The One and Only Ivan

Yesterday the Newbery and Caldecott medal winners were announced at The American Library Association's Mid Winter Meeting. I was beyond excited to hear that The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate took top honors, winning the Newbery Medal. It is the story of Ivan, a silverback gorilla living at a run down circus themed... Continue Reading →

Batty for Books

First Grade designs bats after reading Bats at the Library by Brian Lies.  Students imagined what it would be like to be a bat in the library.  Would they read or would they play?  First Graders designed bats with books (including call numbers!) that they themselves would enjoy reading if they sneaked into a library... Continue Reading →

Library Lion

One of my all time favorite picture books is Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen. It is a very sweet tale of a lion that wanders into a library and quickly gains a love for story time. Being an animal lover and book lover I immediately take to these types of books and there are plenty out... Continue Reading →

Mole’s Hill

I am starting to introduce the Kindergarten classes to the difference between Author and Illustrator. I make it a habit of reading the Title, Author and Illustrator before I start reading a book. Most times the children love repeating back the names to me. It seem that people who write books don't have common names.... Continue Reading →

Ok ok I need to see more pictures of African Wildlife

I just couldn't stop saving pictures. Rather than taking up the whole webcam blog I decided to post more African animal pictures in their own blog post.Vervet Monkey. So stinkin cute!Dik DikJackals!Eeeeeeek baby Zebra!Wild African DogLions playingYellow MongooseBat Eared Fox cubWho doesn't love this! African BuffaloCape FoxGorgeous CheetahOMG CUTE!!!!GemsbokOk ok I am obsessed with baby... Continue Reading →

Warrior Cats

Since last year I have been asked by various students and parents if the library had the Warrior Cats series. The first time I was asked I had never heard of it. The second time I did a little investigating and the third and fourth time I seriously thought about acquiring this series in the library. We... Continue Reading →


I thought I would share another new library book with you. Owney The Mail-Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby is based on a real 19th century dog who became famous for guarding the U.S. Mail. It is amazing to think that there was a real little terrier mix dog who loved mail pouches and railroad cars so much he... Continue Reading →


We just recieved a small shipment of new books. Most of the books have been requested by various children. But I also ordered a few that looked cute, cool and interesting. Today I read one of our new picture books to Kindergarten. Let me tell you, I was simply delighted with Duck by Randy Cecil and... Continue Reading →

Turkey-ific Research!

Today 2A entered into the realm of research! Our library catalog not only allows the students to look up library books but provides a safe environment to search the internet. That is exactly what the second graders did during their library time. Mrs. Emmett wanted her class to search for facts on Turkeys. The first task was to... Continue Reading →

Fiction vs. Non-Fiction

The 2nd grade class is starting to learn the difference between fiction and non-fiction books. Most of the students already know that non-fiction books are "real" and fiction books are "make believe". The question is how can they tell which type it is just by looking at the book? You have all heard the phrase... Continue Reading →

Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat

I always enjoy a good folktale with a lesson to be learned. As a librarian I am constantly reading the books in the library. Sometimes I feel like I have read so many books that it is impossible for me to find ones I haven't read. The truth is that our small library will always... Continue Reading →

Country of the Month October 2010

The country for October is our neighbor to the north, CANADA! Having never been there myself I had to do a bit of research to find some interesting facts about the second-largest nation on Earth in area. The word Canada originated from a Huron-Iroquois word meaning village or settlement; kanata!Because Canada is so big there... Continue Reading →

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