Library Cottage News


Fall 2019

Wendy Wilkins

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Early Learning Center

      The Early Learning Center is learning about the many humorous fiction books by author and illustrator Mo Willems. 

Each week we read one or more of his books then do a fun activity after students select and check out a library book. The students made stick puppets to act out with the many “Elephant and Piggie” book series. They also drew the pigeon character to go along with the “Pigeon” book series. Many of their drawings are now on display in the library.

Thank you to all families who donated to this year’s Birthday Book Club. Book selections are being processed now. Your support has allowed our library collection to grow to nearly 10,000 books! Our growing readers and teachers greatly appreciate you, too!

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Lower Primary
 

     We completed our nonfiction author study on Gail Gibbons. We read together her book Tornadoes. Students researched and wrote short reports on the author and one of her many books on individual animals. They completed their study with a short book review on another free choice book by Gibbons.  In addition to our book fair, LP completed a mapping project that followed up our reading the nonfiction book All That Trash, The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff by Meghan McCarthy. 



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      Many MP students volunteered their service this year to be part of the very first St. Nicholas School Library Guild! These students help organize and shelve books before Chapel and other selected times. They assist in cataloguing new books. They may also research books for the seasonal and other special book displays. 
      MP prepared for the Public Library field trip by reading a biography about Gutenberg and another nonfiction book about the history of libraries. Students toured Circulation, the Children’s Department, Local History and finally amazing Maker Space. The library staff had a scavenger hunt for the students. They searched for nonfiction books using their catalog database on laptops. Students were allowed to check out books to read at school by using our new Public Library card. All had a great time!
      We have also researched World Heritage Sites before and after our visit to the IMAX to see the Great Barrier Reef. Students began research into other World Heritage Sites using print and digital reference resources. Websites include UNESCO World Heritage and World Book using the Tennessee Electronic Library. This project includes identifying and comparing a cultural and naturally occurring World Heritage Site. Students are introduced to map reading and source citation skills. 
      Thank you to all families who donated to this year’s Birthday Book Club. Book selections are being processed now. Your support has allowed our library collection to grow to nearly 10,000 books! Our growing readers and teachers greatly appreciate you too!



Upper Primary 

Many UP students volunteered their service this year to be part of the very first St. Nicholas School Library Guild! These students help organize and shelve books before Chapel and other selected times. They assist in cataloguing new books. They may also research books for the seasonal and other special book displays. 
      UP researched and presented books depicting courage for one of first Chapels of the school year.  Photographs of the students with their book and statements about courage were displayed in the library during September. These book recommendations included fiction, picture books, biographies, history and many other nonfiction selections. We all enjoyed reading about their book selections.
      Students are now focusing on understanding the Dewey Decimal System by researching the school library collection. They are selecting and writing down the title and call numbers of 3 books along with the name of each of the 10 sections. 
     To support their CORE class studies, we also reading a number of biographies about famous scientists and inventors who lived during the Middle Ages including Galileo Galileo, Gutenberg and Maria Merian. 
      Finally students are reading books by our author of the month, Peter Sis. They have also been introduced to the Volunteer State Book Awards nominations. (This list may be found at: Volunteer State Book Awards Students will be writing book reviews and commercials on many of these books to share at school. 
     Thank you to all families who donated to this year’s Birthday Book Club. Book selections are being processed now. Your support has allowed our library collection to grow to nearly 10,000 books! Our growing readers and teachers greatly appreciate you too!



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