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Scholastic Fall Book Fair - October 19-27
Thanks to all those who came to the library to support the bookfair. The annual fund raiser supports many of the library programs.
Thanks also to Leslie Heath, Jennifer Schmidt, Linda Taylor, and Patty Lewin who assisted during the book fair in setting-up, helping students with their selections, and breaking down the book fair at its end.
Special thanks to all the Middle School Library Club members who volunteered this year during their lunch period. They kept the shelves in order, helped write up wish lists for the younger students, and calculated wish list totals.
The special half-price Scholastic book fair will be held in April. Exact dates will be posted here at a later date.
Special Thanks from the Librarian
Special thanks to Johnson Holliday and his family for donating Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book-on-tape of the Harry Potter series, to the library in honor of his birthday.
Parents and students have discovered the library's collection of books-on-tape. Several student and parents are taking advantage of those long morning and afternoon commutes by checking-out the books-on-tape from the library for the drive. Other students have found audio books are helpful in completing reading assignments.
The library has over 75 books-on-tape from lower school to upper school reading levels. They are stored in handy caring cases along with the book so students can follow along with the audio. They may be checked-out for an initial two-week period. Come by the library to see what is available. In the near future, an inventory list will be linked here.
The Lower School Library News - First Nine Weeks
Here are few of the things we have been doing these first nine weeks in the library:
Primary students were delighted by the special visit of the author and illustrator of Mr. Gator’s Up the Creek during their library class. (See the following write-up about the author's visit). The students were introduced to the library and a series of books by Mike Thaler when they listened to the Librarian from the Black Lagoon, and watched the Principal from the Black Lagoon. Other activities this period: Students watched as the librarian read and performed Robert Munsch’s story of what happens when students begin copying each other, as in Stephanie’s Ponytail. Students compared the classic tale of the Emperor’s New Clothes to the Principal’s New Clothers by Stephanie Calmenson. Other authors introduced were: Eric Carle and Audrey Wood.
Second and third grade students were introduced to fold and cut stories. This technique involves cutting a pattern as a story is being told which produces an object by the end of the story. Students created a lighthouse by following the pattern as I told the story about where a little boy’s father worked. Some of the books that they have heard read or viewed this quarter include: Goodnight Gorilla, King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub, Jubal’s Wish, Make Way for Ducklings, Strega Nona, and Sylvester’s Pebble.
Third grade students in my Wednesday class have been listening to The Whipping Boy, by Sid Fleischman. They have also compared two recipes in literature, one for Stone Soup, as told by Marcia Brown, and one for Mouse Soup, as told by Arnold Lobel.
Fourth grade students have been busy earning genre badges for their caps. Seven students have earned their caps. Each week a new genre is discussed and the students are becoming more familiar with determining a book’s genre. Some of the genres that have been reviewed are: Poetry, Biography, Folklore, and Fantasy. For more information on genres: Literature Genres.
Fifth grade students worked on library skills and meeting some of the children's popular authors the first nine weeks. Some of the activities included: Mapping out the library. Students drew a diagram of the library, and in great detail, located all the different types of resources in the library. Students worked on dictionary skills and used guide words to locate words in the dictionary. The video Tomes and Talismans reviewed how to locate books by using the card catalog and dewey decimal system. Meet an author - Roald Dahl: Students visited Roald Dahl's web site to hear about his books and hear him talk about being an author. Students were introduced to Richard Peck and watched part of his video from the book Holes.
OCTOBER READING COUNTS RECOGNITION
Each month students in the lower school are awarded certificates for participating in the Reading Counts program. Students in grades 1-3 are given certificates based upon the number of books read. Students in grades 4-6 are given certificates based upon the number of points earned.
The following students received certificates at the celebration assemblies held on October 13 for reaching Reading Counts award levels.
Author and Illustrator Visit Trident Students in the Library
Julie McLaughlin, author, and Ann Marie McKay, illustrator, visited lower school students to present their newest collaboration, Mr. Gator's Up the Creek. The local author read the book to the students and presented a puppet play. The illustrator brought her original artwork and talked to the students about how she collaborates with the author to create the drawings for their books. The library received an autographed copy of Mr. Gator's Up the Creek.
For more information on the author and illustrator, visit their web page Mr. Gator.
Harry Potter Strikes Again
In July, students, parents, and teachers anxiously awaited the release of the 6th book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowlings, The Half-Blood Prince. This fall when Trident Academy students check out any book from the Harry Potter series from the school library, they will receive a special edition Harry Potter bookmark. Also, to celebrate the arrival of the sixth book, students who read any of the Harry Potter series will receive a Harry Potter baseball cap. Students who finish reading a Harry Potter book are to pick up a validation form to take to his/her parent to be signed to receive a cap.
Fourth grade students participated in a special reading incentive program during the 2004-05 school year. Since the programs was so successful, it will be repeated this year. Fourth grade students will study the different literature genres. After reading two selections from each genre, a student will receive a badge. After reading two selections from five different genres, a student will receive a baseball cap with the badges attached. We will start with Picture Books. Each student keeps a record of his/her reading selections in a special folder by placing stickers on it that match the badge for each genre. The badges will be awarded, as they are earned, at the lower school celebration assemby each month. For more information on genres: Literature Genres.