Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Diverse Perspectives

I have gathered some fabulous books from our collection that reflect a diverse perspective to share with our faculty and our OES community.  We have some amazing stories which broaden our understanding of historical events-the Great Migration, Civil Rights, Japanese Internment, Immigration.  Also included are books with a global focus, family diversity and gender identity.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Ideas

I just added a few of my absolute favorite picture books published within the past year to our Pinterest site.  All are available here in the Library and would love to go home with you over break to be read and enjoyed!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Get Yourself Over to Annie Bloom's!

The Annual OES Book Fair starts this Friday over at Annie Bloom's.  Find all the necessary info here.  Proceeds from the event help FOESL build our reading community through the terrific author visits and the summer reading t-shirts!  Perfect chance to start your holiday shopping.  Visit my Pinterest site for recommendations if you need them!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

We Had a Winner!

We are so fortunate to have welcomed Jeopardy! champion and author, Ken Jennings, to the Lower School Library thanks to Powell's Books. He shared secrets about being a contestant on Jeopardy!
The main message was the idea that "everything is interesting!" He let students know that curiosity is an awesome thing and anything can be interesting if you are curious about it. 4th and 5th graders have spent the week researching biographical facts about him during our library classes.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

"With perfect pacing, the multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling team of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen dig down for a deadpan tale full of visual humor."-Candlewick Press

What a book trailer treat and the book is equally as fantastic!

Come by the library to get the book. . .

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Writer's Game

OES 3rd, 4th and 5th graders were treated to the wisdom of Mr. Chris Grabenstein as he taught them "The Writer's Game".  Each grade level helped him create a hilarious story and learned tips about how to be an engaging writer.  Thank you FOESL for helping bring him here to the Lower School Library!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Welcome Chris Grabenstein!

Tomorrow is the big day as we welcome the author of "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library". With support from FOESL (Friends of the OES School Libraries), Chris Grabenstein, will meet with our 3-5 grade students.  Each 4th and 5th grader has received his or her own copy of the book and joyously read it in preparation for the visit!  In fact, there are numerous students who have read it numerous times because they liked it so much!  Stay tuned for pictures of the event.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tom Watson Rocks!

Our 2nd and 3rd graders were captivated by the humor and kindness of author/illustrator Tom Watson.  The pictures say it all!  Thank you, Tom and Powell's Books,  for sharing Stick Dog, Karen, Poo-Poo, Mutt and Stripes with us!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thank You Summer Readers!

Our grand tally for participants in our Summer Reading Program was 100 readers!  T-shirts will be arriving within the next week or so and will be distributed during library classes.

2nd graders enjoyed checking out books and investigating the Stickdog website on this rainy morning.  We will welcome author Tom Watson tomorrow thanks to Powell's!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall Author Visits!

Lucky us!  We will be welcoming at least three authors and illustrators this fall to our Lower School Library.  Thanks to Powell's, Tom Watson and Stick-Dog will visit with our 2nd and 3rd graders on Friday, September 19th.  With support from FOESL (Friends of the OES School Libraries), the author of "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library", Chris Grabenstein, will meet with our 3-5 grade students.  Each 4th and 5th grader has received his or her own copy of the book and are reading it in preparation for his visit.  There is also a very unique event coming in November via Powell's. Details are being ironed out, but let's just say that animal lovers and fans of the "Unlikely Friendship" books will be in for a real treat.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Welcome Back!

We can't wait to see proof of all the reading our Lower School community did over the summer! Bring your summer reading forms by the Lower School Library anytime before Friday, September 12th.  Summer Reading T-shirts will be distributed during library classes by the last week in September.  If you lost your form or need an extra, we have copies in the library or you can access an on-line version here.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hope You Are Well Into Your Summer Reading!

Hopefully your "Have Read" list is growing quickly as summer vacation is in full swing.  Here is a link to some suggestions to keep you busy.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Reading Recommendations for Summer!

Come by and stock up for the summer!  We welcome parents to check out on their account and books can be enjoyed all summer instead of sitting unloved on our shelves.  If you need some inspiration, check out my recently updated Pinterest site.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Screen Time Tips

Angela Hancock, our technology guru, shared a terrific presentation regarding screen time and media use.  Great resources for figuring out how your family can manage and balance technology over the summer.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Excellent Reading Recommendations

A quick link to one of the best sources for summer reading suggestions from the Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network. Grouped by grade-level (beginning with preschool) and annotated, this list provides a broad range of recommendations.  As always, Lara and Heidi are happy to help you with suggestions!  Look for information about our Summer Reading Program soon.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

For the Love of Books!

Here are a few choice pictures of GOBS last week.  A huge thank you is in order for all of the amazing volunteers who sorted and lugged over 7,000 (!) books for our Great OES Book Swap.  Additionally, we had a great group of parent volunteers during the swap who helped our eager readers and book lovers acquire stacks of books for their home libraries.  Thank you so very much!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Great OES Book Swap Begins On Wednesday!

Great OES Book Swap Details

Wednesday May 7th and Thursday May 8th in the Lower School Library

Wednesday is for credit swapping and cash sales will begin on Thursday morning. 
The cost for books on Thursday will be-

Children’s Books                                                    Adult Books
$.25 Paperback                                                         $1.00 Paperback
$.50 Hardcover                                                          $2.00 Hardcover

Credit Lists for students and families will be distributed on Tuesday, the 6th, directly to the classroom teachers and/or LS office mailbox.  

All Pre-K-3rd graders will receive 4 credit points which equals either 2 hardcover books or 4 paperbacks.  If you would like to be involved with your child’s book selections, we encourage you to visit with your child either before or after school.

