In library last week the students and I talked and thought about community. We decorated paper houses, heard readalouds about community, and went over our schoolwide voting results for the CYRM.
This week, the community comes to us! "Rotary Readers" will read aloud during library time to students in kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, and the deaf and hard-of-hearing class. The Rotary Club is a service organization whose members come from all walks of life, and promoting literacy is one of the club's many altruistic goals.
Librarians from the Manhattan Beach Public Library will be visiting the four 3rd-grade classes during their library time. By arrangement between the County of Los Angeles Public Library system and MBUSD, all 3rd-grade students will receive a special "student" library card allowing them to check out three books from the public library and access the public library's impressive array of research databases.
Grade 4 will hear a picture book biography of Dorothea Lange, who is perhaps best know for her photographs of Americans struggling during the Great Depression. This selection is meant to enhance the 4th-grade project on Ansel Adams and is also in recognition of Women's History Month (which is March).
Grade 5 will be introduced to the review function in our library catalog. Upon logging in, students can rate and review books, and their reviews (once I approve them) become part of the book's catalog entry, so anyone accessing our district's unified library catalog has the benefit of student input.