Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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

There's nothing like the joy of finding a great new book!

December 2017 at the RES library, by the numbers:
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1295 -- that's 81 per day in our three weeks of school this month
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 255
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 600 (14 classes per week plus additional class visits plus individual visits)
  • Number of times scholars used the PebbleGo nonfiction research database: 169

Friday, December 15, 2017

Whoosh! is the Red Clover Winner at RES! #resvt #vted #redcloveraward @bartography @Devas_T

bookcover-whoosh.jpg

First and second grade students at Richmond Elementary School in Richmond, Vermont have selected Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions as our schoolwide Red Clover (Children's Choice Award) book for 2017-2018! 

During their library classes, the students all read or listened to 10 of the best illustrated books from the 2016 publishing year. The selection included fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and a folktale. Then each student voted for his or her favorite. Whoosh! received twice as many votes as the second place choice, Frankencrayon by Michael Hall.

Whoosh! is the biography of engineer and inventor Lonnie Johnson, whose best known creation is the Super Soaker toy water gun. Johnson is an amazing role model for his curiosity and persistence, and students loved reading about his work for NASA and his model rockets. The book was created by author Chris Barton and  illustrator Don Tate. One student asked the librarian, "Where are the rest of these books?" He was asking where all the rest of the books about Lonnie Johnson were located in the library! We are hoping that Mr. Barton and Mr. Tate publish more books about Lonnie Johnson very soon.

More resources about Whoosh! and Lonnie Johnson:

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





cover image from amazon.com

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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

Third graders researching pioneer schools and home crafts,
Northern Paiute activist Sarah Winnemucca, and more

November 2017 at the RES library, by the numbers:
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1425 -- that's 84 per day in our four weeks of school this month
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 727
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 700 (14 classes per week plus additional class visits plus individual visits)
  • Number of times scholars used the PebbleGo nonfiction research database: 237
  • Number of third graders who researched topics about explorers, settlers, and the Westward Expansion movement in the United States: 50 (see related blog post)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Third Grade History Research: Westward Expansion @resgrade3 #resvt #vsla

Which resources will help me answer my questions?

Third graders visited the library this week to do research about how Americans moved westward across the country. The scholars selected from print and digital resources to learn more about topics ranging from pioneer homes to the the importance of Crazy Horse. They will be using the information they learned to complete projects in their classrooms and their enrichment time with Mrs. Rankin. We are very proud of all of our history researchers!






photo credit: Mrs. Girouard at @RESgrade3

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.