News From the Library–Jan. 16, 2015

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Book Clubs Have Started!

(even Olive, the Library Cat, is joining in)

This week was all about Book Clubs.  Our ever popular library books started this week for students in Grades 1-6.

The most important rule for all the clubs is to have fun reading! Library Book Clubs are voluntary and books are chosen at a student’s independent reading level so that reading for the Book Clubs is a pleasurable and relaxing experience. This also builds confidence and fluency as the children have the opportunity to practice the reading skills they have learned in the classroom.

Personalized bookmarks are given to members after they have read and reported on their first book. Following is a brief summary of the clubs. If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by the Library or email me.

Grades 1 and 2 are the Bookworm Club. Members read books from our Easy and Beginning Reader section. After taking the book home, or keeping it in their desk at school, and after reading the entire book, members make an appointment with Mrs. Reid to read their favorite page either before school, at any recess, after school, or during their library time. Each time a book is finished it is entered on their “official” log and a sticker is awarded. After each 6 books are read, members can choose a special prize.

Grade 3 is the Red Dot Book Club, so named for the red dots on the spines of many books in our collection that are especially chosen for readers who are ready to read chapter books. After reading a “red dot book,” members write a book report or do a multimedia project using their laptop or the library iPads. After completing a book report or a project, members can choose a special prize.

Grades 4-6   Book Club Bingo. Students get a book club bingo card with different types of books in each square.   They read a book and do a project to earn a prize. Projects include iPad book reports, written book reports, or multimedia projects on their laptops. A prize is given for each project, and a bonus for completing a row of five on the bingo card.

(In addition to book clubs, students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 have the opportunity to participate in Battle of the Books. Practice meetings will begin in March. Watch future Wednesday Words for more details.)

Book Clubs are one of my favorite parts of being a librarian at Cold Spring! It’s such a joy to see students excited about reading.

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Kindergarten–Kindergarten heard a wonderful new non-fiction book this week called Creature Feature: 25 Animals Explain Why They Look The Way They Do by Steve Jenkins and Page Robin.  Each page spread had a question about the appearance of the animal and then the animal answers the question.  The artwork is stunning!  Highly recommended.

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4 comments on “News From the Library–Jan. 16, 2015

  1. Lauren says:

    Hi ~ I just love your blog and as a new librarian, I refer to it often for your great ideas! While I am happy for you that you are retiring, I will surely miss reading about your library each week! I wanted to ask you what some of your multi-media projects were. I am interested in using technology to “show what you know” and wanted to pick your brain. Thank you!

  2. Nikki Cox says:

    Oh my goodness! I am happy for you also but so saddened! I am a new librarian in an elementary school….I read your blog weekly and love your ideas! I do have a question.. you tend to use animated books etc. Where do you find those? I have looked several times and am not able to locate them. We do have the use of iPads in our library. Would love to use them more and in different capacities. Thank you so much! Good Luck!!

    • Thanks for the good wishes! I get the book apps in the AppStore so all the ones you’ve seen on the blog should be there. I also use Kirkus Reviews to get ideas for good book apps. You can find their Best of the Year on their website. Hope this helps.

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