Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Holiday, Library Week and Earth Day Celebration in the Library...

Holy Cow! Where did April go? I have been slacking on my blog. I have several weeks to convey. I have been so busy both personally and professionally. I am excited to share the many things we have been up to in the library.

Since we had so much going on around the same time, I moved up Earth Day Story time and we enjoyed reading several books and putting our information together. I hope the students came home with lots of knowledge about Earth Day and what they can do to help our Earth.

In first grade we shared the books Just a Dream by Chris Van Alsburg and 10 Things I Can Do To Help My World by Melanie Walsh, We also played a game where we got to mix and mingle, quietly, (it is a library after all) and ask different friends, questions about recycling and saving energy. It was a lot of fun and really helped to remind each one of us what we can do to help the world.

In Kindergarten we read the books Our Tree Named Steve By Alan Zweibel and The Earth and I by Frank Asch and a poem called Our Earth by Lynn Hayes. We then made connections from the books and poem. I loved hearing the many ways that the students Recycle, Reduce and Reuse.

We then celebrated National Library Week by having a week long celebration On Monday we had Hats off to good books we all wore our hats,  Tuesday was Be a team player READ! We all wore our favorite team wear. Wednesday was Be true blue and read! We all wore blue. Thursday was Sock it to me with a good book we wore our silly and/or mismatched  socks.

This was a fun filled week of celebrating books, libraries and reading.

 We then read the book Simon's Book and watched a short Reading Rainbow movie and through this movie we took a trip to the bindery. This film shows how a book is made from the written word and  black and white sketched illustrations to the finished  book being shipped to the publisher. 
I was amazed how well all classes watched with intrigued interest during this film. We had a wonderful discussion after the movie. Many of the kids made connections after viewing the movie. They students enjoyed hearing from Author and Illustrator Henrik Dresher and his explaination of  the process he takes in creating a book.
The trip to the bindery, through this wonderful Reading Rainbow movie was a delight and an informational adventure.

My List of 13 Bookish Things

My friend Kristen from  www.thebookmonsters.com shared her  list and I loved it so much that I had to share my own list yet I think my list is about 100 bookish things because I love so many things and if I am dreaming why in the world not dream big, Right? But I won't bore you with all of them just some of my most fun ones. I tried to make it 10 but I couldn't!
  1. Bookworm socks...love these!

2.  Library cup and saucer...so cute, right?

3.  A different "colored book" jump drive...totally cool.

4.  This I need for all my summer/ fall reading....I would soooooo love this.

5. I'm thinking this is my very first purchase!

6.  I kind of love this book holder.

7.  It's always time to read. This would be a perfect necklace for me. So when anyone saw me reading
they would think it's her time to read but really, any time, is my time to read.
8. Kind of think these bookish coasters are the bomb!
9. If anyone would like to get this for the library I would love it ALWAYS!
10. A bookish bracelet because I love it and I don't have one as cool as this and I always wear a bracelet or 2 or 3 every single day.

11. Kind of love this stationery... a must have for a library girl like myself.

12. This is so much fun....I would definitely wear this.

13. If you know me, you know I love to do my nails. I have got to get these!!!

Don't forget in the coming weeks we will be going to the public library for a tour, library card sign ups ( for any students who do not already have a library card) and a summer preview of what is going on in their summer reading program, Great opportunity to see and hear about all the many activities the library will be hosting. I am super excited to see all of your faces in the library this summer. I will be there getting my next book that's for sure.

I am in the process of putting together our summer reading challenge which will begin as of  May 23 and run through August 1st. I am super excited. I will be sharing many of the books I pick up at the library for  children and adults alike. So keep checking back.

 Last week just before the Easter holiday we shared several Easter / spring books. I love this time of year it wouldn't be spring if I didn't share the book The Easter Egg Farm by Mary Jane Auch it is a love of mine. I enjoy the way the kids respond and when I ask them if they would like to take a trip to the Easter Egg farm after we have finished the story every hand shoots up in the air. I explain at this moment that this is why I enjoy reading... because books can transport us to places. I am posting the video below. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

I have been reading, reading, and reading over the last few weeks. My current read is called Miss. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. I have just started it but I have already got the next book in the series ordered, if that is any indication.

I also, received in the library over 100 new books and I have been reading every single one of them. It feels like Christmas when I get a delivery of books. I will be sharing some of my favorites this weekend.

 Happy Reading,
Mrs. Shamhart