After 2:00PM on Thursday staff and faculty are welcome to take what remaining books are left for personal and classroom use.

We thank all the wonderful volunteers and FOESL for helping to promote reading in our OES community!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5th Grade Immigration Resource

5th graders will be exploring various immigration experiences this week during library after researching World Book Online last week.  Immigration Day is coming up on May 9th!

This site from the Ellis Island National Monument is particularly useful.

Here are a couple others!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

First Grade Reading Celebration

First graders gathered in the library today to hear favorite stories from guest readers from our OES community in celebration of their reading efforts.  Mo Copeland joined two of our specialists, Coach Corris and Ms. Laura Foster-Flynn, 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Griffin and 1st grade Assistant Teacher, Mr. Loitz in reading aloud some favorite books!  Over 500 books were read in a 4 week period by our eager first grade readers during the Reading Olympics!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Resources for the Lower School PAL Meeting

This week, I have the pleasure of presenting summer (early!) reading resources to our parent community.  Here are the list of books I will share. . .there will be a few more thrown into the mix, but these are my key recommendations of recently published children's books.

Top Picks for Picture Books:
Maple by Lori Nicols
No Fits, Nilson by Zachariah Ohora
Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Exclamation Point by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Top Picks for Non-Fiction Books:  Who was Laura Ingalls Wilder? by Patricia Brennan Demuth
Who is Steven Spielberg? by Stephanie Spinner
What was the Underground Railroad?  by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Any DK Pocket Genius
Any Looking Closely Book

Top Picks for Chapter Books:  Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Back to Blackbrick by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
Paperboy by Vince Vawter
Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Vacations are the ideal time for your child to explore their reading preferences and dig into some series and books that they thoroughly enjoy.  As always we will encourage summer reading through our OES Summer Reading Challenge, but also consider spring break as an opportunity for your child to develop their pleasure reading skills.  Many of you have heard me make the analogy that book preferences are like food.  We have our favorite comfort foods yet we should always try a taste of something new and try to make sure our plates are balanced.  Think of vacation as a mix of new tastes along with the comfort of the familiar.

Monday, March 10, 2014

New Book Trailers

Just added a few new book trailers for some newly arrived books for our 3rd-5th graders.  You can find our book trailer links to the left of our home page.  We'll be discussing them in class over the next few weeks.
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
The Real Boy
P.S. Be Eleven

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Olympics Aren't Over! They Have Just Started!

The 1st grade Reading Olympics start this week!  It will extend through Tuesday, April 1st.  We will celebrate the 1st graders' reading achievements on the afternoon of April 1st.

The purpose of the Reading Olympics is three-fold:  to encourage children to read for pleasure, to increase reading fluency, and to help children learn to select books for themselves to read that are "just right" for their interests and abilities.

Each book that a child reads will "count" when returned with a filled out "star" that has been initialed by a parent.  For each star returned to the classroom, we will put up one star on our “Reading Olympics” bulletin board at the library entrance.  Each child is encouraged to read at least 10 books independently during the four-week period.   For children who are reading longer chapter books, 25 pages equal one star.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

And we have winner!

It was a full house yesterday as 12 teams competed to see who will represent OES at the Regionals on March 15th.  The final battle was between "Hand to Book Combat" from Ms. Williams' class and "JCAR" from Ms. Sathyaraj's class.  After a fiercely fought tie-breaker round, JCAR claimed victory.  Congratulations to Jonah, Cameron, Amelia, Ronit and Ashwin!  Thanks to all our amazing readers, parents, and classroom teachers for supporting our Oregon Battle of the Books competition.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tomorrow is the DAY!

After months of reading, thinking, discussing and honing their teamwork skills, 28 teams competed to see who will represent their classroom at our in-house Oregon Battle of Books.  The competition happens tomorrow at 12:00 pm in the Library.  We have had 22 mini-battles in the past 6 days and are so excited to see the final matches tomorrow between the remaining 12 teams.  Our final winning team will represent OES at the OBOB regional battle on March 15th!

Team Unicorn Schnitzels from Ms. Busick's 5th grade celebrate a score!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"Reading Makes Me a Writer"

Words of wisdom from Roland Smith this afternoon with our 3, 4, and 5th graders.

"Write about what is important you."
"I'm not the best writer, but I am a reader.  I read 2 to 3 books a week.  Always have.  Reading makes me a writer."

Thanks to FOESL and Patrick Fuller, our Middle School Librarian, for arranging the visit!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Looking For Some Good Books?

Just released is a great list of books to enjoy via the New York Public Library. Definitely worth a visit!

from the site. . .

This has been another outstanding year in the world of children’s book publishing. Authors and illustrators, both veteran and novice, enchanted children with a breathtaking diversity of fantastic tales. A group of librarians from The New York Public Library read more than a thousand titles this year, shared countless stories with the children who visit their branches, and compiled this list of the very best children's books for toddlers through sixth graders. Consider it a snapshot of titles NYPL’s librarians thought book lovers of all ages might like to know.
Readers will find plenty of variety in this list—from stories that reveal feats of bravery to quests for justice and redemption to friendships lost and found. Many of the stories are centered on classic themes that never grow old. In the pages of these books, heroes and heroines find ways to slay dragons, right wrongs, and prevail against all odds. They offer reassurance and inspiration in a world that can sometimes seem strange and dangerous.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Rally 'Round Reading-OBOB 2014

We are gearing up for the start of our OBOB season.  Students made team signs this week and will begin practice questions next week during library classes.  Our in-house battle will be the morning of February 12th as 12 teams (2 per class) will face off to see which team will represent OES at the Regionals on March 15th at Westview High School.  If you see a 4th or 5th grader, wish them luck!