Knowles Library Learnings

December 2014/January 2015

From Mrs. Sharp, Your Librarian

Happy Holidays! I've combined December and January's library newsletter, so some of the information shared is about projects and lessons that are coming up.

Remember: While library is a "special" this year, I'm still here to help support your curriculum! I'd love to find resources for you, help support your research projects, or connect on some lesson ideas. Please let me know what I can do to help!

A Challenge from Kid President!

Kid President: Ideas Change Things! #BookItForward

Book Fair Recap

The Fall 2014 Scholastic Book Fair was a HUGE success! It was the most profitable book fair our school has ever had, but it was also so much fun. I appreciate your support of this event. To me- a successful book fair is not just about how much money is raised, but by how the love of reading is fostered and encouraged and we did that well!

Some book fair numbers, in case you're curious...

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Books Before Bedtime

What's Happening in the Library?

In December, we have...

  • explored PebbleGo, a database tool for younger students (ask your kiddos how to use it!)
  • tried out new interactive books called Capstone Interactive
  • practiced downloading e-books using Overdrive (more info below!)
  • written computer codes and programmed games! (see the photo gallery)
  • discussed resolving conflicts with our guest, Mrs. Walters

In January, we will...

  • explore the over 200 new books in the library!
  • begin research projects using a variety of tools, including lots of new non-fiction books from the book fair!
  • celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy with Kindness Week
  • continue writing computer code!

We're Writing Computer Codes!

Mrs. Walters Joins Us in the Library

For the next few months, Mrs. Walters and I have partnered to join library lessons and guidance lessons with all grades. She will be seeing two grade levels each rotation and sharing lessons with them on conflict resolution and other social skills. Students are loving having a guest join us!

Did you know?!? Borrow e-books from the Knowles Library!

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Overdrive Info

Check out OverDrive, a software that allows you to download eBooks and audiobooks to a mobile device.

Who: For both students and faculty.

When: During library time, students in grades 3-5 viewed a demonstration on how to use this wonderful resource. Directions on how to access and use OverDrive are found in the links below for students who did not receive the training. There are books for all grade levels including picture books. Students use their computer login to access OverDrive. The first step is to download the OverDrive app.

username: lastname_XXXXXX(six digit student ID)

password: year of birth month day EX: 20020428

*Teacher log in is your LISD credentials!!

Where: To access OverDrive, go to or the app is on almost any mobile device!

How Many: Patrons can check out up to 2 books for a 2 week period. EBooks will automatically return after 2 weeks, but students can turn them in earlier if they are finished reading.

Click here for more information to get started!

New Year, New Books!

Come by the library after the break and browse through the over 200 new books that have arrived! Many fit in perfectly with our curriculum and lots of them were requested by YOU, teachers.