Love Your Library Month

 

Who says February in Seattle is cold, rainy, and dreary. Not in our library!

We are celebrating Love Your Library Month with a little fun!

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Go on a Blind Date with a Book – Everyday I put out 5-8 Blind Date books for students to check out. Each book is wrapped and has hints on the outside. Inside, there is a rating sheet where students can read the book and then rate their reading date. They make comments on the cover and how they liked or didn’t like the book. Return rating sheets are eligible for a daily prize.

Candy Guessing Jar – How many candies are in the jar? Combine the library and math and you get a fun guessing contest. Each day I pull a random guess slip from the container and that student wins one of the daily prizes. The Big Prize goes to the student who has the closest guess, without going over. The prize winner will be announced on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’ birthday!

Why I love My Library – We also have a comment sheet where students can share why they love our library. Again, students who participate may win one of the daily prizes.

Love Your Library Bookmarks – We partnered with Mrs. Camp, the librarian at Benfer Elementary School in Klein, Texas for this activity. Her second grade classes made our students bookmarks and we did the same. Now they are in the mail and traveling to their new homes. This is the second time we have partnered with Mrs. Camp’s classes. Last year we shared poems during Poetry Month. Check out the acrostic poems on their blog.

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Lollygrams – The Books to Africa club is also selling lollygrams next week. All proceeds will go to purchase postage to send books to our partner schools in Africa.

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If you are looking for ideas you can use in your library check out the dozens of ideas on Pinterest. Nearly every student who has come to the library to participate in one of our contests has also left with a book! It’s a win-win Reading Month!

 

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Celebrate Coding!

 

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This week is computer science education week and for the very first time, the Bulldog Readers are going to participate in the Hour of Code.

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What is Hour of Code? It’s an opportunity for you to try coding for yourself to realize that anyone can learn how to code!

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A lot of people think that coding is something that other people do. They think it’s too hard, but really it’s not. It’s all about problem-solving and logic – really important skills that you can use anywhere. So join in at home!  Go to Hour of Code and try the tutorials. You can also go to the Bulldog Reader Online Catalog and view the coding games there. Earn a certificate and joins the tens of millions of students around the globe who are part of the largest learning event in history!  Here is President Obama kicking off the 2014 event!

Please also remember that we are a finalist in the Best Library Blog category in the Edublog Awards. Voting closes December 15th. Click on this link and give us a thumbs up!

 

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Edublog Award Finalist

We have some exciting news!
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The Bulldog Reader Blog is a finalist in the Best Library Blog category!

Voting is now open and we would love your vote!

How to Vote

You vote as follows:

1.  Go to the Awards Category you want to vote on using the links above.

2.  Click on the  Thumbs Up icon on the blog, website or person you want to vote for.

That’s it! If you aren’t already logged in to list.ly, you can do so using a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google+ account. (Unfortunately you have to be 13+ to have an account, so students please encourage your family and relatives to vote.)

3. Vote by 11:59pm EST on Monday, December 15th. (Check
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I have linked each picture to the Edublog Voting Category. Click on the picture and it will open a new window for voting. We also hope you will vote for some of our blogging buddies too! The links are below.

Best Library Blog

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Best Class Blog

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Best Student Blog

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Thank you for all your support!

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It’s Edublog Award Time!

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It’s that time again! Nominations for the Edublog Awards are open for the 11th year!

The purpose of the Edublog Awards, also known as the Eddies, is promote and celebrate the educational values of social media. One of the benefits of educational blogging is to give students an authentic audience for their ideas, writing and projects. Blogging gives them the opportunity to become educated global learners, connected and ready for the 21st century world. I urge you to participate in celebrating those educators and students you respect in the social media world. Share your nominations with the world!

The process is really simplified this year. Simply fill in this nomination form and you are done. If you also have a blog, you can publish your results, but it’s not required this year. Get the word out!

*Nominations will close at 11.59 PM EST USA on November 24th

It’s never easy to make a choice because there are so many fabulous blogs and teachers to choose from. My nominations all stem from how their posts, tweets, or influence made a difference in how or what I taught this year.

