Monday, March 10, 2014

This Week in The Library@HHS March 3rd-7th, 2014

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Read Across America Day:

In The Library@HHS we take turns rotating out weeks reading to Ms. Hollis and Ms. Vann's students each Monday during 6th period.  I was thrilled when I figured out it would be my turn to read on Monday, march 3, 2014... Read Across America Day!

Green Eggs and Ham is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books for several reasons, but mostly because it was written using just fifty words! (The fifty words are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you)

My original intent was to read the book to the students using the iPad version of the book on our big screen TV paired with our Apple TV, but, Apple decided to automatically start an update right when we were ready to read.  Luckily I also had the book in hand!  

We read the book and then we made our own version of Green Eggs and Ham using sugar cookies, vanilla frosting, green M&Ms and pretzel sticks.  I had made a sample the night before and my crazy cat decided to eat the sample!  I showed the kids my cat eating the Green Eggs and Ham and they thought it was the funniest thing EVER!

Here is a slideshow of some more of our Green Eggs & Ham FUN!

World Read Aloud Day:

A few weeks ago while on Facebook I saw one of my Elementary Librarian friends posting pictures of his fun during story time with the kids.  As a former Elementary Librarian, one of the things I really miss is story time.  I lamented on Facebook about how much I missed this part of being in the library.  Shortly, another librarian chimed in that I could still read aloud to the kids even at the high school level.  I was then reminded that World Read Aloud Day was coming up soon and I could arrange something for that day at the high school.

I put out a Doodle for teachers to sign up for a time for me to come read to their students.  Ms. Gannon and Ms. Tanner took me up on the offer.  I started out by talking to the kids about the purpose of World Read Aloud Day and showing them this short video:

I then let the kids choose which picture book to read aloud.  Both classes choose The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.

After that, I asked the kids if they had ever heard of Rudyard Kipling.  When I mentioned The Jungle Book they knew who I was talking about. I told them about his Just So Stories and read them How The Camel Got His Hump.  

It was so cute before we started reading when one of the kids said, " Are we going to sit "criss cross applesauce?"

I got hugs from kids who tower over me as I left the classrooms.  It was truly a highlight of my year!

Personal Shopping:

Friday was a day filled with an impromptu personal shopping request from Coach Holcomb for her 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th period classes.  Crystal Camp and I did a great job tag teaming these groups.  Crystal devours fiction books and I love non fiction books, so we each started out the periods with a quick book talk and then worked to match students up with a great book. It was fun to see the kids get excited and snatch up the books we had book talked!

Follett Challenge:

We found out Friday, March 7th that our school had made the cut to be voted on for the Follett Challenge. We have the chance to win $30,000 for our school library. We are competing against 103 other schools around the United States.  Crystal Camp, Holly Sutherland, and I all worked very hard on our submission. Fingers crossed! Votes count toward 30% of a school's score, so please vote for us HERE!

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