Category Archives: Library

Library, Ms. Delaney, 4-28-17

Monarch, Bluestem, and Caudill Winners

The winner of the 2017 Illinois Monarch Award for great picture book is “Gaston” by Kelly DiPucchio. Over 96,000 students from 449 schools, including St. Cletus’ K-2nd grades, voted and chose their favorite book from the Monarch list.  The favorites of the students at St. Cletus were “How Did That Get In My Lunch?” and “Trapped!: A Whale’s Rescue”.

“El Deafo” by Cece Bell is the 2017 winner of Illinois’ Bluestem Award, an award honoring great books for students in 3rd-4th grades.  Twenty nine of our 3rd & 4th grade students were eligible to vote in this year’s voting by reading 4 or more of the nominated books.  SC students’ favorite was “Absolutely Almost”.

The 2017 Caudill Award winner was “The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander. Caudill nominated books are geared to students in 5th-8th grades.  Thirty one of our students in those grades were eligible to vote this year by reading 3 of the 20 nominated books.  “The Crossover”, a great basketball story told in prose, was also our students’ favorite.

Overdue books

As the school year nears its end, please return any overdue library books as soon as possible. Thank you.

Battle of the Books

The 4th & 5th grade teams for the Battle of the Books have been formed & students have been working with their teams to prepare for the 1st round of battles which began April 24th.  All students in 4th & 5th grade participate by reading 3-4 books on the battle list.  The 2nd round of battles will begin May 5th.  This round pits the winning team from each homeroom against each other to determine a 4th & a 5th grade winner.  A championship battle will be held at the end of May when the winning 4th grade team battles the winning 5th grade team.

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Library, Ms. Delaney, 2-28-17

Six Flags Reading Program

Students in Kindergarten through 6th grades were eligible to participate in the Six Flags Great America Reading Program.  Students had to read 6 hours to earn a free ticket to Great America in Gurnee, IL.  Seventy five of our students completed this task!  Congratulations on their hard work!  I will distribute the earned tickets when I receive them in mid-May.  This is a voluntary program designed to encourage reading by earning a free ticket to Great America.

Battle of the Books for 4th & 5th Grades

Teams have been formed for the battle teams in 4th & 5th grades.  Students use their library time to read battle books.  Each student is expected to read 3-4 of the battle books to prepare their teams for the 1st round of the battles which will begin in April.  All of the 8 battle books are available in our library but they may have to wait for the books as they are in high demand.  The LaGrange Library has a display of our battle books & has multiple copies.  They should also be available at your own local library.  The students were given a bookmark listing the battle books.  If your child is waiting for one of the battle books & you are willing to take them to your local library that would be very helpful.  Thank you for understanding.

Overdue Books

The second trimester ended 2-24-17. I have reminded students of their overdue books & asked them to return them.  I will be sending out overdue notices soon.  Please have your students return them ASAP.  If you are unable to find them, please remit the cost of the lost book.  But please know that we would prefer to get the book returned.  Thank you.

Donation from La Grange Library

La Grange Library has donated a 2015 set of World Book Encyclopedias to our library. They purchased a new set & kindly gave us the 2015 set.  This is a nice addition to our library.  The 5th grade students are already using this set as they begin their research on their Black History project.

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Library, Ms. Mary Delaney, 1-18-17

Six Flags Great America Reading Program

The Six Flags Great America Reading Program has begun! Forms are being distributed during the students’ library time this week & next week.  In order to earn a free ticket to Great America, students in Kindergarten through 6th grade, need to read 360 minutes or 6 hours.  So please encourage interested children to keep reading, keep track of what they are reading and how much time they are reading.  The forms must be turned in by February 22nd.  I suggest that they turn in the form as soon as they complete the hours to their teachers.  That way, the form won’t get lost.  Thank you for your help.

