The Town School Library is used
by students and faculty for research, instruction, homework, and
recreational reading, and as a community space for the entire school.
All members of the Town School community -- students, parents,
grandparents, siblings, and other family members -- are welcome to
borrow books, videos, and audiobooks from the library.
Librarians teach a progressive program of skills instruction in all
grades. Primary level activities are centered around literature
appreciation while the middle grades concentrate on information and
media literacy. Across all grade levels, the librarians draw from the 6+1 Traits model for teaching writing through literature.
It has been 20 days since our last post and a lot has happened!
We are continuing to weed our old, damaged, out-of-date, and unappealing books. We shipped off 48 boxes of discarded books to Thrift Books
who will recycle or reuse them. We finalized our new cataloging schedule
with the help of Julia Chambers, our library intern from San Jose State. Julia recataloged over 1,000 books before her last day, which was sadly May 20th (thanks Julia for all your help!). We also purchased and designed some stickers for our new categories. Drumroll please...here they are!:
We recently have been in full "stickering" mode. We, along with the help of our wonderful parent volunteers, are putting new labels onto each book, along with a category sticker. In our fiction sections, we also have genre stickers. Stickering is a big part of our life now in the library! Take a look:
Here is our USA section
Here is the Weird, Scary, and Gross section (perhaps the first library in the nation to have this!).
Today was the last day that the library was open to students. As our book piles multiply, we have to close our doors to make sure everyone stays safe!
This is not goodbye for Ms. Alonso and Ms. Stuart because they will be visiting classrooms and leading the Lower School public library field trips. But it is goodbye to our beloved library space!
Look at the sad faces:
Congratulations to our video winners! The AASL announced today that Town won 1st and 2nd place in the Communities matter @ your library video contest!
1st place: Sean, Nathan, and David
$100 Amazon gift card
2nd place: Bobby and Carson
$75 Amazon gift card
A healthy garden needs weeding, just like a healthy library! We are going through our huge book collection and removing old, damaged,
out-of-date, unread, and just bad books. This process is called weeding
in the library world.
Don't worry - we're removing our books responsibly. As mentioned in a previous post
, we have been donating our old books to several organizations that will reuse or recycle them: Better World Books
, San Francisco Public Montessori
, and David Kyle's Literate Planet
Here are some books that didn't make the cut; we hope someone else enjoys them (or at least gets a laugh out of them)!
Here's Common Sense Media's guide to "150+ chances to get kids hooked on reading for life."
We've combed through our recommendation lists and consulted with teachers, librarians, and book critics to assemble what we consider the essential books for kids ages 2-17. Our goal in creating this guide was to choose books that are proven to click with all kinds of kids -- and can encourage them to become lifelong readers.
Browse through our themed categories to find our picks for each age group, or download the full guide.
Here are Town's entries for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Video Contest!
Comic book artist Josh Elder visited classrooms and teachers yesterday to discuss the "hows" and "whys" of using comics in the classroom.
Josh Elder is an accomplished and award-winning writer across various media. He is best known as the creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip and graphic novel series Mail Order Ninja. He also wrote The Batman Strikes for DC Comics, StarCraft: Frontline for Blizzard Entertainment and an Iron Man novel for Disney Publishing. He served as a writer/developer for the Avengers Initiative video game on the iOS and Android platforms. He devotes most of his time to running the educational non-profit Reading With Pictures, an organization devoted to promoting the use of comics in the classroom.
Please visit Reading With Pictures for resources and teaching tools: http://readingwithpictures.org/
Interested in watching his presentation to faculty?
James K in 4A has placed in the top ten for the Letter's About Literature
essay contest! For the contest, James was asked to write a letter to
an author describing how a book has impacted or changed him. James worked on this essay in library class back
in December and January, and last Thursday we heard from David Gernand from the
California Center of the Book with the good news!
We are so
proud of and excited for James! What an accomplishment!