Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Electronic Books

Have you checked out an electronic book or audio book yet? These books are available through the district for the first time this year. You can read or listen to books on your home computer, i device, Kindle, etc. There are many books available for check out. Click on the Ebooks page above to find out more!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Book Reviews

This week in library fourth grade students are learning how to do quick book reviews. They come and sit at the tables where there are book review forms along with a stack of fiction books. They are practicing looking at a book's front cover, and quickly reading the book's back cover or inside flap to see if the book interests them. Then they jot down the book's title, author, and call number, along with a couple of notes on their form and give the book a 1-5 rating. Each student has the chance to review five or six books. At the end of the lesson the students are able to check out any of the books that they would like to. There are many books that multiple students wish to check out, and all dilemmas are solved with a rock-paper-scissors war. Students take their forms with them so that they can refer to them at a later date to help them find the books that they liked.

So B. It

Author: Sarah Weeks
Call Number: F WEE

After spending her life with her mentally disables mother and agoraphobic neighbor, twelve-year-old Heidi sets out from Reno, Nevada, to New York to find out who she is.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

Author: Jeff Kinney

Call Number: F KIN

Greg, stuck indoors with his family because of a blizzard, suffers from claustrophobia and worries they will not be able to weather the storm.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Robot Book Display

We repurposed the Book Fair robots to make a fun robot book display for the library. Come by the library to check out one today!

Taylor Spelling Bee Coming in January

Mrs. Tarpley's Classroom Bee

Our third annual Taylor Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, January 10 at 8:00 a.m. in the cafeteria. This week class spelling bees are being held in each fourth and fifth grade class. Interested students received lists of word to study last month. Each class will determine the top two spellers from their classroom bee, and these spellers will advance to the Taylor Spelling Bee. The winner of this Bee will advance to the Collin County Bee which takes place in February. Good luck to all of our class winners as you begin to study for the Taylor Spelling Bee!


Author: Brian Selznick

Call Number: F SEL

Relates the story of twelve-year-old Ben, who loses his mother and his hearing in a short time frame and decides to leave his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he has never known in New York City, and Rose, who lives with her father but feels compelled to search for what is missinf in her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Vocabulary Parade

The Vocabulary Parade will be this Thursday, November 10 at 8:30 a.m. Students have been receiving information about the Vocabulary Parade in their Thursday folders for several weeks. Every student and staff member will march in our parade dressed as a vocabulary word. We are excited to have Catherine Fowler serving as the Grand Marshal of the parade again this year. Parents are invited to attend and will view the parade from the cafeteria. Parents who plan on attending should arrive early and enter through the cafeteria doors. Please do not spend a lot of money on your costumes. They should be made from items that you can find around your home. Be creative! We can't wait to see all of your costumes!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Pumpkins are Here!!

Can you guess the book characters?

Every year at Taylor the third grade students make pumpkins based on book characters. I am fortunate to be able to display them in the library. There are some amazing pumpkins and I am so impressed by the creativity the students show!

Book Fair Thanks

It was another successful book fair! Thank you to all of the PTA members who volunteered during the week to make the book fair run smoothly. Also, I would like to give a very special thank you to the book fair chair, Mrs. Howard. It is great to see the students get so excited about the books they purchased. It is also wonderful to be able to choose so many beautiful, hardcover books to add to our library collection. Thank you shoppers!