It's another exciting year in the library at Bridgeview. First and foremost, everyone is trying out the new soft seating! Everyone seems to be very pleased with our choices (including me!) Thanks, PTA, for all you did to make this happen! It's going to be a great year!
It started in December of 2015 and continued through the spring of 2016 ... the exciting transformation of the Bridgeview Library. One week before the "packing party", students in grades 3 - 6 were allowed to take as many books for the winter break as they wanted. Students were leaving the library with grocery bags full. These were "just in case" check outs ... just in case we don't have our books unpacked when we come back from winter break in January. Then, on Monday December 21st, Edgar's Elves packed over 12,000 books in just over 3 hours. Book shelves stood empty awaiting their relocation to the temporary library. Books were encased in cardboard boxes. Cicero's quote took on a chilling reality: A room without books is like a body without a soul.
With less than a week to go, things are in full swing for the author visit. Mrs. Gray is teaching all the students Our Pants Go Marching, one of songs sung in The Riot Brothers series.
The SAC (Student Author Committee) has been recruiting 1st and 2nd graders to join them in the Stinky Style dance (from Good Crooks book #3: Sniff a Skunk). Rehearsals begin soon. Then we'll have a little dinner theater or, more accurately, Cafeteria Theater as the 6th graders perform three different Reader's Theater scripts of Ms. Amato's books on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during lunch. We'll be filming, so check back later to see how they did.
In 6th grade, Invisible Lines by Mary Amato is being read aloud. In the book, Trevor does graffiti-style artwork. Students are being encouraged to create their own artwork to show off during the author visit next week. As you can see from pictures below, things are looking good in 6th grade, too!
Make sure you check back again for further developments!
We just finished our Bridgeview & Beyond spring book club. The book we chose to read was When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. It is a great book to read and discuss because there are so many mysteries occurring throughout. As we were reading the book, we were looking for evidence to help us answer some of the questions we had. We kept track on the posters and updated them every week. As we got closer to the end, we made our predictions and waited anxiously to see if we had solved the mysteries. We even got to ask Rebecca Stead some questions via email.
Here's what our readers said at the last meeting when I asked what they thought of the book:
I loved the book. It was my favorite book I have read. I was so surprised at the end. Katelyn
I loved this book because it's one of those books that you have to think about at the end. Chloe
I loved the book. I also loved the mystery of the whole thing. I was so surprised about Quackers and Julie. Kaelyn
I loved the book because I loved all the surprises at the end. Allyson