This week the library is up and running at its usual pace, if not an accelerated one, due to the approaching end of the school year. Classes will be visiting the library this week and will do so next week. Classes will not be visiting the library during the partial week of June 16. The library will be closed to all patrons on June 16 for the annual "shelf-reading party," made possible through the awesome efforts of our wonderful library volunteers!
Attention parents and students: All PK library books are due no later than June 13. Please note that a hold will be placed on a student's report card due to unreturned library books. This applies to books checked out by the student or by his or her parent. Please contact me if there are any questions or concerns about library circulation. For any library materials that are lost or damaged beyond repair, payment must be made in exact change or a check payable to MBUSD.
Many parents have asked whether the Pacific library will be open this summer and… it will! MBEF has generously agreed to the funding that makes this possible. Students from any MBUSD school will be able to visit the Pacific Elementary library this summer to browse and check out books. As is the rule districtwide, a student must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult when using the library.
This week is the last meeting of the 5th-grade book club. What a great group this has been! It has been a genuine pleasure meeting with these students to discuss a novel every month. Their commitment to reading and the focus they bring to our discussions have made the club a very rewarding experience. The book club will start again in December for next year's 5th-graders.
Finally, a note from the world beyond Pennekamp: The Kickstarter campaign to bring back Reading Rainbow has succeeded far beyond its initial goal. Opinions vary on Kickstarter and the appropriate uses of it, but personally, I am delighted to see so many people willing to support a program that put its faith not in flashy special effects but rather in exemplary children's books that enrich our experience of the real world. "Take a look, it's in a book…"