Ready to Rock!

The summer has flown by, and next week we begin a new school year. I hope everyone has enjoyed the time off, doing the things you love most. I’ve had a wonderful summer, with lots of time to reflect, learn, share, and plan for the coming year. I’m looking forward to exploring lots of new technology tools in the library to engage our students in authentic learning. My goal is to make each library class an unforgettable one- a challenge, for sure, but one I’m ready to embrace. I hope to have the opportunity to work alongside our classroom teachers to bring our students the best we have to offer. My message today is short and sweet:

To all of our students, staff members, our parents/caregivers-

You Matter screenshot

You Matter Manifesto  Read all about the You Matter manifesto by the brilliant Angela Maiers here:      






Scholastic BOGO Bookfair

It’s that time again! Our Scholastic Buy One, Get One Free Bookfair will be held from Monday, April 15th through Friday, April 19th. Stock up on titles for your summer reading, or think ahead and purchase holiday and birthday gifts at great savings. Click on this link to see more.

The Book Fair is on its way!

Book Fair Homepage
Brought to you by Scholastic Book Fairs
WHEN: Apr 19 – Apr 30

WHERE: Library


Mon, Apr 19 Set Up
Tues, Apr 20 9-2:45
Wed, Apr 21 9-2:45
Thurs, Apr 22 9-2:45
Fri, Apr 23 9-2:45
Mon, Apr 26 12-2:45
Tues, Apr 27 12-2:45
Wed, Apr 28 12-2:45
Thurs, Apr 29 12-2:45
Fri, Apr 30 Pack Up


  • Cash


Get ready now to set a record for summer reading.

Summer Reading

Get Started!

Buy One Get One Book Fair!
It’s that time again! The book fair you’ve
been waiting for is almost here! An amazing
selection of books is headed our way, and
EVERYTHING is included in the BUY ONE, GET
ONE FREE promotion!
At the Book Fair you will find the latest and
finest titles for kids, as well as books of
interest to parents.
The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone
excited about reading. See you there!
Teacher Ruth

Buy One Get One FREE! Buy One, Get One FREE!*
Now is the time to stock up for summer reading at the Buy One, Get One FREE! Book Fair. For every item purchased, you’ll get a second item for FREE! You will double your purchasing power and go home with twice the books!

Get ready to Read for the World Record
with books from your Buy One, Get One FREE Book Fair!

Choose from hundreds of books!
Buy One Get One FREE!
• Adventure/Mystery
• Family Favorites
• Fantasy
• Best-selling Fiction
• Popular Authors
• Exclusive Paperbacks
• Kids Favorites
• Graphic Novels

Look for more details in the Buy One, Get One FREE! flyer coming home with your child soon!

*All free items must be of equal or lesser value than the ones you buy.
While supplies last!

Black History Month Bibliography

Judy Freeman has just put a fabulous 76 book bibliography together on one of my favorite book sites, Read, Kiddo, Read. Click here to go directly to the list, which includes fiction and nonfiction, picture books and chapter books. I’m very glad to say most of the titles chosen by Ms. Freeman are on our shelves, available for checkout. Teachers will find excellent read aloud choices, while learners can browse until they find just the “right book”.


Calling All Would-Be Bloggers

Have you ever thought about creating your very own blog? Well, you can start right now! If you are a Leeds Ave School student, I have reserved a page for you at . Just stop by the library and we’ll set  up your blog together.  Starting a blog is kind of like having an online journal. It’s a place for you to post your thoughts, ideas, feelings, questions- just about anything you’d like to share with your readers. Remember, you will be writing for an audience, so always proofread and check for meaning before hitting the publish button.  C’mon, student bloggers…represent!              blog_clip_art


All of this glorious snow makes me think of a favorite poem by Shel Silverstein

by Shel Silverstein
I made myself a snow ball as perfect as could be.
I thought I’d keep it as a pet and let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas and a pillow for it’s head.
Then, last night it ran away.
But first — it wet the bed.

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For more of Shel Silverstein’s poetry, fun, & games,

click here

Yes, I’m Still Here

OK, no more excuses. It’s been much too long since my last post, and I realize there will never be enough time to get through all that needs to be done, so a little juggling of priorities is in order. Between what’s new in the library and what’s been on my mind, there is much to share with you.

First, what’s new in our library: BOOKS! BOOKS! and more BOOKS! I just finished barcoding and labeling over 150 new titles. Here’s a peek:

9780061139345 9780061552069 9780061703928 9780316118255 9780375844591 9780439706322 9780547007038 9780763632656 9780805078367 9780811827782 9781596433410

9781416928287 9781416938378 9781416950585 9781423113478 9781553379591 This is just a small sampling of the many wonderful new titles, so come in to the library and pick up a few good books!

As many of you have noticed, we now have a Smartboard installed in the library, and this past week we started integrating its use in library lessons. First Graders did an outstanding job of using a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast two stories by Jan Brett, The Hat and The Mitten. Next week, Kindergarten and First Grade lessons will incorporate use of the Smartboard as we visit story sites online.

Mr. Laster and I have been trying to come up with ways to give the upper grade learners more time on the computers so they can improve their information literacy skills. We tried changing around the schedule, but many learners and teachers were unhappy with that change, and Mr. Laster and I agreed it wasn’t all we hoped it would be. We’ve returned to our original schedule of alternating weeks for library and computer lab, but we’ve begun to collaborate on projects which will allow the upper grade learners to work in depth and on consecutive weeks as they explore research strategies, note taking, information assessment, application,and presentation options. We invite all teachers to join us in collaborative efforts to provide meaningful, real world learning opportunities as we introduce 21st century skills to our students.

Until next time,

Teacher Ruth