Knowles Library Learnings

November 2014

From Mrs. Sharp, Your Librarian

It's November! We just celebrated the 50th day of school and Thanksgiving break is two weeks away. I hope this month's newsletter will give you some insight into what our students have been up to the library.


If you haven't explored the Knowles LibGuide yet, take a few minutes to do so. Your students are becoming very familiar with the resources here and there are so many tools that fit in perfectly with our curriculum, including PebbleGo- a wonderful database for all grades, especially K- 3rd!


If you haven't followed the Knowles Library on Twitter yet, please do (@KnowlesLibrary) and like us on Facebook!

Fall Book Fair

Our Fall Book Fair, Sir Readalot's Castle, is about to kick off! This is a huge fundraising event for the library. The schedule is as followed:


Wednesday, November 12th: Book Fair Set Up (Library is closed)

Thursday, November 13th and Friday, November 14th: Book Fair Preview

(Students will preview during their specials time)


Monday, November 17th through Friday, November 21st: Book Fair Shopping!

(Book Fair will close at 12:00 noon on Friday)

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Book Fair FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: How will Mrs. Sharp have a book fair AND teach during Specials time?

A: In order to successfully run the book fair, Mrs. Walters, our counselor, will be taking over my classes so she can share important information with students on Career and College Readiness. Instead of reporting to the library, the group that is scheduled to go that day will meet in the computer lab. Be sure to listen to announcements for specific information each day.


Q: How long does the book fair last?

A: Book Fair shopping will be all week! The book fair will open at 7:30 am on Monday, November 17th and close at noon on Friday, November 21st


Q: When will my students preview the fair?

A: They are watching a video provided by Scholastic in the library first and then they will preview during their Specials time on Thursday, November 13th (A, B, and C groups) and Friday, November 14th (D, E, and F groups).


Q: What do you do with the money you raise?

A: Buy more books for the library! The library budget took a 30% cut this year, so the book fair will help make up for that.


Q: What if my students don't bring money on our designated book fair shopping day?

A: Send them between 8:00 am and 8:30 am or 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm on the day they do bring money! Open shopping is during this time.


Q: Is there a time when I can come look at the book fair without my students and make out a wishlist?

A: YES! Come after school on Thursday, November 13th! There will be snacks and door prizes (two $15 gift certificates) for those who stop by.


Q: Can students shop online?

A: Yep! Visit our online fair here! The online fair is already open for shopping and closes on November 28th. Online orders will be delivered to our school with free shipping.


Q: Can students shop after school?

A: Students can come with their parents between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm. OR- they can come to the Book Fair Late Night on November 19th! See the info below about it.


Q: Will students or teachers be able to check out books during the book fair?

A: Students will not, no. Teachers may request books on an emergency basis, but the book cases and set up of the book fair make it difficult to get to most of the book shelves.

Books Before Bedtime

Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 5:30-7pm

Knowles Elementary, 2101 Cougar Country Drive, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Books Before Bedtime gives our students and their families a chance to celebrate literacy! Students are invited to enjoy cookies and milk in the MPR while hearing YOU (Knowles teachers) share some of their favorite stories and read alouds. The book fair will be open late that day so students can come shop and have their name entered into a drawing for a basket of books. Please sign up in the workroom to help out!

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade

In the library we can...

  • Become familiar with computer resources, such as the Knowles LibGuide, Tumblebooks, and PebbleGo
  • Identify good fit books ("Do I like it?" "Does it fit me?" "Will it help me?")
  • Build our independence in the library

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

In the library we can...

  • Explore research databases (PebbleGo, Destiny Catalog, CultureGrams)
  • Identify appropriate digital tools and resources, matching them to our purpose
  • Become familiar with Destiny Quest, a literacy tool
  • Assist others or request help from peers when using technology
  • Identify fiction genres
  • Help maintain the library by adopting a shelf

Destiny Quest: 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders

Destiny Quest is a social media tool that upper elementary students are using daily in the library. They love it! It's similar to Goodreads and allows students to interact with one another, sharing book reviews and keeping track of their reading. Teachers can use it too! Ask your students how to get there and accept them as your friend!
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