Madison Library Learning Center

May 2015

Book Fair News

We had a very successful book fair. We were able to give away $612.00 in free books to faculty, parent book fair helpers, Mr. Grace’s class for reading the most Bluestem (check out his trophy), students who read all 20 Bluestem nominees, and students who read 10 Caudill nominees. Madison also added copies of the Monarch, Bluestem, and Caudill Award Books to the library. We also earned $1500.00 to buy more books for the library. Thank you for your support!

Next Year's Book Fair Schedule:

Fall: October 26-October 30

Spring: April 11-April 15


Classes will not check out books the week of May 18, unless items are needed for a class project. A list of materials you have out will be delivered to your mailbox. Please review the list and let me know if you don’t think it is accurate or if you have lost any items. Please return all library materials as soon as you are finished with them. Thank you.

KEEP SAVING BOX TOPS OVER THE SUMMER! Remember they are located on the reams of copy paper wrap. Please save.

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If you would like to see the Library Learning Center purchase specific books or professional material for next year, please e-mail Diane with titles or subject suggestions. Your ideas are always welcome.


Students have the opportunity to participate in two summer Reading Programs:

  1. Wheaton Public Library

Diane will let you know when Wheaton Public will be in the library to explain the program to all classes.

  1. CUSD 200

Good Websites

  1. Poetry
  2. Read Kiddo Read, from author James Patterson and librarian Judy Freeman
  3. Children's Choices from the International Reading Association
  4. Common Sense Media
  5. Graphite is a free online resource to help discover and use the best apps, websites, and digital curricula. Here is a video explaining graphite.
  6. App Flow , a feature of Graphite helps teachers think about how different tools fit into the process of planning and delivering a lesson.
  7. Readers Theater Scripts can be found at "Teaching Heart: Readers Theater Scripts" and Plays and "Timeless Teacher Stuff. " For more Readers Theater resources see

More Research in May!

  • First grade will be researching insects
  • Fourth grade will be researching regions of the United States.

More Ipads

We now have 20 Ipads that all are numbered 1-20. An old one, that can only get to the Internet has been taken out and will be used by students for the library catalog or other websites. Just a reminder, that next year, we will be using Google calendar to check out the devices.

2015 Readers's Choice Awards Announced

Monarch: Drew Daywit's The Day the Crayons Quit, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Bluestem: Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan

Congratulations also to the winner of the Rebecca Caudill award: Legend by Marie Lu.