With the importance of keeping children safe also comes the role of digital citizenship. Just as we aim to be good citizens in our communities, state, and country, we should also think how we can be good digital citizens in the world of online interactions.
A great resource for parents and teachers alike is Common Sense Media. Check it out to help educate yourself, your children, and your students. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
For the week of March 13-17, we will be discussing the importance of Internet Safety and how we can protect ourselves and be internet smart. This ties into our use of technology and how to recognize signs of unsafe internet usage.
In celebration of Read Across America (February 27-March 3) and Dr. Seuss (birthday March 2), our students will be reading various Dr. Seuss books during their library visits. We will learn more about the famous author, his local roots, and read a variety of his books. While kindergarteners will be hearing Hop on Pop and The Foot Book, 4th graders with learn about Oh! The Places You'll Go!
Our students have cast their ballots and the votes have been tallied! The CES choice for the 2016-2017 Red Clover Award is....(drum roll please)....Glamourpuss by Sarah Weeks and illustrated by David Small! All of the votes have been tallied and sent to the Vermont Center for the Book to be added with all other votes from elementary students across Vermont. Stay tuned to find out the winner later this school year!
The Department of Libraries is very excited to announce that beginning today, ALL Vermonters have access to the Gale resources included in the Vermont Online Library (VOL)! The Department of Libraries is providing this service at no cost to all public, school and academic libraries.
In Vermont: No authentication needed.
Patrons can either click on links on your website or go to http://vtonlinelib.org/home.php to begin using the resources immediately.
Please read VOL Information to see all of the different ways you can highlight databases on your website: direct URLS to the databases, highlight subject collections of databases, or create colorful widgets.
For our last Red Clover 2016-2017 Book: Glamourpuss
By Sarah Weeks, Pictures by David Small
Glamourpuss has it all:
Through our local Village Square Booksellers, we have created a wish list for our Central Elementary School Library. You can easily order these books online in the comfort of your pajamas, or go and visit the staff of VSB and pick out a book from the list. Once the book is bought, it comes off the list. An added bonus: you get 10% off if you are buying from the school's wishlist! Use code CES 10 (only applies to wishlist books). Check out the CES Library Wish List!
We have been creating some amazing projects using our Green Screen and the iPad app by Do Ink! for grades 2-4. Right now the 3rd graders are beginning to film their biography reports and those will be completed in February. Want to see what's going on? Check out the Collaborations tab in the menu or go to the Collaborations Page here.
By April Pulley Sayre
Discover the wonder of water in this refreshingly fun and fascinating exploration of rain, raindrops, and the water cycle from the creator of Rah, Rah, Radishes! and Go, Go Grapes!
Raindrops drop. They plop. They patter. They spatter. And in the process, they make the whole world feel fresh and new and clean.
In this gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.
From School Library JournalK-Gr 2—This first-rate book highlights the beauty and wonder of rain—a seemingly commonplace occurrence—and shows its effects upon the rest of the natural world. In general but lyrical terms, the work explains what raindrops do ("Raindrops settle. They slip. They dot."). The text is accompanied by scenes from a forest rainforest (drops clinging to flowers or spider webs, insects and birds dealing with the downpour). Sayre has created a poetic atmosphere, using rhyming words ("Raindrop spangles/mark angles."), and her vibrant, close-up photographs, which effectively complement the narrative and will engage children and adults alike. The last two spread, titled "A Splash of Science," offer information on the three forms of water (ice, liquid water, and water vapor) and their characteristics. This attractive work is also ideal for read-alouds and an easy entry for students delving into nonfiction reading, especially in poetry or science units. This excellent title will transform how readers think about rain.—Tracey Wong, P.S. 54/Fordham Bedford Academy, Bronx, NY Amazon.com
Back in October, members of the Gassetts Grange visited Central School to present dictionaries to the third graders. As part of their curriculum, third graders are coming to the library to learn dictionary skills and some basics of research. While the dictionaries will stay at school throughout the year, they will be able to take their dictionaries home at the end of the year!
*Library Wish List*