Saturday, June 18, 2011

Thank You to all of our library volunteers!

Today I want to thank all of the library volunteers for the 2010-2011 school year. The library really can't flourish without you. You do everything from checking books in and out, shelving using the Dewey Decimal System (not a bad lifelong skill to know), and many smaller tasks that free me up to focus on teaching and learning with the students. It really is an invaluable contribution to the Williams community.

I want to give a special shout out to Carole McElduff and Anne Stephens, who coordinate the volunteers and insure that all classes have a parent to assist in the library.  They also do a fabulous job with the gift book program, which has grown so much since I began my tenure at Williams.  I think we may have set a record for books sold this year.  This is so important as our budget shrinks!  Families are so generous and our library collection is solid and continues to grow in all areas. I can't thank you all enough for this contribution to our school.

Literacy is the key to learning for all of us, no matter what stage of life we are in.  It is crucial for our children to establish a foundation for literacy that promotes a love of reading, a yearning for knowledge, and the ability to use all the media formats that they will encounter as they grow as learners in the 21st century.

Have a great summer and keep reading!!


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

NPS Elementary Summer Reading List now available online

The annual summer reading list is now available at the following link:

Just click on the link for Summer 2011 Reading List.  You will find selections from all genres for grades K-6.  There is also a section on Websites to keep you reading, learning, and having fun.  There is a reading log to help you keep track of what you read and record what you liked about the book.  This list is compiled every year by the Newton Public Schools elementary librarians.

You should also check out the booklists posted on the Newton Free Library Children's room Website. You can access it at:

Let's keep the kids reading all summer long. It is fun and helps sustain good reading habits while school is out.