Wanamaker Library Newsletter

May 2018

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Kindergarten Discovers Spring (Finally!)

After a couple of crazy months of up and down weather, the kindergarten classes finally found spring! We read the book And Then It's Spring in our library classes before heading outside to look for signs of spring around our school. Armed with Mrs. Reinert's iphone and ipad, the students roamed all around the school grounds looking for those first signs of new life. It was so fun to see them get excited when spotting something they wanted to take a picture of! Click on the link below to view a short video of some of their findings...and Happy Spring!

Skyping with Author Barbara O'Connor

The third grade classes were treated to a Skype session with author Barbara O'Connor in April. Ms. O'Connor's books have won numerous awards, including the Parents Choice Gold Award and ALA (American Library Association) Notable Books. Two of the third grade classes read Wish as their class read aloud and two of the classes read How to Steal a Dog. Third grade student, Addison, said she liked learning about Ms. O'Connor's new book that will be published in the fall. She also liked being able to actually see the person who wrote Wish, and she and her classmates felt special that Ms. O'Connor took the time to Skype with them. Thank you, Ms. O'Connor, for making a difference with our students!

Book Club Movie/Pizza Event

The student led book club finished the year with a movie/pizza event on April 19. The students read the book Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library in March, so for our final meeting we gathered in the library after school and watched the movie and enjoyed pizza/drinks/cookies. Again, the students were involved in the planning and everybody was able to attend the event. It was a fun way to conclude the year!
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National Poetry Month

All grade levels celebrated National Poetry Month and A Poem in Your Pocket Day in their April library classes. The activities included poetry videos, color poems, rainbow name poems, sidewalk chalk poetry, black out poetry, book spine poetry, and examining poetic literary devices through music by Katy Perry. Fourth and Fifth graders also had the opportunity to share their favorite poems by participating in poetry slams held during their lunch hours.

Student Council Corner

The Bucks 4 Books campaign held during February allowed Wanamaker students to donate $1,000.00 to the American Library Association for the Haiti Relief Fund. This fund is used to help re-build libraries around the world that have been destroyed by natural disasters. Last year Wanamaker donated $2,000.00 and our school was featured in an online article published by ALA.

The campaign allowed our younger students to work on learning their money concepts. Everyone who donated their change also enjoyed the feeling one gets when contributing to a worthwhile cause. We are grateful to have such a nice collection in our school library, and we want others around the world to experience the power of books as well.

The classroom donating the most money at each grade level will be rewarded with an extra recess this month. The classroom donating the most money overall (Mrs. Byrd's 6th grade class) will be treated to a Freddy's lunch sometime in May.

Thank you to our families who donated to this school-wide fundraiser!

Calling all library books!

Don't forget all library books are due back on Friday, May 11. Please look for any missing books in all of those hiding places (under beds, in closets, on book shelves, under the couch, etc.) and help us get all books back on the shelves before summer!

Volunteer Spotlight

Judy Schultz is a valued volunteer in the Wanamaker library. For the past 4 years, Judy has faithfully helped out every other week on Tuesday afternoons by lining out supplies for the preschool class, checking books in/out, shelving books, and helping students in a myriad of ways.

When asked what she likes best about volunteering, Judy responded, "I like interacting with the kids, and it keeps me out of trouble (most of the time)!" In her free time she enjoys their new puppy, reading, swimming, and scrapbooking.

Judy and her husband, John, live at Pomona Lake. They have 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Granddaughter Jordan is a 10th grader at WRHS and grandson Carson is a 7th grader at WRMS.

Thank you, Judy, for always helping out with a smile!

Upcoming Dates

May 2--Battle of the Books practice during 5th and 6th grade lunch hours

May 11--All library books are due back

May 18--Last Student Council meeting in the library at 8:00 a.m.

May 21--Battle of the Books Competition in the gym at 1:30 p.m.

May 23--Used Book Exchange in the library

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