When the temperature swings from freezing to 'I don't need this coat", you know it is the winter version of Indian Summer! This is my favorite time to read books--I never feel like I should be doing something else! We have many new books in the library for students (or parents) to read. Our genre challenge is still going strong, but the final days for it are coming! (It ends on the Friday before Spring Break.) Battle of the Books is beginning, and the books selected for that competition are flying off the shelves! Midwinter is a great time in the library!
Things move slowly in the library. Well, they are supposed to move slowly. And quietly. Not always softly. But as quiet and slow as we are, we have so much going on!
Grades 3-5 are participating (not all by choice!) in our Genre Challenge. Each student is challenged to read one book from 10 different genres and pass an AR test on each book. Their teacher will give them a reward at the end of the challenge. The challenge began at the beginning of this 2nd quarter and will end at the end of the 3rd quarter, so each student has plenty of time to complete it. I hope that this will open the students' eyes to books that are outside of the comfort zone.
The genres are: Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Journals/Diaries, Biographies, Humor, Poetry, Mystery/Suspense, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, and Myths/Legends/Fables. Students are encouraged to us our website at home to choose books for the various genres.
Books are getting processed from our Book Fair this past October. This Fair is so important to getting new books for our library; we more than double our book budget with Scholastic Dollars. I know there has been some talk among Catholic schools about some of the books Scholastic offers. Please let me calm your minds about this where Blessed Sacrament is concerned. Our Scholastic rep, Melissa Fitzgerald, is amazing, and she is on top of any controversial book that might be offered. She takes books with questionable content off our fair, and we don't need to be bothered with it. This does not mean that your child can read anything at the Book Fair; it is still your job to monitor what your child is reading to make sure that it meets your values.
Finally, we are gearing up for Battle of the Books. Anybody want to step up to coach? We have one coach, but could use another head and 2 assistants. I am including the list of books for this year. It looks like a great season for reading!
Save Me a Seat
Sarah Weeks and Gita
Carlo Collodi (Puffin Classics Edition; Translation by E. Harden)
A Long Walk to Water
Linda Sue Park
Anything But Typical
Nora Raleigh Baskin
The Boy on the Wooden Box
You’ll Like It Here, Everybody Does
The Last Boy at St. Edith’s
Lee Gjertsen Malone
City of Ember
The Misadventures of Maude
Island of the Blue Dolphin
Patricia Reilly Giff
A Snicker of Magic
I hope everyone has a very blessed and peaceful Advent and holiday, filled with joy.
Already this year we have had several books turned in that are damaged to the point that we must replace them or delete them. This breaks my heart! I love books, all books, and take very good care of the books I own. I hate to see any books dropped, left open, put on the floor, or get wet.
I had a book that I bought on vacation that I thought was the funniest book I had ever read. I woke my hostess up one night reading it! I got home and loaned it to my best friend, whom I dearly love. She took it and read it, and told me how much she enjoyed it. When she returned it, it was wrinkly and obviously had been wet. SHE READ IT AT THE SWIMMING POOL!! I trust my dear friend with my children, but I will never loan her another one of my books!
Parents, our budget is very limited. I am very careful with what I spend on books here. Please help your student take good care of them. This means not putting the books in the same bookbag/backpack as a water bottle. Even if you can separate the pages without tearing them, those books that have been wet are the ones that smell bad after the summer. Please be mindful.
Along this vein, we ask that you pay for a book rather than replace it. We generally purchase our books from publishers who print for library circulation. The difference in these books is the same difference in the quality of school uniforms and the shorts or shirts that you buy at K-Mart.
Thank you for your help and understanding in taking care of our books.
Because our circulation is online now, you and your student have the opportunity to access our card catalog in your pajamas! You can see what books we own, what is checked out, even what is checked out to your student!
Intermediate students have been learning how to logon and access their records this past week. If you have any questions about logging on and checking your child's checkouts, please call me here. I am happy to answer any questions you might have as I am able to do so.
The web address to check on books is : www.bscs.follettdestiny.com
The website to check for AR quizzes is: www.arbookfind.com
I just found out that we can request quizzes be made for books that do not have quizzes already written. Please do so for any book that is not a new publication. Newly-released books, especially series books, will have a quiz written and published within about 10 days from the release date. Suggestions for older books are encouraged (by us!).