Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Brothers at Bat

..from Amazon.com: "The Acerra family had sixteen children, including twelve ball-playing boys. It was the 1930s, and many families had lots of kids. But only one had enough to field a baseball team . . . with three on the bench! The Acerras were the longest-playing all-brother team in baseball history. They loved the game, but more important, they cared for and supported each other and stayed together as a team. Nothing life threw their way could stop them.
Full of action, drama, and excitement, this never-before-told true story is vividly brought to life by Audrey Vernick’s expert storytelling and Steven Salerno’s stunning vintage-style art."

This is the first "Red Clover Book your children will hear. There will be 9 others! They will be introduced to the title, do an accompanying activity and will vote for their favorite in the spring.

There is more about the Red Clover Program, and details about the 10 books on this site.

We are winding down with the introductory lessons for the Kindies and will be moving back to a 40 minute block beginning next week. Seeing your students twice a week has enabled me to reinforce the circulation procedure in the library a well as teach successive lessons about book care and other preliminary expectations.

Your children are doing a fine job remembering their library books-- this should be easier when their library day is "fixed" beginning Monday.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pale Male

Pale Male is the Citizen hawk in New York City. There are several books about this hawk, in the city since 2002. We have been reading the Jeanette Winter version as it outlines the conflict betweent he bird watchers and the apartment dwellers very well. Ask you children what the problem in the story was, and how it was resolved!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Elephants can paint!

Elephants can paint? Well, sort of... elephants can be taught to put pain on paper but cannot, for example, paint you a house if you ask them to. We had some interesting conversationa about this today, and will for the rest of the week, I suspect.
Elephants can Paint video: http://wimp.com/elephantpaints/

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Mo Willems has written so many wonderful stories it is difficult to choose which to read first! This year, I decided tostart with his newest title, That is NOT a Good Idea! in which the baby ducks are warning, we assume, mother duck about the impending advances of evil fox. The story has a delifghtful twist that is so fun to see realized in the eyes of children-- Your children have learned library expectations for circulation and behavior, and we are lucky to have TWO lessons together (for now) each week to reinforce these early rules.

Please call or email me wih questions about the program-- I love to celebrate our progressive library!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summer Library

YES! The library will be open Thursdays from 12-2 
and then again from 
5-7pm every week!

We have air conditioning :)