Book Fair is Next Week!

The spring book fair is NEXT WEEK! There will be no regular library classes that week due to the book fair.  Here is the schedule:

  • Wednesday, April 11th:  9:00 am-12:00 pm1:00-3:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 12th:  8:30 am-12:00 pm1:00-4:00 pm6:45-8:00 pm
  • Friday, April 13th:  8:30-9:30 am

Teachers will be bringing their classes up for Book Fair previews on Wednesday 4/11.

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And the winner of Book Madness 2018 is …

Check the Book Madness 2018 website for details!

 

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Book Madness Update

We are down to our Championship Game this week! Which book will win it all? Will it be …  The Wild Robot or Wonder?

The final round of Book Madness voting will close by the end of the school day Friday! We will announce the result after spring break!

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Book Madness Update: Final Four

We are down to our Final Four this week! Which books will make it to the Championship Round? Will it be …  the Harry Potter series, The Wild Robot, El Deafo, or Wonder?

Round 4 of Book Madness voting closed by the end of the school day Friday! Check the bulletin board outside the library or the Book Madness Website for the voting results on Monday morning.

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March is Women’s History Month

Celebrate Women’s History Month in your classroom or at home!

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New Maker Space for March

New maker space in the library – dancing birds! Using the pattern provided, students will make a bird dance along a rubber band!

Please note:

  • Only students with an official Maker Space pass can be in the maker space.
  • 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. (I will remind them too.)

Pattern from: http://madebyjoel.com/2013/06/oscillating-bird-science-toy-for-kids.html

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Book Madness Update

Round 1 of Book Madness voting will close by the end of the school day Friday! Check the bulletin board outside the library or the Book Madness Website for the voting results on Monday morning.  Students in grades 3rd-5th are eligible to participate.

Help get your students excited about reading by encouraging them to participate!

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Youth Media Awards Announced!

All the big book award winners were announced Monday morning from the American Library Association Mid Winter Conference and I am SO excited! And the winners were …

  • Caldecott (best illustrations): Wolf in the Snow illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell
  • Newbery (best book for children): Hello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Sibert (best informational book): Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 written by Larry Dane Brimner
  • Coretta Scott King book award (for an African-American author): Piecing Me Together written by Renée Watson
  • Coretta Scott King illustrator award (for an African-American illustrator): Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets illustrated by Ekua Holmes
  • Giesel Award (beginning reader): Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder

Pictured here: the 2018 Caldecott Winner, Wolf in the Snow. To see the full list of award winners see here.

Wescott 3rd & 5th grade students completed a Caldecott unit this school year. After looking at many past winners, students made their own predictions about which book would win this year.  Students even had the opportunity to Skype with Ashley Waring, former Caldecott committee member, to learn all about the awards process.

 

 

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Book Madness is BACK!

Book Madness is back! Organized by me and Mrs. Sislow, Book Madness is a tournament of the most popular books for 3rd-5th graders. Nominations for the tournament open next week.

3rd-5th grade teachers, we will be placing a QR Code in your mailboxes. Please hang it in your room so your students can participate in March Book Madness. Students can nominate books through the Book Madness Website starting February 12th, through the end of the week. Once we have all the nominations, we will post the books in the brackets. We will notify you on voting days, and the kids can select their choices to move to the next round. There will be a physical bracket outside the library, as well.

Voting will begin the first week of March, with kids voting once a week, until Spring Break. We will leave for break without the final vote so that students can read the two finalists over break if they choose.

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New Maker Space

Back by popular demand, our maker space project for the month of February will be “Build with Legos!”

Students can challenge their building skills with Lego task cards. They won’t be able to keep their creations, but students from grades 3rd-5th can take a photo of their creation and post it to the library Seesaw account.

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