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Sunday
Nov082009

3rd Annual Book Fair and Storytelling

This weekend...

SPREAD THE WORD!

Left Bank Books is hosting a Book Fair in support of The Soulard School on Saturday Nov. 14th from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, Nov. 15th from 11am to 6pm, at their Central West End location.

20% of all designated purchases will be donated as store credit to acquire books for the school library and classrooms. Last year's Book Fair raised almost $2,000 and collected over 50 book donations.

The Book Fair is an excellent opportunity to spread the word about the school. We will have an information table set up in the store, with parent volunteers available to answer questions and wrap holiday gifts. Enjoy home-baked goodies, storytelling at 1pm & 3pm, and a raffle with door prizes to boot!

There will be plenty of reading suggestions and school wish-lists to peruse. Be sure to check out the Librarian's Book Fair Pick, The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo. Left Bank Books will be giving away a free print signed by the author with the purchase of this book, while supplies last.

Thank you to all the families who turned in their book order forms! All books will be available for pick-up at the book fair. If you are interested in volunteering for the book fair as a parent representative, a giftwrapper, or a storyteller, please contact Erin Quick at erin.quick@soulardschool.org.

Tell your friends and family to get some of their holiday shopping done and support our school at the same time!

Monday
Oct192009

Welcome.

Welcome to the Library Corner! Each month, we will be sharing news about the school library, sending out occasional library requests, and talking about all manner of things bookish. This year we have another fantastic team of library helpers with great ideas and enthusiasm. Many thanks to everyone who signed up at the volunteer rally!

Each elementary classroom visits the library weekly, and the books they check out will be coming home. Please be sure your child brings their books back to school on their library day each week. If a library book gets lost or damaged beyond repair, we ask that you please replace it.

The Book Fair at Left Bank Books is fast approaching! This is a wonderful opportunity to support both our school and a cherished local bookstore, and we ask all families to attend sometime that weekend. Look for all the details in this month's newsletter.

In September, I had the pleasure of working with the Mosaic classroom as they put together their classroom library. Thinking about how books can be organized is fun and also mind-boggling. Do you organize them by color? By size? By language? By subject? Which subjects? I mean, if you think about it, isn't science in every subject? Should you follow the cosmic ordering principles of ancient Chinese libraries and organize them according to the rhyme of the titles? The options are endless. But in the end, the students came up with a system that works well for them, split into fiction and nonfiction, then webbing out from there. And they really got to know their books in the process. My personal favorite? The "Unusual" shelf, inspired by a Ripley's-Believe-it-or-Not-esque collection of odd-ball people that, quite fittingly, just didn't seem to fit anywhere else. Even Ms. Junie B. Jones makes an appearance here, making this "subject" a happy co-mingling of fact and fiction.

Word.
-Erin the Librarian

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