Finch Elementary Media Center

September Newsletter Version 1

Celebrating Black Authors

During the whole month of September, librarians are partnering with Netflix Bookmarks to celebrate black voices in literature. Librarians have worked with Netflix to provide resources that related to the new series Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices.

Bookmarks is a collection of 12 episodes featuring different Black celebrities reading children's books from black authors. These celebrities include Tiffany Haddish, Common, and Lupita N'yong'o. Each video is created to show the Black experience and spark conversations about self-awareness, respect, justice, and action.

To supplement the series, Librarians from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association have complied a list of fun activities for young readers, and members of the Association of Library Service to Children have shared links to resources about how families can connect with children's library professionals to assist in their children's learning and development. The materials are available on the Bookmarks website.

You can view the series of episodes on Netflix Bookmarks or watch them for free on the Netflix Jr YouTube page.

Information retreived on 9/4/20 from

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SEL Book

This month's Social Emotional Learning book is Sulwe. It is written by Lupita N'yong'o and illustrated by Vashti Williams.

Sulwe tells the story of a little girl who "was born the color of midnight" and is treated differently than her lighter-skinned friends and family members because of it. The tale takes a magical turn when a star comes in her bedroom and takes her on a mythical journey ending in her own self-love and appreciation of the brightness and beauty of her complexion.

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Free Creativity

If you are looking to keep your child busy after school hours, please consider registering your child for free art classes. Parents of kids kindergarten through twelfth grades can register their child for a free month of art classes. The classes take place virtually on Mondays-Saturdays at 6:00PM. For more information visit the Creativity Classes for Kids website.
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Free Hot Meals

The Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA will be distributing hot prepared meals beginning, September 8th. The distribution of these meals will begin at 2 PM Monday-Friday.

Please see image below for more details.

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Class Pass

Last week I visited all grade level meetings to introduce to some and refresh others on the digital resources that are available through the AFPLS ClassPass. AFPLS ClassPass is a digital resource database offered through the Fulton Public Library. Please be sure to use these resources and encourage your class to use them as well. Remember you are able to get electronic texts easily for you and your students to view and read online. Additionally, every staff member and student has borrowing privileges from the library branches as well. Here are a few e-resources that we discussed last week.

Copyright/Fair Use Information

Many publishing companies have extended permissions to read their books aloud over the internet. However, there are certain things you should remember before you begin.

  1. Make sure you are reading in a closed forum.
  2. Reading to your class on Zoom or Google Meet is permissible.
  3. If you decide to post the recording of the Zoom or Google Meet, it must be posted in a closed forum like Google Classroom. However, it must be removed by the end of the school year.
  4. If you are uploading a video of you reading into YouTube. The link must be marked as unlisted. This will only allow those with the link to gain access. You should not post this link on any platform that will be public(i.e public web pages, twitter post or Facebook).
  5. Last, please acknowledge to the Publishing company's permission by saying, "This book is being shared with permission of ___________________(insert publishing company's name).