Friday, November 3, 2017

October 2017 at the RES Library, By the Numbers #resvt #vsla #vted



Book shopping in a quiet patch of sunlight

October 2017 at the RES library, by the numbers:
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1574 -- that's 79 per day in our four weeks of school this month
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 398
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 1,000 (14 classes per week plus additional class visits plus individual visits)
  • Number of third graders served by librarian visits to their classroom: 16 (read more about it here)

September 2017 at the RES Library, By the Numbers #resvt #vsla #vted


First kindergarten library class -- so many
great books to choose from!


September 2017 at the RES library, by the numbers:
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1787 -- that's 89 per day in our four weeks of school this month
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 304
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 1,000 (14 classes per week plus additional class visits plus individual visits)
  • Number of kindergartners who checked out their first ever RES library books: 49! Hooray!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Library Services in the Classroom @resgrade3 @resvt #vsla

Mrs. Redford working with third graders in their classroom
photo credit Shaun Langevin

Sometimes RES scholars come to the library for literacy lessons and book selection. And sometimes, the librarian goes to them! Mrs. Redford worked in a third grade classroom last week with scholars who were creating online comic books about their reading lives. The lessons were created by their classroom teacher Mrs. Girouard, and both Mrs. Girouard and Mrs. Redford helped the students with the technology tool (Book Creator). This kind of co-teaching in classrooms is part of the library program at several grade levels at RES.






Friday, October 6, 2017

Grade 1 and 2 Library Classes: Red Clover Books #vsla #vted #redcloveraward





First and second graders are enjoying this year's Red Clover books in the RES library. Named after Vermont's state flower, the Red Clover Award is Vermont's children's choice award for picture books. Every year, a group of teachers and librarians puts together a list of 10 fiction and nonfiction Red Clover books. Students who read or listen to at least five titles from the list get to vote on their favorite books. Their votes, along with votes from students all over the state, help choose the Red Clover Award winner.

This week and next week we will we be sharing Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate. Students have loved this true story about how NASA engineer/inventor Lonnie Johnson overcame many setbacks to develop the world's most powerful, most popular water gun! More information about Mr. Johnson is available online at

Visit to Mr. Johnson’s Workshop video from CBS News
Illustrating Whoosh! from Don Tate’s blog
Research for Whoosh from Don Tate’s blog


More information about the Red Clover program and the rest of this year's reading list is available at the Red Clover Website

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Open House Week at the @resvt Library! #vsla





Thank you all very much to the students and families who stopped by the library during our two Open House nights! It was wonderful to see everyone, and especially to meet the families of our new preschoolers and kindergartners for the first time. Several family members signed up for library accounts so they could check out extra books for their children -- stop by the library any time if you are interested in getting a family account.



Friday, September 22, 2017

Spotlight on: Kindergarten Library Classes @kdarling7112 @marianmumford1 @vtkteach #vted #vsla


Sharing picture books with friends

Kindergartners have spent the first month of school exploring different kinds of books in the library, and checking out books to share in their classrooms. So far they have explored picture books and nonfiction "true" books. They have also explored the early reader or "pink dot" collection, which includes books like The Cat in the Hat. The early reader collection has lots of high interest books such as nonfiction "true books" about animals, space, and vehicles; Star Wars, LEGO, and Fancy Nancy stories; and comic book-style stories for new readers. Last week they also visited the collection of books that connect to Señora Harris' Spanish curriculum. They are looking forward to taking two books home every week, starting in October. They are very excited to share their library books with their families!

Lots of excellent shark books in nonfiction!

Exploring the Spanish section

Hmmm...so many choices!

Friday, September 15, 2017

New Discoveries in the RES Library! #vsla #vted

Students at all grade levels have been discovering new books and new strategies in the library!


Kindergartners explored the Spanish books.
These include the wonderful stories
Señora Harris shares in Spanish class.


Second graders learned to use the self checkout station. 
Now they can get new books every day!


And third graders learned to search for books 
in OPALS, the library's catalog system. 
Hmm...do you look for the title, the author, or the subject?