This Month in the Library


Penguins! Penguins! Penguins! Second graders have been researching all kinds of penguins and their habitats through several sources:  books, magazines, videos, an online encyclopedia and an online database. They understand the importance of citing their sources when they “borrow” information for research purposes and are learning about text features such as Table of Contents, Index and captions.


Starting this month, first and second graders will be learning about various parts of a book through Word Wall lessons during their story time each week. Some of the terms they will be learning are:  Cover; Spine; Spine label; Call number; Author; Illustrator; Publisher; Title page; Copyright ©; Copyright page; Table of Contents; Glossary and Index. Knowing and understanding how to use these terms are an important part of the District’s ICT benchmarks as well as the Common Core State Standards.


The Caldecott and Newbery awards have been announced! The Caldecott Award is given for the best illustrations in a children’s book. The winner this year is Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. The Newbery Award is given for outstanding achievement in children’s literature. The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill, is this year’s winner.


Third graders have been practicing what they learned through their Destiny lessons. They are well on their way to being independent library users! Students are able to access the library online catalog from the library computers, the computers in their classrooms and even from home. They also now know how to search for materials in other schools within the district.


All students have access to the e-books that we have in our collection. It requires them to login to Destiny with their own, unique username and password, which are the same as their i-Ready credentials. Logging in also allows them to view and track their own library checkouts. The free Destiny Discover App can be downloaded to any personal device in order to read our e-books on or offline. Questions? Please feel free to email me (see below) or call at ext.5233.


Until next month…

Leslie Schilling   


Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a restful break from the bustle of activity.

And the winner is…!

It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee

Students in 1st and 2nd grade here at South School voted this book #1 for the Ladybug Picture Book Award for 2016! In second place was Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and Meg Hunt, and Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook by Anne Vittur Kennedy came in third.

We also have the results for the state. It was a victory as well for It’s Only Stanley with 4,119 votes out of the 22,317 that were cast. We Forgot Brock! by Carter Goodrich came in second with 3,463 votes and rounding out the top three with 3,084 votes was Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds and Matt Davies.


In the New Year, we will be starting our Word Wall with 1st and 2nd graders, which introduces them to the various parts of a book. There will be more information to follow on this in future articles.

Third graders will be continuing with their Destiny lessons. Before vacation, I shared The Library Gingerbread Man by Dotti Enderle, which introduces students to the Dewey Decimal system and helps them to understand what some of the numbers represent in the call numbers of non-fiction books. They will be learning how to do different kinds of searches of the online catalog and they will even be able to login to Destiny to read the e-books available in our collection as well as to monitor their own checkouts! We are very proud of their accomplishments in learning the online catalog thus far and they are well on their way to becoming independent library users!

Fourth and fifth graders will be reminded of our e-book (electronic book) collection in case they like having the option of reading from a screen. These e-books are accessible both at school and from home, as long as there is an Internet connection. Most students may use their i-Ready username and password to login to Destiny, both to read e-books, as well as to keep track of their current library checkouts.

Till next time…

Leslie Schilling