Friday, October 30, 2015

October 2015 at the RES Library, by the numbers #resvt #resreads #vsla

October 2015 at the RES library, by the numbers
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1900 -- that's 95 per day
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 1,000 (13 classes per week plus additional class visits plus individual visits)
  • Number of scholars served by the librarian during lessons and visits in classrooms: over 200
  • Number of fourth graders who learned about the rotation and revolution of the planets by creating moving models (see video still in the top photo above): 49
  • Number of new video book reviews added to our book review YouTube playlist: 10. These fabulous book reviews by RES scholars and staff can also be seen on the right side of the library blog

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Featured Book Reviews: A Celebration of Reading! #resvt #vted #tlchat #vsla

We are so happy to announce that 14 different video reviews of children's books have been featured on the RES Library blog so far this year! These reviews are a celebration of reading and great books. RES is a school of readers, and we are so proud to share our reading and our opinions with the world.
The first reviews were created by our principal, Michael Berry. Here's an example, his review of The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas.

RES scholars were so motivated they decided to create their own reviews! Here's one of several from fourth graders in Katie LeFrancois' class, a review of the Newbery Award winning book The Crossover by Sarah Prineas:

We've even put together a YouTube playlist of all these great reviews. Looking for something new to read? Check on the right hand side of the library blog for the latest reviews and a link to the playlist. We can't wait to see how RES video book reviewing continues to unfold as the school year goes on!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Grade 2 Library Classes: Red Clover Books #resvt #vsla

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 book. Their votes, along with votes from students all over the state, help choose the Red Clover Award winner.

This week we are reading and discussing the true story Elizabeth: Queen of the Seas by Lynn Cox and Brian Floca. Check out this link from the Indianapolis Public Library for more information about Elizabeth the elephant seal, and also about the author who is a world famous long distance swimmer. More information about the Red Clover program and the rest of this year's reading list is available at the Red Clover Website

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dorothy Canfield Fisher audiobooks and other audiobooks in the RES Library #resvt

Did you know that the RES library checks out audiobooks? These are books you can listen to, on CDS or Playaway MP3 players. Audiobooks are great for family listening, especially if you have a car trip coming up. Students in grades 2 and up as well as parents can check these out. You can see what audiobooks the library owns by visiting our online library catalog. Type "audiobook" in the search box and you will see a list of all the library's audiobooks. If you would like me to send home an audiobook with your child to try over fall break, just send me an email at and let me know which one!

The library now has three of the new Dorothy Canfield Fisher titles on CD audiobook: The Crossover, Nuts to You, and The Meaning of Maggie. We will be getting more titles as the year goes on.

audiobook image from Microsoft Clip Art
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