What's Happening at the Library
As we finish a segment on biographies we turn our attention to Research Skills. Destiny, our online research portal, provides our students with a vetted variety of resources. In our secondary classes we will look at different ways of searching for information, gathering information, evaluating information and creating our own work from that research. Primary classes will enjoy literature with a focus on fact or opinion.
April is National Poetry Month and we will explore poetry of all types. Did you know there are over 50 different types of poetry? Poetry can be fun, but it is also widely recognized to help with cognitive development, language development, social and emotional development, and even physical development through coordination of breathing, and mouth and tongue movement. Each morning on the announcements the morning reporters will share a poem. On Thursday, April 27 Sahuaro will celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day. We will have an opportunity to pull a copy of our favorite poem out of our pocket to share with others. Check out the links to several great children’s poetry websites and information on why poetry is important.
In the library we are reviewing expectations and behaviors for this environment. Sahuaro students are safe, respectful and responsible everywhere! We are also sharing Folk Tales, Tall Tales, Fairy Tales and Fables. Every country and culture has both unique and common stories and we are exploring as many as we can. These types of stories are not only enjoyable but they also impart wisdom and life lessons that we can incorporate into our daily lives.
The Book Fair is coming! Mark your calendars! The physical Book Fair will be here the week of February 13-17. Students may shop with his or her class during library time or after school on Thursday, February 16. Our late night on Thursday runs until 6:00 in conjunction with our BINGO night. Shop and stay for BINGO! The online Book Fair will be available from February 2 through February 22. You may click here for the online fair.
The theme in the library this month is Harvest. We are highlighting A Harvest of Award-Winning Books in addition to supporting curriculum by exploring the topics of harvest, animal adaptations, colonization and Thanksgiving. The library uses fiction and non-fiction book pairings when possible. Being familiar with the parts of a non-fiction book is helpful for research and information gathering so all grade levels have been learning and reviewing book parts during library visits.
We begin our Lonely Book Program. Students will be able to check out a Lonely Book in addition to regular checkout. Lonely Books are books that may not often get checked out. The students have an opportunity to review the Lonely Book in addition to enjoying extra reading material. With the upcoming breaks having extra reading material is beneficial.
Our annual Cornucopia Coloring Contest will run from November 1 through November 23. The contest is a highly anticipated Fall activity! All entries will be displayed in the library.
In the library the focus continues to be on empowering patrons. Learning how to find information in print and online is a skill that will serve a person for a lifetime. Remember that Destiny, our online portal, is available from any device with internet service. Students can search for books and do online research using teacher and librarian approved resources. In the primary grades the focus has been on fiction and non-fiction pairings to support curriculum. We strive to encourage the love of reading with every book, every activity, every encounter here in the library. This October, be sure to Fall into a Good Book.
In addition to enjoying good literature to inspire the love of reading, the focus in the library is on empowering our patrons. A patron who is empowered has the knowledge and ability to fully utilize our print resources as well as our online portal. The online portal gives students quick and efficient access to teacher and librarian approved websites and can be accessed from any computer with internet connection. From our library website simply click on the Destiny icon. Sahuaro students are responsible, respectful and safe.
Our Sahuaro Elementary school library gives our students access to many great resources including good books and information databases. A library is instrumental in aiding a student's learning. The library is also a good place to learn responsibility and citizenship. Good library citizenship includes taking care of the books and returning them on time. When a student checks out a book it becomes his or her responsibility. Please encourage your child to be responsible with library books. We are excited to see students in the library! We look forward to a year of sharing good literature, using the library and our database portal for proper research, and helping our students become even stronger readers.