Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Storybook Pumpkin Patch

The Allen Library is growing a storybook pumpkin patch, and we need your help!  Students in all grades can decorate a pumpkin to look like a favorite storybook character and bring it to the library to "plant" in our Storybook Pumpkin Patch!

No REAL pumpkins will be accepted.  Please use a fake pumpkin.  

*Think of your favorite book and design your pumpkin based on your favorite character.
*Fake pumpkins can be found at Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Target, and many other stores.
*Gather your decorating supplies.  Acrylic paints or permanent markers work best.  Other options include adding materials such as yarn, buttons, wiggly eyes, etc.
*Bring your pumpkin and the form below to the library starting Monday, October 5th.
Pumpkins are to be taken home at the end of school on Wednesday, November 18th.  If your child needs assistance getting it home, please make arrangements.  All pumpkins will be disposed of on November 20th at 3:30 pm before our Thanksgiving week holiday.
*Participation is completely voluntary.
*This is not a contest.
*Have fun and be creative!
*Need ideas?  You can look on Pinterest or google storybook pumpkins for TONS of inspiration.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Illustrator AG Ford


We will have a visitor at Allen on November 1st whose name is AG Ford.  Mr. Ford is an illustrator who lives in our area.  It won't take one long to notice that he is one amazing and talented artist.  Our students have an opportunity to purchase Mr. Ford's books using the order form below.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

2x2 Books-Extraordinary Jane

This week in the library, grades K-2 will be introduced to this years 2x2 Books.  These are books specifically for children in PS-2nd grade that are the cream of the crop in literature.  As students read the 2x2 Books, they are encouraged to fill out the chart below.  Once it is all colored in, they can bring it to the library for a small prize.

To introduce the 2x2 Books, the kids and I "visited the circus" by reading Extraordinary Jane and then played Circus Bingo.  

For anyone with a beloved pet, this delightful and heartwarming story set at the circus shows that quiet qualities like friendship, kindness, and loyalty are important and worthy.
Jane is an ordinary dog in an extraordinary circus. She isn't strong, graceful, or brave like her family. When she tries to be those things, Jane just doesn't feel like herself, but she also doesn't feel special. Is she really meant for this kind of life? Her Ringmaster thinks so, but not for the reasons Jane believes.
Ordinary can be extraordinary!

Friday, September 11, 2015

PAC=Public Access Catalog

We really like our new online catalog system called PAC.  The kids have learned how to use it very quickly and enjoy using our library iPads to find books they want to check out.  You can even access PAC from this blog at home.  Look for this picture on the right hand side of the screen, and click on it.  You'll be searching for your favorite titles in no time!!

The students below are from Mrs. Hilliard's second grade class.  

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Map Trap

Ever since reading the book, Frindle, I get excited about reading any new books written by Andrew Clements.  The Map Trap is one of his latest.

Alton Barnes loves maps. He’s loved them ever since he was little, and not just for the geography. Because maps contain more information than just locations, and that’s why he likes to draw maps as well as read them. Regular “point A to point B” ones, sure, but also maps that explain a whole lot more—like what he really thinks about his friends. And teachers. Even the principal.

So when Alton’s maps are stolen from his locker, there’s serious trouble on the horizon…and he’ll need some mad cartographic skills to escape it. (  F CLE