Thursday, April 10, 2014

Genre update

Hello Prairie Creek!

You wouldn't believe how hard Mrs. Johnson is working to get all of the fiction books into genres.  So, the library is looking a little different, come check it out!  So far, the Sports Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy and Humor sections are complete.  Keep this in mind when you come in to check out a book.  Mrs. Johnson just processed a bunch of new books that Mr. Cox just ordered too.

I know that the Self Check-out station wasn't working very well for a while, but Mrs. Johnson fixed it yesterday.  Woo-hoo, way to go Mrs. Johnson!

That's all for now,

 Here are some of the new books, how exciting!
Who is this cutie?  Oh yeah, it's me!  Summer

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It's Book Fair time!  I have never seen a book fair before, Mrs. Johnson says it's awesome.  I have been running on my new wheel watching students come and go all day buying lot's of great books.  Mrs. Johnson bought me a new cage this week!  It has a big yellow wheel that I love, lots of cool tunnels to crawl through and a huge tube to climb.  I haven't been brave enough to climb the tube yet, but hey, I'm only 4 months old!  I sure hope everyone is having a good week and had a good conference.  Summer

Here's my new cage!  If you look close, you can see me running on my super fast wheel!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

World Read Aloud 2014

The Creek Mock Newbery Club celebrated World Read Aloud Day with a Skype author visit.   Natalie Lloyd was gracious enough to spend 30 minutes with us this morning.  She read Chapter 1 of her new book (A Snicker of Magic), recommended several books, and took LOTS of questions from club members.

Read Alouds are powerful experiences.  In this brief read aloud our club realized that the characters have southern accents. This was a revelation for all but two of the kids - what an important element of the story to understand!  Natalie uses onomatopoeia to great effect and hearing the sounds added to our enjoyment of the story.

Natalie told us about some of her favorite books when she was in middle school and also recommended a new book by Rebecca Behrens, When Audrey Met Alice.   I've added it to my To Be Read Pile.  The club will convene again next week to discuss A Snicker of Magic using the Newbery Criteria as our guide - more coming soon from this band of readers!  Thanks again to Natalie for visiting with us.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Life in the library

Hi there!  I'm Summer the Prairie Creek library pet.  I am a Chinese Dwarf hamster born November 20th 2013, so that makes me 3 months old.  As you may have noticed when you visit me in the library, I am on the small side, but I'm still going to grow to a little.  I really enjoy visits from all of our awesome 5th & 6th graders, but please don't touch or tap on my cage, it scares me!  Mrs. Johnson is always happy to help you find me in my cage so you can say "hello".  My way of saying "hello" is by wiggling my adorable nose and whiskers at you.  Today, I was watching Mrs. Cheesman cover some new books that you guys will love!  Please check my blog out regularly, I will keep you up to date on all the cool happenings in the library.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Browse by Genre

The fiction collection is being moved into new genre sections.  Look for the new signs made by Creek students to locate your favorite genre or to explore a new one.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Awards Season

The announcement of the 2014 Newbery Medal winner and honor books is coming at the end of January.

The entire ceremony is available as streaming video.  It will all begin at 7 a.m. central time.  Fear not fellow teachers and students the Newbery winner will probably come up at 7:45 a.m. or there abouts (just in time to bring up the stream in your class or library).

What are your favorite 2013 books?  Have any Newbery predictions? 

We have a spot reserved for the winning title in our hallway display case.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Ruh Roh Shaggy - You Choose Stories

The Mystery Machine heads to the beach for the gang to have a break from all their sleuthing.   The whole crew is on board, playful pooch Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Fred, and Daphne, but they are bound for more than swimming and sunshine.

The crew splits up to do there own thing. Scooby-Doo and Shaggy visit the Wild-World Beach's hot dog stand to consumer lots (and I mean lots) of hot dogs.  The humorous dialogue between these two is worth sharing (and like the hot dogs there is plenty of humor).

"It's dog-eat-dog, if you know what I mean Scoob!" says Shaggy , chuckling

"Ryeah!" Scooby agrees "Ri never met a rog Ri didn't rike"

It doesn't take long before trouble appears at the beach in the form of a sea creature. What will happen to the gang?  That question is up to YOU.  This series is a Choose Your Own Adventure style story where you as the reader decides which character to follow and what actions they will take to solve the case.  I really appreciated the chance to see how Velma would think through this sea creature invasion.

This will be an enjoyable read for fans of the Choose Your Own Adventure series in our library. If you like the Scooby-Doo cartoon or the mystery genre (with many possible solutions) check this one out soon. The illustrations look like the television series - colorful and full of action.

(images from Capstone Publishing website)