Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Welcoming Patricia Polacco

It is with great honor and enthusiasm that we welcome writer, illustrator, and artist Patricia Polacco this Thursday, February 23rd to our Lower School!  One of the most recognized and loved children's book authors, Ms. Polacco has written over 115 books and continues to bring her stories and art to the world. Her work and themes intersect beautifully with aspects of our Lower School curriculum: family stories, memoir, immigration and inclusivity.

Ms. Polacco brought treasures to share-her stories, a piece of the Meteor from "Meteor!" which each child touched to make a wish, and the Keeping Quilt from her family.  She talked about her learning difference and how school was not always an easy place for her.  My favorite words from her today were "We all have gifts-we just all open them at different times."

*Thanks to FOESL (Friends of the OES Libraries) who made this visit possible!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Oregon Battle of the Books OES Competition 2017

Six 4th grade teams battled each other this morning to determine who will represent OES at the Regional level. The two final teams were the "Book Browsers" from Rachel Taylor's class and "The Platinum Aardvarks Reading Cookies" from Asha Sathyaraj's class.  "Platinum Aardvarks Reading Cookies" claimed the final victory and will be representing OES at the 3-5 Regionals on Saturday, March 11th. Congratulations to the 4th graders-all of whom exhibited great teamwork and reading spirit!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Animal Research

Ms. Beth's Kindergartners dove into their animal research with a stop at the Library this morning. We talked about how we keep all of our books about the same thing in one place to make it easy to find the books.  And they learned where they can find animal books with true facts and photographs in our library.  I can't wait to hear what they learn as they investigate all sorts of animals-hawks, gorillas, hamsters, elephants, chocolate labs, rhinos, wolves, tigers and lions.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Resources for 2nd and 3rd Grade Parent Coffee

I am looking forward to being part of tomorrow's coffee and will be sharing out quality resources to help support home research efforts!

2nd Grade Biography Links
Check out this site from the Academy of Achievement for a broad range of current leaders in various fields.

I love this playful website from the Library of Congress which provides age appropriate biographical information about American Heroes.  It features many primary sources including music, photographs, letters and manuscripts and always includes the source and citations.

The American Library Association has compiled all sorts of links to quality websites for children featuring history and biography.

OES Databases
Please refer the login list for the passwords for off-campus access-extras are available in the library.
Our World Book on-line also offers biographies and is really easy to search.
Gale Biography in Context provides comprehensive biographies.  From the site-”Biography In Context offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure that students have access to the very latest information.”

3rd Grade Research Links
The Oregon Historical Society offers the Oregon History Project, an online resource for exploring the history of Oregon using the perspectives of those who helped discover and shape it. Students can visit the learning center for project ideas and suggestions for making the most of the site, or view the collection of historical records. Of special interest are the historic viewers, which show changing views of the Portland landscape, the Oregon boundaries, Celilo Falls, and Indian lands in Oregon.

This web site is the homepage of the Oregon Historical Society, which is located in Portland, Oregon. The site has many interesting features including upcoming exhibit demonstrations and workshops. The page on exhibits features parts of all the ongoing exhibits, which include Native American attire, photographs, maps, and oral history. A page titled City Views highlights the history of Portland natives.

The Oregon Encyclopedia is also offered by the Oregon Historical Society and is a great resource for Oregon History particularly around the Japanese Internment. This month’s feature is the history of activism in Oregon.

You are always able to search our LS Library collection for print materials or ask us for help!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Caldecott, Newbery and Coretta Scott King Awards Are Announced!

2016 was an amazing year for publishing and the awards announced today confirm this.  I am proud to say almost all the winners were already part of our great library collection here in the Lower School.  Check out the list of winners here.
And here is the NYT take on this year's selections.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Recommendations

These are a few of my favorite books published in the past year, 2016.  Many would make great gifts for loved ones and all are available to borrow over Winter Break from our Library.  You also may want to take a look at this New York Time List for shopping ideas.  Enjoy!

Picture Books

Tek: The Modern Cave Boy by Patrick McDonnell

Nanuk: The Ice Bear by Jeanette Winter

Little Red by Bethan Woollvin
(more appropriate for an older audience-the ending has a bit of a dark twist)

Be Who You Are by Todd Parr

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen


The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay
(updated for 2016 and includes touch screens and 3-D printers!)

Novels for Older Readers

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Visit with 3rd Grade to the Nikkei Legacy Institute

During our library classes, we have read and discussed "The Bracelet" by Yoshiko Uchida which shares the story of a young girl preparing and arriving at a Japanese Internment Camp during WWII. We also have watched newsreel footage from the time period that shows the camps and the community activities.  It is a powerful primary source.

Our field trip helped answer the question "What happened in Portland?" "In Oregon?" and the students were able to do their own field research.  I was so glad to be part of the trip!