Friday, August 23, 2019

We're on the Move: Final Installment!

Our brand new K-8 library has been open for a week now and it is beyond amazing. There are nonstop "oohs" and "ahhs" as students, faculty, staff and parents come in to see our new space. While there are still some things to be done (mural painting and cushions) we are open for business and we are all loving it.
Let's go on a little tour.

While we have divided the space up into a K-4 collection and a 5-8 collection we all use the centrally located circulation desk.
The kindergarten-4th grade students can enter into their space via a large door or a mini door. The mini door will soon have a mural around it. 
Just beyond that door, you will find the amphitheater. Our youngest students have their classes there. A mural for the large wall is also coming soon and so are cushions for the amphitheater.
On the ceiling above this space you will see the night sky. The constellations blink on and off.
My desk is also behind this space and I have a wall of kid lit art hanging up. I am looking forward to adding to this collection.

Our picture books and chapter books are just beyond the amphitheater.

Amongst some of the bookshelves, you will find cocoons for the kids to sit and read in. These have been a huge hit!
They have also loved sitting on our 3 library mascots, Bookmark, Overdue and Dewey. 
A teaching space and seating area for the 2nd and 3rd graders is nestled amongst the chapter books. We are able to separate the spaces by moveable white boards which we do whether are 2 classes going on at the same time.
Students need to cross over the bridge to find more of books. Below the bridge are all of our design labs.
Here students will find our easy chapter book,
holiday, biography, audiobook, DVD's, pop-ups and
and folktale collection.
We have also entered into the 5th-8th grade collection and teaching spaces now.
They have a lot of great soft seating spaces throughout their area.
Some of their seating is nestled amongst their bookshelves.
There are also some great seating areas amongst the rock walls.
The views of the playground and campus are simply stunning out of the glass windows that are all throughout the 5th-8th grade space.
As we head back towards the circulation desk, you will find the nonfiction section for all students, plus some additional soft seating for students.
Just beyond that I another teaching space for the 5th-8th grade students. There is a giant Jumbotron that students can interact with and see what is happening across the campus.
I am beyond in love with this new space!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Summer Reads and Summer Listens

There are only 2 days of summer vacation left and before I get back to the hustle and bustle of the library, I thought I'd share just a portion of what I listened to and read this summer. 
The thing I love the most about summer walking and listening is that I can go early in the morning and that I can walk the beach at low tide. There have been a lot of really low tide mornings this summer, which have been heaven. Here's just some of what I listened to this summer.
Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd and Scholastic Audio
Rebound by Kwame Alexander and Recorded Books
The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin and Hachette Audio
The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu, Walden Pond Press and Harper Audio
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez and Listening Library Audio
Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and Listening Library Audio
The Law of Finders Keepers by Sheila Turnage and Listening Library Audio
Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races by Kristin Halbrook and Audible
I also spent a lot of time reading at the beach. I was able to catch up on books that I had wanted to read but hadn't gotten a chance to and I was able to dive into the books that had arrived after we closed for the move. These pictures only capture a small fraction of what I read.
Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs and Simon and Schuster
 A Wolf Called Wander by Roseanne Parry and Greenwillow Books
 Pie in the Sky  by Remy Lai and Henry Holt and Company
 Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga and Balzer and Bray
 A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée and Balzer and Bray
Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj and Nancy Paulsen Books

I hope you give some of these books a listen and a read!