What’s new in our library…

New year means new happenings in the library! Here’s some of what’s going on:


Right now, there are in-class learning stations (Would You Rather?, Keep Calm and Learn Something New, I Spy) and recess/lunch Makerspace stations (the above, with Listen Up (not Maker, but fun), Lego, Origami). More are coming, including Block Building and Post-It Up (see below).

The Makerspace open times are posted each day in the hall on a rolling white board. So far, it’s slow but growing steadily (rainy day recesses will do that!).  A huge shout-out to Mrs. Yusko in Hawaii for sharing how she makers with her elementary students. You inspired me!


Pinterest success story: the Post-It Heart display. Cheap, easy, insanely popular. Teachers & students have written a book they ♥ on a post-it (on the inside windows). It garners much attention from students (especially grades 2-5) during class time. And yes, it’s unfinished. After running out of yellow notes on a late Friday afternoon, I was too lazy to get more…then decided I liked it. The not-quite-perfect display is eye-catching! Also: designing the next Post-It window will be a Maker station!


Award-winning graphic novelist and illustrator Kazu Kibuishi is coming March 3, 2016! Students in grades 3, 4, 5 have an hour presentation, and 20 students will be attending a graphic novel workshop led by Kazu. In three words: This. Is. HUGE!


Author/illustrator John Himmelman is Skyping with all 2nd graders in mid-March! We – the students and I – are huge fans of Bunjitsu Bunny. The opportunity to ask John questions about a favorite new book series is sure to be fantastic!


It’s coming, starting March 7, 2016!  This year, 5th grade Lunch & Listen students helped create the ToB brackets (picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, graphic novels) and select the titles. Read about how we hold our Tournament of Books here.

One thought on “What’s new in our library…

  1. Pingback: CBW, #ThankoRama, and sticky note art | Librarian Arika

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