Book Fair this Week!

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News for Week 13: 11/14 – 11/18/16

The PTO Scholastic Book Fair is this week in the library!  Part of the proceeds from the book fair benefit the PTO and help add wonderful books to our library collection.  Please stop by to shop!

Book Fair hours:

  • Wednesday, Nov 18  – 9am-4:15pm
  • Thursday, Nov 19 –  8:45am-3pm, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Friday, Nov 20 – 8:30-9:30am

Hope to see you there!

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Remembering Our Veterans

img_1260News for Week 12: 11/7 – 11/11/16

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 photos from the Rebecca Caudill book The Port Chicago 50.

This is a big week for 3rd graders!  They are embarking upon their American Indian research projects!  Students are being introduced to the tribes they will research, and they are making notes on their tribes.  Students are using the PebbleGo Next database on their iPads to find accurate information about their tribes.  4th graders are continuing to work on their Illinois state research.  They are finishing up making notes, and they are starting the scripts for their Shadow Puppets final projects.

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Off to the ISLMA Conference!

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-10-10-04-amNews for Week 11: 10/31/16 – 11/4/16

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-4th as they work on research, and teach 5th grade students how to safely share their work using the Seesaw app.

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Happy Halloween!

halloween-clipart-disney-halloween-clip-art-6News for Week 10: 10/24- 10/28/16

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 are listening to me read Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe, and practicing the reading strategy of evoking images while they listen.  In preparation for their upcoming Illinois research project for Social Studies, 4th graders are learning how to cite a book using EasyBib. (They may find that our practice books are Halloween realted!)   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.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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Thank you Kristi Yamaguchi!

Thank you to Kristi Yamaguchi and The Book Stall for a wonderful author visit for 1st and 2nd graders yesterday!  Students enjoyed hearing Kristi read her latest book, Cara’s Kindness, which is all about being kind.  The story tied in perfectly to the new Wescott Way – Be Safe, Be Caring, Be Here & Ready!  Kristi signed books that were ordered by students and staff, and posed for photos with staff members after school.

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UPDATE on Kristi Yamaguchi Author Visit

aeccbd21d74fdaf2cc2a2e36b3549872The Book Stall is sending Olympic Champion, Dancing with the Stars Champion, and Author Kristi Yamaguchi to Wescott on 10/18 at 2:15 pm to present to 1st & 2nd grade students in the gym.

The Book Stall is sending the author FREE OF CHARGE, which is wonderful!  Students may purchase autographed books from The Book Stall.  Order forms for autographed books are going home with 1st and 2nd grade students, and are due NO LATER THAN FRIDAY 10/14.   Prices reflect a 10% discount and tax.  

Contact Librarian Margaret Janavicius with questions mjanavicius@district30.org.

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BIG NEWS!!! Olympic Champion and Author Kristi Yamaguchi Is Visiting Wescott on 10/18

aeccbd21d74fdaf2cc2a2e36b3549872The Book Stall is sending Olympic Champion, Dancing with the Stars Champion, and Author Kristi Yamaguchi to Wescott on 10/18 at 2:15 pm to present to 1st & 2nd grade students in the gym.

I will be reading her books in library over the next few weeks and prepping 1st and 2nd grade students for the visit. Dream Big, Little Pig is all about having a growth mindset, and It’s a Big World, Little Pig is about celebrating diversity. Both of these topics are quite relevant for our students! Order forms will be going home soon for autographed books. Stayed tuned for more info …

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Award Books & Banned Books

Monarch-LogoNews for Week 5: 9/19 – 9/23/16

This week in library students in grades 1-2 will be introduced to the Illinois Readers’ Choice Book Awards.  Students will learn how they can participate in choosing the winner of the Monarch Award.

Students will be discussing: What is a book award?  What does it mean to participate in the award process?  How can we make sure our voices are heard?

Students in 3rd and 4th grades are continuing to practice using the Alexandria catalog.  They are starting their library journals, and learning how to upload their entries to our Library Seesaw blogs.

This week 5th graders are prepping for Banned Books Week, and discussing the issues involved in our Freedom to Read.

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News for Week 4: 9/12-16/16

Dot dayThis 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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The Wescott Way in the Library

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 11.17.43 AMThis week students are continuing to discuss how we follow the Wescott Way in the Library.  1st graders are learning about taking care of their books by reading Mr Wiggles Book by Paula Craig, and they are checking out books from the Wescott Library for the first time this year.

2nd graders are reading But Excuse Me, That is My Book by Lauren Childs, and discussing how we learn more when we check out a variety of books.

3rd-5th graders recently received their iPads, so we are discussing iPad etiquette in the library.  We are also reviewing library policies with a game of Library Jeopardy.  All classes are learning about the maker space, and making bookmarks so that we do not bend the corners of library books to save our spot!

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