Library News: November 2019

Library News: November 2019
Posted on 11/04/2019
book coversBy Ann Niederkorn, G&P Librian

Things are hopping in the library! JK-1st grade students have been enjoying lots of fun read-alouds and finding books to borrow. Second graders are starting on a big landforms glossary project (stay tuned for details!) Third graders are beginning to learn about library navigation and organization and 4th/5th graders are being introduced to MCBA (MA Children's Book Award) this week.

MCBA is a statewide reading promotion program for 4th-6th graders. Students read from a list of 25 books in a variety of genres and reading levels. Any student who reads at least five of these books by mid-March is eligible to vote for their favorite. We’ll have a special pizza party in early April to celebrate and reveal the winning title. We’re also starting optional Friday “Chat & Chews” in mid-November. Each week, we discuss different books over lunch in the library.

The MCBA program is completely voluntary, but traditionally, we’ve had high student participation and they’ve really enjoyed it. At least 15 of the titles are available in digital audiobook format and almost all are available as ebooks. Students may access these through SORA, CPSD's digital library, as well as through the public library, so there are multiple ways to read and/or listen. I have emphasized to the kids that listening counts!. All the print books are available in the G&P library. So please talk to your child about it and if they’re uncertain, encourage them to give it a try. If you want more details, I’ve created an MCBA Google Classroom, invited all 4th and 5th graders to join, and posted all relevant information there. Please let me know if you have any questions or want help setting up ebooks/audiobooks.

One last reminder: families are welcome to visit the library every day except Wednesdays from 8:00-8:15 and every day except Thursdays from 2:25-2:45 to borrow books. We can make library accounts for parents. Come on in and say hi!


Book Recommendations:

1.
 Oge Mora's new book is a lovely story of family, flexible thinking, and gratitude, complemented with gorgeous artwork.

2. 
A gorgeously illustrated retelling of a traditional Bengali folk tale, this is a really fun read-aloud.

3. 
This almost-wordless book was the overwhelming favorite of our 2nd grade Mock Caldecott voters last year. It is the story of a grandfather and grandson who don't share a common spoken language, but they learn to communicate and connect through dramatic, imaginative drawings.

4. 
This is an #ownvoices day-in-the life beginner chapter book, introducing a transgender main character in a very age appropriate, positive and respectful way. Great discussion-starter and very sweet!

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