Thursday, May 26, 2011

Flashlight Reading Week

We have been flashlight reading all week in the library. Every grade loves to flashlight read and can't wait for this week!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer Fun

Pigeon will be coming home with me over the summer and we are planning to have lots of fun! Please check my blog over the summer for updates on pigeon and what he's up to. He may turn up in some exciting places!

Also, I want all of you to take pictures of yourselves reading over the summer. You can be reading on vacation or at the park down the street. Have your parents email me a picture, or bring one in at the beginning of school and I'll display them in the library and on my blog. It will be fun to see all of the places Taylor students are reading over the summer!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Turtle in Paradise

Author: Jennifer L. Holm
Call Number: F HOL

In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.

Friday, May 20, 2011

All Books Due Monday, May 23

All library books are due for the year on Monday, May 23. Please be on the hunt for those missing and overdue books! If you have any questions about how to pay for a missing book please feel free to contact Mrs. Huff in the library. We will be doing inventory during the last week of school and appreciate your help in returning all of your library books on time. Thanks Taylor families!!

Fourth Grade Fun

In library this week, fourth graders created a fun foldable. They each wrote about one of their favorite books and then folded up their paper into the creations shown above. They then shared these with each other to learn about each other's favorite books. I felt this was the perfect activity for this origami crazed grade!


This week in kindergarten library storytime we read Chalk by Bill Thomson. This wordless picture book is on the new 2x2 list. In the book, three kids draw pictures with chalk, and what they draw comes to life. After we read the book we moved to the tables and the students drew chalk pictures that they would like to come to life.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Second Grade Storytelling

We are doing a little storytelling in second grade this week. We have been listening to Willy Claflin's amazing storytelling CD's, and this week the students are able to do some storytelling of their own. We begin with each student getting a card with something on it such as a king, pizza, or airplane. Then we have a volunteer begin the story with "Once upon a time..." and then they add a sentence incorporating their card. For example, "Once upon a time there was a king who lived in a faraway land." Then, the next student continues the story incorporating their card.

The class stories have been incredibly inventive, and I enjoy listening to what their creative minds come up with.

Monday, May 16, 2011

May Displays

Stop by the library today to check out some blue books... books with ideas of fun summer activities...

arts and crafts books...

and gardening books.

All books checked out this week will be due on May 23.

Pendant of the Deathly Hallows

Ian made me the sweetest present. It is a paper necklace and pendant of the Deathly Hallows (from the Harry Potter book). You can't see it in the picture but the pendant has a triangle for the cloak of invisibility, a circle representing the resurrection stone, and a wand representing the most powerful wand in the world. He said he wanted me to know how much he appreciated me being his librarian. This is the kind of sweetness that truly makes a librarian's day. Thanks Ian!!


Author: Robert Paul Weston

Call Number: F WES

Imaginative and adventurous Katrina eludes her maniacal guardian to help Morty, a member of the vanishing brred of zorgles, with his quest to uncover the fate of the fables Zorgles of Zorgamazoo as well as of other creatures that seem to have disappeared from the Earth.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Poetry Unit

Fourth grade is visiting the library this week to work on a poetry unit. They are using library books to locate examples of haiku, clerihew, free verse, concrete, and limerick poems. They choose the poem they like best, and then copy it exactly and illustrate it. Of course, they are using their citation skills and recording the author, title, publisher, and copyright date for each book that they use.

Book Club

Our fifth grade book club met for the last time today. We discussed The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn. Some students were doubtful that they would like a ghost story, but all were won over by the book once they read it. This group of students has been a joy to work with, and I will truly miss them next year. Their love of reading inspires me!

Solar System Research

Third grade visited the library last week for solar system research. They did a great job using library resources to discover facts about the planets, sun, and moon. They are using some of the information they gathered to create a planet travel brochure. I can't wait to see them!

Bookmark Contest Winners Announced

We had 130 bookmarks entered in this year's bookmark contest. Mrs. Lester said the entries were better than ever! Congratulations to our winners! All students are welcome to stop by the library and view the winning bookmarks. You may also choose a copy of one of their bookmarks after you check out.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Author: Carl Hiaasen

Call Number: F HIA

With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.