Monday, March 30, 2015

Current Reads

I have been very busy lately but trying to find time to enjoy some new books from the book fair and the award winners that just came in! Here are some favorites: (images from

The Terrible TwoThe Terrible Two
Barnett, M
I have yet to find a book by Mac Barnett that I didn't like! This was a funny book about some prankster boys with an illustration style to that of Roald Dahl. I found it humorous and hard to put down!
El Deafo

El Deafo
Wood, C.
This book is a graphic novel so it was a very fast read. I liked that it connected to the author's life (signs of the times were evident in the many instances of smoking throughout the story). With an innocent looking bunny character on the front, readers might be surprised at the maturity within the story (relationships, etc).

Viva Frida
Viva Frida!
This picture book has amazing colors and attention to detail. I like the language incorporation; it really feels like you are part of her life. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Book Fair!!

It's one of my favorite weeks of the year... Book Fair! PTO sponsors 2 book fairs each year in conjunction with grandparent and parent lunch weeks. Scholastic sends us some great book choices and students all go shopping during their library time. PTO also gives each K-3 student $5 to buy a book and grades 4-6 each $6 to buy a book.
Thank you to our PTO for their help and generosity!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Dixon Elementary Week!

This week I have been shadowing a librarian at Dixon Elementary in Brookfield, Wisconsin as part of my library license completion. Their program is different than mine yet there are many similarities. Students in grades K-3 have library lessons weekly, and grades 4-5 come for check out once a week with their teacher. The students really have a great sense of what works for them in the library and I find myself shelving much more varied topics than in my own library! Marie Widder is the head librarian/technology coach/Teaching & Learning Specialist. Her role is ever morphing. She has a wonderful assistant Vicki who does the lessons and circulation in the library. This week, I have done some neat things like touring other libraries in the district, creating a display, teaching lessons, helping with shelving and processing, and much more! The week has flown by...
My book display of my favorite 4th & 5th grade books. It's hard to choose just some!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fancy New Artwork!

Our 6th grade Art Club made these new canvases for our enormous library walls! They turned out amazing! To see more of what they do, check out the RHES Art Facebook Page!


Read Across America!

This week at RHES, we are celebrating READ ACROSS AMERICA week!
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On Monday, we celebrated Dr. Seuss with hat day and activities related to his stories.
 On Tuesday, we celebrated Laura Numeroff and her books "If You Give..."
Today, we are celebrating Mo Willems' Wacky Wednesday with books, activities, and crazy socks.
On Thursday, we will be celebrating Tedd Arnold and Fly Guy.
On Friday, we will be celebrating Eric Litwin's Pete the Cat in our pajamas!