D97 Library News

April/May 2021

April Showers...Bring May Flowers

Thank you for visiting our monthly newsletter for all teachers, parents, and community members of District 97. Each month, D97 teacher librarians collaborate to bring you useful information, and highlight some of the things our students are learning in our libraries.

We love to hear from you! This month's collaborating teacher librarians:

Erin Howe ehowe@op97.org Hatch

Laurie Conley lconley@op97.org Whittier

What's happening in April

School Library Month See this information about what School Library Month is and the history of it. Celebrate your D97 School Libraries by advocating for us around the community. We help students navigate the internet, develop a love of reading, become responsible digital citizens and research about new information every day!

National Poetry Month Share in some of our favorites on Shel Silverstein's YouTube Channel or create your own poems using a Virtual Magnetic Poetry Board.

Autism Awareness Month This lovely video can help explain autism to your children. Additionally, Sesame Street introduced Julia, a muppet with autism. If you are looking for books to read click here for book recommendations.

Earth Day, April 22nd: 50 Earth Day Activities for Kids and great Earth Day books below!


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Learn more about how Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history.

Cinco de Mayo, May 5th Activities you can do as a family to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

National Nurses Week, May 6th - May 12th Be sure to thank your school nurse this week for all their hard work!

National Paper Airplane Day, May 26th Enjoy the beautiful weather and create paper airplanes. Who in your family can make their airplane fly the furtherest. Tips for creating a paper airplane are here.

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Looking for some more great Asian American stories?

Check out this collection of books about and by Asian Pacific Americans on Epic! Asian Pacific American Heritage Collection

We love Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas!