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Monday
Aug292011

Back to the Books

Welcome back to our Library Corner! With the 2011-12 school year underway, I want to take a moment to (re)introduce myself to families. My name is Erin, and I volunteer as the Librarian at the school. I have been taking care of the stacks for five years now, and love it. I read a lot (surprise, surprise). My favorite read this summer was Brian Selznick's new illustrated novel Wonderstruck. It was fantastic, and will be featured in our library in September.

In the coming weeks, your child will be getting to know the library and its routines, and will be making regular classroom visits to check out books. I will go over our library guidelines at Curriculum Night so that parents can become familiar with these routines as well. You can also find weekly library updates right here in this blog, so check back often.

Oh! And for any Skippyjon Jones fans out there! Judy Schachner will be in town this Wednesday for an author event. Here are the details:

 Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones Class Action
Wednesday, August 31st at 7pm
St. Louis County Library Headquarters
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Frontenac, MO 63131

Tuesday
May032011

Children's Book Week

This week is Children's Book Week, an annual celebration of children's literature meant to bring kids and books together. Each year, kids get to cast their votes for their favortie books, authors, and illustrators for the Children's Choice Book Awards. This year, kids voted Rick Riordan Author of the Year and Daivd Wiesner Illustator of the Year!

When your children bring home their library books this week, take a moment to read with them, or talk with them about what they are reading. For ideas about bookish activites for your family, check out 7 Ways to Celebrate Children's Book Week in St. Louis over at SmartParenting. Happy reading!

Tuesday
Oct262010

David Wiesner Visits St. Louis

David Wiesner, Art & Max
Tuesday, October 26th at 7pm
St. Louis County Library Headquarters
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Frontenac, MO 63131

 

 

It's Tuesday, the perfect day to meet award-winning author David Wiesner. Best known for his illustrious wordless books (Flotsam, Sector 7), Wiesner's newest book, Art & Max, comes with text to compliment the story that his artwork tells. It is the story of two friends, both artists, who have a lot to learn from each other about the creative process. Beginning with a painting lesson, the story moves along through the querulous predicaments in which they find themselves as they try to "fix" Max's initial artistic "mistake." Both hilarious and thoughtful, Art & Max is a delightful book for art lovers of all ages.  

Thursday
Sep232010

Our parents have a book group!

Of course, the students aren't the only ones reading around here. Roundtable book discussions are a unique component to The Soulard School. Here, parents and staff participate in the school community through inquiry and dialog about a shared reading. This year's fall reading season includes a nice swatch of titles pertaining to education and parenting, including a documentary film. All of these titles are available for our book group at Left Bank Books, and can, of course, be found at the public library as well.

The book discussions kick off next Tuesday, September 28th at 7pm. Join us up at school for what is sure to be a spirited talk about the benefits and, perhaps more importantly, the ill-effects of homework.  

September - The Case Against Homework by Sara Bennet & Nancy Kalish

 

October - Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf

 

November - Free Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy

 

December - documentary Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

Friday
Sep172010

Welcome back.

Well, the school year is in full swing. You know what that means. Books. And lots of 'em. The books in the library are circulating nicely, with some titles already sparking a waiting list. Each elementary classroom visits the library weekly. The books that students check out will be coming home, as you may have already noticed. Please be sure your child brings his/her books back to school on his/her library day each week (see below). Of course, if a library book gets lost or damaged beyond repair, we ask that you please replace it. Be sure to check back here throughout the year for library news, donation requests, reading suggestions, and other bookish delights. Happy reading!

Library Day Schedule:

Mums (K) - Thursday
Enigma (1) - Thursday
Alchemy (2-3) - Wednesday
Mosaic (4-6) - Tuesday