The book club for students in grade 5 will begin in December. Sign-up sheets will go home this week, in the December 7 Wednesday envelope. The first meeting will be in the library at lunch/lunch recess on Monday, December 19. The Pennekamp Library's book club is an optional, social activity for students who enjoy reading and talking about books. It is not related to the curriculum. As a parent, you will need to help your child purchase or borrow from the public library the 5 books we will do between January and June. Students commit to reading the chosen book each month before the meeting at which it will be discussed. The books are generally chapter-length fiction of roughly 300 pages. Typically we choose books that are either available in paperback or at the public library (so we don't all have to buy an expensive hardcover book), but the PK library is not able to provide copies of the monthly selections. Please consider carefully if the club is what you and your child want to do. If so, I am delighted to welcome up to 20 students to the club. Membership is first come, first served.
There's some good stuff coming up at our local public library. The "Let's Talk Books" meeting is this Saturday, December 10, at 2:00 (refreshments are served). The book to be discussed is Firstborn, by Tor Seidler. It's time for the annual holiday craft event, for children up to grade 5--that will be on Wednesday December 14, starting at 3:30. Then on Wednesday, December 21, from 3:30 to 5:00, there's a very cool Frida Kahlo art workshop. It is for grades 2 to 5, and if you have children of that age, I'd really encourage you to take them.
Regular library usage will be interrupted this Thursday, at least until noon, for the district vision and hearing screening. The library will be completely closed as the screeners have a lot of setup and need the room to be quiet.