Wanamaker Library Newsletter

December 2017

Author/Illustrator Visit a Success

Kate and M. Sarah Klise presented to the district's elementary students on November 7-8. All presentations were held at the high school auditorium and hosted by the district librarians. Kate and Sarah are the author/illustrator of numerous chapter and picture books. Their presentations were interactive and informative at the same time. Students learned Kate's formula for story writing and Sarah gave tips on the choices she makes while illustrating a book. Wanamaker students and staff enjoyed the presentations and found them to contain useful information. Many students reported the thing they enjoyed the most was when the students helped Kate and Sarah create stories up on stage. Thank you to Kate and Sarah for spending time with us and to the Wanamaker PTA for partially funding this extraordinary experience for our students.
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3rd Graders are Thankful

One of our favorite tools to use in the library is Padlet. It is a free app to create an online bulletin board. It is a "wall" where students can post their thoughts and ideas and share them with others. Students can use it to create projects or as a place to gather resources. We have used it before to communicate with other students in the U.S. and also to send thank you notes to authors who have Skyped with us. Check out this Padlet that contains all the different things Mrs. Larson's 3rd grade class are thankful for this holiday season.

Keeper of the Fish

Sixth grader Thomas Mason has an important responsibility in the WE library. For the past two years, he has taken care of our fish aquarium. He comes in before school to feed the fish, change the filter, clean the water, or just check to make sure everything is okay. Occasionally Thomas's dad joins him in his fish keeping duties. Thomas reports that what he likes best about volunteering is knowing that the fish are depending on him to take care of them. Thank you, Thomas, for your time and help. We all benefit from your expertise with our fish!
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Picture Book Challenge Completed

We celebrated Picture Book Month in November. Many students earned rewards for reaching individual reading milestones. We also reached our school-wide goal of reading 4,000 picture books! Our mystery picture came alive as students put stickers on the poster for each book they read (see above photo). It was fun to hear the students speculating on what they thought the picture was going to be! Students enjoyed checking out the staff's favorite picture books as well as discovering some of their own new favorites. Way to go, WE students! Thank you to Chick Fil A and Reinert Wealth Management for partnering with us and providing rewards for the students who reached the individual milestones.

Who Wants to Play a Game?

The holiday season generally brings family gatherings with it. If your crew is looking for a fun game to play, give Kahoot! a try. It is a free game-based platform that can be played on any device that has an internet connection. For players, there is no account or login required to join a game. When you play Kahoot! in a group setting, questions appear on a shared screen and players answer on their devices. Besides creating your own kahoots, you can search among millions of existing games. You can find Holiday Trivia games as well as games on just about any other topic. Give it a try, and have a great time at your next family gathering!

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.