Wanamaker Library Newsletter

Year End News for 2017-18

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Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books competition was held on Monday, May 21, in the WE gym. Thirty-two 5th and 6th graders and fourteen staff members participated in the competition. All the teams did a great job, and there were some very close contests! The winning teacher team and the winning student team squared off in the championship round with the student team pulling off the win by a nose! This was the first year that any staff members have been involved, and it added a level of excitement for both the participants and the audience members. Thank you to all students and staff members who took part in this annual event and made it fun for everyone!

William Allen White Challenge

Ten students completed the William Allen White Challenge this past school year by reading and taking AR tests on a significant number of the 2017-18 WAW books. They were rewarded with an ice cream sundae and brownie party in the library, along with a copy of one of next year's WAW books and a customized bookmark. Congratulations to Maddy, Carrie (4th grade); Mason, Max, Kailey, Sapphire, Nicholas, Nate, Marianne (5th grade); and Karlee (6th grade) on their reading achievement!

Bill Martin, Jr. Challenge

Three 2nd grade students completed the Bill Martin, Jr. Challenge by reading and taking an AR test on all 10 of the Bill Martin, Jr. nominees for 2018. To reward their hard work they were treated to an ice cream sundae and brownie party and a copy of one of next year's WAW books. Congratulations to Olivia, Mary, and Alec!
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Did You Know?

Did you know that reading during the summer can significantly improve your reading skills? Instead of losing knowledge during those lazy, hot, summer days, reading will help you gain new knowledge. The good news is that you can pick anything to read that interests you. It doesn't matter what you choose to read, it's just important to do it!


The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library's featured summer reading program involves both reading and experiences. There are more than 300 events happening at the library this summer, and most involve a musical twist that will add more fun to your explorations. See the library's website for details and to sign up for a library card if you don't already have one. Suggested reading lists for ALL ages are also available on the website.


Wanamaker students who complete the summer reading program at TSCPL and bring their completion certificate to Mrs. Reinert will be invited to an ice cream sundae/brownie party when school starts in August!

Year End Library Report

Many good things happened in the library this year! Here is a summary of some of the statistics and happenings that took place during the 2017-18 school year:



  • Total circulations of materials--43,757
  • Total items housed in the WE library--17,830
  • Total number of 40 minute library lessons taught--540
  • Total number of PebbleGo database logins--15,384
  • One Scholastic book fair
  • School-wide bookmark contest
  • Picture Book Challenge in November with individual and school wide goals achieved
  • 17 classes participated in the International March Book Madness Tournament
  • Student led morning book club formed with sixteen 4th and 5th grade participants
  • District-wide author/illustrator visit for all grades
  • Kansas Book Festival author visit for WE 5th graders
  • Skype visit with author Barbara O'Connor for WE 3rd graders
  • Lunchtime poetry slams for 4th and 5th graders
  • Battle of the Books Competition involved 32 students and 14 staff members
  • Ten 4th-6th grade students completed the William Allen White Challenge
  • Three 2nd graders completed the Bill Martin, Jr. Challenge
  • A Bucks 4 Books fundraising campaign resulted in a $1,000.00 donation to the American Library Association on behalf of Wanamaker Elementary
  • Mrs. Reinert presented at the State Library Conference on the Global Read Aloud and at two district professional development days on the Explora database

Thank you to all who supported the WE Library this year!

Wanamaker Library

We strive to make our library a welcoming place that fosters the love of reading and empowers the school community to become effective users of information.