Library Cottage News

November / December / January

Wendy Wilkins

Thank you for supporting our Fall Scholastic Book Fair this past November. The proceeds have allowed us to buy much needed shelving for our expanding picture book collection and add many current award winning books in fiction and nonfiction.


Early Learning Center

       During their weekly library visit, ELC students listened to fairy tales along books from the Volunteer State Picture Book Awards and Caldecott Award’s list including the biography Snowflake Bentley. They enjoyed several seasonal pop up books by artist Robert Sabuda, along with the snowman story featuring forest animals Stranger in the Woods. They created 1, 2 or 3 dimensional Christmas trees and painted snow scenes using crayon resists with an Epsom salt wash. 


Lower Primary

     Lower Primary students have been diligently researching the regions of the U.S., which began the study of author Laurie Keller and her book The Scrambled States of America. We have been using both digital and print resources to identify each state in each of the five regions of the country using maps and writing the name of each state on notecards.  


Middle Primary

Middle Primary students have been researching and comparing natural and man-made UNESCO World Heritage sites using a variety of resources including, reference books, websites and periodicals. Their research includes locating each site on continent and country maps using World Book on the Tennessee Electronic Library website ( 
       Many students in MP are enjoying reading Australian author Andy Griffiths’ humorous Treehouse series. They had fun learning about him and his illustrator Terry Denton in a short author study featuring interviews with the author.
       MP also began exploring each of the 10 Dewey Decimal sections. They are writing down the name and number range of each section along with one example of a book that they would like to read on individual notecards.


Upper Primary

       Upper Primary students have been enjoying reading aloud many of this year’s Volunteer State Book Awards and the 2020 American Library Association Award books. They are creating book reviews to add to our school library’s Alexandria database for other St Nicholas students to read along with creating book commercials for our school. 
       They completed a detailed exploration of the 10 Dewey Decimal sections along with an independent author study of Peter Sis. They also researched the biography section for individuals who demonstrated serving others. This research may be used in a future Chapel.

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