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I hope everyone is feeling fantastic on what was a warmer Tuesday. I wanted to pass along this fun Harry Potter themed digital escape room. It was originally designed by Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA. You can try and escape the room by yourself or compete against some other people in your family! Click the Hogwarts Train on your left to access it.
You know I'm always in the mood for a good book. Especially one that would keep you on the edge of your seat. I know a good amount of you are fans of the I Survived series. Luckily, I have a treat for you! Here is Lauren Tarshis reading the first 2 chapters of her book I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912. Chapter 3 & 4 are also available on You Tube for you to enjoy.
As always, happy reading!
In some fun exercise news, the YMCA has posted videos you can enjoy for FREE. Even if you can't get outside, you should still get your blood pumping and keep that brain healthy!
Check out their videos by clicking on the logo to the right.
Check out the Smithsonian's catalog of virtual tours here!
Not just museums, but aquariums or cultural sites too! CNN recently updated their article on all of the virtual tours you can take from around the world. It is truly glorious to see something new, and yet, something so much older than you or myself!
Take a look at the list and links they provide here!
One of the coolest things to come out of our current weird world we're living in is all of the new resources that people are pulling together for you! Scholastic (you know, the people who bring you our book fairs!) now offers a tool you can look through while you're at home. Click on the banner below to take a look at some of the interesting articles they are updating every day!
I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy! I've been thinking a lot of the situation we're in and how I, as your friendly neighborhood librarian, can be of any help to you. For one, I know all of you were sent home with a (probably really thick) packet of work to do. I also know that you saw that packet and said "This is so much work!" I hope you know you can email your teachers, but you can also email me! You can find it to the right under my picture.
So, my hope is to help in any way that I can. I plan to post something new at least once a day. I want to start with just recommending a few online resources that you can use to find e-books or audio books! Included are some online links to authors doing reading of their books. (Which is totally not a violation of copyright!)
First, click on the image to the left to check out what your local library has for free reading sources you can use. *You need a library card for this, and they are currently closed. As of right now someone is there if you call during their hours!*
Check out author Kate Messner's website! She is working closely with other authors to make videos of them reading their own books to you! Enjoy some new stories, and also enjoy some of the writing challenges they give you!
Kate Messner will also be running a "virtual book club" stay tuned for that link coming later this week. She will be reading her book Ranger In Time
This years book fair is here! We have fantastic posters (Stranger Things and Riverdale!) We have the new Raina Telgemeir book Guts, and I just learned we will be getting the new Diary of Wimpy Kid book Wrecking Ball this week! Click on the image on the left to access the online fair. Don't forget the holidays are around the corner and everyone loves the gift of reading!
Welcome back, the books missed you! I'm excited to see some new faces this year, and look forward to meeting you all with the year to come. Today's post is about the small collection of audiobooks I have for you in the library. Did you know that listening to your books also helps build your vocabulary? It's also not cheating. In fact, 85% of what we learn is learned by listening and 27% of students are auditory learners (Herman, 2016). I listen to books all the time (sometimes more than one book!)
I've borrowed audiobooks from another library and have a wide variety for you to enjoy. Want to read the book too? Of course you can! As always, feel free to ask me for any of your reading (or listening) needs. You can find our audiobooks right next to the library lab and picture books.
I hope you're all enjoying your summer vacation so far! I know I've been enjoying some free time to read. OCDaniel was so enjoyable, and I can't wait to find out what you thought about the book. If you haven't registered at the Willimantic Public Library please make sure you do so (so we have enough Pizza!) Looking forward to meeting some new faces and seeing some old ones tomorrow at 6 pm.
P.S. Don't forget about your projects- I'll answer any questions tomorrow night. I also just added the comic strip template if you need it.
WMS Summer Reading Overview
WMS Book Flyer
The time is counting down to the end of this school year, but that doesn't mean the learning has to end! To help keep your brain sharp of the summer we've got some fun things for you to complete.
For WMS Summer Reading choose one of the books of the Summer Reading Committee's list and complete one of the projects. Don't forget to read a non-fiction book (of your choice) and write a short critique on it. Click below for the overview and list of books.
Remember: I will be at the Willimantic Public Library for 2 books talks- there will be pizza and an extra 25 points for you to earn!
Check out the "Students- Creative Tools" page for apps and websites to help you with your project.