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September 2015

Welcome Back to School! I am so happy to be the new school librarian at Peters Colony!

Below is important information about Peters Colony Library for this year:

*Please let me know if you need any print or nonprint resources - "Have car and will travel" to the public library for you, if need be. I can also order materials from other schools through intercampus loan.

*If you need a title and it is not available in our library, I will put it in my Consideration File and order it with library funds.

*If you ever see the words: Research or Poetry in your curriculum ............Who you gonna call????? Lizzy the Librarian, that's who! I love to collaborate and will be more than happy to plan &/or teach a Research Boot Camp for your class or be a Poetress Presenter for your students. Just give me a call, or better yet - an email!

*Orientations are about 1/2 way over and are going very well. I'm sure I have overloaded your sweet students with policies and procedures, but I will continue to discuss them with your students as they visit the library.

*Teachers, as mentioned during orientations, kindly remain with your class during their weekly "Book Exchange", because I may not always be in the library when you come. Weekly "Book Exchange" will begin after orientations are completed.

*Students may come in on passes anytime that you choose, but they need to be aware that if there is not an adult supervisor in the library, they need to return to class.

In the spirit of being open & honest: I LOVE helping students and staff but .........disclaimer.......I'm so very forgetful!!!!

Please send me an email, if you want me to remember what we discuss. Sorry, but I thought I would disclose my weakness off the bat.

Literacy, Events and More..............oh my!

****Friends of The Colony Public Library will host a "Jazzed About the Library 20's style Event". Join in the food, activities and entertainment to help raise funds for the library!!! Click here for more info: http://thecolony.ploud.net/ and save the date for Saturday, September 26th at 5:30-10:00 PM. Get all DOLLED Up because it will be the BEE's Knees!!!!

International Literacy Day is Sept. 8!!!! To celebrate I am creating a Graffitti Wall in the library. Please stop by and write a favorite quote from a book "Graffitti Style" I will have a large piece of butcher paper hanging up and some markers to use. Please model to your students the importance of reading! I thank you kindly in advance for participating!!! For more info click here.

Interested in the STEAM movement? Then head on over to the Dallas West Branch Library on Tuesday, September 8 at 4:30 pm to join the fun experimenting with science, technology, art and/or math! Details here.

LIFT - Literacy Instruction for Texas: an organization that offers free and easily accessible classes so that functionally illiterate adults can learn to read and write English. Since 1961, over 45,000 low-literate adults have learned to read at LIFT.

On September 11, LIFT will host it's annual Dinner, Drinks and Toasts for Adult Literacy. It will take place at the Omni Dallas Hotel at 6:30 pm. Find more info here!

International Dot Day

I'm sure many of you have heard of International Dot Day. It is a celebration based on the book by Peter H. Reynold's The Dot. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to "make her mark". What begins as a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the world. Join me in celebrating International Dot Day by having our students create an original product out of a simple dot. I will have some hands on activities in the library for the students to get creative with or if you'd like we can collaborate on an activity together. Dot Day is September 15ish. Please send me an email with the subject line Dot Day if you'd like me to read the book to your class and/or create a dot lesson together!

Feeling Philanthropic?

When: North Texas Giving Day is September 17, 6 am - midnight.

What: North Texas Giving Day is a community-wide effort to fund non-profits in North Texas. In Dallas County, only 36% of students are reading on grade level in 3rd grade. Dallas also has the 3rd highest child poverty rate of the 20 largest cities in the nation (behind Detroit and Memphis). Between 1980 and 2010, poverty in Dallas County neighborhoods has gone up by 242% (source: Commit! 2014 Community Achievement Scorecard). R2L is making a difference in West Dallas everyday by providing high-quality programming that can make a difference for Dallas' most at-risk students.

Find more info here: http://www.readers2leaders.org/northtexasgivingday

Have you heard of FenCon? It is a group dedicated to Literary Science Fiction, Fantasy & Filk. Their next convention will be held Sept. 25-27 at the Westin Hotel DFW. They will host a keynote speaker, author signings and costume contest. Go here for more deets!

October 1st - Booktoberfest at Lakewood Brewing Co. - 6:30 p.m.

Room to Read will host their 3rd annual Booktoberfest - a great blend of books and Octoberfest. Come to the Lakewood Brewing Co. for fun, food, music by Dan Quinn and some special brews. Save the date on your calendar - October 1 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Contact dallas@roomtoread.org for more information and click here to be taken to the website.

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In a pinch, if you need to leave me a note in lieu of an email, just put it in my giant clothespin on the circulation desk. I will be giving you a barcode to check out books, in the meantime, if you need to quickly grab a book, please write your name and the barcode of the book on a piece of paper and leave it in the clothespin, so that I can check it out to you. It is important that I always know where all the books are in case someone else comes looking for it. Thank you for understanding!

Calling all Board Books!!!!

Dear Staff,

I would like to issue a plea for board books! If you have any at home that your own children have outgrown, please consider donating them to the school library. I would like to beef up the collection for our PK students. Thank you so very much! Also, if anyone has a sport coat that hubby or son has outgrown, please consider donating those for our PNN student "reporters". Thank you again for considering this request.

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This was my book this summer......what was yours?

If you read a really awesome book this summer, please let me know! I'm always interested in great books. If you would like to see what other books I have read and enjoyed, check out my shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/efisanick

About Me

This is my fifth year to be a school librarian. I was a teacher for 15 years. I love being a school librarian, and I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. I feel like the library is an extension of the classroom, and I hope that we can work together to help your students be as successful as possible. Please feel free to meet, study, plan or just relax in the library whenever you'd like. I hope to see you soon and often!
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