Off the Shelf...

@ the Kirkwood Library


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Book Fair Ship Due to arrive at Kirkwood

Come aboard mates! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our library November 15-17. Student and their parents will have the chance to shop for new books to add to their treasure chests. All proceeds will benefit our library. We will preview some of the titles the week before the Fair and will send out fliers with more information. Watch your email for a chance to volunteer! Or you can click right here to volunteer. We will also be collecting coins that week to benefit both our library and the students around the world. Mark the dates on your calendar and plan to join us.

Kirkwood Library-Where Adventure Awaits!

Classes in the library are in full swing at Kirkwood Elementary and we are excited for what this year has in store!

All Kirkwood students visit the library each week for library classes and book checkouts. My goal is to present a newsletter once a month highlighting what is happening in the library.

If you ever have any questions about library learning or library checkout please feel free to shoot me an email or give us a call!

Jenahlee Chamberlain

Teacher Librarian


What's Going on in K-2?

Kindergarten: We started the year talking about library and checkout expectations. We have learned about how the author and illustrator put a book together. Now we are talking about the various elements of a book - characters, setting, and plot. Kindergartners also come into the computer lab once/week to learn computer skills. First we learned to handle the tricky mouse. Now we are becoming familiar with a variety of computer programs. You can see some of the links below.

First Grade: First grade started the year with a review of book care and a review of the parts of the books. We talked about fiction and non-fiction writing and experimented with writing and illustrating ourselves. Now we are beginning to learn how our library is organized - from the various sections of the library to how to read call numbers.

Second Grade: Second grade started the year with a quick review of book care and we jumped right into how to choose Just Right books. It important for students to learn how to choose a Just Right books so they can practice their independent reading at home. We have done some fiction and non-fiction writing. Our current unit is about the organization of the library. We are learning how to find a book in the library - from what section it is found in, to how to read a call number.

What's going on in 3-6?

Third and Fourth Grade: Third and fourth grade students began the year learning how to use their unique logins to access the computers and Google apps. Students will use Google apps for education throughout the school year to type papers, create projects and collaborate with other students. We have begun a unit on using our Library catalog - Destiny. Students have been introduced to two different types of searches and are practicing how to find books using the catalog. They will also be learning about the organization of our library and how to find those books they found in the catalog on the shelves.

Fifth and Sixth Grade: 5th and 6th graders started the the year setting up our Google Drive with our unique password. Google will be used throughout their school careers so it's important that they understand how to use it now. We have spent the last few weeks preparing for our author visit from Delia Ray. Mrs. Ray is a local author who writes primarily historical fiction. We explored her website and have studied a little more about her books.

Author Delia Ray will be visiting 5th and 6th grade classes on Monday, October 24. Students have the opportunity to order one of her books which she will autograph while she is here. All orders are due by October 19.

Girls Tech Career Day

The Iowa Tech Chicks are pleased to announce that the third annual Girls Tech Career Day will be held at the new Kirkwood Regional Center in Coralville on Nov. 16, 2016.

Our hope is to educate and inspire local girls in grades 5 to 8 about science and technology through the eyes of women who are experts in the fields. Girls will learn about fun career options from local women in technology and have plenty of hands-on activities, such as DNA extraction, welding, engineering challenger, computer programming, and design and architecture activities. Student registration begins October 31, but you can click on the link above and have the opportunity to sign up early. Questions can be directed to:

Jenahlee Chamberlain-Teacher Librarian