In other news, the 5th-grade book club begins tomorrow. Plenty of information about the club can be found in last week's blog post or the Book Club page of this website. A big shoutout to Michael Mackavoy at the Manhattan Beach public library, who already has on hand a dozen copies of the club selection for January (about which I am being mysterious--I will announce it at our meeting tomorrow).
The L.A. Regional Food Bank picked up our donation on Friday. They were very appreciative, and I am too, for the marvelous and extremely generous way Pennekamp stepped up to help feed the more than 1 million people in Los Angeles who experience food insecurity. As soon as I find out the weight of our donation I will announce it.
There is an exciting film event at the Manhattan Beach public library this week: on Wednesday, December 20, at 3:30, there is a screening of Queen of Katwe. I saw this film a while back and really enjoyed it. It is based on the experiences of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl who competes in chess. The film is 124 minutes long and is rated PG. It's been a while since I've seen it, but as I remember it, I think it would be best for students in grade 5 or older. It is being shown as part of the library's "iCount" film series. For more information about Phiona Mutesi and the Chess Academy and Mentoring Center in Kampala, visit the website http://www.queenofkatwe.com/
Friday is a school holiday, and many but not all classes were able to reschedule their usual Friday library visit time. Oh, and by the way, you may keep your Pennekamp library books over the winter break--in fact, you might want to have some extras on hand until we meet again on January 8.