Big News! 1st-2nd Author Visit in February!

I am excited to announce that author Jean Reidy will be visiting Wescott 1st and 2nd graders on Tuesday 2/11 at 9:30 am! 

Reidy is the author of several books, including Truman, which has been on MANY best of 2019 lists!!! (Kirkus Starred Review, School Library Journal Starred Review, Junior Library Guild Selection, School Library Journal Best Books of 2019, Amazon Best Books of 2019, New York Times Best Children’s Books of 2019, NPR Best Books of 2019, Northern Lights Book Award Winner, Parent’s Choice Gold Award Winner.)

I will send details on the visit and book orders soon.

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New Maker Space for January

New maker space for January: MAKE A SNOWMAN!

STARTING MONDAY, students can come to the maker space to make a snowman (or woman). We will be teaching the students how to do the project during library time, so you may want to wait to send them down to maker space until after they have had their lesson!

Please note:

  • Students should come down during extension. If a student has an appointment during extension s/he can come down during another time.
  • Only students with an official Maker Space pass can be in the maker space. One student per pass.
  • In order to be fair to all classes, only 2 students should be sent down from each class at a time.The maker space table cannot accommodate extra kids, and we need to maintain a noise level at the table so that other activities can go on in the library uninterrupted. If you send more than 2 students down at once, we will send them back to class.
  • Please let students know when they have to return to class. (There is a spot on the pass to indicate this!)
  • Please remind students to clean up after themselves, and to keep a voice level of 1 at the table. (I will remind them too.)
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Best Books of the Year Lists

Check out the “best books of the year” lists from the following sources (New Kid, pictured here, by Jerry Craft, has appeared on several of the lists):

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New Maker Space for December

Back by popular demand, our new maker space for the month of December is … Building with straws! The kids were AWESOME engineers with the straws last year, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with this year!

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World of Genres

It’s time for the next stop on our tour through a “World of Genres!” It is “Do You Know? December” – students are encouraged to read a biography to get the next stamp in their genre passport.

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“Best of the Year” Lists

The end of the year is rapidly approaching, and the “Best Of” lists are starting to come out. Check out some of the stunning books on the 2019 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books.

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Winter Reading at NPL

Don’t forget to sign up for the Winter Reading Program at the Northbrook Public Library! Please encourage your families to sign their students up and read a ton of books this winter!

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The Bookfair is Coming!

There will be no regularly scheduled classes and NO MAKER SPACE in the library the week of 11/18 due to the book fair. 1st & 2nd-grade teachers, since we are on a fixed schedule now, I will still be seeing your classes, but I will need to teach in your rooms.

Here is the schedule for the fair:

  • MONDAY: The library will be open for check out on Monday (no maker space). Please send students down in SMALL groups if they need to check out books. The book fair books will be delivered on Monday.
  • TUESDAY: The library is closed for book fair set up. The furniture is moving out and the book fair is moving in!
  • WEDNESDAY: Book Fair Previews. Please check here if you forgot when your class is coming. Students may bring $ to shop the fair. Book fair is open from 9-12 & 1-3. TEACHERS, don’t forget, you can come before school and fill out wish lists. I am happy to help with recommendations!
  • THURSDAY: Students may come down in small groups to shop the fair. Book fair is open from 8:45am-12, 1-4, and 6:30-8:00pm. I will be at the fair in the evening if parents/students need a recommendation.
  • FRIDAY NEW EXTENDED HOURS: Book fair is open from 8:30-12:00pm. After 12:00 the library is closed for clean up.

I will be pushing into some classrooms that are working on research projects during the book fair, but I will be at the fair quite a bit to help with book recommendations!

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Visit from the NPL

Miss Sarah from the Northbrook Public Library will be coming to talk to the kids about the Winter Reading Program on Fri 11/15! Encourage your students to sign up for Winter Reading today!

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New Maker Space Next Week: Making for a Cause

We have a new maker space for November. This month we are partnering with the Helping Hands Committee to “Make for a Cause!” Students will be working on making fall wreaths for the residents of Covenant Village.

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