New Maker Space for Hour of Code

The Hour of Code will be extended in the Maker Space for the entire month of December!

Students will translate their initials into binary code, then pick 2 different colors to represent the 1s and the os for each letter.  They will then make a bracelet with colored beads that represent the letters in their initials.

Be sure to check out the students’ bracelets and ask them how they made them!


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Hour of Code!

Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. It is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code, encourage computational thinking, and show that anybody can learn the basics. You don’t even need a device to participate! offers some awesome tutorials – Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen, Moana, and more! Check out this video to learn more. *Make sure to check iPad compatible when searching for tutorials!

In honor of Hour of Code, we will have a coordinating activity in the maker space. Students are invited to “unplug” and challenge themselves with computational thinking by playing a coding board game in the maker space. Students may also translate their initials into binary and make a coded bracelet.

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Research, Research, Research!

Research is happening at many different grade levels!  I love co-teaching with the classroom teachers and Ms. Davis, our tech specialist, when we do these projects in the library.

1st graders in 1G are beginning an animal research project.  We are testing out a new exciting final product with this class, and if all goes well we will roll it out to the 3 other homerooms.  2nd graders in 2S have started their biography research project, and 3rd graders are still working hard on Native American research.  We have entered the final product stage, and 3rd grade students are learning how to use iMovie to demonstrate their knowledge.  4th graders are embarking on researching renewable and nonrenewable energy.

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Happy Thanksgiving

News for 11/20-11/24/17

This is a very short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  There is no regular library scheduled this week, but we are open for check out on Monday and Tuesday.

I am seeing 3rd grade classes for American Indian research this week.  Working in groups, students will be creating an iMovie about the Native American tribes they have been studying.  4th grade students have started working on their Science research.  We are building background knowledge on renewable (solar, wind, and water) and nonrenewable resources (coal, gas, and oil) we use for energy.

I am very grateful to be the librarian at Wescott, and to be working with such a wonderful group of staff and students!  Happy Thanksgiving!




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Book Fair!

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There will be no regularly scheduled classes in the library the week of 11/13 due to the book fair and NO MAKER SPACE. Here is the schedule for the fair:

  • MONDAY: The library will be open for check out on Monday (no maker space). Students can come 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. Classes come for a 15 min book fair preview.  Students may bring $ to shop the fair. Book fair is open from 9am-12pm, and 1-3.
  • THURSDAY: Students may come down in small groups to shop the fair. Book fair is open from 8:45am-12pm, 1-4, and 6:30-8:30pm.
  • FRIDAY: Book fair is open from 8:30-9:30am. After 9:30 the library is closed for clean up.


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Veterans Day & Research in the Library

News for 11/6 – 11/10/17

This week in library we are honoring Veterans Day through stories and letters.  1st graders are reading Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle by Brian Dennis & Mary Nether.  2nd graders are reading The Wall by Eve Bunting (a fiction book) and comparing it to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (a nonfiction book).  5th graders are playing history detective while doing a primary source analysis of a letter from a WWII soldier to his wife.  

3rd graders continue to work on their American Indian research projects.  Working in groups, students are using print books and the PebbleGo Next database on their iPads to find accurate information about their tribes.

4th graders are reading an article about Veterans Day from World Book, and learning how to cite a database in EasyBib.


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New Maker Space for November!

News for 10/30-11/3/17

A new maker space will open on Monday 10/30. In order to promote reading throughout the school, students will make a “currently reading” locker decoration. Maker Space reminders:

  • Two students may come down from each class during extension time to work on the maker space project.
  • If students go to appointments during extension, we can work out another time for them to come.
  • Please send your students with the pass, and let them know what time they need to return to class.


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Happy Halloween

10/23- 10/27/17

This week in library most classes are hearing Halloween related stories.  1st graders are reading the Halloween Hustle by Charlotte Gunnufson and talking about the rhyme and repetition in the story.  2nd graders are reading Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and talking about characters, setting, problem and solution, as well as mood and tone. Students will be asked to figure out the problem and solution from the different character’s point of view.

3rd graders will begin working on their American Indian research project. Using PebbleGo Next, student will make notes on the information about the tribes.  4th graders will also discuss mood and tone while they read Creepy Pair of Underwear.  5th graders will get an introduction to primary vs. secondary resources by reading Aliens Are Coming!: The True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast by M McCarthy and hearing the original War of the Worlds radio broadcast.

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Off to the ISLMA Conference

I am off to the Illinois School Library Media Conference this week Thursday & Friday!  I am SUPER excited to bring back what I learn to D30 and implement some new strategies in the Wescott Library!

A sub will be in the library to read and discuss Monarch award books with grades 1st & 2nd, to guide students in grades 3rd grade as they work on research, and to help 4th and 5th grade students as they practice citing sources.

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New Maker Space + Author Visit!

News for 10/2 – 10/6/17

New Maker Space this week!  Students are invited to DIY a robot using paper tubes and pipe cleaner.

The Wescott Library is excited to announce that the The Book Stall is sending us not one, but TWO authors on Oct 10th! 4th and 5th grade students will welcome Stuart Gibbs and James Ponti to our school. Our students are BIG fans of Gibbs’ Spy School series, and they are sure to enjoy hearing from both mystery authors.

The order form for autographed books was sent home with students, but click the link if you need another copy.  ALL ORDER FORMS ARE DUE BY 10/4.  Please make checks payable to The Book Stall.



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