Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December in the library

Just a quick update about some things happening in the library...
We received two new shelving units which are on wheels which makes them very useful both in the library and within the school. Right now, one is full of seasonal/holiday books but after the holiday break, we are going to load one with folk tales and fairy tales and the other one might hold seasonal titles or topics related to school initiatives.
The Primary Science Club planted an amaryllis bulb on November 16th. It is almost ready to bloom! The students have been checking in out regularly to see when the blossom will burst open!
Today four primary classes (divisions 7, 8, 9 and 10) compared fiction and nonfiction books by first looking at gingerbread cookbooks and looking for nonfiction text features. They noticed photographs, step-by-step instructions and captions. We then read the story Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett and the students discussed how the two books were the same and how they were different. Many students commented that they were both about gingerbread, icing and candies. Some students commented that in the story, the gingerbread baby talks and that there are other characters such as the cat and the mother and the father. Some of the students also noticed that the story had a "world" or setting in which it took place and that there was a problem and a solution in the story. 

A big thank you to the library monitors who have helped check in and shelve all the returned books this week. Our library is looking very full again!

Enjoy your holidays with your families!

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