Thank you so much to the students and families who chose books for the library at last week's book fair. It's super exciting to have new books for our students! Thanks very, very much!
Friday, December 9, is the next 5th-grade book club meeting. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone and talking about Belly Up, by Stuart Gibbs. Next week is the 4th-grade book club, on Friday, December 16. Both clubs meet in the library at lunch recess. Copies of The Secret Zoo (the 4th-grade selection) can be obtained from me (the cost is $6, to reimburse my cost) or checked out (for free!) from the Manhattan Beach branch of the public library.
There are a multitude of special events coming up in honor of the winter holidays. The Mira Costa music department is presenting a winter band concert on Tuesday and a winter orchestra concert on Friday. Both events begin at 7:00 p.m. and will feature classical works and seasonal selections. Saturday, Manhattan Bread and Bagel (310-545-7553) offers its annual gingerbread house class: $35.00, an individual or group is given instruction and all the necessary items to construct a gingerbread house. Sunday, December 11, are the holiday fireworks at the pier. Before the fireworks (from 3:00 to 6:30), the Manhattan Beach firefighters serve their annual spaghetti dinner. The firefighters will again be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the South Bay Toy Drive. And of course Santa's sleigh is making its rounds in Manhattan Beach. If you are thinking of seeing a movie over the winter break, Hugo, based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, is family friendly and true to the book. My family and I enjoyed it.
This week at the library all classes will be hearing books about Hanukkah, except for 3rd grade, which is learning about the Dewey decimal system.
Library volunteers, please come by the library to pick up a little holiday gift. Thank you for your tremendous help, which helps keep the library a welcoming and orderly place.