Wanamaker Library Newsletter

May 2019

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Spring Brings New Books!

We rolled out many new books in the library this month. Last fall we were awarded a grant from the Auburn Washburn Foundation, and that money was used to purchase fiction series books for all ages and reading abilities. Book talks were given during library classes to promote the new books, and they have been checked out nonstop since then. Some of the series titles include: Dear Molly, Dear Olive; Tales of the Fortress of Solitude; Superhero Harry; The Kingdom of Wrenly; Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker; Museum Mysteries; Upside Down Magic; and Igor's Lab of Fear.


Thanks again, Auburn Washburn Foundation, for your generosity, and for making these purchases possible for our students!

Students Connect with Author Liesl Shurtliff

The entire 5th grade class benefited from a Skype visit with award-winning author Liesl Shurtliff. Before the visit, the 5th grade teachers read Shurtliff's book titled Rump, The Fairly True Story of Rumplestiltskin to their classes. We then spent a library class becoming acquainted with Liesl's biography through her website and online interviews. The students also formulated questions that they wanted to ask the author.


During the 30 minute Skype session, Liesl shared her experiences with the writing process with our students. She also gave them writing tips that the students can apply to their own writing. She emphasized that writing can be hard, even for authors like herself, and that it is important to keep working at it. When asked what his favorite part of the Skype was, Bryce replied, "I liked that she shared her writing process with us--all the way from where she gets her story ideas to how the revising stage is her favorite."


After our visit, the students wrote Thank You messages to Liesl, using Padlet, an online bulletin board. Check out the students' messages below. We appreciate the time that Ms. Shurtliff spent with us and look forward to reading more of her books!

Preschoolers Love storytime

The preschool classes come to the library for storytime every other week. A typical storytime experience for them includes a couple of read-alouds, a song or a storyboard activity, and a craft that ties into their stories. When asked what her favorite part about coming to the library is, Aspen stated, "I think the art projects are the funnest." Her classmate, Aubrey, readily agreed with her! We enjoy our time with the preschoolers, and they always brighten our day!

Puzzles, Coloring, and more

There has been a jigsaw puzzle, coloring, and other STEM activities table in the library for the past several years. Students are welcome to come in and work at the table with their teachers' permission. Some use the table for supplemental enrichment, a reward for positive behavior, or maybe a break from the classroom or usual routine. Some classes also spend a few minutes working on the puzzle together after book checkout. It's not about the actual puzzle or coloring page; it's more about the bonding and sense of community of working together at a fun activity!

It's a Wrap for Student Led Book Club!

The 5th and 6th grade morning book club wrapped up the 2018-19 school year with a movie and pizza event after school on April 23 in the library. We watched A Dog's Purpose as a follow up to reading the book back in November. There was also pizza, brownies, and drinks to enjoy during the movie. The graduating 6th graders each received a personalized bookmark and a special treat to take with them.


It's been a real pleasure working with this group of students and getting to talk books with them. This club was started last year by two then 5th grade students, Marianne and Autumn, and they have continued to help plan and lead the meetings. They have even lined out their successors for next year! Thank you to all the 6th graders who participated in the book club. We will miss you next year!

Thank you, Volunteers!

I've said it many times, but we truly could not do what we do in our library without the help of many people. We know that we can count on our volunteers and school community to pitch in and help in so many ways.


We have seven adult volunteers that come weekly or bi-weekly and six 6th grade students who act as Library Leaders every other week. Tasks that our volunteers so eagerly help with include shelving, book check-in and check-out, making copies, preparing supplies for library classes, helping with library decorations, and basically anything else we ask of them. Our library wouldn't be the same without them, and we love the fun element they add to the library atmosphere. Thank you for choosing to spend your time helping us out!

Student Council Corner

Take Your Can to School Week

The Student Council sponsored a school-wide service project to benefit Harvesters Community Food Network the week of April 8-12. Students were challenged to bring one non-perishable item to be donated to the organization. The statistics show that one in seven people is hungry in our community (taken from the Harvesters website). Over 2,000 items were collected by Wanamaker Elementary.


A major contributor to the food drive was Schwerdt Design Group and Schwerdt Contract Interiors. Sam Stanton's mom (he is a kindergartner at WE) works for Schwerdt Contract Interiors and organized a friendly competition between the two groups. A huge thank you to them and to our students' families for making the service project such a success!

Upcoming Dates

April 29- May 7-- Collaborate with Mrs. Fairchild on 6th grade Voki projects

May 8--Battle of the Books meetings for Grades 4-6 during their lunch periods

May 10 & 17--Student Council meetings at 8:00 a.m. in the library

May 13-17--Guibrary (combined guidance and library classes) for all students in the library

May 13--William Allen White Challenge Ice Cream Party (Grades 3-6)

May 17--All library books are due

May 17--Bill Martin, Jr. Challenge Ice Cream Party (Grade 2)

May 20--Battle of the Books at 1:30 in school gym

May 22--Used Book Exchange held in the library

May 23--Last Day of School!

Wanamaker Library

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