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.






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?

Friday, September 8, 2017

RES Library Information and FAQ 2017-2018 #vsla

Welcome back to the RES Library! We are off to a great start to the new year.

Recommending books to a classmate
in second grade library class

Here is some information and Frequently Asked Questions about library services in the 2017-2018 school year. You can also find this information at the library web page at https://richmond.cesuvt.org/classrooms/library The page is also available as a link under the Students section on the RES web page.

When are library books due back?
Kindergartners are currently practicing borrowing library books and taking them to the classrooms; starting in October they will be taking them home!



How many books do scholars check out?
Scholars may have two books checked out at a time.

When is the library open?
7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Can I check out items from the RES library?
Yes! Family members can get accounts at the RES library. This is a great thing to do if your child goes through a lot of books, especially new readers who may read several "skinny books" in one week

What other items does the RES library check out besides books?
The RES library also checks out magazines and audiobooks on Playaway dedicated MP3 players.

Does the RES library need volunteers?
Yes, please! The Richmond Elementary School Library relies on volunteers for a variety of tasks including checking books in and out, shelving books, covering new books, and setting up displays. You are welcome to volunteer any time that fits your schedule. If you would like more information, please contact me. Thank you very much for your interest!

How do I contact the RES library?
Please email librarian Beth Redford at beth.redford@cesuvt.org, or call 434-2461 if you ever have questions or comments about the library. I look forward to hearing from you!


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

First day of school at the @resvt library, by the numbers #vted #vsla

Books about firetrucks? Books about kangaroos?
We have those!

Number of summer library books returned today by awesome RES summer readers: 661
Number of summer library books checked in and put back on the shelves by 4 amazing volunteers (and 1 extremely grateful librarian): 661
Number of students who checked out their first library books of the year: 33
Number of welcome-back smiles, high-fives, and hugs: we lost track but there were a lot

Thank you everyone for a fabulous first day of school in the RES Library. We are looking forward to a great school year!

Monday, June 26, 2017

2016-2017 at the RES library, by the numbers @resvt #vsla #vted #tlchat #tlelem

Third graders with their summer library books.
Happy reading everyone!

2016-2017 at the RES library, by the numbers:
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 15,388
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 2,049
  • Number of uses of PebbleGo science and social studies electronic databases: 2,206
  • Number of uses of  Culturegrams social studies database: 688 since we subscribed to the database in March
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 8,000
  • Number of scholars served by librarian visits to classroom: over 2,000
  • Number of summer library books in staff members' and students' hands for the summer: 1,860 Happy reading! 
Thanks for a fabulous school year of reading and creating! - Beth Redford, RES School Library Media Specialist

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fourth Grade Capstone Celebration @resvt #vsla #vted

Fourth graders gathered on Wednesday, June 14 to share their Capstone Projects and celebrate their learning at our Capstone Celebration. These fourth graders have been participating in a once a week class, co-taught by teacher-librarian Beth Redford and enrichment teacher Darcie Rankin. The class focuses on digital literacy, critical thinking, research skills, and interest driven projects. Scholars’ culminating activities were independent, interest driven research projects. Each scholar selected a topic and designed a Capstone Project to share his or her interests and knowledge. We are so proud of all our scholars!

Thank you very much to our District's Director of Curriculum, Communication and Innovation, Mike Berry for visiting our Capstone Celebration to capture our scholars' learning and pride in the video below.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fourth Grade Capstone Research Projects @resvt #vsla #vted #tlchat #tlelem #geniushour

Fourth grade scholars at RES have been participating in a once a week class, co-taught by teacher-librarian Beth Redford and enrichment teacher Darcie Rankin. The class focuses on digital literacy, critical thinking, research skills, and interest driven projects. Scholars’ culminating activities were independent, interest driven research projects. Each scholar selected a topic and designed a Capstone Project to share his or her interests and knowledge.

Fourth graders teaching parents and peers about rabbits, video game design, 
ballet, computer hardware and more at our Capstone Celebration

Fourth graders gathered on Wednesday, June 14 to share their Capstone Projects and celebrate their learning at our Capstone Celebration

Digital versions of many of the projects are available at the links below:
Mrs. Berliner's Class Capstone Presentations
Mrs. LeFrancois' Class Capstone Presentations
Ms. Senning's Class Capstone Presentations




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A few sample Capstone Projects from Fourth Grade Enrichment Library Class! @resvt @darcierankin

Here a few samples of the Capstone Presentations created in Enrichment Library class by RES fourth graders. The scholars developed their own research questions, which are shown above the presentations that answer them. We are very proud of all our fourth grade scholars! We will be posting all the projects for all three classes on the Enrichment Library class blog, ThinkCreateCollaborate, in the upcoming week.


Why are things named the way they are?



Why would someone make an instrument? (trifold poster plus handmade instruments)


What was it like in England on the home front during World War II?



Monday, June 5, 2017

Coming soon: Summer Library Books! @resvt #vsla #vted


Once again this summer the RES library media center will be holding summer book checkouts! Scholars in kindergarten and grades one, two, and three will be able to check out up to 10 books from the library media center and take them home for the summer. Starting on Thursday, June 15, scholars will be bringing home “Carry Out a Good Book” bags with their summer library books. Each scholar will also get a note explaining the program and a list of books he or she has checked out for the summer. The books will be due back when school starts in the fall. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our library media specialist Beth Redford at 434-2461 or beth.redford@cesuvt.org.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

May 2017 at the RES Library, by the numbers #resvt #vsla #vted @resvt

"Volcano," a two-word concrete (shape) poem
by an RES second grader

Second graders writing concrete poems

May 2017 at the RES library, by the numbers:
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1708 -- that's 78 items per day in our 22 days of school this month
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 132
  • Number of times scholars used the PebbleGo nonfiction research database: 219
  • Number of times scholars used our new CultureGrams database to learn about geography and cultures: 128
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 900 (14 classes per week plus additional class visits plus individual visits)
  • Number of scholars served by librarian visits to  classrooms: over 150
  • Number of second graders who wrote concrete (shape) poems in connection with their classroom poetry unit: 48 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Writing Concrete Poems in Second Grade Library Class! @resvt #vsla #vted




 One-word concrete poem: "Flying"
Can you see the "L" flying?


In collaboration with their classroom unit on poetry, RES second graders have been learning about and writing concrete poems in their library classes. Concrete poems, also known as shape poems, are poems where the arrangement of words or letters on the page add to the meaning of the poem.




Students shared several books of concrete poetry, then they wrote their own. We are so impressed with their creativity!







Friday, May 19, 2017

Creating Capstone Presentations in Fourth Grade #resvt #vted #geniushour @resvt

Fourth graders are creating presentations to share what they have learned over the course of their Capstone Projects in enrichment library class. Below are a few examples of the presentations-in-progress and the research questions they answer. We are incredibly proud of all of our fourth grade scholars for their thoughtfulness and hard work on these projects! - Darcie Rankin, enrichment teacher and Beth Redford, library media specialist.

Video of computer components
How do computers work?




Model of treehouse with labels
How do you build a treehouse?




video game, programmed with Bloxels
How do you code a video game?



Trifold poster and iMovie
How do volcanoes erupt?
How did Harry Houdini do his magic tricks?



Time-lapse video of LEGO model being constructed
How and why was the Taj Mahal built?