Friday, October 17, 2014

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei

Today's Friday Read is a wonderful biography book! Ever wanted to know who invented the Webster's Dictionary??? Look no further than author Jeri Chase Ferris' book Noah Webster & His Words. It is a fabulous book that will change the way you look at the Webster's Dictionary! Happy reading!

by Jeri Chase Ferris

Presents a biography of Noah Webster, chronicling his adult life and outlining the events that led up to his creation of the first American English dictionary.


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Check out this awesome book trailer!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei

Today's featured book is by acclaimed author Andrew Clements! His books, such as Frindle & Lunch Money, have captured the eyeballs of young readers for years. Check out his nonfiction book A Million Dots. Not only will you try to challenge yourself to try to count the 1 million dots but you will also learn a little along the way. Happy reading!:) 

by Andrew Clements
Presents the number million visually with pictures containing exactly one million dots. Offers other number facts throughout such as the number of steps to the top of the Empire State Building.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Library Stats: August/September 2014 Edition

(August/September Edition)

What an amazing start to our 5th year at Sonntag! So much as been going on in the library this year!! The NEW Coyote Reading Club program was launched. 2x2 & Bluebonnet Reading Clubs are now in full swing. 4th grade attended the Lone Star Storytelling Festival. Students have also been checking out books, learning about the databases, and even got a sneak peek at new books to the Book Fair as well as some old favs in the library during the first Book Tasting. Check out the photos below! :)

Our 4th graders attended the Lone Star Storytelling Festival that was hosted by the Frisco Public Library. The students had a blast listening to the variety of unique storytellers. Sonntag was even represented by one of our very own 4th graders who was hand-picked to share her story on stage!! Go Sonntag!!! 

Check out the beautiful stage at the Dr. Pepper Center in Frisco where the storytellers shared their beautiful songs and stories!!

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Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd graders celebrated the annual International Dot Day! The students not only listened to The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds but they also got to use the ColAR Mix app on the iPad to make their very own dots come to life. Check out one example below! 

Whoa!! Look at that 3D dot!!

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3rd Graders got a "taste" of some of the most underrated books from the dustiest shelves in the library. The students completed a short "Book Tasting" brochure as they rotated from table to table. It was interesting to watch them look through books that they didn't even know existed in the library.

Here are a few students who found their next great read during the "Book Tasting!"

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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 
Hosted a "Book Blast" for 1st - 5th grades during the first week of school 
Launched the Coyote Reading Club reading program for all Sonntag Readers
Launched the "Book Bucks for Great Behavior" program 
Taught 4th & 5th graders how to use MackinVia (online research tools)
Hosted a "Book Tasting" for 3rd grade students
Launched the first Sonntag Little Free Library for staff & parents
Celebrated International Dot Day with Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd graders
Coordinated and attended the Lone Star Storytelling Festival with 4th grade 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 the summer Bucket List board & finalized the Summer Reading Log program for the year 
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 
Analyzed the FISD curriculum to provide teachers with digital content to support classroom needs 
Continually planned for the fall Scholastic Book Fair
Collaboratively planned with the campus Instructional Coach & Specials team 
Creating QR codes & YouTube for books in the library to allow students and to connect with their next books
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 the Sonntag Campus Improvement Team meeting as the representative for the Specials Team 
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...
The fall Scholastic Book Fair is around the corner! The doors open on October 27th and will remain open through October 31st
Surprises will soon be revealed for all Coyote Reading Club, 2x2, & Bluebonnet Award readers! 
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