I hope all of our students enjoyed a wonderful summer break filled with relaxation, fun in the sun, and of course, SUMMER READING! I mostly focused on reading this year's Connecticut Nutmeg Award (Gr. 4-6) nominated titles. My favorite so far is Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. It was an exciting blend of mystery, puzzle solving, pop culture and adventure. For more information about the Nutmeg Award titles, visit the Nutmeg Book Award website at http://www.nutmegaward.org .
With the new school year upon us, I'm looking forward to a fantastic year in the library. A few library changes have taken place in terms of the physical space. I've added some new shelving which has allowed the books to be shifted and spaced out a bit more than they were. I think you will like the new look, and I know the added shelving makes finding things much easier. I have a few more space reconfigurations to take care of during the first month of school before everything is settled in its new place.
Library classes will be great this year, too. In the younger grades, we will cover all the best library basics and dabble in various kinds of literature. With the middle grades, we begin using and mastering reference materials, learn the beginning stages of research, focus on various book award titles, learn the Dewey Decimal Classification system and hear about various genre types. In junior high, we take our library knowledge and turn it in to research, as the students are led step-by-step through the research process for various projects throughout the year including their final history research 5-10 page paper. We discuss reliable sources, citations and bibliographies, note taking, outlining and writing. I'm excited to be there every step of the way for the students this year.
Of course, as always, the St. Bernard School library supports all the academic and recreational reading needs of our students. Students are always welcome to stop in and check out our newest titles. Wishing everyone a successful and exciting new school year. ~Mrs. Frost