Wanamaker Library Newsletter

September 2019

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Each month this newsletter will bring you information to highlight the experiences our students have in our school library. We will also inform you of learning resources, new books, reading programs, research projects, tech tips, special events, and other news. We hope you find this information useful and value any feedback that you care to share. Enjoy!

Meet the Library Staff

Alice Reinert--Teacher Librarian

Mrs. Reinert begins her sixth year as a teacher-librarian at Wanamaker Elementary. Her favorite part of the position is getting to work with every student and staff member at WE--they are the best! In her free time, she enjoys exercising, traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and of course, reading. She and her husband, Mark, are the parents of 4 grown children--Caitlin (and husband Carl), Austin, Alex, and Claire. Watching their one-year-old granddaughter, Amelia Catherine, grow and change has been the cherry on the sundae!

Jenny Armstrong--Library Assistant

Mrs. Armstrong starts her ninth year as the part-time library assistant at Wanamaker Elementary. We share her with Indian Hills Elementary where she is also the library assistant. She says the best part of her job is getting to interact with the students. In her free time, she enjoys Jazzercise, watching TV and movies, and spending time with her husband and kids. She and her husband, Jeff, are the parents of three children--Lanee (a freshman at K-State), Ellie (a junior at WRHS), and Rylan (an 8th grader at WRMS).

Kansas Book Festival

September 14, 2019

The 9th annual Kansas Book Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kansas State Capitol. The presenting authors will be inside the Capitol building, and the vendors/entertainment/children's activities/book signings will be set up outside the Capitol, on the North side by the new Visitor's Center. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity for a fun free literary experience for the whole family!
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Summer Reading Celebration

The students completing the summer reading program at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library were treated to an ice cream sundae and brownie party last week. Drake was the winner of the Barnes and Noble gift card drawing! It was a great way to end the week and to celebrate summer reading!

We are a community of readers!

If you walk the halls of W.E. and go into some of the classrooms, you will probably notice quite a few posters advertising the latest reads of some of our staff members. After making posters for the library staff, Mrs. Reinert offered to have a poster made for any staff member who was willing to share his/her bitmoji with her. Lots of laughs were had as staff members worked on their bitmojis! Quite a few staff members have taken her up on her offer, and the posters have turned out great! The posters help create a reading culture in our school and will hopefully help spark book discussions between students and staff members. Kids love talking about books with adults!

Mrs. Reinert Goes to Nerd Camp!

In early July I attended NerdCampMI, a literacy conference that takes place each summer in Parma, Michigan. As one of 1,800 teachers and librarians that participated in the 2-day conference, it was exciting to be a part of an event with so much passion for books and literacy! Over 50 well known authors and illustrators gave presentations and were on hand to answer questions, take pictures, sign autographs, and most importantly, to share their wonderful stories. Many of these same authors'/illustrators' books are found on our own library shelves.

One of the highlights was keynote speaker Jason Reynolds, author of the Track Series as well as many stand alone titles. His speech was inspiring and motivational. The whole experience made me proud to be part of the education profession and reaffirmed my appreciation of literacy as a vital component of our students' educations.

At our back to school staff meetings in August, I drew one teacher's name from each grade level and they were the recipients of an autographed book (brought from NerdCamp) to add to their classroom collections.

I also plan to share the details of my experience with our students in their library classes throughout the coming year. Mini author studies, book talks, and a rotating Nerd Camp display of pictures and books of the authors/illustrators in attendance will help the students see that the people who create the books they read are people just like them who have worked hard to achieve their dreams!

Upcoming Dates

Sept. 6 and 20--Student Council meetings held in the library at 8:00 a.m.

Week of Sept. 9--Dot Day celebrated in library classes for grades K-2. Feel free to send your child to school dressed in dots on the day of their library class (optional)!

Sept. 13--9/11 survivor Robert Matos will visit with 6th grade Social Studies classes via Skype.

Sept. 13--Kansas Book Festival presenting author Angie Pickman will visit with our 5th graders about her career as an author and illustrator.

Sept. 14--Kansas Book Festival held at the State Capitol (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Sept. 17--Book Club Meeting (5th and 6th grade) in the library at 8:00 a.m.

Sept. 20--District Library Meeting hosted by Wanamaker Elementary

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