Wanamaker Library Newsletter

April 2018

March Book Madness

We had our own March Madness going on at WE! March Book Madness is an international online bracket-style tournament that matches books in one-on-one "games." The games were decided by a simple vote on a Google Form. Students voted individually or as a whole class. Seventeen classrooms participated in this year's tournament. The students had a great time voting and watching the bracket in the hallway to see if the books they voted for advanced in the competition. The teachers also felt that it was a worthwhile activity. Second grade teacher, Mrs. Molina, stated, "I read books to my class that I probably wouldn't have read otherwise. I also found it interesting what books my students chose as their favorites." The purpose of March Book Madness is to spread the love of books and reading. I think it definitely served its purpose at WE!

The "Last Great Race"

The 2nd grade library classes learned all about the Iditarod in March. The Iditarod is a dog sled race that takes place every March in Alaska. It is sometimes called the "Last Great Race." Students learned about mushers, huskies, checkpoints, frostbite, and many other facets of the grueling race. The course is officially 1,049 miles long, since Alaska is the 49th state in the USA. The trail goes from Anchorage to Nome.


We read The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto to learn about the history of the Iditarod. We logged onto the Iditarod Race's official website to look at pictures and follow the progress of the mushers. Students then designed and built their own dog sleds using only popsicle sticks, construction paper, hole punchers, and pipe cleaners. Check out the pictures below to see some of their creations!

Biography Bottle Buddies

Fifth graders have been busy reading, researching, and creating during the month of March. Each student read a biography picture book and gathered information about their chosen person. Students were encouraged to choose someone that they currently knew very little about. The second part of the project was to create a "bottle buddy" using a 2 liter bottle and other supplies to make the bottle look like their specific person. It's amazing how creative and innovative some of the projects are. They are on display in the library, so if you are at school, feel free to stop by and take a look at the 5th graders' "buddies"!

Math and Reading Bash a Huge Success

The Math and Reading Night for Wanamaker families was held on March 6. What a fantastic evening it was! The whole school was alive with activities--math games in the gym, Kyler from TSCPL sharing his musical talents, story time and Dr. Seuss Bingo in the library, and the Topeka Zoo presentations in the cafeteria. There was something for everybody!


When asked if she was pleased with how the the evening went, Susan Chilson, Math and Reading Interventionist at WE, responded, "Oh my gosh. We were ecstatic. The kids just kept coming and coming. We had over 200 registered students plus their families. We gave away over 300 books! A huge thank you to the staff for helping with the evening and creating math games that families could take home with them. We look forward to next year being even bigger and better!"


Thank you to our Wanamaker families for supporting this awesome celebration of math and reading!

Volunteer Spotlight

Judy Liezert is in her 4th year of volunteering in the WE library. We love having her join us twice a week, and her services are so appreciated. Judy is a master at shelving books and helping the students at the checkout desk! When asked what she enjoys most about volunteering, Judy responded, "Being with the kids, and the fun people that work here."


Judy's hobbies include reading, time with family and friends, and watching TV and movies.


She also stays busy with her family which consists of 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Two of her grandchildren live in Kansas City, and the other two in Topeka. Logan is a sophomore at Washburn Rural High School, and Dylan is a 4th grader at Wanamaker Elementary. He frequently stops in to say HI to his grandma while she is volunteering.

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Upcoming Dates

April 11-- 3rd graders Skype with author Barbara O'Connor

April 16--In recognition of School Library Month, the district librarians give presentation at the Board of Education meeting

April 18--Poetry Slam during 4th and 5th grade lunch hours

April 19--Book Club's Movie and Pizza Event after school in the library

May 2--Battle of the Books meeting during 5th and 6th grade lunch hours

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