Wanamaker Library Newsletter

March 2018

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Libraries Are For Everyone

We have a global school community! Working with our ELL teacher, Mrs. Quiett-May, to obtain facts and numbers, this library display acknowledges and celebrates the different native languages spoken by students at Wanamaker Elementary. Each sign reads "Libraries Are For Everyone" in a different language.

This display seems especially timely as some of the grade levels read/talked about Black History Month in their library classes during February. Our read alouds and activities had students talking about integration, inclusion, and acceptance of all races.

The awesome signs were downloaded from Rebecca McCorkindale's website. She graciously shares her artwork/creations with anybody who is interested. Her signs can be found at https://hafuboti.com/2017/02/02/libraries-are-for-everyone/ and are available in many different languages.

Book Fair Was Successful

The annual Scholastic Book Fair held in February during the week of Parent Teacher conferences proved to be a lot of fun and a big success. The teachers came for a preview breakfast while the students previewed the fair during their library classes early in the week. Mrs. Armstrong, the library assistant, worked her magic and transformed the library with decorations that promoted the fair theme of "Paws for Books. Come. Stay. Read a Great Tale." Clifford made an appearance and kicked off the fair! A couple of contests livened things up as well--the students entered a guessing contest of estimating how many Scooby Doo dog bones were in the jar, and Mrs. Hoffman's class had the most visitors to the fair, so she received two new books for her classroom library.

THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the book fair a success! The success of the book fair would not be possible without the support and enthusiasm of the entire WE community. The book fair always serves as a great reminder of how Wanamaker truly loves and values the power of reading. A special thank you to Cheryl Fewell, Book Fair Chairperson, and all the other volunteers whose help was greatly appreciated!

4th Graders Research Famous Kansans

The 4th grade classes researched Famous Kansans the month of January. This project was a collaborative effort with the 4th grade teachers, the art instructor, and the librarian. The students researched their person (who had some connection to Kansas), using both print and digital sources. They wrote their reports and cited their sources. The students' reports are displayed in the hallway, along with portraits of the famous Kansans that students drew during their art classes. This project utilized many skills and the students worked hard on them. If you're at school, take a minute to check out the 4th grade hallway and learn a little bit about one (or more) of our famous Kansans!
The students wrapped up their projects in library class by using the Flipgrid app to tell what they found most interesting/surprising about their Famous Kansan. Click on the link below to hear some of their responses.

Student Led Book Club

In December two 5th grade girls came to me and asked if they could start a book club at Wanamaker. After visiting with them, I found that they had already figured out many of the logistics of forming a club! So after several meetings and shared Google documents, we were ready to advertise the opportunity to 4th and 5th grade students. Sixteen students have met twice before school to discuss books and have some fun before the school day begins. We read A Night Divided in February, and we will read Mr. Lemoncello's Library in March. The students continue to help plan and lead the meetings.
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Volunteer Spotlight

Sharlene Christensen is a familiar face around Wanamaker Elementary. She has been a faithful volunteer at the school for 9 years and has been a regular volunteer in the library for the last 2 years. She puts in some long days during book fair time! When asked what she likes best about volunteering at WE, Sharlene responded with, "I love getting to see the kids, and it keeps me busy." She also keeps busy with helping her friend who is a florist. Sharlene likes to read and shop in her leisure time. She and her husband, Judd, have 2 children--Nick (and wife Ashley) and Holly (who is an 8th grader at WRMS). Thank you, Sharlene, for always being so willing to help out!

Upcoming Dates

March 6--Math and Reading Bash for WE families

March 14--Battle of the Books meeting during 5th and 6th grade lunch hours

March 19-23--Spring Break

March 27--Before school book club meeting at 8:00 a.m. in the library

Wanamaker Library

We strive to make our library a welcoming place that fosters the love of reading and empowers the school community to become effective users of information.