Winter 2023

January 11, 2023 | News

In library classes

Students in kindergarten through second grade are participating in the Mock Caldecott project.  They have learned about the history of the Caldecott Award and explored a number of past winners.  Over the next few weeks, I will read them a number of picture book contenders for this year's award.  They will review each book we read.  At the end of the project they will vote for their favorite.

Students in grade 3 are beginning their Digital Citizenship unit.  In this unit, they learn how to be appropriate, responsible, and effective internet users.  Our topics include understanding private, personal, and public information online, making strong passwords, online manners, and cyberbullies.

Students in grades 4 and 5 are beginning their Media Literacy units.  Students who are media literate can analyze and evaluate multiple forms of media.  We will begin with using print and video advertisements to explore how the media can use persuasive techniques.  Along with advertisements, students will also investigate news sites and other websites to practice analyzing media for bias and reliability.

Fall 2022

November 10, 2022 | News

Library Updates

This fall in library..

Students in grades 1 to 5 have been learning about library organization.  In grades 4 and 5, this includes a review of the library catalog as well as how to physically find books on the shelves in both fiction and nonfiction.  In grade 3, students are learning both of these sets of skills now.  A significant goal for the 3rd grade curriculum is for students to be able to independently locate materials in the library.  In grades 1 and 2, students have been practicing ABC order as a precursor to understanding that fiction books are organized alphabetically by author's last name.  They have also been learning about the different call numbers we use and how those help us identify types of books.

Grades 4 and 5 have now moved on to our Digital Citizenship units.  In these lessons, students learn to be appropriate, responsible, and effective members of the online world.  We cover topics such as personal and private information, strong passwords, cyberbullies, and copyright.

Grade 2 students have also started a unit on identifying parts of fiction and nonfiction books.

Kindergarteners completed a unit on Hispanic authors and illustrators.  They learned about Rafael López, Yuyi Morales, Raúl the Third, and Juana Martinez-Neal.

September 2023

September 5, 2022 | News

Happy September!

Thanks to IT at Ripley, we were able to start checking out books on the first day of school!  As with last year, all Willard students can have 1 book checked out at a time.  Checking out or renewing books weekly during library time is an expectation for all students. Please check your child’s specials schedule and help them remember their books on library day.

This month in library classes, students will be acclimating back into library.  Students in all grades will be reviewing how to find books in the library.  

March 2022

April 5, 2022 | News

This month in library classes…

Kindergarten students listened to books about tricksters.  We began with several stories featuring Anansi the Spider then also explored some stories with other tricksters.  We are now beginning a unit on gardens as the weather hopefully becomes more spring-like.

Students in grades 1 and 2 have been working on their Digital Citizenship units.  In these lessons, students are taught how to be appropriate, responsible and effective online.  In grades 1 and 2, the focus is on online safety.  In many scenarios, students are encouraged to seek out a trusted adult in they have questions or feel uncomfortable about something they see online.  Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions or would like more information.

Students in grades 3 and 4 are beginning units on literary genres this spring.  Third grade classes will be focussing on different kinds of fiction while fourth grade students will be focussing on various types of folklore.

Grade 5 students have just begun the library president project.  For this project, students will work in teams to nominate a fictional children’s book character.  They will write their own scripts and film their campaign videos using green screen software.  In several weeks, their videos will be shown to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes and students in those grades will be able to vote for their favorite character or presentation.


January 2022

January 5, 2022 | News

Library Updates

Kindergarten students are listening to winter stories and practicing identifying fiction and nonfiction.

First and second grade students learned about call numbers through the end of the fall.  They are now learning about different parts of a book.

Third and fourth graders finished a review of library sections and learned how to find books in the library.  They are now working on their Digital Citizenship units.  These units teach students how to be appropriate, responsible and effective users of the internet.

Fifth graders finished their Digital Citizenship unit and are now starting a unit on Media Literacy.

September / October

October 14, 2021 | News

This month in library classes…

It has been wonderful to be back in our beautiful library space.  Students have enjoyed perusing the shelves and finding new books to borrow.  Students in Kindergarten, first and second grade have been learning about library procedures and book care, and listeing to lots of great stories.  They are currently participating in a Mock Caldecott project by listening to award contenders and voting for their favorites.

Grades 3, 4, and 5 have also been practicing their library search skills.  They have practiced using the library catalog to find books in the library system and are currently practicing how to use call numbers to locate books on the shelf.  The goal is to combine both sets of skills so that students will be able to find pleasure reading books independently.

This year, all Concord Elementary students also have access to Sora.  Students can access Sora at home.  Visit the Sora Login page to learn more and feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.

Happy Reading!

Summer Reading at the Public Library

May 31, 2021 | News, PublicLibrary
We encourage students to participate in the Concord Free Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for Kids.
The CPS Librarians have collaborated with the public library to create summer reading lists for all grades.  You can find the grade level links at the bottom of the page. All titles are available on Sora.
You can also find information about all the Public Library’s free programing on their Google Doc, which they will update over the summer.
If you do not have a public library account, you can register remotely here for access to even more materials, including ebook and audiobooks on Hoopla.
Happy Reading!
Mrs. Josselyn, Willard (
Mrs. O’Rourke, Alcott (
Mrs. Turner, Thoreau (

Make a Book Recommendation for Sora

June 2, 2020 | News

Log into Sora to get recommended reading lists by grade level!  (The librarians are working on them now and they should be up soon)

If you would like to suggest a book, click here to fill out the recommendation form!

Happy Reading!

Beanstack Reading Challenge

May 16, 2020 | News, PublicLibrary

The Concord Free Public Library invites the whole community to join
our online reading program and engage with each other about what you’re reading! You can track your reading progress, earn reading incentives, and connect with your
community. We also have activities to help people stay on track with their reading goals.
There are three programs: Concord Read for Adults, Concord Read for Teens, and
Concord Read for Kids–all of which have specific prize badges and activities geared
towards their general interests. You can also share your reading progress on social
media with the hashtag #ConcordReads”
Register at:

Also check out the other summer activities happening at the public library!

Read to Luna the Dog on Zoom
Friday May 15,11:30 am- 12:30 pm
The Concord Free Public Library invites children to Read to Luna the Dog every Friday
in May between 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Did you know that reading to dogs boosts
reading skills & emotional & social skills for children? Join us for a “Read around the
Zoom” group reading experience. Using Zoom meeting platform, we’ll all take turns
reading aloud to Luna and to each other. Bring some of your favorite poems or short
stories. This event is for children ages 5+. This event is for children ages 5+.
Email Royce McGrath at to register.