April is National Poetry Month, and so the students of Shullsburg are celebrating one of the most powerful entities there is-words. We've discussed how words can help or harm, bring joy or sadness, and express so very many things to others. Some of our favorite words have been posted in the hallway by the library to by both students and staff-check 'em out!
The battle was fierce and the results somewhat shocking, but with the end of March comes the end of the first ever Battle of the Books.
Though I expected that Diary of a Wimpy Kid would take the crown in the chapter book category, the picture book winner was a shocker to this librarian. Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems have been perennial favorites here at the school library and I expected them to easily take the crown for favorite picture book. BB-8 rolled right past them, though, and Star Wars took the win at the end.
With college basketball in high gear and our own Shullsburg Miners doing so well in basketball, the McCoy Public Library has teamed up with our school library to bring you the Shullsburg Battle of the Books!
The competition is going to be fierce this year with such picture books favorites as Elephant and Piggy going up against Fly Guy and chapter book champion Diary of a Wimpy Kid seeks to eliminate Captain Underpants. Students will be voting throughout the month of March to determine the winners of the various match-ups and trying to keep their classroom brackets alive throughout the month. The class who most closely matching the final bracket at the end of the month will win a totally awesome prize!
Who will ultimately be proclaimed the favorite picture book and chapter book in all of Shullsburg? Your guess is as good as mine! Stay tuned!
One of the perks of having a book fair through Scholastic is the great selection of books they send pre-fair that you can then use to promote the coming sale. One of the titles from this year, The Magician's Hat by Malcolm Mitchell. If Mr. Mitchell's name is familiar that is not a huge surprise as he's been playing wide receiver for the New England Patriots since 2016 and being a part of their Super Bowl win in 2017.
Mitchell was a struggling reader, but that didn't stop him from putting forth just as much if not more effort in the classroom as on the football field. He grew to love books and reading which gave him the inspiration to write a children's book.
Our story beings at a local library's family fun event. There are lost of special things going on, but the highlight this year is a magician. Once the magician's show starts, the audience can tell it's going to be a great one-coins appear from thin air, spoons wiggle and bend without being touched. The magician is amazing! The secret behind the magician's powers? Books of course! The magician shows his audience that books are the best magic there is and can take you as far as you want to go.
Our lower elementary kids really enjoyed this book. The illustrations are bright and colorful and the story is easy to follow with a great message. Once we finished reading, each student was giving a magician's hat of their own to decorate with their future plans and did we ever get some niffy jobs! I just love books like this that lend themselves so well to artistic expression!
This year's Scholastic book fair is set up and ready for readers young and old to visit, browse, and buy!
As I've said before, the book fair is one of my favorite things to do here in the school library. As we live in a very rural area, book stores, especially ones that have any kind of significant children's section, are few and far between. Don't get me wrong, libraries are wonderful things, but having books in the home is also super important to a child's growth. Scholastic is a very well known publisher of children's books, and the fair they send every year has yet to disappoint. If you're in Shullsburg, stop by Wednesday, February 21st or Thursday, February 22nd and take a peek at what the book fair has to offer!
Every year during our spring parent teacher conferences, the library plays host to the Scholastic book fair. Cases upon cases of books and other materials arrive and for a few short days the library is transformed from lending service to bookstore-much to the delight of the students.
The book fair is by far on of my most favorite things about being a school librarian. Scholastic is a huge name in publishing for children's books and so many of my titles have that red Scholastic ribbon on the bottom of the back cover. A lot of student favorites are on display at the book fair, and they are for sale! Students can by them, take them home, and KEEP THEM! In an age where online shopping for books seems to be quickly overtaking the world, the book fair is often the closest a lot of students will get to the magic of browsing in a book store.
After a much needed break, school is back in session here in Shullsburg and *most* of the students are ready and raring to go. January is always a time of high energy here at school; many of the kids take a good amount of time to come down from their holiday high and many still have family celebrations throughout the month. The promise of a possible snow day also looms large in January which is always a welcome change of pace for both students and teachers.
In the library new books are being prepared and displayed for students to browse while our library lessons span the realm of getting to know nonfiction to digging into fictional genre to writing our first book reviews. The student council is gearing up for our kisses and crushes sale as well as the school book fair (February 21 and 22, watch for more details!). It's going to be a fun and busy year so stay tuned for more reviews and news!
This year, to try and give our elementary students a chance to participate in our student council holiday fun, we decided to implement an Indoor Snowman Contest for all our elementary classes as well as our Headstart pals and they kids did not disappoint! Check out some of their snazzy snowmen!
It's been really wonderful seeing the elementary staff embrace this activity and work with their students to design and build their snow creations.
A big huge thank you to the Shullsburg PTA for the monies needed to purchase some much needed comfy sitting space for our high school library! Lots of students have already commented on our new futon and rug and a few have even dared sit. Having warm and cozy spaces like this not only encourages students to visit the library but also to stay and browse which makes more use of our collection. So once again, I say thanks and yay to the PTA!
Not only do I have the good fortune to be the librarian here in Shullsburg, but I'm also the high school student council adviser. When I first began here, the student council had been disbanded for five years due to not having someone able to take the reins-traditionally it had been on of the jobs reserved for the librarian, but there had been a fair amount of turnover before I got here which, if you're at all familiar with school extra curricular, is a very bad thing. Programs need consistency or they won't "live", much less grow. Three years ago I was approached to revive this program and I, in my best Victor Frankenstein impression, did what I could to make the program live again.
Our first year we were small-only four ladies joined up, but we were still able to do some pretty big things like plan an entire day of holiday activities for the high school as well as an entire campaign to create more awareness for social media presence. Fast forward to this year and our council is 12 students strong which meant we had the power to reclaim a student council tradition, our fall blood drive.
Now, blood drives are quite a bit more planning than you would think. The logistics (where will it be held, dates and times, etc.) are some of the least of your worries. There is paperwork, signing people up, advertising, and getting community members to volunteer their time and help run the drive. In that terrible dark time where there was no student council, our fantastic history teacher took over blood drive duties and kept things running, but this year a conflict arose for our intrepid history guru and so he, requested the help of the council to actually run the show this year.
Though it had its nerve-wracking points, our drive went off pretty well-and by pretty well I mean record setting! Never before has the drive collected as much blood as we did this past year (57 pints if you're interested in specifics). Not only that, but we had a record number of students donate for the first time which is a real testament to the students here at Shullsburg. The student council, with some additional student support, did a fantastic job and had such a good time they wanted to talk about doing a spring drive as well.
A big success for a wonderful cause-there's no better way to spend a Friday night!
Hi, Resplendent Reader! I'm Mrs. Bendorf, Shullsburg School Librarian, StuCo Adviser, Junior Class Adviser, and all around niffty person. Here you will find interesting library tidbits, book reviews, and other interesting items that I find and witness here at the Shullsburg School Library and in the world at large,