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Book Fair Tidbits

Thank you so much for your support of the Scholastic Book Fair! I always get excited when I see items piled up on the back counters. It makes the last few days of the fair exciting! :-)

We did fairly well this year with the fair. We profited $2300 and earned $408 in rewards for participating/hosting various activities while the fair was here. So that's a total of $2708!
Whoo-hoo! This money will be spent through the Scholastic catalog on Common Core materials. If you have any additional request, let me know.

We will have another Scholastic Fair in February. I expressed my concerns with the rising Common Core standards with my consultant. She transferred me to one of the head representatives with Scholastic for me to further this discussion. After a lengthy conversation, he assures me we will have some books correlated to these standards that are appropriate for our students for this next fair.

If you have any other concerns, please let me know.

Just a little interesting fact from my book fair data - We sold 403 pencils and money erasers! I think I've found me a new side job! :-)

Snap Shot Day

I've got to have a "Snap-Shot Day" for the South Carolina Association ofSchool Libraries of our library to include in their data. I've gathered the majority of our data, however, I need your help. Before Friday, please answer this question: Why is the library important to you? It can be as simple or as complex as you would like. You can write it in narrative form or in a list format. You can answer this question yourself or have your students answer it... either one. Please send this to me via email, note, etc. before Friday. THANK YOU!!!

Computers - H:/ DRIVE

PLEASE, PLEASE be sure you are saving everything to your H:/ drive. Your desktop is NOT your H:/ drive. If something happens to your computer and we have to re-image it (which has happened several times here already), you will LOSE all of your documents, spreadsheets, etc on your desktop. Your H:/ drive will be the only files still available to you. If you need help, let me know!

Face Lift

The library is starting a major face lift project (which I'm super excited about!!!).

First, we are getting ready to have A LOT of discards. I'll have them on a cart like I usually do if you would like to go through them. Second, we are also getting ready to get in LOTS of new books. Please be patient as we try and enhance the collection. Thank you for your support!!!

December Poem - Lots of good stuff you could do with this!

The Snow Ball

December staged a party. A million snowflakes came.

Ms. Wind forced them to mingle. No two were dressed the same.

Streetlights lit the dance floor. Trees shimmied in the squall.

Blizzard brought his rock 'n' roll. Guests loved the snowy ball!

by Kathleen Doherty

Christmas / Winter Holiday Resources


This is a wonderful site for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. You can click on the holiday you wish to learn more about and a new page will open full of information. There are several options for different components to be read to the students. There is music from each of these holidays, free clip art, lots of kid-friendly information, games, crafts, etc. There’s also a printable template for the students to create their own holiday scrapbook of how they celebrate the winter holiday season. This could serve as the pre-writing/idea starter for their writing.

We Give Books

This is a site I’ve shared with you before. You have to have an account and log in to view the books, but the account is free. The list below are books that you could use this time of year.

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

A Night in Santa’s Great Big Sack

Snowmen at Christmas

Rudolf, the Red Nose Reindeer

Frosty the Snowman

The Mitten

The Hat

The Three Snow Bears

Storyline Online

Another site we’ve shared before… it’s a great one though!

The Polar Express

It's Beginning to look a lot like christmas... the library! We've got lots of Christmas stories, Christmas Around the World Books, and Gingerbread Man ready for you! Come check it out!