Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Newspaper Release Party

The Pioneer Middle School Newspaper Club has been hard at work on the newspaper since early September.  The first issue of the newspaper came out on Friday, November 15th.  In order to celebrate, the Newspaper Club held a newspaper release party - complete with snacks.

Three more newspapers (coinciding with the end of each marking period) will be released this year.

In order to see the newspaper, click here:  http://www.pioneerschools.org/Page/5936

It is never too late to join Newspaper Club!  If you are interested in writing or drawing comics (and have permission to stay for recreation and homework help), visit the library after school on Mondays and Fridays.

A Bunch of Munsch

Students in Mrs. Proudman's class have been visiting the library in order to participate in a Robert Munsch author study.  Robert Munsch is best known for his book Love You Forever.  However, in addition to Love You Forever, Munsch has written MANY other books - and they are really funny!

Some class favorites include Moira's Birthday and Kiss Me, I'm Perfect.  The protagonists, or main characters, of both of these stories find themselves in some pretty silly situations.

The Paper Bag Princess is an interesting take on a fairy tale.  Instead of a princess being rescued by a prince, this story features a very heroic princess and a snobby prince.  This story teaches the importance of being kind to others.

After reading the story, Mrs. Proudman's students decorated their very own paper bag princess puppets.  Here are some pictures of the students hard at work:

And here are the finished products!

Another story that we really enjoyed was called Mmm, Cookies!  This was a story about a very mischievous boy who tried to trick his family members into eating cookies made of clay.  Mrs. Proudman's students then made their own clay cookies out of "Muhlbauer-Doh".  It was a great way to spend a Friday!

Do these cookies look appetizing to you?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

GIANT Speedbooking

Speedbooking has become a highly-anticipated event in our library!  Interesting in how speedbooking works?  First, students spend around one minute visiting with a book.  After recording the book's author, title, and call number, students then decide if they would like to read the book in the future.  Once time is up, students move on to the next book in line.  At the end of the activity, students will have a large listing of books in the library that they may be interested in reading. 

Speedbooking has been a great way to kick off the sixth grade nonfiction unit.  As part of this unit students will need to research a topic of their own choosing and later write their very own book on the topic.  Through speedbooking many students take inspiration from the nonfiction books they visited with.

This year, we chose to combine classes for the BIGGEST speedbooking event ever in the library!  Miss Schaper and Mr. Guzzetta's classes visited the library at the same time for the activity.  Mr. Rehrauer and Mr. Richards also participated in speedbooking.

The best part about speedbooking is the interest it generates in our library books.  Nonfiction has been flying off of the shelves!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fall Conferences

There is nothing quite as invigorating as attending professional conferences...even though it gives me anxiety to leave the district and spend time away from the library and the students! It is a total boost to meet with other librarians/educators and hear about the great things that they are doing in their schools. Conferences always provide me with the energy and inspiration necessary to come back and try new things in the library. This September, I was fortunate to not only attend the New York Library Association (NYLA) Conference, but I was able to present as well! The Pioneer Library Department discussed our district-wide Family Reading Night event. We were provided with a GIGANTIC room complete with a stage. Once the butterflies in our stomachs settled, we all really enjoyed the opportunity to share our ideas with others.

Presenting at NYLA with Miss Kosmerl, Mrs. Brisky, and Mrs. Pierce

While at NYLA, we visited a booth featuring a "big bacon" that you could take your picture in!  Of course, I couldn't resist.

Another booth at NYLA featured a display where people were invited to share why they became a librarian.  I became a librarian because I was inspired by my high school librarian, Kit Howard.  To this day, I am convinced that she is the world's best librarian!

In October, I attended the New York State Middle School Association Conference with Miss Schaper.  We presented about last year's district-wide nonfiction project.  It was very exciting to share the great work that Pioneer students did last year.  The teachers that listened to our presentation were amazed by the quality of the nonfiction books that Pioneer students produced.

While at the conference, we attended a session about social media.  Although there are many wonderful positives to social media, it was frightening to hear about all of the dangers associated with it as well.  This is definitely a topic I want to learn more about.

Looking forward to attending more conferences in the spring.