Friday, November 14, 2014

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei

Our awesome Friday read comes from the amazing author Kate Klise and illustrator (and sister) M. Sarah Klise! Sonntag had the distinct privelage of hosting Ms. Klise in 2011. You can read more about her visit here. The book that was featured at GMS is a part of one of her newest series of books called The Three-Ring Rascals. I hope you sincerely enjoy first in the series called The Show Must Go On! The second book & third books in the series will be added to our collection soon. Check out the links below to find out more about the rest of the books in the series as well as about this awesome author. Happy reading! :)

Two mice and a crow, who travel with a circus, cleaning up the spilled popcorn after every performance, come to the rescue when a greedy con artist takes over the management of the circus.

Want to learn more about Kate & M. Sarah Klise? Click here!

Want to learn more about this series? Click here


Monday, November 10, 2014

Library Stats: October Edition

October not only brought cooler weather but it was also an action-packed month! From the fall Scholastic Book Fair and the Texas Library Association's annual Library Snapshot Day to our weekly Preschool Storytimes for future Sonntag students, our students, staff, and parents "fell" into great books all month! Check out the library stats below to find out more about what happened in the library for October! Happy reading! :)

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The Sonntag Library participated in the Texas Library Association's annual Library Snapshot Day. This is a designated day in the month of October that allows a library to take a "snapshot" in the day in their life in order to promote libraries across the great state of Texas. The Sonntag Library participated back in 2012. Check out what happened in the 2014 snapshot! 

Number of Student/Parent/Teacher Visits: 197

Number of Computer Users (Check-ins/Checkouts/Computer searches): 9

Reference Questions: 38

Circulation Stats (Number of Check-ins & Checkouts): 492

Hits to Sonntag Library Blog: 42

Number of children (ages 0-12) participating in library programs: 197

Number of adults participating in library programs: 9

Number of students served by direct librarian instruction: 145

Number of teachers supported activities & collaborative efforts: 5

Number of student participating in non-class related activities: 0

Programs held on Snapshot Day: Open check-out for students, hosted parent library volunteers, 7 whole classes visited the library for check-out, supported teachers by providing advice and library materials for classroom curricula 

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Number of Whole Class Visits: 

Number of Total Items Circulated (Checkouts & Checkins)

Number of Items in Collection

Library Instruction/Programs/Community Outreach 
Planned & hosted the fall Scholastic Book Fair
Promoted and maintained the Coyote Reading Club reading program for all Sonntag Readers
Promoted the "Book Bucks for Great Behavior" program & gave away FREE books to students whose names were drawn
Taught 2nd, 4th & 5th graders how to use MackinVia (online research tools)
Conducted weekly reader's advisory and read-alouds to students
Participated in the 2014 Texas Library Association's Library Snapshot Day on October 20th
Promoted the first Sonntag Little Free Library for staff & parents
Wrapped up International Dot Day activities with K-2 students
Hosted Preschool Storytime with Sonntag's lil readers! 
Promoted the 2013-2014 Texas Bluebonnet Award Program with 3-5 grades
Promoted the 2013-2014 2x2 Reading Program with Preschool-2nd grades
Presented a weekly Good Morning Sonntag Book Bits update
Updated a daily Fact of the Day by Mrs. Mattei fact
Open checkout every day for all Sonntag students, parents, and staff  
Coordinated & hosted parent library volunteers

Administrative Activities 
Planned & hosted a variety of library lessons, library programs, & technology opportunities for all students 
Attended the monthly Sonntag PTA Board meeting as PTA Book Fair Chairperson
Analyzed the FISD curriculum to provide teachers with digital content to support classroom needs 
Planned and hosted for the fall Scholastic Book Fair
Collaboratively planned with the campus Instructional Coach & Specials team 
Purchased & added new items to the library collection as well as weeding damaged books out of the collection
Collaborated with teachers to pull library materials for classroom lessons
Maintained a blog for staff to discuss book club books
Adjusted the library schedule to accommodate classes for various activities 
Contributed to Specials weekly newsletter
Updated library blog and Twitter (@matteibookbits) account frequently
Opened new parent accounts
Hosted new and returning library volunteers

Professional Development Activities 
Attended campus and district library meetings
Read and kept up with new professional library journals & added new materials to future book orders
Read & kept up with professional, adult, young adult, and children's reads 

On the Horizon...
Books acquired from the fall Scholastic Book Fair on on the way!
The librarian and Sonntag Technology Facilitator will be collaborating with the Kindergarten students and teachers for Turkey & Thanksgiving research
The librarian will be supporting 4th grade research by reviewing how to use the databases with the 4th grade students before they research fall happenings

Friday, November 7, 2014

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei

Are you a Fly Guy fan???? If so, you need to make your way to our library pronto! These books will be BUZZZZZINNNGGG out of the library soon! Today's featured books come from acclaimed author/illustrator Tedd Arnold. If you love Fly Guy then you will need to check these out. Happy reading! :)

Fly Guy has learned a lot of new tricks, but when he shows off at dinner time he and Buzz get into trouble--though later they prove useful.

Join Fly Guy at the museum as he learns about dinosaurs.

Buzz and Fly Guy visit the firehouse, where they learn facts about firefighters, fire trucks, and fire safety

Join Fly Guy at the space museum as he learns about space and the history of space exploration.

Fly Guy visits the aquarium and learns about sharks.

Want to learn more about the Fly Guy series or about author/illustrator Tedd Arnold? Click here!


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