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Jackson-Keller Library Newsletter- May Edition

Library Happenings

Upcoming library events:

May 5: 2nd grade Fairy Tale Bowl

May 9, 10 & 11: Library closed in the morning due to STAAR testing

May 12: 4th grade Battle of the Books

May 13: 3rd grade Battle of the Books

May 18: All library materials are due

May 23: 4th grade District Battle at Wemore Elementary

Gus is our winner!

Our four-legged friend, Gus was a finalist in a nationwide contest where he won third place. Although he did not receive the most votes, we were thrilled with all the support that he and Mrs. Barnes were shown. The hospital where he volunteers was so touched by his story that they plan to donate books for the Jackson-Keller students in his name. What a wonderful blessing! We really appreciate their thoughtfulness and we will keep you posted.

May 2-8: National Children's Book Week ties in with National Screen-Free Week

Jackson-Keller library is celebrating National Children's Book week with the sharing of many different picture books during library visits. We also found that by celebrating Children's Book week, it ties in so nicely with National Screen-Free Week. We have been discussing alternatives to television and video games. Take the challenge the week of May 2nd to read some books and keep the tube off!

Lively Library Lessons

Spring has been keeping us quite busy. In April, we celebrated National Poetry Month by exploring, reading, and creating poetry. Kindergarteners found rhyming words in Mac Barnett's tricky book, Guess Again. We also created a rainbow poem after reading Rainbows All Around Me by Pinkney. First graders heard and responded to lots of different poetry from various anthologies. They created their own band-aids of things that cause them to say, "Ouch!" after reading "Sick" by Shel Silverstein. Second and third graders learned about elements of poetry and wrote acrostic poems. These students also worked in small groups to create their own theme/shape poems on www.readwritethink.org. Fourth and fifth graders learned about poetry elements and then used DoodleBuddy on the iPads to analyze and identify elements within their chosen poem. We had much fun. We also wrote our own color poems on paint swatches and explored our creative sides. We have really enjoyed National Poetry Month!

Battle of the Books and Fairy Tale Bowl

We are so excited. May brings us much to celebrate. Second graders will participate in the first ever JK Fairy Tale Bowl on May 5th. Many have been busy reading those fairy tales so that they are ready to compete! Third graders will compete in their Battle of the Books on Friday, May 13th, while 4th graders will hold their stiff competition on Thursday, May 12th. It will be exciting. Hope you'll plan to join us.

Check Out a Digital Book

Help our district get over 100,000 digital checkouts for the year! Get onto Overdrive and select some great titles. Last word that I received noted North East ISD as the number one district in the nation when it came to digital checkouts! Our district continues to put much time, consideration, and funds into providing amazing and diverse digital content for all of our stakeholders. Don't forget to access this great resource all summer long!

Parent Accounts

Parents, did you know that you can check out up to ten books from our school library? Did you know that you can use that same ID number to check out digital books from our eBook collection? Come by the library and we will get you signed up with an account and show you how to check out from our extensive digital collection. You may also use this link to create your parent account.

Interested in volunteering?

Parents, we are always looking for parent volunteers to help us in the library on a weekly basis or for some of our special events. If you would like to help, please contact the librarian, Laurie Darilek and we will get you plugged in. We need you!

April library statistics

We have been staying very busy and are thrilled by all the reading happening at JK!

Take a look:


Kinder: 297 books

1st: 133 books

2nd: 921 books

3rd: 596 books

4th: 648 books

5th: 476 books

Parent and teachers: 209 books

Total books circulated: 3,280 books

Teacher Freebie...

For the first 3 teachers coming to the library stating that you saw this on the library newsletter, I will let you pick out a free book for your classroom library. Happy reading!