Best Individual Blog – http://www.freetech4teachers.com/

Best Group Blog- http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/

Best Class Blog- http://aroomwithaview.edublogs.org/

Best Ed Tech- http://www.edutopia.org/

Best Teacher Blog – http://www.globalreadaloud.com/

Best Library Blog – http://vanmeterlibraryvoice.blogspot.com/

Most Influential Blog Post – http://yollisclassblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/november-is-family-blogging-month.html

Best Individual Tweeter – https://twitter.com/#!/coolcatteacher

Best Hashtag -#comments4kids

Best Free Web Tool – http://www.pinterest.com/

Best Use of Media – http://tlvirtualcafe.wikispaces.com/TL+News+Night

Best Open PD – http://www.globaleducationconference.com

Best Mobile App – Goodreads

Lifetime Achievement – Vicki Davis

Now it’s your turn! Give a voice to your favorites and make a nomination today! *Nominations will close at 11.59 PM EST USA on November 24th

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Just Say No to Bullying

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What do orange cookies, an enormous Green Giant statue sporting an orange toga, and Ellen DeGeneres wearing orange on national TV have in common? These are all ways people have celebrated Unity Day, a national event developed by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to show support for students who are bullied. This year, students, schools, organizations, businesses, and communities across the country will wear orange in support of Unity Day on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

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This includes our Bulldog Readers! We will be showing our support by wearing orange at school on Unity Day on Wednesday.

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Everyone can take a step toward ending bullying, which is why this year’s theme The End of Bullying Begins with Me is so powerful.

“Unity Day is a great time to send an orange message of solidarity against bullying,” said Paula Goldberg, PACER Center’s executive director. “We encourage everyone to come together in schools, communities, and online to unite against bullying. When we stand together, no one has to stand alone.”

Besides wearing orange, we will be reading bully prevention stories and handing out special bookmarks in the library.

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There will be a special display of books for students to check out as well. Can’t stop by? Here is a list of wonderful books you can find at your local library or bookstore. One book I will definitely be reading this week is The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig.

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Trudy Ludwig is a Pacific Northwest author who wrote her first book My Secret Bully after her own daughter was bullied by her friends. Visit Trudy Ludwig’s website for more information.

“Choose Kindness” is part of Disney ABC Television Group’s efforts to create a bullying prevention campaign to encourage kids and parents around the country to help put an end to bullying by choosing kindness. Club Penguin has teamed with 14-year-old Alex Angelo, host of Radio Disney’s “Saturday Night Party” with Alex Angelo (Saturdays, 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. PT), who is a big supporter of the bullying prevention cause. Watch Alex’s video as he shares the message to “Be Heard” and stand up against bullying.

*All photos and portions of the text of this blog post came from the official National Bullying Prevention Center press release. When you visit their website, you will see lots more information including stories, videos, resources, and ways you can become involved.

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How does wearing orange help prevent bullying?

What anti-bully or choose kindness books are your favorite?

Leave a comment and let us know!

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We Love Bookfairs!

Do you know that if you read for 14.2 minutes per day, you will be exposed to 1,146,000 words per year? That’s a LOT of words!
Reading every day builds a stronger foundation for success in school and in life. That’s why I always have a Bookfair!

It was so terrific to see so many students and families stop by the Bookfair during before conference week! Our library profit from the fair was $1500. Wow! That’s the best we have done in many years! That money will be used to purchase new books for our library.

If you weren’t able to come to the Bookfair in person, we have an online fair available too. It will be available until October 20th.
You can visit http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/bellbulldogs

Thank you again for supporting our library!

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It’s International Dot Day!

Do you know what day this is?

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International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.”

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We will be celebrating Dot Day with 1,701,196 other participants from 80 different countries. That’s 1.7+ million people! Wow! First we will read The Dot and then learn about some famous artists: Seurat, Van Gogh, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Delaunay, and the ancient art of tie-dye. Then each student will be creating a dot imitating the style of these famous artists. I’ll share more photos soon.

In the meantime, you can also celebrate at home. All you have to do is to make your mark. Try something new. Create something. Write or sing a new song. Honor your creativity and join the movement. Make a blank book and fill its pages with words and art of your own!

You can also listen to Peter H. Reynolds talk about how he makes his mark daily and the origins of his important book. Click on this link which will take you to TeachingBooks.net and his recorded interview.

Everyday is a DOT DAY when you cherish and celebrate creativity.

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How did you celebrate Dot Day?

How are you creative?

Leave me a comment and let me know!

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The Sweetness of Books

Happy Summer Vacation!

The Bulldog Readers have been sending in their photos showing what fun it can be to read in the summer! Maybe their choices will lure you to the library this summer.

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I hope you are having a great vacation! I am having a great time on the east coast visiting my family. On Friday we went to New York City and I saw the New York Public Library. Yesterday we went to the Bronx Zoo. Don’t forget, you can be included on the blog. Just have your adult family member email me the picture.
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Simple and easy!
Happy Reading!
Mrs. Hembree

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Peanut Butter and Jellyfish

What is happening with Jarrett Krosoczka today?

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From one of my favorite authors is a new picture book out today, April 8th! You probably know him best as the author of the Lunch Lady series, but he is also a picture book author. In fact his writing career began with picture books like Punk Farm and Annie was Warned.

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Here is a book trailer of Peanut Butter and Jellyfish and interview about the process for creating the book.

 

Look for this awesome book in a library near you!

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