks, but encouraged to return or renew them weekly. Class check-out days are as follows:

  • Mr. Flammang (5th) - Monday
  • Mrs. Nelson (5th) - Monday
  • Mrs. Teagle (5th) - Thursday
  • Mr. Craig (6th) - Wednesday
  • Mrs. Green (6th) - Friday
  • Mrs. Junge (6th) - Tuesday

November stats in the Horn Library

4,284 items circulated for 639 patrons in November, 2014.

3,501 items circulated for 639 patrons in November, 2013.


Top 10 titles circulated in November 2014


  1. Guiness World Records, 2015
  2. The ghost of Graylock (Poblocki)
  3. Sisters (Telgemeier)
  4. Guiness World Records, 2014
  5. A big guy took my ball! (Willems)
  6. Big snowman, little snowman (Rabe)
  7. Guiness World Records, 2013
  8. Penny and her song (Henkes)
  9. Tales from a not-so-smart Miss Know-It-All (Russell)
  10. Pie (Weeks)
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Joan DePrenger, Teacher Librarian

Thank you for supporting Horn students and the Library Program!


deprenger.joan@iowacityschools.org