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 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