Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - May 2016

Books Due May 18

We are having Groovy Good Time at the Spring Book Fair!

April 26-May 6, 2016 in the Palencia Media Center (The Pirate Cove) Purchase books to support our school and classroom libraries. Students will shop with their class during their Media Resource time.
Send in money with your child or join us for shopping times and special family events. Muffins for Moms – Thursday, May 5 from 7:30AM-8:30AM

Donuts for Dads – Friday, May 6, from 7:30AM-8:30AM

You can order from our On-Line Book Fair too! Online shopping is April 21-May 11.

Visit http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/palencia to order and to see a schedule of events.

We have volunteer opportunities! All volunteers who sign up for a time slot will receive a 10% discount at the book fair! Go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4dabaf2aa5fd0-book to sign-up.

Public Library Connection by Anne Crawford

As part of an ongoing partnership with the St. Johns County School System, the St. Johns County Public Library System has been donating weeded copies throughout our Library System of old Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) books to Shannon Ayrish Booysen, Media Specialist at Palencia Elementary, who in conjunction with a few other interested St. Johns County Media Specialists, have then utilized the books in Teacher Kits that can be checked out at their respective schools to any teacher interested in using a particular book in his/her classroom. It truly benefits everyone as our extra copies of these great books get new life and purpose, and the teachers have more resources to use in their classrooms. Everyone wins!


I had the pleasure of performing Outreach at the Book Fair at Palencia Elementary this past Thursday at Shannon's invitation and it was there that I brought here three crates worth of weeded SSYRAs for the Teacher Kits. I also issued library cards and while many folks I spoke to already had library cards (which isn't bad news!), I was able to issue some new library cards, and that's especially meaningful for when it's first-time cards for children. Below are some fun pictures I took - that wonderfully big and very popular "Rainbow Dash" (of My Little Pony fame) came from our Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library for our Children's Department and my upcoming My Little Pony Club and was a big hit with the kids both at the Book Fair and at my own library branch. Additionally, I snagged a photo with a favorite children's book character and adventurer, Geronimo Stilton! It was a fun evening all the way around, and so nice to run into storytime patrons now "big kids" at the Elementary School.


We love working with our local schools and Media Specialists as we have so many of the same goals - the biggest of which is developing enthusiastic, life-long readers. Thank you to Shannon for helping give some of our best books a second start to further help children become avid and diverse readers.

And the Winners are..........

SSYRA - Pie by Sarah Weeks
SSYRA Jr. - Dog vs. Cat
by Cris Gall
FRA - Tuesday Tucks Me In

Links to the 2016-2017 SSYRA and SSYRA Jr. Books

(SSYRA grades 3 - 5) http://www.floridamediaed.org/uploads/6/1/4/2/61420659/2016-17_ssyra_annotated_list_elementary__1_.pdf

(SSYRA Jr. [grades K - 2nd]) http://www.floridamediaed.org/uploads/6/1/4/2/61420659/ssyrajr_2016-2017_annotated_list.pdf

What are we learning in Media this month?

Media Center resources can be accessed from the Pirate Cove Website (Media Center Website)

SSYRA Battle of the Books - May 10th

Payton P.

Brody H.

Ethan B.

Alexandria K.

Riley H.

Elizabeth S.

Cameron S.


May 6 - SSYRA and SSYRA Jr. Deadline for Awards. Read 5 books to join the Ice Cream Sunday Party

May 10 - Battle of the Books South at Sebastian Middle 10:00AM

May 16 and 17 - Ice Cream Sunday Party

Birthday Book Club

The Palencia Elementary School Media Center’s Birthday Book Club is a wonderful way to commemorate your child’s birthday. Your participation not only enriches the library collection but allows you and your child to be personally involved in its growth.

To take part in the Birthday Book Club donate one new undamaged hardback book. This book should be a book that your child enjoys and one that we don’t have in the media center already. You can choose a new book at the book store or a new book from the Book Fair. A quick check of our library catalog (Destiny) will tell you if we already have the book. If you would prefer, you may make a monetary donation of $15 and your child can choose from recently acquired books that are waiting to be put on the shelves. For more information, contact the media center.