Off the Shelf...

@ the Kirkwood Library-October 2015

The Book Fair- November 10-13th!

The Book Fair Needs Volunteers!

This year the book fair will on the following dates and times

Tuesday, November 10th from 3:45-6:00 PM

Wednesday, November 11th from 3:45-6:00 PM

Thursday, November 12th from 2:45-7:00 PM (during evening conferences)

Friday, November 13th from 8:45-3:30 (during the conference day)


We are looking for volunteers on some of these day! Please click HERE if you can volunteer!


If you cannot volunteer please stop in and check out the GREAT selection of books for purchase! For every book purchased your child will get their name put into a drawing for some awesome prizes from the book fair!


ALL money raised from the book fair goes DIRECTLY to purchasing more books for the library! The books purchased with book fair funds are ALWAYS are most popular choices among students! More book=more reading minutes!

What's Going on in K-2?

Kindergarten: Kindergarten has been listening to pictures books that all connect with each and have common characters and story lines. We started off with Muncha Muncha Muncha by Candice Fleming and also read its companion books, Tippy Tippy Tippy Hide & Tippy Tippy Tippy Splash. The kids love watching what the three pesky bunnies will do next to upset poor Mr. McGreely. We continued this theme with bear and mouse books by Bonnie Becker including, A Visitor for Bear, Bedtime for Bear and the Sniffles for Bear. These books feature a grumpy bear who befriends a mouse that helps him start to change his negative attitudes towards almost everything into positives! We will finish with A Birthday for Bear and A Library Book for Bear!

First Grade: First grade is on the "downhill" in our author/illustrator study about Peter Brown. The kids are really enjoying his books! This week we read The Curious Garden which was inspired by The Highline in New York City. We used Google Maps to find out where NYC is and how long it would take to drive there. We also took a virtual field trip to The Highline by watching a virtual tour of this amazing place! We will finish up our unit on Peter Brown with one my favorite books of his called Creepy Carrots. The kids always LOVE this book and we will spend some time learning how to draw Creepy Carrots from a video tutorial by Peter Brown!

Second Grade: Second Grade is finishing up a unit on fiction and nonfiction books. We have spent time reading fiction and nonfiction companion books on a variety of topics. Throughout this unit students have participated in a "carousel" active participation activity where they drew picture or wrote words that fit under fiction and nonfiction headers. They spent some time choosing nonfiction and fiction books in the computer lab using Scholastic BookFlix and completed a fiction and nonfiction sorting assessment.

What's going on in 3-6?

Third and Fourth Grade: Third and fourth grade students are continuing their preparation for their visit from Newberry Honor Winning author/illustrator Grace Lin. The students are really enjoying listening to her books and there is rarely one left on the shelf in the library! We are excited to welcome her to Kirkwood on November 3rd!

Fifth and Sixth Grade: 5th and 6th graders are wrapping up a unit on digital citizenship where they have been learning about how to stay safe online and leave a positive digital footprint. 5th graders are finishing up by creating a collaborative Digital Citizenship Alphabet eBook using Google Slides. 6th graders are wrapping up by creating digital footprint using an online word cloud creator called Tagxedo. Next up: 5th grade will be creating All About Me presentations using Google Slides and 6th grade will be creating book trailers using Animoto about books they have read!

Author/illustrator Grace Lin will visit 3rd and 4th graders are Kirkwood Elementary on Tuesday, November 3rd. Students will have the opportunity to order autographed copies of her books. These orders are due with payment on Monday, October 26th. If you lost the form it can be found HERE !

Book Checkout/Return Days!

Trick of Treat Safety

If your family participates in Halloween consider watching this short video for some quick safety tips as you head out into the community!
ClubUYN - A Trick or Treat Tale