Friday, December 6, 2013

Book Fair

The Book Fair formally ends today (the online fair has been open all week). We earned our second highest proceeds! There will be a large number of new books from the Fair processed over the next weeks-- thank you all!

Red Clover

The Red Clover buckets have been distributed two to each house. If you would like me to do a first or second read with your students,  just bring the book along when you come to browse.

I have included the guide in the buckets, and have linked a site I created for the Department of Libraries for the Red Clover Books this year on the library page under For Teachers.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Bag of bags....

I have a relatively huge bag of bags (ths plastic shopping type) for students to use for their library books. The donations continue to roll in, greatfully!

This is a self-serve station and children have loved the alliterative "big, black bag of book bags" title.

This also supports the lessons around book care, and keeping books protected from liquids in general.


I have purchased a set of Science eBooks and have linked the sign in page under the teacher tab on the Library page.
From the Vendors site, you can see all the titles we own.
They also show up in the catalog as "eBooks"-- you cannot see them from the catalog, but need to go to the vendors site.

Username: thatcherbrook

Password: ebooks430

Waterbury Dam Hike

Here is the link to the VoiceThread for the CCC Waterbury Dam Hike.

Friday, October 18, 2013


I have wrapped up the library 101 lessons-- all students have been introduced (or reintroduced) to the catalog and how our library in newly organized. I am 'tweaking" the collection so that students can most easily find what they are looking for.

If you students have book requests, please encourage them to use the link on the library page (especially third and fourth graders. This is a most efficient way for us to manage the books students want.

Marieta has been out but will return on Monday!

Do you know what this is? It is a highly magnified fly foot. Cool, huh?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Flexible Scheduling

Flexible Scheduling
  • is an opportunity that allows teachers the freedom to send students at will or bring their classes to the library
  • is designed to be an extension of classroom
  • is management (v. delivery) centered… I plan, coordinate, and coach the instruction… teachers plan and manage learning and assessment for students

  • involves scheduling time for the space and/or the time with the SLMS

Roles for Browsing Time

During Browsing:

  • My role:
    • to support, as I am able, the choices students make for pleasure and instructional reading. I know the collection very well, and can often make informed suggestions.
    • to organize the collection so that students are best able to find what they are looking for.
    • to create systems and train staff to facilitate the ease of use in the space
      • half time assistant who can usually cover for me when I am out of the room
      • will teach anyone who asks how to use the computer for checkout
      • the clipboard functions in the absence of either
    • to minimize distractions for browsing students (especially if there are multiple activities happening simultaneously)

  • Teacher's role: to provide access, supervision, and support to students in choosing reading material 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

First and Second grade Chapter Books

In talking with teachers, parents and administrators, I have revised my "You may take out as many as you need" policy. In the past if a student wanted 2 or more chapter books, I have allowed it as long as there were some in his/her pile that the child could read.
I am now encouraging only one chapter book.

And they're off!

We have launched in to a new year with grand enthusiasm!
There are a few changes in the space-- I bought some new carts to house the more crowded sections as we settle into the newly reorganized collection. They are a beautiful library blue!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The DCF books are in! I ordered most of the list this year, thanks to feedback from teachers and students. This collection represents the 30 titles selected for middle grade readers (5-8) and some of the best fiction in our collection. The content is wide and the reading levels can be tricky! Students who read five of the 30 titles may vote for the winner-- many students choose to read all 30!

I will be plowing my way through all of them over the next few weeks, but let me know and I pass my favorites your way :)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summer time!

The library has been open on Thursdays for cool and quiet hunting and browsing. Many families have taken advantage of this resource-- and I have also seen many teachers during the daytime hours as well.
I am expecting two huge orders any day now so the new titles should be available soon!

Come visit~

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

End of the Year Plans

We are wrapping up another wonderful year in the library...
Here is a link to the Summer Book Bag permission form. We will be distributing summer reading as students bring back their current titles and the permission form. I am very excited about this opportunity!

The Library will be open again this summer on Thursdays-- 12-2 and 5-7 pm.

If you have not seen how the collection is reorganized and want to experience innovation, stop by! I love giving tours. We are very proud of this effort.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Spring Book Fair

The Book Fair is coming! I have been frantic trying to get a huge chunk of the re-cataloging done so that we can enjoy the Book Fair without piles of books and labels strewn about. March 18-21, 3-7 in the Library. I will open the online fair, again, for those of you that like to shop electronically or in stealth mode... do remember, though, that these books are delivered after the fair closes.

This year's fair will support an author visit-- Linda Urban is a Vermont author who has written picture books and novels.

Monday, February 11, 2013


"WOW! Mrs. Daigle! The catalog looks different!"

Yes, it does, but have no fear! All our wonderful books are still available to you. This new "facelift" will make searching even easier.

Try it out-- be brave-- and if you really cant find what you are looking for, "Exit Quest".

I am SURE you will find new and wonderful titles to keep you reading up a storm!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Red Clover Wrap Up

I have begun to read the final Red Clover Book this year to all the 3-4 grade classes. It is a great story about goal setting and the importance of family... persistence and surprises.

Each reading class has been keeping track of the Red Clover rubrics so that when it comes time to vote, students will have the evaluation they completed for each book accessible to them.

Voting begins in March!

Saturday, January 12, 2013


The lessons for the next week or two with the first and second graders will incorporate the Red Clover Book Me... Jane, by Patrick McDonnell and will ask students to extract from the text examples of how the author showed us that Jane was an animal lover. We will use a program called KidSpiration which will offer an alternative to paper graphic organizers and additionally, takes their work and moves it into outline format.

I have found that when teaching note taking, an organizer such as this reinforces students to only use keywords, and puts their work into outline, thus allowing them to focus on their understanding of the concepts, rather than risk that they are simply copying ideas verbatim from the text.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy New Year!

The details of my recatagorization of the library are on the Metis Blog and I will not go into detail here, but you should know I have spent the last week reassuring students that while things are getting "shuffled" (I have likened the reorganization to shuffling a giant deck of cards!) I still know where everything is!

I will begin some pre-research lesson with the first and second grade over the next few weeks, involving the computer lab and bubbles! Ask you students for details :)

Found this the other day!
Spoiler alert-- stop reading if you want to find Mrs. Daigle yourself...

Second row, fourth from the left