The bookmarks were SO cute this year we couldn’t pick just one from each grade – we picked one winner from each class! See below for pictures of the winners! We will announce the winners on MONDAY, so don’t tell your students just yet!

We will make a copy of the winning bookmark for everyone in your class, as well as copies to distribute in the library this month. Congrats to all of the winners!

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Oh So Funny October!

It’s time for the next stop on our World of Genres tour! This month students are encouraged to read a humorous book for “Oh So Funny October!” The book can be fiction or nonfiction, as long as it makes them chuckle!

Students: Check the bulletin board in the 3rd-grade hallway or the display in the library for ideas on books to read. Once you’re done with your book, scan the QR code and earn your stamp for your genre passport!

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New Maker Space

New Maker Space starting MONDAY: Build with Keva Blocks

Students will become engineers as the build with the new Keva blocks I purchased over the summer!

REMINDERS: Please only send 2 students from your class at a time so there is enough room at the table for kids from every class at your grade level. Students should come with their OWN pass, and know when they need to return to class. Please remind students to clean up after themselves. Thanks!

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Banned Books Week 2019

Have you ever read Harry PotterCaptain UnderpantsBecause of Winn DixieCharlotte’s WebJune B. JonesHop on Pop? How about Harry Potter (which was just banned at a school in TN for depicting “actual curses and spells.”) ⁠Then guess what – you have read a book that has been banned or challenged because of its content!

In recognition of Banned Books Week next week, 5th-grade students will discuss what it means to have the Freedom to Read. Students will take “shelfies” with a favorite book to show their gratitude for their freedom to read and for the wonderful library we have at Wescott.

Want to learn more about Banned Books Week? Check out this list of frequently challenged children’s books and ALA’s Banned Books site.

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International Dot Day!

This week in library we will be talking about International Dot Day as it relates to having a growth mindset.  Each grade level will discuss The Dot by Peter Reynolds and complete a creative project in celebration of the day.  Look for student Dot projects hanging in the library or in the halls.!

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Maker Space Opens Monday!

The Library Maker Space is open for business starting Monday!

I will review maker space rules and book care with all grade levels next week. One of our book care rules is to use a bookmark instead of folding the page. To incorporate book care with Worldwide Wescott, we will have a Worldwide Wescott bookmark contest! The winning bookmark from each grade level will be printed and distributed in the library.

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school!

I am so happy to be back as the librarian at Wescott for my 5th year.  Last year was so much fun, and I have even more fun planned for 2019-2020!

Library lessons:

All grades will visit the library for a regular 30 min period during the first week of school.  We will review the behavior expectations for the library.  We are discussing what the Wescott Way looks like in the library, and giving examples of how to Be Safe, Be Caring, Be Here & Ready.

Curriculum Night:

I am very happy to announce that Sarah Rustman, the School Outreach Librarian at the Northbrook Public Library, will be joining me at Curriculum Night again this year. We will set up a table at the front of the school at the beginning of curriculum night so parents can pick up information on the exciting programs happening at NPL this fall.

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All-School Read for Worldwide Wescott!

To go along with our theme of Worldwide Wescott, we have purchased New-York Times best-selling picture book, All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold for every classroom. I placed copies in teacher mailboxes yesterday and we will have 5 additional copies of the book in the library for specialists to check out. This is a great beginning of the school year read aloud! Here is some praise for the book:

“This is a must-read for pre-school and elementary classrooms everywhere. An important book that celebrates diversity and inclusion in a beautiful, age-appropriate way.” – Trudy Ludwig, author of The Invisible Boy and Quiet Please, Owen McPhee!

“A great read-aloud selection to start the year and revisit time and again.” —School Library Journal

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Summer is Here!

It has been a GREAT year in the Wescott Library! Thank you to everyone who made this a year of learning, growing, and reading!

Don’t forget to read some books over the summer! If you are looking for books to read over the summer break, try a book off of the 2020 Illinois Readers’ Choice Awards:

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Wescott Library Year in Review

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