Thank you for sharing your child with me in library classes this year. I hope that they have been able to find new books! We added over 1,000 books to our library this year and have a lot of exciting things planned for the fall!
Thank you for your support for our book fair! We raised almost $3000 for our library!
In January, we practiced coding using Scratch; and we made booktalk videos about our favorite books using Flipgrid. I introduced students to the author, Marie Maranda Cruz and her starred book, Everlasting Nora. I feel so fortunate that we have the opportunity to be penpals with her this semester. Her book takes place in the Philippines in the North Cemetery. Visit her website for videos and articles about it. We also learned about award-winning books like Caldecott & Newberry award winners (in celebration of the 2019 awards - See them all here). We watched videos/book trailers for books in our new book fair (1st middle school book fair) and recent releases.
In February, we studyied kindness. We first watched Jaqueline Woodson's powerful book, Each Kindness, and then did a kahoot quiz over it.
We watched other videos about kindness the second week and read Loren Long & Matt de la Pena's book LOVE. We made origami heart bookmarks to leave hidden in books as random acts of kindness. The third week we will be studying kindness toward all people and celebrating Black History Month while reading To Be a Drum, read by James Earl Jones. We will be making a quilt comprised of patterns used in slavery quilts, representing kindness to all people. The last week, we will be learning about kindness online and cyber/Internet safety.
In March, we studied research and worked on a research project about Lewis and Clark.
Recent online articles of interest:
5 Reasons Why Reading Aloud with Older Kids Is the Absolute Best - This article is from Brightly, a great source for finding books for your child. They frequently list best-of categories, including this recent one about Jacqueline Woodson's books. We recently participated in a webinar in which she gave a shout-out to Guthrie Upper Elementary School! You can watch the webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRh_UDFX83U&feature=youtu.be
Policies and Procedures
Media Center Hours: 7:45* – 3:10
Checkout: Students may check out two (2) books at a time for a two (2) week period. They may renew twice. Books must be brought to the Media Center to be renewed. Teachers and staff may check out books on an unlimited basis.
Students have regular access to the Media Center for book exchange through Library. Students may also visit the Media Center after school and from other classes with permission from their teacher.
Lost or Damaged Books: If a book is lost, the student is responsible for the cost of the book. You can purchase a copy of the book and return that, also.
Rules & Expectations
Parent Volunteers: If you would like to help with special projects in the Media Center, please contact Mrs. Shana Fields or Mrs. Gretchen Hanna, the media assistant.
Skills that may be covered this year in the Library include:
- Using the Dewey Decimal System
- Internet safety
- Using Internet technology
- Digital citizenship
- How to use public library resources
- Banned book awareness week
- Books in verse
- Book talks/trailers on new and recommended books
Resources for Families
Sequoyah Book Awards Information & List (Oklahoma Winners)
Students in grades 3-5 who have read or listened to at least three titles from the Children's Masterlist are eligible to vote for the Children's Sequoyah Book Award.
Internet Safety for Families