Oak Ridge LMC

April 2015

April is...

National Humor Month


Keep America Beautiful Month


National Poetry Month

Special Days...

April 1 April Fools' Day


April 2 Children's Book Day


April 13 National Scrabble Day


April 18 International Jugglers' Day


April 22 Earth Day


April 25 World Penguin Day


April 27 Tell A Story Day

Peeple's choice

Students and staff are being invited to use their creativity in the library to make dioramas about their favorite books or famous pieces of art- using PEEPS! Kudos to Chris Pulgar and Dawn Ventura for coming up with this one. Need some inspiration? Thanks to Kelly Brennan for pointing me in the direction of the Peewee Herman's wacky Peeps Diorama site! So fun!

YAY! Oak Ridge has Capstone's PebbleGo databases-and they are beautiful!

PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next have just arrived at Oak Ridge. PebbleGo is designed for emergent readers K-3. There are 4 beautiful, dynamic databases: animals, biographies, social studies and science. Spoken word audio, videos and lesson plans are all part of each article. PebbleGo Next is Capstone's new database for 3rd-6th grade. Launched with American Indian and States modules, this database has lots of downloadable materials, spoken word audio, videos and more lessons plans that align with state standards. I can't put the user names and passwords in this flyer, but I will be putting them in your mailboxes. These databases are a terrific (and pricey!) resource. Let's start using them!

Tech Tool of the month-Symbaloo

Symbaloo is a free tool for organizing your favorite places to go on the web by creating "webmixes". I have started creating Symbaloos for the library. I have been using them to collect and organize typing websites and authors' websites so students can use them in the library when they have free time. You could create web mixes that compliment curriculum units. On the symbaloo website there are public webmixes-someone may have already done the work for you and you can use their webmix!

Second Grade uses Chrome books for biography reports

How far we have come! In just one year we have progressed from having 3rd graders at the end of the year struggling to just log onto their chrome books to having second graders in February who were are able to:


1. Open a new Google doc

2. Type up their facts about their famous American

3. Search for and add a picture of, their famous American

4. Change the size, type and color of their fonts


Not that every day is perfect, but our kids are definitely getting more and more tech savy. Their progress is fun to watch!

WRIGHT 3 Book Study

Every year the Kiwanis Club sponsors a wonderful book study for 12 of our 5th grade students. The Wright 3 by Blue Balliet is a mystery that revolves around Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Hyde Park. Students are meeting for book discussions in the library during their lunch with Mrs. McMillin and Mrs. Dempsey. In May the Kiwanis Club will treat these students to a special tour of the Robie House (The Wright 3 Mystery Tour!) and lunch afterwards downtown. Thank you Kiwanis Club for making this special opportunity available!

And the 2016 Bluestem and Monarch nominees are...

The 2015-2016 Bluestem and Monarch lists are out. Both Chris Pulgar and I are currently serving on the Bluestem committee, so I am feeling extra excited about this year's list! The Monarch list is picked with K-3rd grade in mind; the Bluestem list is picked with 3rd-5th graders in mind. We use the Bluestem list for 4th and 5th grade Battle of the Books, so having these titles available to your students really helps support Battle of the Books. Both lists are great to refer to if you are looking for titles for your classroom library. On the ISLMA website, the Monarch list will also have some great resources for lesson plans (but they haven't been added quite yet). I frequently use these resources to make non-technology sub plans.

And finally- Rule #26 from Ron Clark's "The Essential 55"

I am rereading The Essential 55-An Award Winning Educator's Rules for Discovering The Successful Student in Every Child by Ron Clark. Some of the rules make me a little uncomfortable, so I admit I am picking and choosing. However, I think many of them I will try to implement in the library. Most of his "rules" are just good, old fashioned manners and expectations.


Here is Rule #26:


Do not save seats in the lunchroom. If someone wants to sit down, let him or her. Do not try to exclude anyone. We are a family and we must treat one another with respect and kindness.