Claymont Library Newsletter

December 2014

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Six Flags Read to Succeed

Six Flags Read to Succeed is back!! Just like the last few years, you as teachers will each register for your own RTS account and enter your students' names and reading totals as they come in. Each child in your class will be eligible to participate and earn a free ticket to Six Flags for reading for six hours! (And you will receive a free ticket, too!) All qualifying students must be recorded online by March 2, 2015. To register your class and print off flyers, reading logs, and more, visit
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Hour of Code

Thank you all for being willing participants in Hour of Code! Just a friendly reminder that this hour replaces your library time for the week. Please enjoy a whole hour in your rooms to get some extra work done! If your students come back interested and excited for more coding, you may want to check out sites such as or The best part is you don't have to know how to code yourself! These programs teach the kids as they go. Have fun and happy coding!

HOC Time Reminder - December 8th-12th

Monday: Wall 9:15, Durham 10:15, Simmons 1:55, Hartman 2:55

Tuesday: Londeree 9:15, Scott 11:00, Pilliod 12:55, Sullivan 1:55, Meier 2:55

Wednesday: Geraghty 10:00, Yates 11:00, Sneed 12:55, Avnor 1:55, Bricker 2:55

Thursday: Bollinger 9:15, Wagner 10:15, Bult 12:55, Cisel 1:55, Whitener 2:55

Friday: Rocklage 9:15, Piszar 10:15, Berghoefer 1:55, Crowley 2:55


What's Happening in the Library?


We have access to THOUSANDS of free eBooks! Well, they aren't free, but the cost is already covered. :) Are you using them? Try them out for read alouds, mini-lessons, small groups, research, and more!

  • From the Claymont PANDA page (library webpage), click "eBooks".
  • Then choose "Ebsco Non-Fiction", "Follett Shelf", or "TumbleBook Library".
  • The only one that requires a password is Follett Shelf. This uses your Novell login info.
  • Browse, read, enjoy!

When the library purchases eBooks, they are housed in Follett Shelf. There may be certain topics that your grade level researches every year such as Native Americans or states of matter. If you feel it would be beneficial for our library to own eBooks on certain subjects, let me know! Some eBooks are even sold in "infinite" amounts, meaning your whole grade level could check out and read the same book at the same time.

There's also a Follett BryteWave app which accesses Follett Shelf! Check out this free download for iOS, Android devices with Google Play, Nook HD/HD+, and Kindle Fire HD/HDX. Once in the app, use your Novell ID and our school's Follett link to login:

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Google Classroom

For those ready to jump into more Googly fun, check out this introduction to Google Classroom! Post assignments, grade assignments, hold online discussions, and more!

Discovery Education

Are you using the new Discovery Education link?? Bookmark and don't forget to log in with your Novell ID! :)

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Mark Twain Book Club!

The library is hosting a Mark Twain Book Club once a month, and YOU are invited! Read any of the Mark Twain nominees and come ready to eat your lunch and chat about the book! 4th grade meets from 12:20-12:40, and 5th grade meets from 12:35-12:55.

I do need one volunteer to switch or take my lunch duty shift (12:20-12:50) one day during December 15th-19th so the exact Mark Twain Book Club date can be finalized. If you are willing and able to cover my duty, please contact me asap. :)

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Amazing #EdTech

Thanks as always for reading! Here's a fun treasure hunt. There's a $5 Starbucks giftcard hiding under the large globe in the library. Will you be the first to claim it? :)

Merry Christmas!! If you are looking for a good gift this holiday season, may I suggest books?