|Aurelia Pennekamp Elementary School Library||
My goal this week during class visits is to introduce new books recently added to the library collection. All classes (except DK, which does not check out books) will hear new books read aloud and will be encouraged to check out the many new books on display. From now through June, the library will be receiving and processing the bulk of this year's acquisitions. New books are acquired in various ways. Some are donated by Pennekamp families and other library supporters. Points generated by Scholastic Book Club orders are used to acquire high-interest titles free of charge. Some books are purchased with funds given to the library from the Manhattan Beach Rotary Club and the Manhattan Beach Historical Society. The main source of funds for new books, though--far surpassing any other source--is the Pennekamp PTA, which generously funds new library books as well as supplies and technology. A huge thank-you goes out to all the supportive people and organizations that help our library grow. New books allow us to meet curricular and research needs, reward curiosity, encourage pleasure reading, and promote lifelong learning.
Barbara Siegemund-Broka, library media specialist, maintains this blog to inform Pennekamp students and families about library news and related content. Any opinions expressed here are solely her own.
What's Ms. Barbara reading?
The Whispering Skull, by Jonathan Stroud
The next day, Don Pepe stumbled out to the yard in his nightshirt. He tore away the blanket and pleaded:
"You have no tree to roost in, no hen and no chicks to comfort you, no grain to fill your belly, no sun to drive away the shadows. WHY oh why are you still singing? Promise to stop and I will set you free!"
One by one a quiet crowd began to gather in Don Pepe's yard.
"I sing for those who dare not sing--or have forgotten how," said the gallito. "If I must sing for them as well, señor, how can I keep from singing?"
--from The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet, by Carmen Agra Deedy