June 21, 2013
Through the generosity of the MBEF, the Pacific Elementary library will be open this summer to meet the reading needs of MBUSD students. Any MBUSD student can use this library over the summer. The district library media specialists will take turns staffing the library; my weeks will be those of July 8 and July 15. The Pacific Elementary library will be open from June 24 to August 2, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (closed on July 4). Hope to see you there!
June 17, 2013
Monday, June 17, the library will closed to patrons while I and the many wonderful library volunteers put the shelves in perfect order. Books can be returned to the school office that day (or anytime you happen to find the library briefly closed)--the office staff will make sure I get them.
As everyone probably knows by now, all library materials must be returned. A hold will be placed on the report card of any student with unresolved library issues. This includes books not returned by the student's parent. We almost have everything back, so thank you for your cooperation, and let's get those last few books back!
The Wednesday kindergarten classes will visit the library this week as usual. I will also be finishing a novel with Mr. Warner's 5th-grade class and with Mrs. Horowitz's 3rd-grade class.
Through the generosity of the MBEF, the district's library media specialists (including me!) will take turns this summer staffing the Pacific Elementary library so that MBUSD students and families have a local public library for browsing and reading. Any MBUSD student can use the Pacific library this summer when it is open, which will be from June 24 to August 2, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (closed on July 4).
The current summer reading lists are now posted on the MBUSD website. Please enjoy them! Students entering 6th grade or above have required reading; students entering kindergarten through 5th grade are not required to read books from the summer lists--these lists are just to provide ideas for students and families looking for summer reading material.
The Manhattan Beach public library is now closed for renovation, but summer reading events will still be taking place. Don't miss the great programs and storytimes that will be offered!
Thanks to the Pennekamp community for another great year. I am grateful to the Pennekamp PTA, the MBEF, and Pennekamp's teachers, families, and students for making my job so fun and rewarding. There are a great many books I'm looking forward to reading this summer--I can't wait to tell you about them when school resumes, and to hear about what you have been reading. Have a great summer!
May 31, 2013
The end of the school year is really upon us!
The last day to check out books from the library will be Monday, June 3. All books are due Monday, June 10.
There is never a late fee at the library; but if a book is lost or damaged beyond repair, it must by paid for. Each book has its own price, and as the library is unable to make change, payment for lost or damaged items must be in exact change or a check payable to MBUSD. Email reminders should be going home regarding outstanding items; feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about your account or that of your son or daughter. If a student, or his or her parent, has unresolved library issues on the last day of school, that student's report card will be held at the school office pending resolution. Please clear up all library matters before that time!
Classes will continue to visit the library until June 14. Books will only be returned after Monday, June 3--there will be no more checking out after that time.
The library will be closed all day on Monday, June 17, while the library volunteers and I put the shelves in order. After that time, the library will not be open during lunch recess.
Friday, June 7, is the last meeting this year's 5th-grade book club. I have very much enjoying talking about books with this literate and lively group. At our upcoming meeting we will discuss Every Soul a Star, by Wendy Mass. This book was chosen to get club members started on their summer reading. Students beginning 6th grade at Manhattan Beach Middle School are required to read 3 books from the summer reading list. I suggest students take notes on the books they read, because these books become the subject of class projects when school begins in the fall.
I plan to be at the library on the night of Open House, so please drop by!
Barbara Siegemund-Broka, library resource 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?
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, by Jenny Odell
His eyes are soft. “Do you know why I became a librarian?”
I wait for him to tell me, because of course I don’t.
“Dewey,” he says. “As in the decimal system.”
I’m not sure if he’s joking or not, but he continues, “I like order. I like organization. The idea of all the information in the world, all organized, everything in its place—I like that idea.”
He clears his throat. “But I’ve been doing this job for a long time. And the thing I’ve learned is that stories aren’t about order and organization. They’re about feelings. And the feelings don’t always make sense. See, stories are like …” He pauses, brow furrowing, then nods, satisfied in finding the right comparison: “Water. Like rain. We can hold them tight, but they always slip through our fingers.”
I try to hide my shock. Joe doesn’t seem like the poetic type.
His caterpillar eyebrows knit together. “That can be scary. But remember that water gives us life. It connects continents. It connects people. And in quiet moments, when the water’s still, sometimes we can see our own reflection.”
--From When You Trap a Tiger, by Tae Heller, winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal