Welcome to the STA library
Students K-5 will be bringing home books. Please help remind your cherubs to bring the books back on library day so they can check out a new book.
October 15, 2019: I've been continuing to read some AWESOME new books from a variety of genres as I participate in the 40 Book Challenge along with our 4th and 5th grade students! Check out some of my recommendations below!
September 23, 2019: In the past couple of weeks, I have been able to read some AWESOME new books from a variety of genres as I participate in the 40 Book Challenge along with our 4th and 5th grade students! Check out some of my recommendations below!
August 12, 2019: This summer, I've been reading so many GREAT books!! Check out some of my favorites below! These were great reads for our older readers about friendship, girl heroes, and adventure! Evie's favorite book right now is Ten Playful Penguins by Emily Ford!
The books we read during library always go deeper than just a story! Ask your children what the book teaches us about our faith.
Each library class starts with a prayer from one of the books below. These books are great options for strengthening our faith at home as well!
What's Happening in the Library?
November 22, 2019: Yesterday we enjoyed our second lunch bunch book club meeting! I didn't think it was possible but our numbers grew even more! Our fourth and fifth grade participants watched book trailers of the 2020 Nutmeg Nominees and were tasked with choosing three of the ten nominees to read before April when we will send in our votes to see who the winner of the 2020 Nutmeg Award will be! Our students are already so excited to have a place in choosing the winner!
November 13, 2019: Happy World Kindness Day!! Our students were given the opportunity to write Kindness Cards to someone in their lives, whether at home or at school, and spread a little kindness! It has been a huge hit and I hope to keep the opportunity open and available for students to use throughout the rest of the year!
November 11, 2019: Veteran's Day is always a special day to celebrate for me, as Mr. Atkins is in the military. To recognize this special day, our kindergarten students listened to My Daddy is A Hero that we borrowed from Evie's collection at home! We loved seeing all of the different ways that those in the military help others!
November 5, 2019: NONFICTION NOVEMBER has begun in the Library! Nonfiction titles have been featured in our book displays this month and our Kindergarten boys are especially big fans of the books they've found!
October 31, 2019: Today we celebrated our love of reading in our FIRST EVER lunch bunch book club!! 24 Fourth and Fifth Grade students spent lunch and recess with Mrs. Cashman and I as we discussed what books we were reading, read a spooky story with a flashlight, and made recommendations to friends! What a great way to end the month!
October 28, 2019: To kick off NONFICTION NOVEMBER next week, our kindergarten students were able to take an in-depth look at animals in our world while reading Steve Jenkins' book Actual Size. As a follow-up activity, students painted their hands to see how they MEASURE UP to the actual size of a gorilla's hand!
October 15, 2019: We had a special visitor visit us in the library last week! Looks like the Pigeon did decide to come to school after all!!
October 9, 2019: Happy October! We have been very busy this month so far as we kicked off the Global Read Aloud in our STA community! For more information about this AMAZING program, please click the Global Read Aloud 2019 tab above!
Our preschool students have been busy learning about apples, farms, fall and leaves! We have been enjoying books to go along with those classroom themes!
Our K-5 students have been focusing on books related to the Global Read Aloud described above as well as books that celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month! Second grade students had a few minutes to spare this week to enjoy our first LIGHTS OUT IN THE LIBRARY this year!
Our upper school students are also participating in Mrs. Atkins's 40 Book Challenge, where they are being tasked with reading a certain amount of books from now until the end of school in June! Our Fourth Graders are doing an in-depth dive into our Genre Review to help them accomplish this CHALLENGE!
September 24, 2019: I am looking forward to seeing you all for a special Story Time in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month today (Tuesday, September 24th) after school at the Book Fair! We will be sharing stories in both English and Spanish! All are welcome!!
Looking to get some holiday or birthday shopping checked off your list? On Thursday (September 26th), our Book Fair will be open for a PARENTS ONLY shopping event from 8:15-8:45 AM. Bagels and coffee will be available as you shop! We hope that you can join us afterward for our Opening of School Mass!
September 23, 2019: In the first couple of weeks of school, we have been very busy in the library getting ready for a new year of learning and fun!
All of our students have begun practicing our Library Expectations, and let me tell you, I AM SO IMPRESSED!!
Our preschool students have been busy learning about the alphabet, apples, and the farm and enjoying books to go along with those classroom themes!
Our kindergarten students have completed Book Interest Surveys, learned about book care and how to use shelf markers, and have been introduced to the parts of a book!
Our first and second grade learners have been completing scavenger hunts to find out where certain books are in the library, as well as beginning to learn about choosing GOOD FIT books for them!
Our third grade scholars have been learning all there is to know about the library and the vocabulary that we use when we are there!
Our fourth graders have amazed me with the maps they created of our library space and our fifth grade leaders are reading some awesome books to tie in with their beginning of the year novel studies!
These upper school students are also participating in Mrs. Atkins's 40 Book Challenge, where they are being tasked with reading a certain amount of books from now until the end of school in June! The tricky part is that they must read from a variety of genres!
The Book Fair is here! I repeat, the Book Fair is here!! What an exciting time for our awesome STA readers! Students (K-5) will visit during their scheduled library time. The Book Fair will also be open in the morning (8-8:30 AM) and after school from 2:30-3 PM (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday) and from 1:30-2 PM (Wednesday). Students who want to attend the Book Fair before or after school must attend with an adult.
August 12, 2019: Welcome back, STA readers! I can't wait to start this amazing year of learning and fun!
And don't forget! The book fair will be at our school in September!!!