Well, it’s day 403 since we’ve been quarantined at home –
Wait, what? It’s only been two weeks?
Library dog Ginny is loving her humans being home. Here she is being read to by library assistant Mary. She’s probably dreaming about that hamburger pillow being real and taking a bite!
In other news, Ms. Melinson’s advisory was inspired by one of their classmates and all showed up to the advisory Zoom meeting sporting hoodies and sunglasses. And then they shared the best book they’ve been reading lately (and also Olivia shared one she doesn’t recommend). What’s the best book you’ve read lately? Let us know by Sunday night, 3/30 and we’ll be picking a winner the following Monday. As for Ms. Melinson’s advisory, who knows what they’ll look like at the next advisory meeting!
Shae sent in a photo of his dog for our virtual dog wall. Keep sending us your dog photos so we can add them to our virtual wall of dogs display.
This was an event-heavy week in the library. On Wednesday we had our monthly Book Club, which featured several announcements – read about it here. Also on Wednesday, the Chinese Club and Food Club shared activities and snack in celebration of the Lunar New Year.
On Thursday the Glass Knife held their second (and last) speakeasy of the year. Students and faculty (and guest, former English teacher Dr. Bell) read poems, song lyrics, and short stories in English, Spanish, and French.
During the speakeasy, the GSA sold handmade Valentine’s Day cards with the proceeds benefitting LGBTQ+ charities. Also on Thursday the library was serenaded with its now annual singing Valentine from Ms. Bennett and the second graders.
The 6th graders were back this week to continue their research on learning differences. To encourage their quiet research, students worked with a “crackling fire” in the background.
Also this week, Gavin brought Chinese Checkers and struck up a game with new student Jiayu.
February is Black History Month. The library is participating in a #readingblackout by only featuring African American authors on our end cap displays. Come view (and check out books from) our displays or view them on the library’s Instagram, where a new display will be featured every week.
Welcome to the second semester! I don’t know if you know this, but our kids love puzzles. They’re puzzle fanatics! And this week they finished two 1,000 piece puzzles. What day did they finish their second puzzle? On National Puzzle Day, of course! Good job, you puzzle fiends!
There was also some non-puzzle work happening in the library. Mrs. Sterling’s 6th graders were, throughout the week, working on their research for learning differences to go with their reading circles. They learned to use Encyclopedia Britannica and Gale databases. Then worked by the “fireplace” to complete their research.
Finals week is always a rather odd time in the library and this week was no exception. Sandwiched between two days off, the High Schoolers took their finals Tuesday through Thursday and the library was the place to be between tests. We had a packed house as students crammed in last minute studying, snacked on treats provided by the Parents Association, and debriefed with fellow classmates as to how they think they did.
On Tuesday Ms. Sterling’s Book Club elective came in for a mini book talk to hear about some of our new books. Then they tried out our new method for reader’s advisory: placing a gold star sticker on the spine of a great book.
On Thursday The Glass Knife held their final retreat – Ms. Melinson shared that she’s stepping down as GK advisor for new adventures (but she’s still your librarian!) She shared some of the history of The Glass Knife’s traditions then staffers got down to business to work on the book.
Friday was a teacher work day which meant an extra day off for students and some behind the scenes work for your librarians. Also on Friday, Ms. Melinson, Mr. Crabb, Doctora, Rachelle, and Mr. Wells took our international students out to Ming Dynasty in celebration of the Lunar New Year.
Your assistant librarian’s assistant pupper giving input on today’s blog post.
It’s been quiet in the library this past week. The Sophomores finished their papers and turned them in for grading, 6th graders finished their Scientists in the Field projects, and the high schoolers are preparing for finals next week.
We had a one-day storm on Thursday which made the perfect day for tea.
On Friday to celebrate the end of their Scientists in the Field projects, students were visited by scientist and author Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Dr. Patent has written two Scientists in the Field books and is working on her third. She’s also written several other books on various topics, especially dogs (she’s a dog person). Dr. Patent discussed her extensive experience has a scientist traveling and observing different animals and then writing about them.
Two puppy visitors in one day! Look at this adorable and tiny puppy!
And look at this adorable and giant puppy visitor!
Welcome back and welcome to 2020! We eased back into school life with a little bit of everything this week.
On Tuesday the 6th graders were in with Mrs. Sterling for a NoodleTools refresher. They learned how to export their bibliographies and had work time for their Scientists in the Field projects. We also had tea to warm us up during flex time on Tuesday. On Wednesday we had our first Book Club of the new decade, which you can read about here. On Friday the library hosted author/aerospace engineer/game designer Andrew Rader to talk about his new book, Beyond the Known, human explorations, and space.
It was business as usual this week as we head toward Thanksgiving break. Ms. Kahn’s 8th grade History class returned on Monday to continue work on their NHD projects. This time they found books related to their topics and imported sources into NoodleTools. The rest of the week featured the 10th graders working on their Sophomore Projects. Students spent the week learning how to properly cite sources and beginning the early drafts of their paper.
Thursday was the High School’s annual Thanksgiving lunch where students sit with their advisory and enjoy turkey sandwiches and side dishes. Ms. Melinson’s advisory brought mashed potatoes, gravy, apple pie, cider, ice cream, and cookies. Cheese on apple pie was a total hit!
Students from Ms Melinson’s advisory went with Mrs. Bauman to deliver some snacks they collected for Dyer Kelly School and get a tour of the newly updated school.
Monday started off with a work period for Ms. Burns’ 7th graders as they continued to work on their Biomes projects. The rest of the week was filled with Halloween festivities, starting with the Glass Knife Halloween Bake Sale. Tuesday was back-to-back-to-back Halloween Book Talks for Ms. Sterling’s 6th graders. Students listened to Ms. Melinson talk about a bunch of books – some new, some spooky, all fun to read. On Wednesday students attended a presentation about Dia de los Muertos, put on by the Club de Espanol at Sac State. Check out some cool pictures here. Thursday was Halloween, which means costumes! View our costume slideshow below.
Ms. Monahan’s Digital Photography elective visited a local park recently. Check out some of their photos below.
This week was shortened due to a teacher in-service day on Monday. We worked on Responsive Classroom training with Middle School and discussed case studies on issues of equity and inclusion with High School. But we were just as productive as if it were still five days.
On Tuesday the 10th graders were in with History class to continue learning about how to conduct interviews for their Sophomore Projects. They returned with their English classes to have a work period devoted to working on Sophomore Project research with support from Mr. Wells and Ms. Melinson.
On Wednesday the Seniors had their moratorium in the library where they devoted several hours to working on their college applications and essays with help from Ms. Bauman, Mr. Kuipers, and Mr. Hinojosa. Also on Wednesday Ms. Melinson was a panelist for a webinar, “Activating Student Success with Database Access,” with Gale and Project Tomorrow about databases and how she uses them with our students. She shared with participants three collaborative projects: 6th grade Scientists in the Field, 9th grade Indigenous Peoples, and 10th grade Sophomore Projects.
Ms. Sterling brought her 6th grade English classes in on Thursday and Friday for free reading and book recommendations. Thursday also happened to be your assistant librarian’s birthday!