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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Librarians report for the month of March

Dear Parents and Grandparents,

We made rainbows, leaf friends, fairy paths (okra printing) and color monsters. We chatted about healthy foods and food labels. I also shared information about my identify and roots from India. Please ask your children 'What do the lions stand for in the Asoka Chakra and the Indian Emblem.' We celebrated Dr. Seuss birthday by reading books about Dr. Seuss and the books written by Dr.Seuss. Students received pencils, stickers, bookmarks and coloring sheets. We celebrated World Storytelling Day and this year's theme was trees and we spoke about different types of trees.

When the students come to the library; I usually keep some a variety of books to read to them or to do a book talk. The program is created based on the 'reading motivation' of our students. For example; Week 1 for Kindergarten to Grade 2 students, the theme was elephants and then we read some nonfiction and fiction books about elephants.

·       What is an elephant? by John Crossingham and Bobbie Kalman
·       The enormous elephant show by Liza Charlesworth
·       A nose like a hose by Jenny Samuels
·       Babar and the ghost by Laurent de Brunhoff
·       Horton hears a who! By Dr. Seuss
·       Horton hatches the egg by Dr. Seuss
·       The elephants and the shirt maker by Liza Charlesworth (a funny fairy tale)
·       Trunk tales by Dee Reid
·       The Tusk Fairy by Nicola Smee

Library skills are built in the content we read and discuss. We also discussed measurement. How would you measure an elephant? An elephant's trunk is 2 meters long. Watch our Grade 2 students conducting St. Patrick's Day research at the library.

Here below are the various ways in which we will celebrate and welcome the month of April.

April: School Library Month. The theme is "You Belong @ your library", Poetry month, Easter, Rocky Mountain Book Award announced
April 1: International Edible Book Festival (April 1st is the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755 - 1826), famous for his book "Physiologie du goût".)
April 9: Battle of Vimy Ridge anniversary
April 12: National Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day
April 12: Support Teen Literature Day
April 14: Titanic's 100th anniversary
April 15-21: Volunteer Week. Recognizing our school library volunteers
April 22: Earth day
April 23: UNESCOs World Book and Copyright day
April 26: Poem in Your Pocket day
April 23-May 2: "Read Globally, Act Locally" 
April 30: World Book Day (ALSC)

Read more at   The students of Grade 3A achieved their reading goals and received books as rewards. And, thank you so much for dropping in the library during the Celebration of Learning.  We would like to invite you to come, meet an author Marina Endicott and learn how to get your book published on Wednesday, March 28, 1 pm. Marina Endicott was born in Golden, BC, and grew up with three sisters and a brother, mostly in Nova Scotia and Toronto. She worked as an actor and director before going to England, where she began to write fiction. After London she went west to Saskatoon, where she was dramaturge at the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre for many years before going farther west to Mayerthorpe, Alberta; she now lives in Edmonton. Her first novel, Open Arms, was short-listed for the Amazon/Books In Canada First Novel award in 2002. Her second,Good to a Fault, was a finalist for the 2008 Giller Prize and won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean region. The Little Shadows, her latest book, longlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize, was a finalist for this year's Governor General's Award and will be published in the UK and Australia in spring 2012. She is at work on a new novel, Hughtopia.

Please come in for a chat at our school library.

Manisha Khetarpal
·       Do you want to be my friend by Eric Carle