Central Library Media Center

April 2014 Newsletter

April is National Poetry Month

Go to www.Poets.org for more information including Poet to Poet, an educational project, and a Poem-A-Day link.

Around the Metroplex....

*Read to Rover Program: Give your child an opportunity to practice reading one on one with a trained, certified therapy dog. Sign up for our Read to Rover program, made possible by a partnership with the Therapy Pals of Golden Triangle. Space is limited and registrarion is required. For children reading on their own, ages 6-11. Click here for all the dets!

Wednesdays: Mar 5, Apr 2 and May 7.

*Yucky Books for Boys Only - Monthly book club for boys at Emily Fowler Central Library in Denton: http://goo.gl/YsxCCW

* Both these events can handle children with special needs.

If you're looking for a weekend outing, then you might be interested in a family friendly musical based on the book of the same name: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. For more details click here.

Kids learning how to be like a real Ninja...I know my sons will definitely be interested in this program held the first Saturday of every month at The Crow Collection of Asian Art. Also offered is a program called Yogiños, which is facilitated in English and Spanish, teaches yoga to children and is held on Saturday too. Click here to be taken to the website.

Free Family Festival - I love a good festival especially when alliteration is involved! The Kimbell Art Museum is presenting the Sights and Sounds of Japan on Saturday, April 12, 12-4 pm. The event will include a Kabuki theater workshop, samurai warriors and more! Sounds like a lot of fun.

Cool Tools and Amazing Apps:

There is a cool app called Lapse It that you can use to make a time lapse/stop animation video with. It is very user friendly. Click here to check it out.

MIT has a site to help you learn how to create and develop apps @ http://goo.gl/v8ZZV7

Looking for new and fresh writing prompts &/or an idea for your writing center? Try using the app Things to Think About. It was created by teachers and students in the Jackson County Intermediate School District. It is like a student-created version of Wonderopolis.

If you love your iPad and are going paperless in your classroom then Showbie is a great resource to use to distribute, collect and evaluate student work. You can open and save documents from thousands of iPad apps and annotate or leave voice and/or text notes directly on your students' work. It reminds me of Edmodo and is a great tool to use if you are beginning to flip your classroom. This link has an informative short Vimeo explaining the greatness of Showbie!

Also, along the lines of flipping your classroom - there is a website called educanon and this is a site that allows teachers to build and share interactive video lessons. Teachers begin with any YouTube, Vimeo, or TeacherTube video content (screencasts, Khan Academy, Minute Physics, TED, NOVA, etc.) and add interactive questions at points during the videos. The student pauses the video and types in their responses when the question appears. Teachers can see which students have watched the videos and see the student responses to the questions. It is a free service and works with iPads!

And last but not least, if you students or own kids are little Lego Heads like mine they are going to LOVE the web tool called Build With Chrome. Kids can create anything their imagination will dream up and publish their creations. I wonder what you will be able to come up with to use this resource. Maybe they can create their own ecosystem during science, build structures to show different shapes and angles for a math center, there are so many possibilities with this site.

Walk like an Egyptian...to our annual Book Fair!

Monday, April 28th 2014 at 8am to Friday, May 2nd 2014 at 3:30pm

Central Library Media Center

This years Book Fair theme is Reading Oasis - A Cool Place to Discover Hot Books! I'll be your "Book Fair-oh"! Think Ancient Egypt, Sphinxes, camels, pyramids and mummies! I can't wait for our Book Fair this year. The monies raised from the Book Fair are used to buy books and furniture for the library. (That comfy chair in the work room for you to use was bought with Book Fair money.) Please plan on stopping by and please encourage your students to come. We will stick to our current checkout schedule to visit the Book Fair with your students and, of course, the library will be closed during this week. Thank you for your patience with this matter.

Who has heard of Google Scholar???? I'm hooked!

The next time you are looking for some info related to anything educational, consider utilizing Google Scholar as a search engine. Click here to learn more about this exciting resource. As shown below - once you find a link to an article you like, all you need to do is click on the text save which is written in blue to include the article and citation in "your library". Coolio!
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27th Annual Funny Bunny Festival

Saturday, April 12th 2014 at 9am-12:30pm

1301 S Railroad St

Lewisville, TX

If you're looking for an old fashioned family style Easter Egg Hunt then this is the place. It got the thumbs up from my kids. There is also a pancake breakfast, face painting, bounce house and much more.

Who wants a date night????

Communities for Kids will watch your kids on Friday from 7-11pm for only $10 a kid (2nd-6th)! April 4th is a Carnival theme night with games, cotton candy, etc. April 11th is Funky Disco Party Night with retro games like Twister and April 25th is SuperHero Night. Who wants to double date? Check it out here.
*Pyramid Image from historylink101.com

*Garfield image @ www.GarfieldPosters.com