“I wanted to figure out why I was so busy, but I couldn't find the time to do it.” Todd Stocker
Our Scholastic Book Fair was a success. The profit was $2000, and we were able to get $1100 worth of books for our library and classrooms. That translates to over 105 new books!
The Rosetta Stone language program launched with lots of enthusiasm (and little tweaks to make it easier to deploy 😄) Ms. Roper is meeting the 7th and 8th graders in the library on Mondays and Thursdays. Imagine the sounds of a variety of languages filling the air - Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, French, Vietnamese, and more!
Library classes - after the book fair vacated the space - have been working on learning to use the Follett Destiny OPAC (Online pubic access catalog). Students can find books, recommend books to friends, and bookmark books for future reading. Students in middle school are exploring the qualities of a good book review. They will be adding book reviews to the OPAC as well as other web-based student review sites. Students in Kindergarten to 3rd grade are exploring the Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award nominees. These are picture books selected by Washington state librarians for students; the students will vote in April for their favorites.
Today, Jan Steves, our Iditarod musher, introduced her newest member of her team, Biscotti, to the 4th graders. They will be following Jan and other mushers in the 2015 Iditarod - The Last Great Race. This is the fourth year that Jan has collaborated with us. She spoke to the students about training and preparing for the race - comparing it to learning and, especially, reading. This year the students will participate in Idita-Read - a program in which students will the race the trail by counting time spent reading. (More about this will come in January.)