Tuesday, February 14, 2012

More good news from the library for Williams School learners!!

For the remainder of the year the city has purchased a subscription to Grolier Online Encyclopedia. This resource is available for school and home use. It has an elementary, middle, and high school level of the encyclopedia. It contains videos, images, current events, and feature stories.  It also includes newspapers from around the world and a dictionary.  At home you will need a user name and password for access.  Please check your Williams Weekly for log in information for this resource. Remember that you also have subscription access to PebbleGo databases and Tumblebooks library at home. These are also password protected. If you have misplaced your login information for these resources please contact me at school.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Technology update

Many thanks to the PTO for supporting our technology drive. We were able to add 6 new laptops to our inventory. Each fifth grade received 2 machines and each fourth grade 1 machine. We will be adding more technology soon to support our first grades. We could not do this without your generous contributions and we are very grateful.  

We also added two ipads to our technology inventory. They will be housed the learning center and in the Inclusion room. All Williams School learners will have access to this tool.

Holiday Gift Books have arrived in the library

I would like to thank everybody for contributions to the library during the holiday season through the Library Gift Book Program. We were able to add 30 new books to the collection.  Carole McElduff and Anne Stephens continue to do a stellar job of organizing the effort so our kids can have additional resources.

Here are a few anotated samples:

Amelia Bedelia's first field trip by Peggy Parish. Amelia's class visits a farm which results in confusion and humor.

Ancient Egypt: Tales of gods and pharaohs by Marcia Williams, retells nine myths in comic book style.

Magic Trash by J.H. Shapiro, a biography of the urban environmentalist Tyree Guyton.

Animal Tracks by Karen Latchana Kenney. a book for younger learners about different types of animal tracks from animals around the world.

No two alike by Keith Baker. This picture book follows a pair of birds on a snowflake filled winter's journey.

Gooney Bird on the map, by Lois Lowry. Another book in the humorous Gooney Bird series.

Lucky for Good by Susan Patron, the author of the Newbery winning, The higher power of lucky. 

White Water by Michael S. Bandy. Explores the serious of topic of Jim Crow laws through the beauty of a wonderfully illustrated picture book. 

A storm called Katrina by Myron Uhlberg. Tells the story of a family's struggle to survive the hurricane.