In addition, this year I'm adding an aspect of the CYRM contest that we have not previously done here. Fourth-grade students will be invited to read the three chapter books that are nominated and, if they have read all three, to vote on that category. The library will purchase multiple copies of each book, but I anticipate such high participation that I'd still encourage anyone who is able to obtain copies from the public library or to purchase copies. During literacy week in spring the students who have read all three nominated novels will be invited to a voting "party" at which they can cast their vote. I am borrowing this idea from other MBUSD elementary libraries that have done it--I hear it's a lot of fun and am excited to try it at Pennekamp!
In other news, our theme this week for the books on display is apples. Fourth-grade will hear Mr. Peabody's Apples, oddly enough by Madonna (the performer), which has to do with being honest in what we say.
Please note that Wednesday, September 28, is the big James Dashner event at Mira Costa! If you have older children who have read The Maze Runner books or seen the movies, I'm sure your children and you would enjoy hearing Mr. Dashner speak. He is promoting his new book in the Maze Runner series: The Fever Code. Copies of his books can be purchased beforehand and you can also reserve tickets (which are free).
The public library's bookmark contest has started! Entries are due by October 29. The entry form is below.
DJ MacHale will be speaking at the Manhattan Beach public library on October 20. He'll be promoting his spooky new middle-grade novel, The Curse of the Boggin, just in time for Halloween.