Wanamaker Library Newsletter

Year End News for 2018-19

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Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books competition was held on Monday, May 20, in the WE gym. Twenty-five 5th and 6th graders and fourteen staff members participated in the competition. All the teams did a great job, and there were some very close contests! The winning teacher team and the winning student team squared off in the championship round with the student team pulling off the win! This was the second year that staff members have been involved, and it added a level of excitement for both the participants and the audience members. Thank you to all students and staff members who took part in this annual event and made it fun for everyone!

William Allen White Challenge

Eleven students completed the William Allen White Challenge this past school year by reading and taking AR tests on a significant number of the 2018-19 WAW books. They were rewarded with an ice cream sundae and brownie party in the library, along with a copy of one of next year's WAW books and a customized bookmark. Congratulations to Mary and Olivia (3rd grade); Karsyn and Carrie, (5th grade); Mason, Max, Kailey, Nicholas, Nate, Marianne, and Braylon (6th grade) on their reading achievement!

Bill Martin, Jr. Challenge

It was a record breaking year for the Bill Martin, Jr. Challenge at Wanamaker Elementary! Eighteen 2nd grade students completed the challenge by reading and taking an AR test on all ten of the Bill Martin, Jr. nominees for 2019. To reward their hard work they were treated to an ice cream sundae and brownie party, a copy of one of next year's William Allen White books, and a personalized bookmark. Congratulations to Anyshka, Vihan, Dane, Julianna, Akemi, Amar'e, Raina, Abigayle, Tyler, Berkley, Manny, Gabbi, Kennedy, Isaiah, Quinn, Avalon, Katelyn, and Owen!

Barnes and Noble Outing

Mrs. Reinert and Mrs. Wilke (Reading Interventionist at WE) joined together and provided a Barnes and Noble outing for two students at the silent auction that was part of the WE Spring Dance held in March. One day after school, the adults and students headed to Barnes and Noble. We browsed the books to find the "perfect one" before enjoying a treat from the Cafe. Thanks, Kyelie and Maddy, for a fun afternoon!
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Did you know?

Did you know that reading during the summer can significantly improve your reading skills? Instead of losing knowledge during those lazy, hot, summer days, reading will help you gain new knowledge. The good news is that you can pick anything to read that interests you. It doesn't matter what you choose to read, it's just important to do it!


In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library's featured summer reading program is all about space. There are more than 300 events happening at the library this summer, and many of them are space related. See the library's website for details and to sign up for a library card if you don't already have one. Suggested reading lists for ALL ages are also available on the website.


Wanamaker students who complete the summer reading program at TSCPL and bring their completion certificate to Mrs. Reinert will be invited to an ice cream sundae/brownie party when school starts in August!

Even bigfoot likes to read!

It started out as a fun hallway decoration at Halloween time (along with its trail of footprints in the library), and grew into a hallway fixture during the course of the year. The 8 foot tall Bigfoot graced the hallway and showed off new accessories and book covers with the changing seasons and holidays. It's been a great conversation piece and the students have had fun noticing the changes! Thank you to our art teacher, Mr. Weatherford, who created our Bigfoot as well as all his accessories.

Year End Library Report

Many good things happened in the library this year! Here is a summary of some of the statistics and happenings that took place during the 2018-19 school year:



  • Total circulations of materials--40,396
  • Total items housed in the WE library--17,034
  • Total number of 40 minute library lessons taught--540
  • Total number of PebbleGo database logins--10, 718
  • One Scholastic book fair
  • School-wide bookmark contest (library and art dept.)
  • All 2nd graders participated in the Global Read Aloud author study and connected to students from around the world by using Skype, Padlet, and snail mail
  • 2nd graders took part in a Mystery Skype with a class from Pennsylvania as part of the Global Read Aloud
  • Picture Book Challenge in November with individual and school wide goals achieved
  • 18 classes participated in the International March Book Madness Tournament
  • Student led morning book club met monthly with twenty-two 4th and 5th grade participants
  • Kansas Book Festival author visit for all 4th graders
  • Skype visit with author Kate Messner for all 3rd graders
  • Skype visit with author Liesl Shurtliff for all 5th graders
  • Collaborated with 4th grade teachers and art teacher on Famous Kansan research projects
  • Collaborated with 6th grade social studies teacher on Voki Biography projects
  • Battle of the Books Competition involved 25 students and 14 staff members
  • Eleven 3rd-6th grade students completed the William Allen White Challenge
  • Eighteen 2nd graders completed the Bill Martin, Jr. Challenge
  • A Bucks 4 Books fundraising campaign resulted in a $500.00 donation to the American Library Association on behalf of Wanamaker Elementary
  • Mrs. Reinert attended the District Library Conference held in Emporia

Thank you to all who supported the WE library this year!

Wanamaker Library

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