From the Stacks

Fair School's LMC Newsletter

Hi. I'm New Here.

Hi. It's Beth. Your library media specialist. I'm new to Fair. I'm new to Robbinsdale. And I'm pretty excited to be on this WILD journey with all of you. One of my WILD promises to myself was to start a newsletter to share library and tech information with all of you, our WILD Fair staff. So here it goes...


Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You...Or 5 Fun Facts About Me:


  • This is my 12th year as a Library Media Specialist. I have been in middle school all of that time!
  • By far, my favorite part about being a media specialist is connecting students to awesome books!
  • I like musicals. So quick--Name the musical that I referrenced above and win a fabulous prize!
  • Pinterest might quite possibly be the most awful time suck ever, but I am thoroughly addicted. There is not enough time in the day for all of that cooking and crafting!
  • I'm a Janeite. That'd be someone who loves Jane Austen. I even belong to the Jane Austen Society of North America and attend events sponsored by our local MN region. If you ever want to join me, let me know!

Library This 'N That

  • Overdue Notices: Last week, Ms. Johnson put overdue notices in your mailboxes. Please hand them out to students in your core 1 classes. Students can have 1 material that is overdue on his/her library record at a time, but we still want those items back for others to use! We sincerely appreciate your help in reminding students to return items and in handing out the notices.


  • Passes: It's ok to send your students to the library with a pass in order to get a new book! We love visitors! Please only send 2-3 students at a time from your class--if we have a whole class checking out books, it can get crowded & off task behavior becomes an issue. We will sign the pass when students leave, too. You can ask for the pass back to make sure they weren't wandering around. :)

Tech Tidbits (AKA Way Cool Stuff!)

The Name Jar

4th and 5th grade students read the picture book The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi during the last week of October during library time. Students made their own name stamps, just like Unhei in the story, that represent their own uniqueness and individuality.


The story is about a young Korean girl named Unhei and how she adjusts to life in America. She isn't sure she wants to share her Korean name with her new classmates because it is different and not like the other students' names. She find solace in the Korean name stamp her grandmother gave her. After some time she chooses to share her name because it is what makes her unique and special.


Take a peak at our bulletin board to see the stamps!

November Is...

So I happen to like random holidays and such. Here are a few highlights since November is almost over!


American & National Diabetes Month

American Indian Heritage Month

Aviation History Month

Banana Pudding Lovers Month

Manatee Awareness Month

National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

Geography Awareness Week: 8-14

American Education Week: 16-20

National Game & Puzzle Week: 22-28

11/15 I Love to Write Day and National Bundt (Pan) Day!

11/19 Great American Smokeout