I explained last week about the Cook Prize, but we did not get to the nominee last week. Instead we read Knit Your Bit, an example of historical fiction set at the time of World War I, when women and men, girls and boys were urged to knit woolens for American soldiers. We will do the first Cook Prize nominee, Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, this week, which fits in nicely with our math theme.
The next book for the Pennekamp 5th-grade book club will be Loot, by Jude Watson. I still have a few copies available to students for $6.00 (my reimbursement cost).
There are some good events coming up at the Manhattan Beach Public Library.
- This Thursday, March 17, from 3:00 to 5:00, there is a creative arts workshop at the public library. Along with making art, children attending the workshop can contribute to the Girl Scouts 7545 Bronze Award project: creating boxes of toys and activities to cheer children in hospitals for significant medical procedures (“Jared Boxes”). Please consider donating small toys, craft items (e.g., crayons), or books to this very worthy effort. Please see the attached flyer, and go to jonasyip.com/troop7545 for even more information.
- There has been tremendous interest in D.J. MacHale's new book: Project Alpha, first in the new Voyagers series. The second book in the series--Game of Flames, by Robin Wasserman--is the selection for the public library's Tween Book Club meeting on April 1, 3:30 to 5:00.
- April is National Poetry Month, so the public library is putting on a haiku party and poetry reading--the "Haiku Hullabaloo." To participate, children write an original haiku about Manhattan Beach, then come to the library on April 16 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. to read their haiku aloud. Refreshments will be served. Haiku must be submitted beforehand--by March 31, along with a submission form (click on the PDF below to print one).