Friday, September 21, 2018

Our First Makerspace Activity!

We are trying something new in the library this year! Grades 1 & 2 will have a monthly makerspace activity in lieu of story time and library lessons. Our first activity, which we did this week, was making a Craft Stick Puzzle!

Students frequently do makerspace activities in their classroom which focus on design and engineering tasks, as well as collaboration. Our library makerspace will be a little bit different. We are working on following directive steps in order to start with, and will move on to activities that will emphasize graphic design and technology. We might throw in some inquiry-based activities that tie into library lessons that we are learning, although our makerspaces are meant to last only one class period.

I hope this experiment proves successful!

Aubrey's puzzle

Lolo putting together her puzzle

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

New Books for Fall 2018!

Check out these great new titles!

Picture Books

Friends Stick Together by Hannah E. Harrison
Trevor by Jim Averbeck
Frog and Beaver by Simon James
How to Knit a Monster by Annemarie van Haeringen

Easy Readers

Vernon is On His Way: Small Stories by Philip Christian Stead
Buddy and Earl Meet the Neighbors by Maureen Fergus


The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
The Tapper Twins Run for President by Geoff Rodkey
The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond
*The Wonderling by Mira Bartók
*The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
*The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade by Jordan Sonnenblick

Graphic Novels

Chasma Knights by Kate Reed Petty
Ocean Renegades by Abby Howard
Super Potato #1: The Epic Origin of Super Potato by Laperia
Tom's Midnight Garden by Edith
Poppy & Sam and the Leaf Thief by Cathon
My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder by Nie Jun


Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today by Cynthia Levinson
Stinkiest! 20 Smelly Animals by Steve Jenkins
*Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Hidden Figures (Young Reader's Edition) by Margot Lee Shetterly
The Secret Pool by Kimberly Ridley
Chasing Space by Leland Melvin

Young Adult

Sam and Ilsa's Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Rebound by Alexander Kwame
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
*Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

*Dorothy's List Nominee 2018-19