August / September 2019

Welcome to a New Year at Willard!

This year we welcome a new library assistant.  Motoko Mitarai will be dividing her time between the three elementary each week.  She will be with us at Willard on Fridays.

I will also be looking for volunteers is several roles.  For more information, check out my home page.

Excellent news!  The IT department has the circulation system ready to go! Library books will be able to go home on the first day of school.  Students in grades K – 2 are each allowed 1 book while students in grades 3 – 5 may check out two at a time. Library books are always due back during the student’s library class and can be renewed if a student needs more time. Popular books may only be renewed once.

If students forget their books, they may trade them in on a different day first thing in the morning.  If students finish their books before their due date, they may also exchange first thing in the morning.

This month in Library Classes:

Students will be acclimating to a new school year. Students in kindergarten will be learning about book care and library procedures. Students in grades 1-5 will begin the year by reviewing library procedures and organizations.

Fifth graders will be starting the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award project presented by Salem State College. This in an annual 5th grade project.  Each student is required to read 5 books from the list by the end of February break. For each book that they read, they will write a short response and post it to the assignment in Google Classroom. Each student who reads all 25 books from the list will be invited to a special breakfast party in the library. All necessary information, including the reading log, is posted in Google Classroom.

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