Bluestem & Caudill Reading Programs for 3rd through 8th Grades

Students in 3rd & 4th grades are eligible to vote in the Bluestem election if they read 4 of the 20 nominated books on the Bluestem list.  Students have had two or three of the Bluestem nominated books read to them during their library time.  They still have time to read one or two more of the books to participate in the election which will be held at the end of February.  There are some great books on the Bluestem list this year and they are available at the library.  Please encourage your children to participate.

The Caudill list contains 20 books aimed at appealing to 5th through 8th graders.  In order to be eligible to vote in the Caudill election, a student has to read 3 books on this year’s list.  There are many great books on the list which are available at our library.

Battle of the Books for 4th & 5th Grades

Fourth and 5th grade students have begun working on this year’s Battle of the Books.  We have selected, with the help of La Grange Library, 8 books for our Battle.  We use our library time to silently read these books.  All students must participate and are expected to read 3 or 4 of the 8 Battle books.  Thank you to those of you who took your child to your local libraries to check out battle books.  There is sometimes a long wait at our library to check out these books.  The 1st round of the Battle of the Books is scheduled for April so the students have plenty of time to read them.  The children will soon receive a bookmark listing all of our Battle books.

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Library, Ms. Delaney, 11-30-16

Overdue Books

The end of the 1st trimester was November 11th.  I have reminded all students of their overdue books & asked them to return them.  Please remind your children to return their overdue books ASAP.  If the students return them, lots of paper & energy will be saved as paper notices will not need to be printed.  Thank you.

 

Book Fair- “Open a Book, Find a Treasure”

The book fair, sponsored by the FSA, was a great success! Over $10,000 in books were sold!  Sixteen books were purchased and donated to the library. Seventy one books were bought and donated to the classroom teachers.  One hundred twenty seven books were bought with the book fair proceeds.  Thank you all for your generosity!  The library will also receive cash with which additional books can be purchased.  It is so awesome to be able to offer our students the newest books.

Special thanks to Leticia Schultz and Mary Ellen Staelgraeve who were co-chairs for the book fair again this year. They did a great job and also coordinated a book drive for gently used books which were donated to Andrea’s Angel, an organization affiliated with Anderson Books.  Ten boxes of used books were donated to Andrea’s Angels & those books will be distributed to needy schools in the area.

Eileen Meyer, a local author, spoke with our younger students when she visited. She talked about the writing process which includes research, working with an illustrator and working with a publisher to publish the book.

Our children had opportunities to win free books by participating in a gold coin guessing game. Students in 1st through 8th have also designed book marks.  Winning designs were available at the book fair.

Thank you to the FSA, Mary Ellen Staelgraeve and Leticia Schultz for chairing this event and the many adult and student volunteers who help make this event possible.

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Library, Ms. Delaney, 10-31-16

Overdue Books

The end of the 1st trimester is November 11th.  Please remind all students to return all overdue books ASAP.  They have been reminded during their library periods as well.  If the students return them, lots of paper & energy will be saved as paper notices will not need to be printed.  Thank you.

History Fair Research

Lisa Sharkey, the young adult librarian at La Grange Library, came & talked to all 7th grade students about free data bases that are available for them to use for their history fair project.  Even if a student does not have a library card, they can use these data bases until November 30th in a special program offered by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.  Ms. Sharkey made & distributed pamphlets for them which show good data bases to use for their projects and how to access them.   If your child misplaced their pamphlet, please have them ask for another or e-mail me & I’ll give them another one.

Fenwick Speech Contest

Students who are participating in the Fenwick Speech contest have been presenting their speeches during their library time. This gives them an opportunity to get some practice in front of an appreciative audience.  They are doing an awesome job!

Book Fair

Our annual book fair begins Sunday, 11-20-16 and will end Tuesday, 11-22-16 & will be held in the gym. The theme for this year’s book fair is “Open a Book, Find a Treasure!”.  Thank you to Mary Ellen Staelgraeve & Leticia Schultz who are chairing this FSA event.  Additional information about the book fair will be in your Wednesday envelopes & the Scoop in the coming weeks.

