Book Fair Fun

We held our first of three Scholastic Book Fairs last week.  The students loved checking out (and buying!) the new books at the fair.  Our book fair could not happen without all our volunteers.  Many parents helped out setting up, tearing down, and working during the day. We also had eleven fifth graders help by running register, making wish lists for younger students, and restocking the fair.  Most helped during the school day, but two students even came on Saturday to help out!  They had a lot of fun helping out and did an awesome job.  Some students loved running register while others preferred to help out working with kindergarten and first grade or with the lollipop pull.  With a twenty-five cent donation to All for Books, students pull one lollipop.  Some lollipops had a colored stick which won them a coupon to use at the book fair.    Here are some pictures from our book fair.

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Fifth grade helpers with their favorite book from the fair

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TJ Connor Receives Grant From James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club

TJ Connor has won a grant from James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club for our School Library!

James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club announced in March 2016 that Patterson would donate$1.75 million to save school libraries nationwide in the second installment of his School Library Campaign. As part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a number one priority in the United States, selected school libraries will be receiving grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Since the grant program’s launch in 2015, Patterson has donated $3.5 million to school libraries nationwide, with all funds are being personally donated by Patterson.
We are so excited to be a recipient.  Our plan is to use the money to purchase playaways for our library.  We have a diverse population of readers and reading levels.  Audio books provide students the opportunity to listen to books at grade level when they are reading below grade level and are also great for improving listening skills.  Plus, audio books are lots of fun.  Playaways are easier for students to use than CDs because they do not require a computer or player to play.  Playaways are portable and have the appeal of listening with ear buds, a popular feature for young people today.
Once we have the playaways, I plan to share them with the students by hosting an Odyssey Award club.  Students will be invited to listen to several different audio books and vote on their favorite.  We will then share the top audio books with the school to increase awareness of the power of audio books and playaways in particular.  Thank you to James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club for this wonderful opportunity for our school!
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James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club Grant

Get Caught Reading Again!

Our Get Caught Reading campaign is back!  OR I should our Got Caught Reading campaign?  For the last three weeks students have been ticketed for any voluntary reading done in school.  The teachers loved ticketing students and the students are loving the prize- a free book to our upcoming book fair next week.  Each week for the previous three weeks, a drawing was held to select three tickets from each grade.  Winners were announced on the morning announcements and students received a coupon to our book fair.

Our book fair starts on Monday, November 14 and runs through Saturday, November 19.  This is our first Saturday book fair event to coincide with the PTA Science Fair. Our book fairs are hosted by Scholastic and this year’s theme is a fun one:  Bookaneer Book Fair.  That’s right, it is a pirate theme.  Ahoy, matey! Our book fair is also online through November 22 for those that want to do some “secret” holiday shopping. Happy shopping and happy reading!180119_bookaneer_book_fair_clip_art_logolg