Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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

Stop by our library tomorrow afternoon to check out some great books!
Can you guess what day it is tomorrow?

Fly a Kite Day!  Check out a book about kite flying, color a kite picture, or make a kite bookmark in the library.

We've got another holiday coming up...

Students and staff of Round Rock ISD may check out books from our library.  See you tomorrow afternoon!

Monday, June 12, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?

Summertime reading is HERE!  This is my reading pile this week:
From top to bottom, I have a Bluebonnet Award nominee, a book club selection from a Dripping Springs pastor, a professional development book study, a just-for-fun graphic novel, and a self-improvement choice.

This is how I typically read!  I very rarely have just one book "going" at a time--unless it's a really, really good story and I have the luxury of slipping into a book coma.  

Three of these books are deadline driven--I'm reviving my summertime goal of reading all the Bluebonnet Award nominees, the pastor is holding the book club meeting tomorrow (don't know if I can make it yet, but the book is good enough to keep reading!), and the professional development book study started today.  Sometimes deadlines help me focus on the reading, and sometimes they make it harder to read, because it becomes work instead of an enjoyable experience--which just happens to be a big message in Drive.

Speaking of reading as an enjoyable experience--please take a moment to read this article shared by a teacher friend of mine today, from the blog for The National Council of Teachers of English:

Promoting the Pleasures of Reading: Why It Matters to Kids and to Country

My takeaway from the article?  

"Our data clearly establish that students gravitate to the kinds of books they need to navigate their current life challenges, and that many ancillary benefits accrue in the realms of cognition, psychology, emotional development, and socialness. So much so that we developed the mantra: Kids read what they need!" 
--Jeffrey Wilhelm

It's Monday!  Read what YOU need!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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

Our Summer Library Hours begin next week!

In the meantime, have you started your summer reading?  Don't forget your Beach Blanket Bingo!  You can download an extra sheet AND access the Pop-Up Library schedule HERE.

What's that, you say?  You've run out of books to read at home, and can't get to the Sommer library, Pop-Up, or public libraries anytime soon?  Look no further than our eBook collections on our district/ campus Research Resources page!  Just click on either of the two circled links and log in with your student ID number!  For you 3rd through 5th graders--many of the new Bluebonnet Award Nominees are available on MackinVia.

Ms. Margocs is still at school this week, wrapping up the annual reports, straightening the shelves, and getting ready to welcome you back to the library next Thursday.  See you there!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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

Countdown to SUMMER!

All books were due LAST FRIDAY!  Please turn in all library books and materials!  Report cards may be held at the front desk for pickup for students who do not have clear accounts at year's end.

We are wrapping up the school year with the last of the summer reading lessons and chasing down missing books!  This morning, we announced the first students who were randomly picked to receive prizes for having clear accounts; there are books and posters and other fun items to be claimed!  Classes with all clear accounts get an extra recess or iPad time in the library!

Another big announcement...

We will see you at the Sommer Library this summer!

A big shout-out goes to the fourth grade classes, who are practicing their math skills by organizing shelves in our nonfiction section.  It is a big task, and they've already fully straightened over a dozen shelves.  Thank you!

Don't forget to check out our library website for links to summer reading programs sponsored by public libraries and businesses in our area; CLICK HERE for more info.

Thank you to the Gumbert family for supporting our PTA by placing the winning bid for lunch in the library, with books for dessert!  We had a great time with these friendly siblings, who are starting their summer reading with their new books.

Our library was buzzing with volunteers today, as our grateful Sommer staff treated them to lunch and dessert.  Our parents do so much in the classrooms, clubs, and library on our campus.  Thank you!

Ms Margocs delivered FREE BOOKS to the students who read all TWENTY Bluebonnet Award nominees this past school year!  Each student chose one book from the 17-18 Bluebonnet Award Nominee list.  Lots of smiles from over a dozen students today!

See you in the library this summer!

Monday, May 22, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?

I love picture books!  I'm fascinated by the seemingly endless styles of illustrations, from the bright, highly contrasted books for our youngest readers, to the intricately detailed pictures that expand the stories for elementary students.

Darkly illustrated children's books especially interest me.  They almost always have to do with the night, attempting to fill what can be the scariest time for children with dreamlike wonder instead.

Humphrey's Bear by Jan Wahl, illustrated by William Joyce, is one of the first "dark" books I remember sharing with my own children.  Humphrey goes on a journey with his beloved teddy bear, sailing the seas.  When he loses his bear, he awakes to his father holding it, and we learn that this is not the bear's first nighttime escapade.

Mary Pope Osborne's Moonhorse, illustrated by S.M. Saelig, has that same dark, dreamy quality to both the pictures and the gentle rhythm of the text.  Daddy falls asleep on the porch just as his daughter is about to wish on a star--but his slumber gives her leave to hop on the Moonhorse's back and pull the moon through the sky.  Constellations come to life as they fly through the night.  Fans of Osborne's Magic Tree House series might be pleasantly surprised by this departure from chapter books.

And then there's Kevin Henkes' Kitten's First Full Moon, his only picture book in black-and-white.  Kitten thinks the moon is a bowl of milk, and goes to great lengths trying to get a drink.  There are lots of curves, dark solid lines, and the cutest little kitten to make the night seem not-so-scary after all.

Bright colors and intricate details make for wonderful picture books--but shades of night might lull even the most reluctant sleeper to a pleasant visit in dreamland.

What  is your favorite bedtime picture book?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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

Summer Reading!

That's what we are talking about in the library this week.  All classes will be hearing about the "summer slide", watching summer reading program videos from the public library systems in our area, and learning about our own district reading challenge--Beach Blanket Bingo!  Bingo sheets will be distributed by our classroom teachers, along with the home access passwords for our online research resources and e-books.

Ms Margocs is excited by our almost-complete Bluebonnet Award Nominee collection for 2017-2018!  If you need a signature sheet to start your Bluebonnet reading over the summer, click here.  Remember to print out the sheet for your grade level NEXT school year!

Remember:  ALL library books are due by the end of the school day on Friday, May 19th!  Bills for lost and damaged books must be paid by the 19th as well.  Students and classes with clear accounts will be eligible for prize drawings next week--so turn in your books and pay your bills!

Monday, May 15, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?

I am personally in a reading slump these days.  This happens when my daily life is filled with non-prose text:  a bazillion emails, insurance paperwork, evaluations, end-of-school-year checklists.

That list means one thing:  summer is coming!  Time to compile my summer reading choices!
  • The 17-18 Bluebonnet Award Nominees will dominate my list, as usual.  I've got one down, nineteen to go!
  • I'm bound and determined to revisit the Harry Potter series.  I'll be happy if I get through the first two or three this summer.
  • Just for fun, I am going to challenge myself to read three picture books a week, on top of the other novels I'm reading.  I've got plenty of unread picture books needing to be reviewed and processed into my library collection!
  • I'm going to finish up three or four books that I've started, and tackle three of the books left unread from last year's summer pile.
That's about fifty books altogether!  Think I'll head to bed and get an early start on that goal tonight.  It's Monday; what are you adding to your summer reading pile?