Friday, April 15, 2011

Thanks to fifth graders for fabulous book suggestions for the library!

Our fifth graders have been blogging about books on my library blog. We use, where all of our information can only be accessed if you have a user name and password.   All fifth graders are eligible to participate in the blog.   They have had three posts to respond to thus far. We have discussed the Mass Children's book award nominees in one post. Students have been suggesting titles for the library and making reading recommendations for each other on the other two posts. I have been responding to their suggestions and so has the PTO. Thanks to the fifth graders and the generosity of the PTO we are purchasing many of the titles that they have requested. I have been very impressed with their comments and their ability to communicate with each other and with me via this media.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Opening Day at Fenway!!

Our library has many good baseball books. If you do a keyword search, you will see a total of 233 books that have the word baseball somewhere in the record. One of my favorites is 86 years: The legend of the Boston Red Sox, because it has wonderful realistic illustrations and recounts the story of the 2004 world championship team. We have a good selection of fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and even poetry to choose from, including a couple of versions of the most famous baseball poem of all: Casey at the Bat. You can read about women in baseball, and the struggles of African Americans to be accepted in Major League Baseball. Since I love baseball I could go on about this forever, but I would rather you come on in and check them out!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Our Catalog Online

Did you know that you can look up books in the Williams School Library from home?  You can go to the Williams Library Web Site and then click on Williams School Library Catalog. It will take you directly to the catalog. Find out if the title you are looking for is available.  Take a look at the top ten books in circulation at our library, and more!

Here is the direct link:;jsessionid=7FA602B10711DC0D679E6474A13E1387?l2m=Library%20Search&tm=Catalog&l2m=Library+Search

Second Graders work with Professor Garfield's Toon Reader

In TAP today the second graders had a chance to use Professor Garfield's Toon Book Reader. It is part of the Professor site. It is free and you can read some of the graphic novels we have in the Williams Library and more!  You can also try creating your own comics using the Comics Lab feature.  Try it at:

Toon books in our library: