Friday, January 5, 2018

Media and Information Literacy in the Library

On Tuesday, the Valley News ran an article by school librarian and blogger Maureen Paschal titled "How to Arm Your Kids Against Fake News". (Not available in the Valley News' digital edition, it is linked here to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; same article, different headline.)

Media and information literacy have always been an integral part of every library's mission, and they are more important now than ever. In our library, we begin in 1st grade with a look at the difference between fact and opinion; in the 3-5 cluster, we discuss point of view, bias and purpose in media messages, and how to effectively search the internet and evaluate websites for quality; and in our technology electives, we discuss how our social media activity and online behavioral tracking can put us in a media bubble.

However, there is still more work to do! My hope is that every student leaves Newton with the tools they need to be savvy and compassionate consumers and creators of information and digital content, and I will continue to work to improve our library program to meet that goal.

Friday, December 22, 2017

If I Had A...

The first grade read One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo and When Dinosaurs Came With Everything by Elise Broach, two books about caring for an unusual pet. They thought of an unusual pet they could have--we had bobcats, a cheetah, a baselisk, a couple of different dinosaurs, and of course, penguins!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

New Books for Winter 2018

Check out these great new titles!

Picture Books

The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt
The Bad Seed by Jory John
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
Catch My Breath by Paul Briggs
That is My Dream!: A Picture Book of Langston Hughes's "Dream Variation" by Langston Hughes
Robinson by Peter Sís
The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner
What Do You Do With a Chance? by Kobi Yamada
Red Again by Barbara Lehman

Easy Readers

Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy by Laurel Snyder
Pass the Ball, Mo! by David A. Adler

Graphic Novels

Cici's Journal: The Adventures of a Writer-in-Training by Joris Chamberlain
Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry
Bolivar by Sean Rubin
The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America by Jaime Hernandez


Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution by Bernie Sanders
Ballpark: the Story of America's Baseball Fields by Lynn Curlee
Twelve Reasons to Love the Boston Red Sox by Matt Tustison
Twelves Reasons to Love the New York Yankees by Doug Williams
Creepy Crawly Jokes About Spiders and Other Bugs by Melissa Stewart
Simone Biles by Grace Hansen


The Terrible Two Get Worse by Jory John and Mac Barnett
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney

Young Adult

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green