Mann Library

August and September 2017

Hello everyone! I'm very excited to be back at Mann this year as the teacher librarian. It's been great to see all the returning students and meet our new students at Mann! We have had a busy start to the school year, and we are still processing new books for students to checkout and enjoy!

International Dot Day
was in September. This is a day that started from the book "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds. This book encourages everyone to use their creativity and talents to make the world a better place. A famous quote from the book sums up its message, "just make a mark and see where it takes you". All classes read the book and then had their own dot to color and create. We put all the dots together to make a large banner which is hanging in the school. It was fun to watch students try to find their dot at the Open House this past week!

I plan to continue this newsletter throughout the year. Please look for it every month or two. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
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Kindergarten

To start out the year, Kindergartners have talked about basic book care and library expectations. We want to be sure to keep our library books safe at home and in school so everyone can enjoy them! We've also been reading some of the new Iowa Goldfinch Award books as we learn about the parts of a book. We spent a class on Dot Day as mentioned above, too!

Book checkout day is FRIDAY for both classes.

1st Grade

To start out the year, 1st graders reviewed basic book care and library expectations. We talked about the importance of keeping our library books safe at home and in school so everyone can enjoy them! We've also been reading some of the new Iowa Goldfinch Award books as we review parts of a book. We spent a class on Dot Day as mentioned above, too!


Book checkout day is FRIDAY for both classes.

2nd Grade

Second graders started off the year reviewing basic book care and library expectations. It's important to keep our library books safe at home and in school so everyone can enjoy them! We've also been reading some of the new Iowa Goldfinch Award books as we review parts of a book (and add a few new parts, too!). In addition, we spent a class on Dot Day as mentioned above!

I also collaborated with the 2nd grade teachers to help work on friendly letter writing skills. We read "The Gardener", a book written through letters, and learned the different parts of a letter and then composed letters for the Open House.


Book checkout day is on Tuesday for Mrs. Cernuto's class.
Book checkout day is on Wednesday for Ms. O'Donnell's class.

3rd Grade

Third graders have been very busy in the library so far! We have reviewed library expectations/book care and read some of the new Iowa Goldfinch Award books. They have also learned to sign into school computers with their logins and passwords. The class participated in Dot Day as well.

All 3rd and 4th graders in the district will have the wonderful opportunity to hear children's author Candace Fleming speak in a few weeks. In order to prepare for this event, we have studied her biography and are reading a handful of her many books. She has published a wide variety of books -- children's books, fiction and non-fiction, and chapter books. The students have enjoyed her books so far!

Book checkout day is on FRIDAY for Mr. Green

4th Grade

Fourth graders have been very busy in the library as well! We have reviewed library expectations/book care and watched some trailers of the current Iowa Children's Choice Award books. Students are encouraged to read at least 2 of these books and then can vote for their favorite in the spring. They have also reviewed signing into school computers with their logins and passwords, and joined our Google Classroom for library class. The class participated in Dot Day as well, by creating their dot on the computer.

All 3rd and 4th graders in the district will have the wonderful opportunity to hear children's author Candace Fleming speak in a few weeks. In order to prepare for this event, we have studied her biography and are reading a handful of her many books. They are working on a project in art class, too, connected to one of her books. She has published a wide variety of books -- children's books, fiction and non-fiction, and chapter books. The students have enjoyed her books so far!

Book checkout day for both classes is FRIDAY.

5th and 6th Grade

Fifth and sixth graders have also been very busy in the library! We have reviewed library expectations/book care and watched some trailers of the current Iowa Children's Choice Award books. Students are encouraged to read at least 2 of these books and then can vote for their favorite in the spring. They have also reviewed signing into school computers with their logins and passwords, and joined our Google Classroom for library class. The class participated in Dot Day as well, by creating their dot on the computer.

They've reviewed some basic formatting skills with Google slides as they created an "About Me" slide. We also spent a class discussing Banned Books Week and looked at our First Amendment rights. Currently, we have started to look at Digital Citizenship.

Book checkout day is on TUESDAY for Mrs. Mulligan.

Book checkout day is on THURSDAY for Mr. Kemp.

Book checkout day is on THURSDAY for 6th grade.

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