Finished up my newsletter today and sent it out to staff. Take a look:
Good morning all,
This will hopefully happen about every month and let you know of
what is going on in the library and any other notes I may have!
Remember! Long breaks are coming and you can order in a book from any of the SKSD libraries. Want a Grisham? I just read from Sprague -
Playing for Pizza about a third string quarterback who ends up
in the Italian football (yes, the American kind!) league. It was fun!
On the library search - if you scroll down to the bottom of the
libraries, it will say "All Libraries", put in a book
or author and it should tell you if it is available in the district.
You all have district accounts and can order one in! Let me know, I'll
send in the request and it will be sent here! Easy Peasy!
Thankfulness - our word for the month. I'm telling the kids on
their library visits how grateful we should be that amazing people have
given us public libraries for anyone to check out any book they want.
Something I am very grateful for!
I am also working on a bulletin board on "Thankful for Good Books"
where I hope to start next week having kids draw their favorite book
cover and putting their book 'leaf' on a tree I'm working on! I hope
that parents and students will come in during
conferences and enjoy our great library, scope out some of the books
I'll have out on display and students can show parents their favorite
books on the tree.
Highlighted authors for the month - I'm also working on a bulletin
board to highlight our Read-A-Long authors for each month - this
month's authors are:
P. D. Eastman
C. S. Lewis (one of my all time faves!)
Madeleine L'Engle (another fave!)
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Neil Gaiman (Good Omens with Terry Pratchett, what a hoot!)
Lousia May Alcott
Yes, I've actually checked out a book from here - Basho and the River Stones.
My son has a cat named Basho after the 15th century poet and master of
the Haiku and I was shocked to see we had a book about him! It is a
fable of gratefulness, where
a fox tries to trick Basho into giving him all rights to the one cherry
tree on Basho's property, but Basho instead shows the fox what is
really important in life.
I have for this year, an extra hour in the library and hope to use
it to enhance the resources here at Bush and for our students. I am
available from 7:45 to 4:15 most days and there is a calendar on the
cupboard behind my desk that shows where I am out
and about at if I'm not in here.
Also - November is National Novel Writing Month! I have done Nanowrimo for seven years but decided to have a break this year. Nano
is a great program where you are encouraged to write a 50,000 word
novel in the 30 days of November! That
is the adult side! They also have an amazing Young Writer's Program for
young children where the children can pick how many words they'd like
to try and write for the month. There are teacher resources, lesson
plans and workbooks available! Go here to find
out more: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/ Want to try it yourself? Go here:
We have a great regional group that meets once a week on the weekend
down at Salem Public Library. You can catch the event times and
whereabouts on the library event page or sign up
for the region on the Nano site where you can get all the fun and facts about our amazing region!
That's enough for this month! Happy Thankful Reading!
Have already had two staff people say they loved it. Put my heading on my 'book leaf' bulletin board today and worked on my November authors board as well. Had four classes in for reading and check out. The older kids were terrible! A teacher had to come in twice to tell them to be quiet because there was a class in the computer lab taking a test. I felt bad for them. Had my LLI class this morning, and cafeteria dump duty, but the rest of the day was blessed library time! I hope that my newsletter sets the mood for what great things can happen when a library media assistant actually has time to do some things!