Hubbard Learning Commons

News from the Commons - May 2016

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Summer is just around the corner. Check out this pinterest board created by librarian Shannon Miller which is loaded with resources and ideas to keep your children reading all summer long!

April is School Library Month - 5th grade students share "I love my library because..."

Battle of the Books

Thanks to a grant from the SEF, all students in 4th and 5th grade were invited to participate in Battle of the Books this year. Battle of the Books, sponsored by the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL), is a voluntary reading incentive program where teams of students share the reading of 15 books and compete against other teams to see who can answer the most "In what book..." questions. This activity is intended to offer a fun way for students to connect over books and reading.

53 students in 4th grade (11 teams) and 30 students in 5th grade (6 teams) met once a week during lunch recess with Mrs. Stubeck in the Learning Commons from early December through March. During these sessions, teams touched base on reading progress, quizzed one another about details from the books, authors and titles, and determined next steps in their reading. The battles began in early March and consisted of three weekly sessions where teams competed to answer the most questions correctly about the books they read. Ultimately, one team emerged as the winner from each grade. These two winning teams hosted the winning teams from Washington School on May 6, with Washington emerging victorious over both LH teams. Hard fought battles, and all teams battled brilliantly. Pictured above are the 5th grade teams from LH (bottom row) and Washington (top row).

Congratulations to all the students who participated in LH's inaugural season of Battle of the Books this year. We have just learned the SEF has renewed our grant so Battle of the Books will return to LH in the fall! Thank you, SEF!!!

LH celebrates Read Across America

Every year, Read Across America is celebrated on March 2, which is the birthday of beloved children's author/illustrator Dr. Seuss. At Lincoln-Hubbard we celebrate all week with activities designed to engage students in celebrating reading. The main event of the week is "Dress as your Favorite Character Day" where students and staff are invited to dress up as a favorite story character. Such a fun way to share our love of reading!

World Read Aloud Day results in huge service project led by 4th grade

World Read Aloud Day, a global event calling attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories, was celebrated this year on February 24, 2016. This event is sponsored by, a 503(c) non-profit organization devoted to implementing solutions to the challenges of illiteracy around the globe. As we looked forward to this event, 4th grade students spent their library time researching innovative ways in which books are delivered to people who otherwise would not have access to them. These very unique mobile libraries use everything from boats to camels to donkeys depending on the geography of the local area in need of access to books.

With serendipitous timing, shortly after we completed this unit an opportunity for us to be of service to provide books to New Jersey students in need was presented to us in the form of a used book drive which we are running through May 20. The response from our LH community to this drive has been nothing short of overwhelming! Mrs. Stubeck has been working with an enthusiastic team of 4th graders to gather all the donations from classrooms each morning, sort, and stack the books on tables to be boxed and picked up by representatives who will transport them to School 3 in Paterson, NJ which serves 400 students in grades K-8, most of whom are on free or reduced student lunch. This school has no school library and few classroom resources. The books we have collected will go directly to these students to provide them with summer reading materials. As of this writing, we estimate more than 1500 books have already been donated. Wow! Thank you for your generosity LH!!!

Book Spine Poetry

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, 4th and 5th grade students made "Book Spine Poetry" during their library class (see photo below for an example). Starting by finding a title that "spoke" to them, students chose additional titles to go with their theme and arranged them to create some beautiful examples of found poetry. A simple and fun way to enjoy the beauty of poetry! Try it at home with your children.
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Renowned children's author Beverly Cleary celebrates 100th birthday!

April 12 marked the momentous occasion of author Beverly Cleary's 100th birthday. Cleary, best known as the author of the Ramona books, wrote over 50 books for children during her career which spanned close to 60 years. She was featured last month on an episode of the Today show, as spry and witty as ever. Happy 100th Birthday to this national treasure!

And finally..why I love my job! Thank you for a wonderful year at LH!

About us

The Hubbard Learning Commons (HLC) is staffed by School Librarian Carole Stubeck and Library Assistant Laura Brody along with a supportive crew of parent volunteers. All students at Lincoln-Hubbard visit the HLC for 30 minutes of instruction each week where they are engaged in a variety of activities designed to ensure they become effective users of information and ideas. Students also borrow books to enjoy at home each week. Classes may also schedule use of the HLC and the librarian for research purposes in support of curricular areas of study throughout the school year.