A Page from the Library

September News from the D105 Library Team

Library & Technology News

Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year from your Library Team! We are excited you are reading our first monthly LLC newsletter. Each month the library team will send you a link to A Page From the Library. We will archive each issue on our LLC webpages. If you see something you like, you can always come back and find it later. Happy Reading!

Websites to Know: Lexile

Here are 2 great websites to help differentiate by Lexile:

  1. Newsela- http://newsela.com/

This website is AWESOME. It contains current news articles written at several lexile levels. So, in one class you can have all your students reading the same information, but at various reading levels. Many of the articles have a short multiple choice quiz at the end that could be projected on the Promeathen Board and students could respond with the classrom response systems. This site is a great way to differentiate by reading levels with current non-fiction texts! Check this one out for sure!


This is the go to website to find out the Lexile level of nearly any book. Just go to the website and enter the title and 9 times out of 10 it will return the Lexile number of the book. You can also use this site when you are trying to select books for students based on specific topics and Lexiles. For example, your class is studying animals and you need to find a book for a student with an extremely high Lexile measure. You can search by range and topic to see what books are out there that may hit the mark. Then talk to your librarian about tracking down those "just right" books!

Read to Learn: Bullying and Tolerance

Looking for a great book to kick off the school year? Here are three books from the Illinois Book Award lists that are worth a look. Each book addresses tolerance and kindness.

Pre-school-3rd Grade: One by Kathryn Otoshi
This is a deceptively simple color and counting book that turns into a lesson on bullying. This book is a perfect read aloud during the first 6 weeks of school while you are establishing respect and rapport among your classroom community.
This book is on the Monarch list.

4th-6th Grade: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
If you only read ONE children's book this year, make it this one!!! August Pullman is a 10-year-old boy who likes Star Wars and Xbox, ordinary except for his jarring facial anomalies. Homeschooled all his life, August heads to public school for fifth grade and he is not the only one changed by the experience--something we learn about first-hand through the narratives of those who orbit his world.
This book is on both the Bluestem List and the Caudill List.

7th-8th: The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Set in Little Rock in 1958, this book takes on segregation, race, and unlikely friendships. Marlee is a devastatingly shy middle school student. Until she meets Liz, the new girl at school. Liz is everything Marlee wishes she could be: she's brave, brash and always knows the right thing to say. But when Liz leaves school without even a good-bye, the rumor is that Liz was caught passing for white. Marlee decides that doesn't matter. She just wants her friend back. And to stay friends, Marlee and Liz are even willing to take on segregation and the dangers their friendship could bring to both their families.

This book is on the Caudill List.

Did You Know....

...we have new Kindles? Each library has 12 new Kindles ready for student use! Want to do a book study with a small group of students? Just talk to your librarian and let her know what book you would like loaded onto the Kindles and we can make it happen! These are bound to be much sought-after gems....so reserve them today!

Summer Library Fun

We had another GREAT Summer in the District 105 libraries! Collectively we checked out over 6,000 items and had hundreds of students and families pass through our doors. Pretty amazing!

Update your Presentation Style!

Want to make a presentation that looks like Kathryn Heeke's at our opening day's meeting? Prezi is a presentation software that will make you look like a pro!