End of Year Wrap-Up
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.