Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

Oh, no!
What has happened to our book displays?

No worries; there will be books back on top of our shelves soon!  We are busy getting ready for the school year, including some cleaning, rearranging, and ordering great new books for the library!

The teachers have been busy meeting in the library too.
You can tell we have a LARGE staff count here at Sommer, to serve our ever-growing student population.

Ms. Margocs met with all the grade level teams today to schedule their weekly library visits, review our read-aloud books, and discuss lessons for the upcoming school year. Library staff and PTA helpers will be ready to take ID photos of our newest Stallions this Friday, August 18th, during supply drop-off.  Thanks to our PTA library liaisons for helping us out!

Can't wait to see our students back in the library!  

Monday, August 14, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?

Do you ever want to read just to clear your mind, to escape from the world for a little bit?

I was getting ready for bed last night, and didn't feel like diving back into either of the chapter books I'm still trying to finish.  I picked two picture books to read instead.

The title echoes my feelings about this past break--It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown, by "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz.  My uncle inscribed his gift to me in 1970, the same year it was published.  I was only four at the time, so I'm not sure if I was able to read by myself then.  I laughed as I read it last night, since it opens with Charlie Brown and Linus working on the classic back-to-school essay assignment--answering the question "What did you do this past summer?".  Summer camp didn't go the way Charlie Brown would have liked it to, so he was hesitant to write down the details that Linus was more than ready to pen.  

The second book I chose is one I bought for my own children from a used book store.
The Sea-Breeze Hotel, written by Marcia Vaughan and illustrated by Patricia Mullins, is a beautifully illustrated story about turning a problem into an opportunity.  The Sea-Breeze Hotel is a lovely place to stay--if one can stand the winds that buffet the locale eleven months a year.  Sam decides to take advantage of the wind by building and flying a kite, and soon the near-empty hotel turns into a destination spot for kite fliers of all ages.

I drifted off to dreamland with images of Snoopy and beautiful kites flying in the wind.  What books did you read before going to sleep last night?

Monday, August 7, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?

Good morning, Readers!  I'm up way before dawn today, because librarians are back on the job on this wet, thundering morning.  We have to get our libraries ready for our teachers' return on Thursday, and our students' first day of school on August 22nd.  I hope my learning community is ready to share their summer reading and explore new books with me this year!

Speaking of summer reading...I am waaaayyyy behind this year.  A lot of my summer reading has been procedural, taking care of family medical needs and college preparations for my son.  So now I am in a scramble to catch up a bit!  My current book is a Bluebonnet Award Nominee:
The Last Kids on Earth is a first person zombie-and-monster apocalyptic narrative by Max Brallier, heavily illustrated by Douglas Holgate.  Thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan, a foster kid used to dealing with trouble, tackles the new threats in his life like he's taking on a video game.  Jack's sense of humor and honesty about his failures and teenage insecurities will have you giggling as you read about his adventures with flesh-eating zombies and CVS (yes, the drugstore)-crushing monsters.

It's Monday; what's on your reading pile for this wet week ahead?

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!