September 23 to 29, 2018, is the American Library Association's "Banned Books Week." This year I will talk about the event with grades 4 and 5, using as examples several frequently banned books: And Tango Makes Three, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and The Adventures of Captain Underpants--all of which have been on the ALA's annual "Top Ten" lists of most banned and challenged books. Classes in grades 4 and 5 will also watch a short video by Dav Pilkey--it can be found on the Weekly Readalouds tab of this website. The graphic below shows books most challenged in 2017.
Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series and many other books, is visiting our community. Pennekamp is having an underpants-themed community service drive to collect new, unopened packages of underwear or socks to donate to homeless men, women, and children.
Our drive is from Monday, October 1, to Friday, October 12. Our donations will go to The People Concern. The collection bin will be in the PK library.
Everyone who donates can enter a raffle for two tickets to Dav Pilkey’s appearance on Tuesday, October 16, in Redondo Beach. The raffle winner will be announced on October 12.
Please note: ONLY NEW, UNOPENED PACKAGES OF UNDERWEAR OR SOCKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Thanks for giving generously to help those in need—and good luck on the raffle!
The County of Los Angeles Public Library's annual bookmark contest has begun! Young people are encouraged to design a bookmark based on this year's theme: Shine Bright...READ! Designs will be judged based on originality, creativity, and neatness. One entry is allowed per person, so contestants should take their time and submit their very best work. Submissions are judged based on grade level. Winners will be announced in November 2018, and then grand prize winners will be announced in February/March of 2019.
The entry form can be printed from the public library's website, or from the PDF below. Paper copies are available at the Pennekamp library.
Turn in your entry at any County of Los Angeles library (such as the Manhattan Beach Public Library) by Saturday, October 13, 2018. If you are having trouble getting to the public library, turn in your entry to the Pennekamp library by Friday, October 12, and Ms. Barbara will take it to the public library by the due date.
Class visits to the library have begun! The schedule of class visits is now final, and almost all classes have library volunteers, so everything is pretty much set for the coming year.
The books I am reading aloud and any other class visit activities will be posted each week on this website, under the Weekly Readalouds tab.
The Manhattan Beach branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library has sent out its newsletter of upcoming events. Take a look--there are a lot of great programs for all ages.
Tickets are now available for Dav Pilkey's appearance at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on October 16! Tickets include a signed copy of the new Dog Man book, Lord of the Fleas. The event is likely to sell out, so if you are interested, I encourage you to get your tickets right away.
Inspired by Dav Pilkey's visit, Pennekamp will hold a drive for ... underpants! Yes, underpants are amusing, and Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants books are very amusing, but there's a serious side to underpants: fresh underwear and socks are among the items most needed by homeless men, women, and children. From October 1 to 12, the Pennekamp Library will be collecting new, unopened packages of underwear and socks to be donated to a service provider for homeless people in Los Angeles County. Everyone who donates will be entered in a raffle to win two tickets to Dav Pilkey's appearance on October 16 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center! The winner will be announced on Friday, October 12. Please donate generously to our drive, and who knows, maybe you'll win the raffle!
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?
Song for a Whale, by Lynne Kelly
"In my 'Mending Wall' was my intention fulfilled with the characters portrayed and the atmosphere of the place? […] I should be sorry if a single one of my poems stopped with either of those things—stopped anywhere in fact. My poems—I should suppose everybody's poems—are all set to trip the reader head foremost into the boundless. Ever since infancy I have had the habit of leaving my blocks, carts, chairs, and such like ordinaries where people would be pretty sure to fall forward over them in the dark. Forward, you understand, and in the dark. I may leave my toys in the wrong place and so in vain. It is my intention we are speaking of—my innate mischievousness."
Quoted in Robert Frost and the New England Renaissance, by George Monteiro