During these bright and festive holiday weeks, many people make room for new things by cleaning out the old. If you are cleaning off those bookshelves and would like a new home for some gently used books, please consider donating them to Books Are Magic. Books Are Magic is an organization that provides books for children from our school and many others who may not have books at home. There is a donation bin outside the library doors any time you would like to drop some books off. Happy Holidays! Don't forget to read over the winter break!
Did you know that the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction purchases eBooks for our students? What is an eBook? An eBook is an electronic book that you can read on a computer or device. There are many eBooks available to our school community through NC WISEOwl. At school, students can access the eBooks with ease. At home, they need a special username and password that you can receive from the librarian at your school.
To get to these resources, visit the NC WiseOwl website at http://www.ncwiseowl.org/ . Click on Elementary School Zone. On the left menu, choose eBook collection, where you can search by category, author, title, etc.
Other great resources for reading books online are Storyline Online (the book is read by a celebrity on YouTube) and WeGiveBooks where the books you read also help various organizations receive books.
Check out our website for other great links for students! I will be writing a new post soon about our great databases resources for research and learning.
It's that time of year again! My favorite time- the Scholastic Book Fair! This year our fair starts on the night of Fall Festival, October 10. We will be open from 6-8pm with many great books on that Friday night. The following week, we will be open from 8:00-8:30am and 3:00-3:30pm on Monday through Wednesday as well as for scheduled class visits. Stay tuned for the link to our online fair, where you can also order books. Notices will be going home in Tuesday folders, so be sure to look! I can't wait to see you all there.
Are you ready for a new school year full of information, reading, and research? The Fred Olds Media Center is ready, too! I can't wait to hear about all the wonderful things you've read and learned over the summer. Coming soon to this website will be the goals for a great Quarter 1 in Information Literacy and Technology so stay tuned and enjoy the rest of your summer!
The Fred A. Olds annual poetry celebration is upon us! We've already had a lot of great entries, and I know that we'll have more fantastic ones to come. Don't forget to stop by the library to drop off your entries or just to pick up some pocket poems and fabulous books of poems. Also, check out the amazing display created by several of our wonderful parents in the main entrance of the school!
To celebrate, here's one of my favorite poems from when I was an elementary student:
by Laura E. Richards
Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant-
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone-
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I've got it right.)
Howe'er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee-
(I fear I'd better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)
From The Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America
Chosen and Edited by Donald Hall
Happy writing, everyone!
The new award winners in the ALA Youth Media Awards have been announced and there are some great books on the list! Here are the winning titles:
Newbery Medal:Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
Caldecott Medal: Locomotive illustrated by Brian Floca
Coretta Scott King Book Award (Illustrator): Knock, Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me, illustrated by Brian Collier
Coretta Scott King Book Award (Author): P. S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
Robert F. Sibert Medal: Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
and don't forget all the honor books! Check them out today at your Fred Olds library!
Quail Ridge Books and Music is hosting an in-store book fair for Olds Elementary School!
From Saturday, December 7 through Saturday, December 14, when you purchase an item at Quail Ridge and tell them that you are buying in support of Fred Olds, the media center will receive 20%! There are many store events happening during the week, so be sure to show your support and stop by! Thank you for all your support.
Throughout the school year, our library celebrates books and raises library funds! If you would like to support our library, you can donate twenty dollars and have a book donated in honor of your child. Your student will choose the book from our selection and have a picture put up in the library as thanks! If you are interested, please fill out the following form:
Celebration Books form
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Olds! Flyers will be coming home in Tuesday folders on September 24, so be sure to check out what books will be coming. The Book Fair will be starting on October 2 and it will be open until October 11. This year, even if you can't make it, you can order books online and still support Olds!
It's that time of year! Students will be walking into their new classrooms at Fred Olds in about nine days! There are many great books about starting school! Here are a few of my favorites:
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books by Lucille Colandro: The old lady who swallowed a fly is back! Now she's ready for school, but instead of using her school supplies, she's eating them! What will happen when she eats too much?
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes: Chrysanthemum loves her name, but when she begins school, all the other mice make fun of her. Will Chrysanthemum be able to show them how special her name is?
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate: It's the first day of Kindergarten! How will the students and Miss Bindergarten get ready for kindergarten?
Marley Goes to School by John Grogan: Cassie is going back to school, but so is Marley! How will the school handle an energetic dog running all over the halls?
The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney: Humphrey has a lot to learn about being the classroom hamster! Will he enjoy going to school?
Make sure to visit our Back to School display on the first day of school to see these books and many more!
Miss Ammons is the Teacher-Librarian at Olds Elementary.