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September & October Media Monthly Barnard Elementary

September is National Library Card month. Is your child signed up for a Troy Public Library ecard yet? It's so easy! Sign up once and your child can continue to use that library card for the rest of their Troy school experience. Here are the instructions:

We love our library volunteers! If you are interested in helping out in the library media center, use the sign up genius link here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094eada62ba64-barnard6

Library volunteers help with checking in books, putting books away on the library shelves, and helping students check new books out. Students love seeing their parents help out in the library. If you have any questions, please email me! LHenderosn@troy.k12.mi.us

Birthday Books are Back!

Celebrate your child's birthday in a fun new way - by donating a book to the Barnard Library. All Barnard students can participate in this club at any time. How do you join? By picking out a new, hard-cover book to add to the Barnard collection. You can use our Amazon Wishlist for ideas. http://bit.do/birthdaybook

Bring your new, hard-cover book to the library with the completed form (see link below to download) and we will process the book and add it to the library collection. Each birthday book will have a special bookplate inside commemorating your child's birthday. Members of the birthday book club will receive a special bookmark and pencil which they can keep, and will be the first student to check out their Birthday Book!

http://barnardmedia.weebly.com/birthday-book-club.html

Spotlight on Learing

In September, we welcome everyone back to the Library Media Center. Our focus is on reviewing library policies and procedures, then helping students find the best books.

Kindergarten: In September we get to know our new Kindergarten friends and learn how to use the library. Our focus is on listening and following directions, but we also share some beautiful books such as Monkey Not Ready for Kindergarten and D. W.'s Library Card by Marc Brown. Students check out their first library book on their second visit to the library. In October, our third lesson together will focus on taking good care of the library and using the "Library Keys" to find the perfect book on the shelf. Our fourth lesson is all about taking good care of our books at school and at home.

First grade: In September we welcomed students back with the incredible story of School's First Day of School written by Adam Rex and illustrated by Christian Robinson. Next we learned about making just right book choices using the Five Finger Rule featured in Goldisocks and the Three Libearians. First graders got two new privileges this week: they can now check out two books at a time, AND they get to check out from the chapter book collection for the very first time. They are thrilled! In October we will unlock another section of the library: Nonfiction. We'll focus our next two lessons on the many different types of books that can be found int he Nonfiction area of the library.

Second grade: We also read School's First Day of School, and reviewed our library rules and procedures. In our second lesson, second graders played a silly shoe game to remind us of the Five Finger Rule and that we need to find books that are just right for us. In October we will begin learning about how the library is organized, how call numbers work, and we will play Mrs. Henderson's favorite game: "Trick or Treat" where we go looking for books on the shelf and try to find them by call number.

Third, Fourth & Fifth grade: Our first lesson was a Kahoot game to review our library rules and procedures, with a few new book talks to get students excited about the new books that came out over the summer. Next we got right to work installing and learning a new app: Destiny Discover. For students who were familiar with Destiny Quest, this is the new app from Follett that replaces (and hopefully improves) DQ. Students can use Destiny Discover to search the library collection, find books on the shelves, read reviews, place books on hold, and coolest of all: they can read library ebooks on their ipads! We will continue working in Destiny Discover all year long, so this will be ongoing learning. In October we'll learn about all the amazing things we can do with our TPL eCards, such as ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive, TrueFlix & FreedomFlix, and more.

Questions? Concerns? Contact me!

Email: LHenderson@troy.k12.mi.us / Phone: 248-823-4310

Follow us on Twitter: @LHendersonReads

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