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Springfield, IL 62703

What are we reading this week?

Nov 26, 2018 Primary classes will delve into some of Aesop's fables and will talk about the message behind the story. Upper Primary and Intermediate will continue with our deep-dive into the The Name of This Book is Secret. The students have been enjoying taken turns renaming the main characters, as the narrator advised them to.

"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

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

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

Children's Book Author Jim Aylesworth Coming to SBCS!!

Apr 11, 2014 Monday, April 21, Jim Aylesworth will be visiting! There will be 3 sessions. 9:15-10:15, Kindergarten-3rd grade 10:45-11:45, 4-5 grade 1:15-2:15, 6-8 grade Jim Aylesworth has written over 30 books for children, many of which are students and teachers love! “Jim Aylesworth's books were written to be read aloud. They are filled with the things that Jim has learned that children like -- especially rhythm, rhyme and repetition. READ MORE

Books are like a box of chocolates...You never know what you're gonna get!

Feb 13, 2014 This Valentine's Day, why not go on a blind date...with a book! I have set up a display of "mystery books" that have only been marked with the age-appropriate identifiers. I even have a section for adults! If students (or staff) decide to take a chance and select a mystery book from the display, they agree to take it home with them, read it, and write me a review! Reviews will be displayed, along with the books, in the library. READ MORE

It's time for to vote for Reader's Choice!

Jan 13, 2014 This year is the first year SBCS students have had the opportunity to vote in the Illinois Reader's Choice program. Since the beginning of the school year, students and teachers have had the opportunity to read the nominees for the Monarch, Bluestem and Rebecca Caudill Awards through read alouds in the library, in class, and through independent reading. Now January is here and voting can begin! I will have ballot boxes and displays set up in the library from now until the end of February. READ MORE

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