Dwight Libraries

2014-2015 Highlights

Take a look at some of the fabulous things that happened in Dwight Libraries this year!

Ditching Dewey

Fourth and fifth grade have been preparing the library for our switch from the Dewey Decimal System to a genre-based system. Fourth grade participated in Chez Dewey, a library activity that helped the students review their knowledge of the online card catalog and used these skills to connect the catalog information with locating specific books on the library shelves. Fifth grade, excited to begin the process of relabeling the books into their genre based sections, were enthusiastic during our Labeling Sessions and proved the point that “many hands make light work.”

Stories Connect Our Past, Present, and Future

Second grade students used the picture book The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco as an introduction to their unit “Where We Are in Place and Time.” Recognizing that memories influence our past and present, students created a quilt of their memories that included their writing and drawing.

First Grade Authors Explore Fiction and Nonfiction

First graders, during their unit “How the World Works” wrote stories about life cycles that combined fiction and nonfiction. In library, we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and the students shared their knowledge of the fiction and nonfiction aspects of the book. Students then wrote their own stories that highlighted the animal life cycles they had studied in the classroom and then shared their stories using the app Book Creator.

Lower School Library: By The Numbers

Student Circulations: 1,983

Classroom Loans: 1,797

Poem In Your Pocket Day

Dwight celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 23. Students in grades 1-8 carried favorite poems with them throughout the day to share with teachers, family, and friends. Ninth grade students visited Timothy House classes during periods four and five to share poetry with younger students.

Adam Gidwitz Visits

On May 6, our 3rd through 7th graders had a fantastic visit with Adam Gidwitz, the New York Times Bestselling author of the trilogy A Tale Dark & Grimm. His series is based on fairy tales and includes an extra dose of the scary and terrifying! Everyone enjoyed hearing more about the real stories behind the fairy tales and about what it means to be a writer.

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In Search of a Good Read

This year, students in grades 6-12 were exposed to great books through booktalks, book browses, and displays. This year students in grades 6-12 checked out library materials 3,156 times!
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Illustrated Metaphor: Research is like... by Maddy, Grade 6

Sixth Grade Researchers

This year in Research Foundations students explored different types of resources and how these sources can be used gain and create new knowledge. Researchers started the year by forming groups to research different ancient civilizations and debating the question "Where was the best place in the ancient world to be a kid?". Students then applied the skills they learned to their first LaGuardia research paper. Finally, researchers looked at how primary and secondary sources work together to create understanding in Crack the Case. Teams of researchers examined evidence related to a historical mystery (for example, the lost colony of Roanoke or the Great Chicago Fire) and presented a plausible explanation for their historical cold case.