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2530 Ash Street
Springfield, IL 62703

"It takes a lot of bravery to be kind": NPR interview with Kate DiCamillo

Aug 18, 2016 There are few authors who are able to reach a wide variety of ages, backgrounds and learning levels as Kate DiCamillo. She is the beloved author of many of our students' favorite books, and one of my personal favorites. Over the summer, she gave an interview on the NPR program All Things Considered after her newest novel, Raymie Nightingale, was released. She speaks about the book, but also about the nature of characters, kindness, and family dynamics. Enjoy! http://www.npr. READ MORE

BOGO Book Fair in May!

Apr 30, 2015 May 11-15 is our 3rd and final Scholastic Book fair of the year, and this one is Buy One, Get One Free!! I will once again be in need of volunteers! As usual, I have 3, 2-hour time slots available each day, and ideally I like to have 2 volunteers per time slot. Friday, the final day of the fair, is also the Pastries with Parents event, so I will need extra help for the morning shift that day. READ MORE

April is National Poetry Month!

Apr 8, 2015 Poetry is a great way to get kids excited about reading and writing. During the month of April, I will doing poetry read-alouds, talking about the different types of poetry, and encouraging students to write their own. We have plenty of poetry in here for all ages and interests on display and on the shelves! here are some fun resources to help you celebrate national Poetry Month in your classroom or at home :-) http://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/home http://www. READ MORE

SBCS Celebrates Black History Month

Feb 20, 2015 Black History Month is a great way to introduce literacy and history into the every day workings of the library. This year I was able to put up some fun hallway displays and incorporate them into the learning experience in the library for each grade level, as well as introduce some lesser-known aspects of Black History. For K-3, we spent a few weeks reading various books about Freedom Quilts during library time. READ MORE

February Scholastic Book Fair!

Jan 12, 2015 February 9-13 is our 2nd Scholastic Book fair of the year. I will once again be in need of volunteers! As usual, I have 3, 2-hour time slots available each day, and ideally I like to have 2 volunteers per time slot. If you would like to volunteer but don't want to submit your email for registration, or of you need any help at all with the registration process, give me a call and I will register you!

Parent library accounts now available!

Nov 17, 2014 Parents are now able to check out up to 10 books for 2 weeks at a time at the school library. Our school library has nearly 12,000 titles for all grade levels in fiction, non-fiction, biography, picture books and more! We also have a growing collection of high-level (gold and silver) books and classics for advanced readers and adults. The library is open by 8:30 every morning, all day during regular school hours, and until 4:30 every evening. READ MORE

Banned Books Week 2014

Sep 23, 2014 September 21-27 is Banned Books Week. Each year many of our most beloved books are challenged or outright banned by public school systems and communities for a number of reasons. Banned Books Weeks recognizes these books, as well as the importance of keeping our freedom to read and seek information intact. The American Library Association has some wonderful resources and information all about Banned Books throughout our history. READ MORE

First Book Fair of the year!!!

Aug 27, 2014 September 8-12 is the week of our first Scholastic Book Fair. Volunteers are needed!

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