Thursday, September 24, 2015

Library basics

Students in grades K - 3 received a long narrow bookmark in their first library book of the year. The bookmark reminds you about which day is your student's library day and gives the library hours.

In general, students may borrow 1 book at a time in Kindergarten & 1st grade, 2 books in second grade, 3 books in third grade, 4 books in fourth grade and 5 books in fifth grade. After 5th grade students generally don't need more than 5 books at a time, but I work with each student on a case-by-case basis depending on their needs. If K - 3 students come before or after school with a parent they may borrow additional books from our library. Please stop by and check out some books!

We encourage students to also use the public libraries in Brookline and Boston which have many additional resources.

Our library website provides access to online resources like online encyclopedias, databases, and e-books which can be accessed from home. Here's the link:
Please see the librarian for passwords as some resources require that you login. 

Coming soon: Boston Book Festival October 23 & 24, 2015!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Welcome Back to School!

Soon the 2015-16 school year will begin -- here are some great books to start the year off on the right foot!

For younger students:

How to Read a Story by Kate Messner
This is one we'll be reading in the library this year. How does one choose a book when there are many to choose from? Where is the best place to read? What do you do if you don't recognize some of the words? This book answers all those questions and will inspire young readers to read great books!

What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
A wonderful book that inspires creative thinking and the persistence that is needed to see your idea through.

For older students (grades 4 and up):

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (4th - 8th grade)
Ada has always felt that her unusually shaped foot is shameful and should be hidden away. It's not until she is sent to the countryside of England during World War II that she experiences the freedom that most children take for granted. Ada and her brother Jamie are taken in by a woman who isn't sure that she is up for caring for children--it turns out that over time she and Ada save each other.

The Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan (4th/ 5th grade grade)
Orphan Nell Warne tries to win over her aunt by assisting her with various sleuthing assignments. She fears she'll be sent to "The Home for the Friendless" if she can't impress her aunt with her detective skills! Based on the true story of the first female detective, this novel is full of surprises!

Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio (4th- 6th grade)
For students who couldn't get enough of the realistic novel called Wonder-- three short stories about the characters in that novel.

The Swap by Megan Shull (7th/ 8th grade)
Ellie and Jack barely know each other but over the course of this book they swap places so that each gets to know the other VERY well! Ellie is a 7th grader, Jack is an 8th grader and when they switch places they find they have a better understanding of each others' lives.