Friday, November 30, 2012

Attention Kate Klise fans!!!! The next installment of the wildly popular 43 Old Cemetery Road series has arrived!! You will LOVE the new adventures that author Kate Klise carefully crafted. Please stop by to check this amazing book out. I know that you are DYING to! Happy reading!! ;o)

by Kate Klise 
With the impending closure of the post office, the transition to the new communication system VEXT-mail is anything but smooth for the human and paranormal residents of Ghastly, Illinois. Story told mostly through letters.

Want to learn more about author Kate Klise? Click here

Want to learn more about Dying to Meet You (the 1st in the series)? Click here!

Check out this book trailer for Dying to Meet You

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Before the Thanksgiving break, the library, technology, and kindergarten staff members collaborated and hosted an AMAZING interactive technology and learning event that directly supported classroom lessons regarding pumpkins. The kindergarten students not only had the opportunity to listen to nonfiction stories about pumpkins, but they also participated in hands-on  pumpkin measurement activities as well as a wide variety of technology-centered stations around the library. The students (and staff members) had a FANTASTIC time and learned so much about this amazing fall icon. Some of the technology stations included pumpkin videos on iPod Touch devices, a Kidspiration Life Cycle activity on desktop computers, pumpkin puzzles on MacBook Airs, and MUCH more! A HUGE thank you goes out to the parent volunteers, teachers, and technology staff members who helped to make this all possible!! :)

Check out the pictures below to take a peek inside this awesome activity! 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Guess who's back?!?! That's right! You guessed it!! Greg Heffley is back in another crazy adventure in Keff Kinney's next adventure Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel. We hope you like it! Happy reading! :)

by Jeff Kinney
Love is in the air—but what does that mean for Greg Heffley? A Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he’s worried he’ll be left out in the cold on the big night. His best friend, Rowley, doesn’t have any prospects either, but that’s a small consolation. An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves Rowley the odd man out. But a lot can happen in one night, and in the end, you never know who’s going to be lucky in love.

Want to learn more about this awesome series? Click here

Monday, November 12, 2012

(October Edition)

October was a very busy month in the Sonntag library. Between the Frisco Public Library Storytelling Festival for 4th graders and the fall Scholastic Book Fair, the library was REALLY hopping! Check out some nifty stats for the month of October! Happy reading! :)

Number of Whole Class Visits: 

Number of Total Items Circulated (Checkouts & Checkins)

Number of Items in Collection

Library Instruction/Programs/Community Outreach
Hosted the 2012-2013 fall Scholatic Book Fair 
Attended the Frisco Public Library Storytelling Festival with 4th grade
Hosted as many classes as possbile for check out before the fall Book Fair 
Promoted the 2011-2012 Texas Bluebonnet Award Program with 3-5 grades
Promoted the 2011-2012 2x2 Reading Program with Preschool-2nd grades
Presented a weekly Good Morning Sonntag Book Bits update
Updated the Where in the World Do You Read? board weekly 
Maintained student writer & new items displays to promote reading interests 
Updated a daily Fact of the Day by Mrs. Mattei fact
Open checkout every day for all Sonntag students, parents, and staff
Weekly preschool storytimes with future Sonntag students and families  
Hosted parent library volunteers
Hosted & promoted the Sonntag Staff Book Club for the 2012-2013 school year

Administrative Activities
Planned, coordinated, and hosted the fall Scholastic Book Fair
Gathered data and presented data to the district and state for the Texas Library Association's Library Snapshot Day 
Collaborated with tech facilitator and fellow librarian to create tech-based activities for a pumpkin study with kindergarten
Maintained the mobile app for the Sonntag Library
Maintained a forum for staff to discuss book club books
Adjusted the library schedule to accommodate classes for various activities 
Attended ITBS training to act as a sub for the 2nd grade standardized testing
Contributed to Specials weekly newsletter
Purchased new library books and materials 
Updated library blog and Twitter account weekly
Planned weekly library lessons
Opened new parent accounts
Hosted new and returning library volunteers

Professional Development Activities 
Attended campus meetings
Read and kept up with new professional library journals  

On the Horizon...
Sonntag staff book club meeting in November & December
More books for the library collection from the Book Fair are on their way! 
UIL Spelling tryouts and practices are around the corner

Friday, November 9, 2012

Are you a science nut?? Check out this awesome book of the day!! Happy reading!! :)

11 Experiments That Failed
by Jenny Offill
Teaches readers how to conduct science experiments through step-by-step instructions for eleven failed inquiries designed to test such hypotheses as whether it is possible to wash dishes in a washing machine, and if it is possible to live through the winter eating nothing but ketchup-covered snowballs.

Want to preview this book? Check this Google Book version out! 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

It's time for some celebration!!!! The Sonntag library will soon be the proud owner of a BUNCH of new Playaways because of the Frisco Education Foundation's Grants for Great Ideas program. Mrs. Mattei wrote a grant at the beginning of the school year to request more of these awesome devices. The students cannot wait!! 

Calling all Sonntag students!!! Would you like to check out some awesome technology while you are in the library? You can check out a Macbook Air or an iPod Touch by simply signing your name on the cards at the circulation desk. Students have already started to check these amazing devices out! We hope to see you soon!! :) 

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