Posts Tagged ‘National Library Week’

libraryopolyDuring the month of April, we are celebrating National School Library Month. Each time students check out a library book they can enter to play Libraryopoly(our version of Monopoly). As students move around the board and land on author spaces, they answer a question about the books the author has written. Correct entries will be placed in a drawing to win an autographed copy of Diary of Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel.


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In celebration of National Library Month, the media center has a few activities going on to encourage students to visit. We have a contest in which students could win a free book. Faculty members were polled to find out their favorite children’s book. Students have to match the books to the correct faculty member. The person with the most correct answers wins a copy of Ripley’s Believe It or Not 2010. Entry forms can be found in the pocket on the bulletin board outside the media center. Book club members have assisted with creating Wordles on their favorite book. Many of these are on the bulletin board.  Check them out and see if you can guess the book they are describing. Best-selling author, Patrick Carman will be visiting via virtual chat. He is the author of Skeleton Creek, Ghost in the Machine, The Land of Elyon series, and Black Circle, the fifth book in the 39 Clues series. Details are coming soon. In addition, all during the month book trailers will be featured on the morning news program. Book club member also helped with a PSA about National Library Month. Check out the video below.Can’t see the video below? Try this link.

Check out these READ posters that we have outside the media center doors…..

Can’t see the above slide show? Check out the collages below.

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Media center doorsThanks to everyone for making National Library Week at WJMS a huge success.  Many of our faculty and students came by to ask about our READ posters that have been placed around the school and are on the PowerPoint news program.  I enjoyed creating the scenes and making the posters very much.  I had many students who came by to ask me to create a READ poster of them.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to get many student posters done.  Maybe next year I can have a better plan.  Huge thanks to all of the volunteers who were willing to pose in some creative ways. 😮

Wednesday, Melissa LeGette came by to talk to classes about her book The Unicorn Girl.   I was very proud of our students.  They were well behaved and asked some great questions.  Chloe W. won an autographed copy of The Unicorn Girl with her question, “Where do you get the inspiration and the ideas for your book?”.  Check out my post on her visit.

The Statesboro Herald ran a contest called “How much do you know about your library?”.  The April 17th paper had a series of 17 questions of which the answers were one of the libraries in Bulloch County schools.  There will be prizes given and the contest ends April 24th.  Contest

With the increased traffic in the media center this week, our book checkouts increased 50% from the previous school week.   Keep reading WJMS!

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To help us celebrate National Library Week, Melissa LeGette visited WJMS this week to talk to students about her book, The Unicorn Girl.  The students did a great job of making her feel welcome.  At each session, Melissa answered questions, told a bit about herself, and read a portion of her book.  Questions were asked about publishing, editing, favorite books/authors, development of characters, future books, inspiration for the book, writer’s block, and researching for material.  After the session, students were able to purchase autographed copies of her book for $10.  We enjoyed Melissa’s visit very much and everyone learned so much about writing and publishing books.

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National Library Week is April 13th through the 17th.  To help us celebrate and to encourage our students to read, the media center will be making READ posters modeled after those for ALA’s READ campaign.  Many of these will be posted around the school and will show up on the PowerPoint news.  If you would like to purchase an 8 1/2 x 11 color mini-poster, they will cost $1 for us to print them for you.

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To celebrate National Library Week, Georgia author, Melissa LeGette, will be visiting our school on Wednesday, April 15th.  She will be talking to groups of students about beginning her book, The Unicorn Girl, at age 14 and what drew her to become a writer.  Melissa will read a portion of her book and will follow up with a question and answer session.  After each session, personalized signed copies of her book will be on sale for $10.  Please stop by the media center to meet her in person and hear her talk about her fantastic book.  Session times are listed below.

8:45-9:15 – Waters, Rushing, and Peabody
9:35-10:05 – Peabody, Waters, and Kirkland
10:30-11:00 – Kirkland and Waters
11:05-11:35 – Prosser and Peabody
11:35-12:30 – LUNCH
12:30-1:00 – Rushing and Peabody
1:00-1:30 – Prosser
1:35-2:05 – Prosser and Waters
2:35-3:05 – Waters

Students can receive a free The Unicorn Girl bookmark by reading the book and taking the Accelerated Reader test.  Submit a question for the author and you could win a free autographed copy of the book.  The student submitting the best question will win.  We have nine copies of the book so stop by the media center to reserve a copy of The Unicorn Girl.

The Unicorn Girl by M.L. LeGette

Winner of the 2006 Morgan Fitz-George Kuhl Student Writer Award
Named Amazon.com’s New and Notable for both Children and Teen Books in July 2008
The girl in the mirror was paler than I was. Her white hair flowed down her head gracefully to land fully on her shoulders. But her eyes, her eyes struck me the most. There was not a trace of green in those eyes, only blue. They were two beautiful deep blue pools; each one glinted and glimmered brightly. There was something about those eyes that I didn’t like at all. Something that made my skin prickle.
Leah Vindral didn’t expect her life to change so drastically. She never expected to catch a rare and nearly fatal illness and she certainly never expected to wake up one day looking like a completely different person.
Now she is on the run, dodging knights and drunken fools, for her life is in danger. A deadly witch wishes to return to power and she needs Leah, the white-haired girl . . . the girl who can speak to unicorns.

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