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Library, Ms. Delaney, 9-30-16

This year our Kindergarten through 2nd grade students will be participating in the Monarch Award reading program again.  This program, open to children throughout the state of Illinois, introduces our students to great picture books & early readers.  The annual list of 20 nominated Monarch books are selected by a panel of teachers, publishers, authors & librarians.  The children read or have read to them at least 5 of the nominated books. We will be reading the books to them during their library time.   Then, in February, they get to vote for their favorite book.  The votes from all eligible students are tabulated & the students’ votes choose the winner of the annual Monarch Award.  Last year, over 104,000 students from 492 schools throughout the state of Illinois participated in the program & chose “Breaking News: Bear Alert” as the Monarch Award winner with over 15,000 votes.

Similarly, our students in 3rd & 4th grades will participate in the Bluestem Award reading program.  The 20 books on the Bluestem list are chosen by a panel of experts & the list contains books sure to appeal to students in grades 3-5.  The students will need to read or have read to them 4 or more of the books on the list in order to vote in the election in February.  We will be reading 1 or 2 of the Bluestem books to the students during their library time.  If they want to vote in the election, they need to read 2 more on their own.  Last year about 32,000 students in 387 schools throughout the state voted in the election & selected “The 13-Story Treehouse” as the 2016 Bluestem winner.  There is another great list of books on the 2017 list & many of them have been ordered for the library.  They will be available for checkout soon.

Students in 5th-8th grades can participate in the Rebecca Caudill reading program.  They need to read at least 3 of the nominated books on the 2017 Caudill Award list.  If they do so, they can vote in the Caudill election to be held in February.  Last year’s winner was “Michael Vey The Prisoner of Cell 25” which received about 2500 votes from the 18,856 students who voted.  Most of the books on the 2017 Caudill list have been ordered & will be available for check out soon.

Lisa Sharkey, the young adult librarian from La Grange Library is coming in October to talk to all 7th grade students during their library time.  She will demonstrate how to access many free web sites for them to use for their History Fair research.  Ms. Sharkey also will bring a pamphlet listing the best sites for them to use.

Sites that 7th graders can utilize now are https://catalog.loc.gov (Library of Congress) or http://www.chicagohistory.org (Chicago History Museum) and data bases available at your local public library’s website.

Thank you for your help in reminding your children to return their library books on their assigned day. If their books are returned they can check out new books every time they come to the library.

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Library, Ms. Delaney, 8-22-16

Welcome to another school year!

I hope that all of you had a fun & restful summer. I also hope that you & your children read some great books. We will be discussing some of the books they read & will do some projects related to those books.

Students will be coming to the library this week. They will be able to check out books & bring them to their classrooms or home. Below are the guidelines for library use.

Preschool-Kindergarten

Students will come to the library once per schedule rotation.  A book will be read to them relating to something they are learning or the season.

They will be able to check out a picture book and take it back to their classroom to be shared with the class.

Kindergarten students will be able to check out a book and take it home after Christmas break.

Books from the library should always be treated with care.

1st-5th Grade

Students will come to the library once per schedule rotation.  We will read a book or work on a project.

Students will be able to check out 3 books per visit as long as they return their books each time.  Students may not have more than 3 books checked out at any time.  Early readers should check out a grade level book on each visit to the library to practice their reading.

All students are expected to treat our library books with care and are responsible for any books they check out of the library.

6th-8th Grade

Students will come to the library once per schedule rotation.  We will work on projects, do silent reading or research.

Students will be able to check out 4 books per visit as long as they return their books each time.  Students may not have more than 4 books checked out at any time.

All students are expected to treat our library books with care and are responsible for any books they check out.

 

Have a great year! Contact me at mdelaney@stcletusparish.com if you have any questions or concerns.

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