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.
Taking Book Orders
Fourth grade students placed orders for books they'd like to "taste". "Waitstaff" took the orders to the "kitchen", where they looked up the location of the book in the patrons' catalog.
The Lower School Non-Fiction collection gets new labels, based on genre classification.
"Cooks" at Work in Chez Dewey
Taking Book Orders
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
Classroom Loans: 1,797
Poem In Your Pocket Day
Bea, Dani, and Max discuss poetry with First Grade
Leo shares a poem with Timothy House students
Fourth Graders listening to a high school visitor
Our fourth graders then shared some of their favorite poems with their ninth grade visitors.
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.
In Search of a Good Read
Off To A Great Start
Books with great opening lines
Shake It Off!
Books about being true to yourself
Match the Selfie to the Shelfie
What's on the bookshelves of Dwight faculty?