Friday, April 27, 2012

April is an amazing month for many reasons. One reason why I love April is because it's Poetry Month! The library has a great display of some of the best poetry books in our collection. 

In honor of the end of Poetry Month, I dedicate this amazing series of books to the students of Sonntag. Check out these You Read to Me, I'll Read to You poetry books that allow you to read great poetry with a friend or loved one! Happy reading!

Adapted by Mary Ann Hoberman
A collection of short retellings of Aesop's fables, each told in two voices designed especially for young children and adults to read together.

by Mary Ann Hoberman
A book of children's poetry which encourages young children to read with an adult.

by Mary Ann Hoberman
Contains poems that tell tales about ghouls, ogres, zombies, and phantoms, presented in two voices for young children and adults to read together.

by Mary Ann Hoberman
Humpty dumpty -- Jack, be nimble -- Jack and Jill -- Jack Sprat -- Little Jack Horner and Little Tommy Tucker -- Little Boy Blue and Little Bo Peep -- Little Miss Muffet -- Old King Cole and the cat and the fiddle -- Old Mother Hubbard -- Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater -- Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been? -- Simple Simon -- Baa baa black sheep.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Do you love action and adventure? Have I got a series for you! Author Roland Smith's Storm Runners series is packed full of adventure from the very beginning when Chase Masters & his father find themselves caught in the most powerful hurricane to hit St. Petersburg, Florida. In order to find out if they weather the storm you will need to check them out. Happy reading! :)

Twelve-year-old Chase Masters travels the country with his father, a "storm runner," but he is tested in ways he never could have imagined when he and a new friend are caught in a hurricane near St. Petersburg, Florida.

Friends Chase, Nicole, and Rashawn survive Hurricane Emily and make their way to Nicole's family farm, the winter home of the Rossi Brothers Circus, only to find the circus lions and an unpredictable leopard have escaped their cages while the flood waters rise.

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Want to learn more about author Roland Smith? Click here!

Want a cool preview of the series? Check out the samples of the books from Google Books below!

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Check out the third book in the series: Eruption 

Chase, heading south of the border with Nicole Rossi, faces a threat to his survival while searching for the Rossi Brothers' Circus after an earthquake in Mexico.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Attention all 4th & 5th grade girls! Today's 'Book of the Day' is dedicated to you! Have you ever had high hopes for your birthday and then your dreams don't come to pass exactly as planned? If you have ever had this happen to you then Wendy Mass's book Finally is a perfect read for you. Check it out! Happy reading! :) 

by Wendy Mass
When Rory has asked for things over the years, her parents' standard answer has been "when you're twelve." Now her long-awaited twelfth birthday is around the corner, but growing up isn't exactly what Rory has been expecting.

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Check out this book preview from Google Books

This week butterflies invaded the library! These aren't real butterflies. They are actually beautiful works of art by the Sonntag students. Mrs. Lee, our amazing art teacher, let the library staff borrow the butterflies that the students created. We are so proud of their work! Check out these pictures...

Some of the butterflies were created using pages from old books!
Check out these beautiful student-created butterflies!
Want to check out a butterfly book? Click here to find out which books are in the library collection. Happy reading! 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Check out what just arrived in the Sonntag library!!

The library now owns 21 new playaways for the students to enjoy! Some of the new titles include Frindle, Ella Enchanted, & much more! 

Stop by the library to check them out. Happy reading! :)
(March Edition)

March was a fantastic month to be in the library! Throughout the month students researched, checked in & checked out books, and relaxed with a great book or magazine! Some of the preschool-aged siblings of Sonntag students enjoyed a weekly storytime with their parents. 5th graders also researched a variety of ecosystems in order to prepare a report for their science class. Check out some pictures from their research:

Check out the library statistics for the month of March! Happy reading! :)

Number of Whole Class Visits: 

Number of Total Items Circulated (Checkouts & Checkins)

Number of Items in Collection

Library Instruction/Programs/Community Outreach
Promoted the 2011-2012 Texas Bluebonnet Award Program with 3-5 grades
Facilitated the Six Flags Read to Succeed reading program
Promoted the 2011-2012 2x2 Reading Program with Preschool-2nd grades
Presented a weekly Good Morning Sonntag Book Bits update
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 4th grade students as library helpers 
Hosted parent library volunteers
Facilitated staff book club meetings

Administrative Activities
Participated in creating an opening day collection for the 3 new elementary schools
Helped 5th grade teacher with here playaway order using grant funds
Maintained the mobile app for the Sonntag Library
Facilitated the Six Flags Read to Succeed reading program
Served as a STAAR testing monitor 
Created a forum for staff to discuss book club books
Attended PTA Board meeting
Adjusted the library schedule to accommodate classes before and after STAAR testing
Collaborated with a 4th grade teacher to create leveled book browsing boxes for their classroomsAttended and helped with Rough Riders ticket table during Open House
Contributed to Specials weekly newsletter
Purchased new library books and materials (using Book Fair profits)
Processed new library books acquired during Scholastic Book Fair
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 Site Based meeting
Attended campus meetings
Read and kept up with new professional library journals 

On the Horizon...
New books purchased using fall & spring Book Fair profits are on the way! 
Sonntag staff book club meeting in April
Library will be closed April 24, 25, & 26 due to STAAR testing
Volunteer Breakfast will take place in the library on April 19 
Tickets for students who participated in the Six Flags Read to Succeed will arrive later in the spring
Mrs. Mattei will collaborate with the 1st grade team to conduct a Leo Lionni study in May

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