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Monday, January 12 - Garfield a.m. and Lincoln 11:45-4:05
Tuesday, January 13 - CCCMS
Wednesday, January 14 - Garfield a.m. and Lincoln 11:45-4:05
Thursday, January 15 - CCCMS
Friday, January 16 - Lincoln


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Happy New Year to you all. This week we will be reading January's Sparrow (3rd Grade), Martin and Mahalia: His Words Her Song (2nd Grade), My Brother Martin (1st Grade), Martin Luther King and Celebrating MLK Jr. (Kindergarten)

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On Friday we will see:
3rd Grade Mr. Bent and Mrs. Edwards - Categories of the Dewey Decimal system.

2nd Grade Mrs. Swihart and Mrs. Crimmins - We will learn about call numbers and how they are organized in the library.

1st Grade Mrs. Hays and Mrs. Carr - Using resources in books to help with class projects and learn to construct a simple bibliography.

Kindergarten Miss Savage and Mrs. Richter - We will be comparing and contrasting a fiction and nonfiction books.

Recommended Read:

The Cart that Carried Martin

by Eve Bunting

Call number: 323 Bun

Short on text but long on symbolic meaning and emotional impact, this offers up something far different than a typical biography, with its stunning recollection of Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral procession through Atlanta. The caisson that carried King’s body was a simple wooden cart “borrowed” from a closed antique store, hastily painted, and attached to two young mules. Disarming in its ordinariness, this cart carried King for three miles, winding its way through the streets of Atlanta to Ebenezer Baptist Church, past the Georgia State Capitol building, where onlookers sang “We Shall Overcome,” and on to the quad at Morehouse College. Tate’s watercolors take on an ever-wider scope as the crowd of mourners swells, but they’re worthy of careful attention, too, as details of King’s life and work are alluded to throughout. They perfectly complement Bunting’s straightforward but elegant narrative; together, they support quite a bit of symbolism while maintaining a strong sense of realism. This inspired title could be the impetus for countless important discussions about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, both of which began small but grew into remarkable historical forces. (Grades 1-4. --Erin Anderson from Amazon.com)


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We will see Mr. Brummet's and Mrs. Argo's/Mrs. McFall's classes on Monday. We will see Mrs. Catlin's and Mrs. Galindo's classes on Wednesday for library lessons. We are going to work on finalizing the information from our library scavenger hunt that will be presented to the our mixed groups.

Recommended reads:

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Doreen Rappaport
Call number: 92 Kin
This picture-book biography provides an ideal introduction to this leader and his works. Juxtaposing original text with quotes from King's writing and speeches, Rappaport's (Escape from Slavery) narrative offers a pastiche of scenes from King's life, beginning with his childhood experience of seeing "White Only" signs sprinkled throughout his hometown. He questions his mother about their meaning, and she assures him, "You are as good as anyone." Listening to his father preach, the boy asserts that "When I grow up, I'm going to get big words, too." Rappaport also touches upon King's role in the Montgomery bus strike that followed Rosa Park's 1955 arrest for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger and his subsequent efforts as a civil rights crusader. After briefly describing the circumstances of his death, the story concludes, quite abruptly, with the statement, "His big words are alive for us today." The author relies on her subject's own words, and his power, passion and pacifism shine through. Collier's (Uptown) striking watercolor and cut paper collage art feature closely focused, lifelike images of King and other individuals against an inventive montage of patterns and textures. The portraits of King exude his spiritual strength and peaceful visage. In the background of some scenes are intricate recreations of stained glass windows, which, Collier explains in an introductory note, he interprets as a metaphor for King's life. An elegant, understated pictorial biography. Ages 5-9. (Summary from Amazon.com)


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The library will be open everyday this week except for Friday afternoon.

Mr. DeBauche has the library reserved for research Monday and Tuesday.

We have scheduled class checkouts on Wednesday (Mrs. Yenni) and Friday (Mr. DeBauche). During 8th hour on the following days, Monday (Mrs. Blake), Tuesday (Mrs. Weller), Wednesday (Mrs. Yenni), and Thursday (Mr. Rickley) the 6th grade language arts classes will be in the library for checkout.

Recommended reads:

My brother Martin : A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Christine King Farris

Call number: 92 Kin

Farris's stirring memoir of her younger brother "M.L." focuses on a pivotal moment in their childhood in Atlanta. The conversational narrative easily and convincingly draws readers into the daily life of Christine and her two brothers, M.L. and A.D., as they listen to their grandmother's stories, stage pranks and romp in the backyard with two white brothers from across the street. The adults in the King family-Daddy, a minister; Mother Dear, a musician; maternal grandparents (the grandfather is also a minister) and a great-aunt-try to shield the children from the overt racism of the times; the family rarely took streetcars, for example, because of "those laws [segregation], and the indignity that went with them." When the white boys announce one day that they cannot play with M.L. and A.D. because they are "Negroes," the young Kings are hurt and baffled. Mother Dear explains, "[Whites] just don't understand that everyone is the same, but someday, it will be better." M.L. replies, "Mother Dear, one day I'm going to turn this world upside down." Soentpiet (Dear Santa, Please Come to the 19th Floor) illustrates this exchange with a powerful watercolor portrait of mother and son that encapsulates many emotions, including hope, pain and love. Unfortunately, in other paintings, the characters often seem frozen in exaggerated poses, or minor figures are rendered with less skill than demonstrated elsewhere. These inconsistencies detract from an otherwise gripping volume that makes the audience aware that heroes were once children, too. All ages. (Summary from Amazon.com)