It's Snowing in the Library!

Library happenings for December

Grand Opening

I'm pleased to announce that the library is officially open, and I'm ready to start lending books! I have library cards printed up for everyone...complete with their current AR level.

For your first visit, I will go over the different sections of the library, talk about some general rules, explain what the all of those color dot stickers mean, and introduce your class to the December centers.

I still have not finished cataloging the non-fiction section. It should be done in the next couple of weeks. So for now, please use the fiction books. If someone in your class finds a non-fiction book they really want, I may be able to catalog it quickly. It will be a case by case basis.

Typically, I'm here Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30am-12:30pm. You will receive an email soon asking you to schedule your library day and time for your class. Normally, I have classes come twice a week for 30 minutes of instruction and testing.

For example, Mrs. Hopkins comes every Tuesday at 1:30pm and Thursday at 10:30am. During that time, I test the class in AR, assist them in choosing a new library book, and we do the centers I have setup. If we have time, we will do additional computer time.

Also, feel free to send individual students to the library. Please let me know if you have any questions about signing up.

Let it Snow!

With winter just around the corner, I thought I would incorporate some fun snow activities/centers to go along with all of the snow and winter themed books we have in the library. Starting next week, the following centers will be able:

  • Observe a snowflake forming (a la the magic of borax and water) and chart your observations
  • Snowflake match-up game (with magnifying glass)
  • The ever popular Find-it game (snow themed)
  • Roll-a-Christmas Tree game

Robert Sabuda

Christmas Pop-up Wonderland

I love pop-up holiday cards and books. THE name in pop-ups is Sabuda and I have a great little workshop on how to make pop-up holiday cards that I think our 3rd-upper grades would enjoy doing. See me about scheduling a time to have me do this artsy craft in your classroom and they can learn about the world of pop-ups. [It takes about an hour.]

Letters to Santa Project

In collaboration with Mrs. Bart-Addison and our upperclassmen, we would love the K-2nd graders to write letters to Santa. I have a special mailbox where the letters will be delivered directly to the North Pole and answered by Santa with the help of our upperclassmen. Answered letters will be magically delivered to the original letter writer the last week of school before break. Please email or see me about your class participating in this fun activity.

Food for Thought