Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It's Wednesday! What's happening in the Sommer Library?

We wrapped up our Spring Scholastic Book Fair yesterday!
Thank you to the many volunteers who helped decorate, run, and take down our book fair.  The proceeds from sales will go towards author visits, books, and supplies for the library!
Our online fair continues through February 21st; click here to order.

The library is back to the book lending business, with new arrivals to share!

Ms. Margocs has been looking for books with Indian authors, themes and characters to celebrate and include members of our learning community who share that heritage.  We're happy to add these titles to our collection!

LEGO Ninjago fans will love these new stories, and we have a new dragon series for our budding chapter book readers:

Our Round Rock ISD Library Services Director, Ami Uselman, came to visit this morning!
Ms Uselman watched our third graders learn about effective online searching, heard a read-aloud of A Bike Like Sergio's with first grade, and saw fifth graders send emails to their teachers about the pros and cons of homework.

Happy Valentine's Day from the Sommer Library!

Monday, February 12, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?

I have no business buying new books for myself.  There is a mountain range of to-read books piled in several peaks at my house.

But I got pulled in by the cover.  I had to read the dust jacket summary.  Ghosts and children who can see them, set in Nantucket, a place I long to visit.  I picked up the book twice and set it down, before finally placing it in my to-buy pile.

Book fairs are dangerous for librarians' purses, too!

I'm ten short chapters in, and already captivated by the characters in this book.  I'm intrigued by the elders' and children's openness to and acceptance of the spirits that possess Nantucket's old houses.  Creaking floorboards and flickering lights are a part of everyday life for them, while the parents shush away any such talk.  But the ghosts are in trouble, and may need every living being on the island to help save their homes.

It's Monday! What did you find at our Spring Scholastic Book Fair to read this past weekend?  This one had me reading past my bedtime!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

It's Wednesday! What's happening in the Sommer Library?

Our Spring Scholastic Book Fair!  That's what's happening in our library!

Book Fair Hours:

Thursday 255p-430p

Friday 715a-615p

Monday 715a-415p

Tuesday 715a-12noon

Our volunteers have worked very hard with Ms Margocs and Mrs. Woodul to turn our library into a bookstore today!  

Teachers got to preview and choose books for families to buy for their classrooms.  Tomorrow, kindergarten, first, and second graders will make out their wishlists, and upper grades will get a video preview.  We open for shopping as soon as school gets out on Thursday!

Here are the library stats from January:
We just got a new shipment of books this week, with more to come in the month ahead--including the new 18-19 Bluebonnet Nominees!

We started a new cycle of lessons which will continue after book fair:  third grade is working on evaluating websites and keyword searches; fourth graders are practicing email etiquette by sending notes to their teachers, and fifth graders will be exploring pros and cons of current issues and writing persuasive emails to their teachers.

First grade classes are discussing ethics after listening to A Bike Like Sergio's, and second graders are viewing multiple perspectives in They All Saw a Cat.  Our kindergarten classes are enjoying Hug Machine as a pre-Valentine treat.

We hope to see you in the library this week for our Spring Book Fair!  Thanks for supporting our Sommer Library program!

Monday, February 5, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's the first Monday of Black History Month, and we have LOTS of reading choices in our library to broaden our understanding of Black History, the Civil Rights Movement, and prominent African-American people.

Searching for contributors to science and medicine?  We have Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, and biographies of Daniel Hale Williams, Mae Jemison, George Washington Carver, and Benjamin Banneker.
A search for "civil rights" yields 79 results in our catalog of materials, at reading levels starting with second grade on up:
Check out these, and more, from our Sommer Library this month!
It's Monday!  What are you reading to learn something new today?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

It's Wednesday! What's happening in the Sommer Library?

Our Spring Scholastic Book Fair opens for shopping on February 8th!  
Flyers will be sent home this week.

Online book fair shopping begins THIS Thursday, February 1st!
Your on-site and online purchases support author visits, book purchases for the library and our students, and events such as our upcoming Bluebonnet Breakfast.

In other news...we had an author visit on Monday!

Dianna Hutts Aston shared her inquisitive love of nature with our students.  Her collection of nature specimens was amazing--beetles and nests, shells and skeletons, even a puffer fish!  We are glad to have many of Ms. Aston's books in our library collection.

Bluebonnet voting concluded today.  Seventy-nine of our third, fourth, and fifth graders chose their favorite Bluebonnet nominee, and the winner is....

If you would like to get a head start on next year's Bluebonnet reading, visit our Scholastic Book Fair next week!  Ms Margocs will be wagging a "tale" or two!

Monday, January 29, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?

I randomly picked two choices from my large stack of read-and-review books--and found two great ones to share!
Who Am I? An Animal Guessing Game by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page would be a wonderful pairing with the Texas 2x2 book I read in the Book Nook, Ocean Animals from Head to Tail, since they both focus on animal details.  Who Am I? describes several body parts that make each animal unique, and then reveals the creature on the following two-page spread. Most elementary school-aged students will be able to guess the animals right away, and will enjoy the additional facts about each in the back of the book.  I especially liked the size comparisons given and the simple bibliography to lead children to more learning.

It's not often I pick up a chapter book and finish it in a couple of days during the school year, but that's what happened with Kiran Millwood Hargrave's The Cartographer's Daughter.
Isabella loves to hear her father's stories of island life before the arrival of the cruel, domineering Governor.  She has a special friendship with the Governor's daughter, Lupe, who is kind and seems unaware of her father's reputation.  Together they play and go to school in the town of Gromera, never venturing past the orchards and into the Forgotten Territory per the Governor's orders.  A catastrophic event leads to chaos and rebellion in Gromera, and a trek into the Forgotten Territory to find the perpetrators.  Isabella must use all the skills her cartographer father taught her to save their lives--and possibly the future of the island itself.  The Cartographer's Daughter is a great middle grade adventure in a made-up world with understandable characters and hints at the truths to be found in myth.

It's Monday--have you read a book lately that you couldn't put down?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

It's Wednesday! What's happening in the Sommer Library?

All science fair experiment books are now due!  Please return them this week, or students will not be allowed to check out more books next week.

Tech and text in the library this week, as we have readers and survey-takers and learners!
Read-alouds in the Book Nook:


First Grade

Our newest Book Nook visitor:
Found in Ms Margocs' study at home....

Second graders are in the learning area this week to get some tips for using our online catalog more efficiently!  They can see if a book is available, find the call number, and even narrow their searches by format, genre, and reading level.

Third and fourth graders are taking the district climate survey on iPads and laptops.  Fifth grade will be missing their library times due to STAAR Ready testing, so they have been coming to the library in small groups to check out books to read when they are done.

Third through fifth graders who turned in their Bluebonnet signature pages will be voting for their favorite Bluebonnet books this week and next!

Upcoming deadlines/ events:

January 29th:  Dianna Hutts Aston author visit for 1st and 2nd grades

February 8th-13thSpring Scholastic Book Fair!  Check the library website for details and volunteer signups!

February 9th:  Six Flags reading logs due

February 16th:  Schlitterbahn reading logs due

February 15th:  Campus Battle of the Bluebonnets (by invitation only)

February 28th:  Bluebonnet Breakfast (by invitation only)

March 6th:  District Battle of the Bluebonnets  (by invitation only)